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Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors


Dates: February 3 through February 24, 2018

Opening Reception February 3rd, 6-8 pm

Music in the Afternoon February 11th 4-6pm
Special guest: Andrew Bolotowsky, flutist with other fine musicians

Closing festivities on Saturday February 24, 4 – 6pm will include a performance by critically acclaimed singer and actor Molly Pope at 4pm
(see musical event description below)

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday 1-6pm

For more information contact Deborah Day: 212 754-6767

The Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors presents Sound and Image, an exhibition at the Westbeth Gallery on the theme of image and music.


John Servetas, Tuning Up, 34’ x 30”, oil on canvas

In his On the Spiritual in Art, Kandinsky wrote: “Colour is the keyboard. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many strings.” Ever since Kandinsky likened paint to music, modernists have been thinking hard about the influential ways that visual art and music come together.


Regina Perlin, Winter Snow Carroll Gardens, 22” x 28”, oil on canvas

This exhibition explores the sounds of paint, ink and other media through the works of a group that has been an ensemble for 78 years and whose artists have been and still are fascinated by the coming together of two art forms. Founding member Mark Rothko’s son Christopher writes about his father: “Music was central to my father’s world—to his own aesthetic sensibilities, certainly, but also to the structure and expressive modes he found as a painter. I think it’s fair to say he was a painter who aspired to be a musician.”

Interactive links to music are incorporated into the exhibition, as well as music events including an afternoon featuring Andrew Bolotowsky, flutist and son of Federation founder Ilya Bolotowsky, on February 11, 2018, 4-6pm in the gallery.


Anneli Arms
Sharon Ascher
Violet Baxter
Natalie Becker
Elizabeth Bisbing
Lynda Caspe
Nicholas Christopher
Marcia Clark
Tad Day
Edward Eichel
Robert Feinland
Geoffrey Gneuhs
Martin Goldblum
Kenneth Gore
Jerilyn Jurinek
Albert Kresch
Patricia Melvin
Valerie Mendelson
Otto Neals
Regina Perlin
Vincent Pinto
Jon Rettich
Larry Rushing
Elinore Schnurr
John Servetas
Jacqueline Sferra Rada
Jean François Rocheman
Philip Sherrod
Richard Sloat
Phillip Southern
MELVIN Gowanus

Patricia Melvin, View from the Third Street Bridge, Gowanus Canal, 9″x12″, oil on linen

Two afternoons of music will be presented in conjunction with “Sound and Image”, an interactive visual art and music exhibition by the historic art organization the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, at the Westbeth Gallery.

“Music in the Afternoon”, Sunday, February 11, 4 – 6 pm will begin with Andrew Bolotowsky, a well-known and frequently recorded flautist who grew up in the New York City art world. Andrew Bolotowsky studied with Elaine Schaffer, William Kincaid, and Jean-Pierre Rampal. He has performed over 3,000 solo recitals and participated in countless chamber music and orchestral concerts. His father, leading early 20th-century abstract painter Ilya Bolotowsky, was a founding member of FOMPS, and has served as its president.
The afternoon will continue with local musicians Peter May and Dan Merrill, who will perform songs relating to the exhibition.

Closing festivities on Saturday February 24, 4 – 6pm will include a performance by critically acclaimed singer and actor Molly Pope at 4pm.
Hailed as “One of downtown cabaret’s most adventurous performers” by the New York Times,
Ms Pope’s shows have played Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Cafe Carlyle and many other venues in the USA and Australia. She has been named a Time Out New York “Top Ten Cabaret Act of 2008” and 2012 and a Village Voice Best of NYC 2011 for “Best Singer to Turn Life Into A Cabaret.” Most recently she recorded her first album, “An Audience with Molly Pope”, live at Joe’s Pub. Her stage credits most recently include “Bulldozer” (Theater at St. Clement’s).


Beyond Black and White


Opening Reception:
January 6, 2017
Saturday 6PM – 8 PM

Organized by Li Trincere and Henry Brown

Beyond Black and White is an exhibition of black and white based abstraction that goes past the limits of these two colors. Some of the painters create variations in different blacks and whites, paint using the grey tones that come in between, or work with pattern. Others set additional color against black and white as a counterpoint in their palette. A number of the artists incorporate black and white as a physical component in their artwork. They go beyond black and white color, for example, using pigment as a concrete material or working with black and white printed text. “Beyond Black and White” provides an opportunity to examine this important niche with in contemporary abstraction. The exhibit includes 38 artists, both Westbeth and non-Westbeth.


René Pierre Allain
Lisa Beck
Sharon Brant
Michael Brennan
Henry Brown
Jacob Cartwright
Vincent Como
Mark Dagley
Laura Duerwald
Cris Gianakos
Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen
Daniel Hill
Gilbert Hsiao
Heather Hutchinson
James Hyde
Debra Jenks
Melissa Kretschmer
Robert Ludwig
Stephen Maine
Tom Martinelli
Gelah Penn
David Rhodes
Ivo Ringe
Michael Rouillard
Cordy Ryman
Steven Salzman
Karen Schifano
Michael Scott
David Seccombe
Li Trincere
Kim Uchiyama
Ken Wade
Dan Walsh
Mark Williams
Joan Witek
Douglas Witmer
Jean Wolff
Patricia Zarate

Beyond Black and White is an artist organized exhibition by Li Trincere (Westbeth) and Henry Brown. Li Trincere and Henry Brown were co-curators for “Territory” in June 2016 at Crush Curatorial, Amagansett, NY, in the Hamptons section of Long Island. “Territory” was reviewed in ArtNews, East Hampton Star, Hamptons magazine, Hamptons Art Hub, and

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 1 – 6 PM
Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune St, New York, NY 10014


Westbeth Gallery is located at 55 Bethune St, between Washington St & West St, in the West Village. The entrance to the 2900 square foot ground floor gallery is located mid-block. Subway: A, C, E, or L to 14th St / 8th Ave. Westbeth Gallery is also 4 blocks from the Whitney Museum and High Line exit, both on Ganesvoort St. From Ganesvoort St, walk 4 blocks south on Washington St. Turn right on Bethune St.

The Westbeth Gallery is a nonprofit gallery operating on the first floor of the Westbeth Artists’ Housing complex. It exhibits work of resident artists and independently curated exhibitions., email:

Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen Black & White Abstract - In Free-Hand Cut 2-ply museum board 19" x 23" plexi box 2015

Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen
Black & White Abstract – In Free-Hand Cut 2-ply museum board
19″ x 23″ plexi box

David Seccombe Elevation in Black, Grey, & Red 24" x 36" acrylic on panel 2017

David Seccombe
Elevation in Black, Grey, & Red
24″ x 36″
acrylic on panel