Jackie Saccoccio

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CarlJackieSteveMichelle at Helena Anrather


Helena Anrather is delighted to present CarlJackieSteveMichelle, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Carl D'Alvia, Steve DiBenedetto, Jackie Saccoccio, and Michelle Segre. The artists are couples and close friends, and this will be the first presentation of the four artists' work together.
The exhibition offers a window onto how these relationships have found their ways into the artists’ work. While the works are not explicitly in dialogue with each other, threads of shared considerations weave in and out of the show: humor and exuberance, psychedelic generosity, vivid color, and an emphasis on line. All four artists also challenge distinctions between abstraction and representation, high and low, classical and pop. Each work seems to speak to the others, opening new lines of communication that perhaps stem from but also exceed the artists' relationships, which points to the richness of mutual influence and deep connections – there are always trace amounts of your friends and lovers in your work, your ideas, and even your body.
In the spirit of friendship and gathering together around food, the artists will host a pasta-making party at the gallery, opening the space into an extension of the home cooking and dinner parties they often share, and emphasizing the importance of caring for one another and sharing a conversation over a meal.
Alongside the exhibition, a series of artist-led workshops titled Proximities will be curated by Mira Dayal and Josephine Heston. Proximities will focus on intimacy, defined loosely-- not only in terms of relationships, but also in terms of community, receptivity, collaboration, generosity, and empathy. The six invited artists—Sarah Anderson, Lizzy De Vita, Katie Giritlian, Camilo Godoy, Amanda Turner Pohan, and Jayeon Yi—will consider how to foster intimacy between artists, friends, and strangers to elicit open discussions, productive disagreements, and heightened connections. Workshops will be open to the public and are scheduled for July 18th, 19th, and 20th. 

The New Yorker, May 1, 2017

The American painter Jackie Saccoccio's show "Sharp Objects & Apocalypse Confetti" at the 11R gallery through April 30, includes the riotiously beautiful Portrait (Nabokov), 2017. 

Jackie Saccoccio: Sharp Objects & Apocalypse Confetti

 March 30 – April 30, 2017
Reception: Thursday, March 30, 6 - 8 PM
11R, 195 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002



11R is delighted to present a major exhibition of recent works by American artist Jackie Saccoccio, on view March 30 – April 30, 2017 at the gallery’s 195 Chrystie Street location. Titled Sharp Objects & Apocalypse Confetti , the show comprises two distinct groups of new work: large-scale abstract paintings on linen and a new series of “drawings” made with ink on Yupo polyethylene. Saccoccio is currently included in the group exhibition Riot Grrrls , organized by Michael Darling, at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago through June 2017.
Installed across the gallery’s two spaces, Saccoccio’s exhibition visually dissects aspects of her own painting practice into two bodies of work: imposing calligraphic portrait drawings in the first gallery and diaphanous group portraits in the second gallery. Beauty entangled with rough webs is the constant among the works on linen and Yupo.
In the first space, the Sharp Objects  displayed are abstract portraits of the artist’s heroines: giants who contributed to 20th -century painting, with an emphasis on painters who created physically demanding works; these portraits are titled after Joan Mitchell, Elizabeth Murray, and Helen Frankenthaler, among others. This commanding graphic series is defined by calligraphic concentric inking on Yupo, a highly durable type of polyethylene paper. The painting Apocalypse Confetti , 2017, measuring 106 x 158 inches, anchors the second
space. Like the concentrated portraits that pepper the horizons of early Renaissance fresco painting, the paintings featured here are composed primarily of yellow-hued swatches, blips, pours, drips and webs, which dissipate into vistas and vortexes, alluding to both body and place. Saccoccio is known for manipulating the fluid properties of paint though bodily movement, aggressively tipping and turning her canvases, and manually dragging and pressing them against one another. In these new works, the artist raises the bar on her own
stylistic tendencies — her surfaces are condensed, her marks are pixilated — and wrestles with the intertwining of beauty and meaning.

 Jackie Saccoccio (b. 1963) lives and works in CT and NY. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including The Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome; a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Grant; a Fulbright Foundation Grant; an Art Production Fund / Claude Monet Foundation Artists in Giverny residency; the 2015 Artadia NADA Award; the Stein Prize from MOCA Jacksonville; and most recently, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. Saccoccio has exhibited nationally and abroad for the last 20 years. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include a 2-venue show at 11R, NY, and Van Doren Waxter, NY; Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; and Museo d’ Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa. Recent group exhibitions include Marlborough Contemporary, London; Annet Gelink, Amsterdam; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL; and The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, among others. Saccoccio’s exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times, The New York Observer, Time Out, Brooklyn Rail, The New Yorker, and Artforum, among others.
The exhibition is on view at 11R, located at 195 Chrystie St, NY NY 10002. Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun 12 to 6 pm. Pls
contact the gallery at 212-982-1930 or gallery@11rgallery.com for more info.

MCA DNA: Riot Grrrls at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

MCA DNA : Riot Grrrls December 

Sexism continues to pervade the art world; male artists still garner the highest prices for their work and are disproportionately represented in exhibitions. In a challenge to the boys’ club sensibility that has historically shaped abstract painting, the eight female painters featured in the exhibition, which is named after the feminist hardcore punk movement that began in the 1990s, achieve mastery, innovation, and chutzpah in their brash and exciting paintings—without seeking external validation. 
In an effort to counteract inequality in the art world, the MCA consciously collects important work being made today regardless of its perceived value on the market. Riot Grrrls presents pioneering painters Mary Heilmann, Charline von Heyl, Judy Ledgerwood, and Joyce Pensato, as well as a younger generation of artists, including Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Jackie Saccoccio and Amy Feldman. 
MCA DNA: Riot Grrrls is part of an ongoing exhibition series featuring iconic works from the MCA's collection. This exhibition is organized by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. 
The exhibition is presented in the Carol and Douglas Cohen Gallery and Stone Family Gallery, Ellen Stone Belic and Dr. Nenad Belic, Cynthia and Richard Raskin, Carole David Stone and James H. Stone on the museum’s fourth floor.

Brooke and Hap Stein Prize recipient

It's fitting that a new prize for emerging artists goes to a painter who is reinventing the medium. After nearly six months of research and deliberations, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural institute of the University of North Florida, has selected the first recipient of the Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Artist Prize.
Established in 2015 by Brooke and Hap Stein, the Stein Prize is given on an annual basis in recognition of an artist, chosen from one of MOCA's self-curated exhibitions, whose work demonstrates a singular combination of talent, innovation, and promise.
Jackie Saccoccio with Profile Candy b
Jackie Saccoccio with (Profile) Candy. Image courtesy of Anna D'Alvia.
The first artist to receive the Stein Prize is Jackie Saccoccio, whose work appears in Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction, opening June 4 at MOCA Jacksonville. Saccoccio is a painter who lives and works in New York and Connecticut and has exhibited internationally and abroad for the last twenty years.
“Jackie Saccoccio is one of the most exciting artists working today,” said Marcelle Polednik, director and chief curator at MOCA Jacksonville. “The Stein Prize places MOCA Jacksonville among a handful of elite museums that recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of emerging artists at the present time.”
In her recent paintings, Saccoccio emphasizes the process of painting by tipping, dragging, and shaking the large-scale works over one another, where liquid pools of color, directional lines, and translucent orbs coexist. Ambitious in scale and vibrant in color, Saccoccio's pictures (or “improvisational” portraits as she refers to them) first began in 2008. Though completely nonrepresentational, her works are borne out of her interest in centrifugal forces in portraits. In order to reinterpret portraiture, the artist researched materials utilized by Renaissance painters, such as mica. Evolving the practice, Saccoccio's surfaces are freckled with mica and translucent varnishes, creating multilayered planes of shifting forms.
“Jackie is the perfect selection for the inaugural recipient of the Stein Prize,” Brooke Stein said. “Her work sets the standard for what the Stein Prize represents and recognizes.”
Jackie Saccoccio Profile Candy
© JACKIE SACCOCCIOProfile (Candy), 2015. Oil and mica on linen, 106 x 79 inches. Collection of Carole Server & Oliver Frankel.
Jackie Saccoccio Profile Minter Meltdown
© JACKIE SACCOCCIOProfile (Minter Meltdown), 2015. Oil and mica on linen, 106 x 79 inches. Jay Franke and David Herro.
Jackie Saccoccio Profile Yellow Yuskavage
© JACKIE SACCOCCIO, Profile (Yellow Yuskavage), 2015. Oil and mica on linen, 106 x 79 inches. John and Sally Van Doren.
In 2015, a new body of work was presented in Degree of Tilt, a two-venue exhibition at two notable New York galleries, 11 Rivington and Van Doren Waxter. Inspired by Cy Twombly's 2005 Bacchus series, Saccoccio includes the directional lines of transferred paint that bridge and overwhelm the vertiginous orbs. Metaphorically, her pieces serve as conceptual containers of overlapping influences that are embedded in the layers. The ill-fated couples Narissus and Echo, and Cop 663 and Faye from Wong Kar-Wai's film Chungking Express converge with palettes of Marilyn Minter, Mondrian, and Lisa Yuskavage. Referring to the ancient Roman drainage system, Saccoccio conceives the totality of her paintings as a Cloaca Maxima: a repository where paint and ideas flow and pool.
Born Providence, Rhode Island, in 1963, Saccoccio received an MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Saccoccio has taught at Brooklyn College, Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Princeton University, and RISD.
She has exhibited her large-scale abstract paintings and wall drawings throughout the United States and Europe, including Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas; the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago; The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts; and Saatchi Gallery in London. Her first solo museum exhibition in Europe was curated by Ilaria Bonacossa at the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce in Genoa, Italy.
Saccoccio is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2005, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, a Fulbright grant to Italy in 1990, a 2004 residency in Giverny, France, from The Claude Monet Foundation, and the 2015 Artadia NADA Award. Her work has been reviewed in Art in AmericaThe Boston GlobeFrankfurter RundschauGay City NewsThe New York SunThe New York TimesThe New YorkerTimeOut, and The Village Voice.
“It is an honor to be named the first recipient of the Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Artist Prize, as it is an award which reflects the vision of the curatorial team at MOCA Jacksonville with a long-term commitment to emerging voices,” Saccoccio said.
Stein Prize Acquisition Jackie Saccoccio Time Smelt
Hap and Brooke Stein and Assistant Curator of Exhibitions Jaime DeSimone selected Jackie Saccoccio’s Time (Smelt) for MOCA Jacksonville's Permanent Collection. The acquisition was made possible by the Stein's generous gift.
As part of MOCA Jacksonville's commitment to emerging artists, the Museum is acquiring Saccoccio's Time (Smelt), an oversized oil and mica painting on linen of 2016, which will also be displayed in Confronting the Canvas. This acquisition would not have been possible without the generosity of Brooke and Hap Stein.
“We were thrilled to acquire this painting for MOCA's Permanent Collection,” Hap Stein said. “The canvas is a stunning example of Jackie's work and will be an enduring record of the exhibition and a prized object for MOCA visitors to enjoy for years to come.”
Highlighting the work of emerging artists is at the core of MOCA Jacksonville's artistic and educational mission. As an organization that promotes the discovery, knowledge, and advancement of the art, artists, and ideas of our time, MOCA endeavors to identify, highlight, and support the work of young, talented visual artists who promise to alter the course of contemporary art locally, regionally, and nationally.
The Stein Prize provides prominence and prestige for the artists and MOCA Jacksonville alike. The benefits for the artists include display of their work in a MOCA Jacksonville exhibition, a public program at the Museum, acquisition of a work for the Permanent Collection, and a stipend. 
Brooke and Hap Stein
Brooke and Hap Stein established the Stein Prize in 2015 to recognize an emerging artist, chosen from one of MOCA Jacksonville’s self-curated exhibitions, whose work demonstrates a singular combination of talent, innovation, and promise.
MOCA Jacksonville's curatorial staff selects one artist per year to receive the Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Artist Prize. The selection is based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:
  • The artist must be represented in a featured exhibition or Project Atrium series at MOCA that year.
  • The artist will have demonstrated exceptional creativity and outstanding achievement, including a significant body of work in a signature style.
  • The compelling nature of the artist's ideas and contributions to the field.
  • The artist's commitment to developing their work and whose future artistic contributions promises to be lasting.
  • The prize is open to visual artists of all media.
  • Applications are not accepted for this prize.
Saccoccio's work is featured in Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction, one of the first museum exhibitions to focus solely on contemporary female painters, with works by Keltie Ferris, Maya Hayuk, Jill Nathanson, Fran O'Neill, and Anke Weyer. Abstract Expressionism has historically been defined by male artists, who rose to fame in post-World War II America. While women were practicing unique modes of painting alongside their male counterparts, they were given little emphasis or attention within the canon of art history both then and now. Confronting the Canvas does not attempt to rewrite history, but instead it identifies and gives prominence to emerging and mid-career women working in the field of gestural abstraction today.
This exhibition expands the discourse of abstraction in the United States over the past ten years and focuses on the performance of painting. It explores each artist's signature style and poses questions about potential relationships between abstraction and gender. In the large-scale paintings of pours, stains, strokes, and drips, the use of gesture via new techniques is redefined and even reclaimed as the younger generation of abstract painters pay homage to their forerunners. In Confronting the Canvas, one discovers the significant role of women painters in the contemporary history (or “her-story”) of abstraction. 
“As an advocate for all artists, I believe women have been and are currently trendsetters in contemporary abstract painting,” said Jaime DeSimone, assistant curator of exhibitions at MOCA. “Given the Museum's mission that celebrates the art, artists, and ideas of our time, this project is a remarkable opportunity to marry mission with artistic accomplishments. I've been following Jackie's work since her early 2008 portrait paintings. Her dogged practice as an artist warrants this recognition.”