FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOpening May 11th, 2011: New work by American painter and muralist Kevin Paulsen at Bergdorf Goodman, New York, in the 7th Floor Skylight Room and the Windows (5th Avenue at 58th Street). Friends and press are invited for cocktails and to view the exhibition at an opening reception on May 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Skylight Room.

This is Paulsen’s second show with Bergdorf Goodman, whose Manhattan flagship windows are renowned for their ornate and beautiful displays, having showcased art from the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, The Folk Art Museum, The New Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, American Visionary Art Museum and the New York City Ballet.

Paulsen’s recent paintings allude to American vernacular and folk art and decorative painting while weaving picturesque narratives of a precarious utopia. He explores the ephemeral nature of man and human history in beautiful, timeless, subtly tragicomic tableaus. (Above: “Re-Seeding (Flood and Thaw series)” 2011, 5’ x7’, pigment on plaster atop velour mounted on board.)

Paulsen is the proprietor of Oo Gallery [ooart.co] in his current Hudson Valley hometown of Kingston, NY, where he curates energetic and challenging group shows with work by such artists as Fred Stonehouse, Joe Concra, Cathie Bleck and others, and he serves as co-curator of the O+ arts festival [opositivefestival.org]. Read an interview with Paulsen by Mark Murphy on Scribble 08 — “Kevin Paulsen and His American Vernacular” — here.

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View more work at www.kevinpaulsen.com/gallery