Martin Ries, b. 1926, Washington D.C., is a painter, printmaker, and art writer. Ries studied at the Corcoran Museum Art School, and received his B.A. in Fine Arts from American University. He served in the U.S. Army in Intelligence and Reconnaissance. He later received his masters in Art History and Post Graduate Museum Administration at Hunter College. He has been a member of the Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art, Artists Equity Association, a contributing editor at Arts Magazine, a juror for Institute of International Education, Fulbright Art Scholarship, United Nations. He is a professor emeritus at Long Island University.
For Ries, painting is not decorative amusement or felt reality; it must be invention, discovery, revelation. There are more things in our universe than are dreamt of in our cosmology - or in our art.Titles are an integral component of Ries' paintings; he uses astronomical terms but in a poetic haiku sense. Titles of paintings in his Mystic Landscapes series include: The Big Bang Theory, Parallel Universes, and Alternate Infinities.
Reis has exhibited his work widely throughout the United States and internationally. Exhibition highlights include: MoMA, Riverside Museum, Critics Choice For 80s at Hammer Gallery, Aaron Berman Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art in London, American University in Washington D.C., Hammond Museum (solo), Smithsonian Institute, Corcoran Gallery, Whyte Gallery, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. His work is represented by numerous collections; highlights include three painting in Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and a piece at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.
October 15 to November 5, 2015
Jean Promutico and Martin Ries: No Two Alike