Jenny Morgan’s largest solo exhibition to date will also be her most potent and thrilling, a major statement amongst Colorado’s burgeoning landscape of contemporary art collectors . “Rise – Jenny Morgan Self Portraits in Colorado Collections from between 2009 and 2016” will be presented at the Sangre de Cristo Art Center in Pueblo, Colorado from October 7th, 2016 through January 22nd, 2017. The exhibition consists of 20 paintings spread among eleven private Colorado-based art collections, as well as Morgan’s most recent two large-scale paintings completed in time for the exhibition. Rise is a snapshot into one of the most exciting art practices of our times, shaping historic antecedents in a manner that is highly nuanced and thoroughly compelling. Almost everyone who has collected her work or become familiar with Morgan’s work understands and reveres this particular engagement, most obsessively so.
Jenny Morgan left Denver, Colorado in 2006 to pursue a masters in painting at NYC’s School of Visual Arts. Her paintings and exhibitions up to that point had already garnered high acclaim such as ”Top Representational painter” by the Rocky Mountain News, an artist to collect now by Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, and entry as a finalist into the inaugural “Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition held at the National Gallery in Washington D.C. Numerous fans and collectors had joined the fold, elevating her status internally as one of the leading forces to have started her career with Plus Gallery. The following two years found a shift in direction for Morgan and her painting, though not the purpose. Her return solo exhibition at Plus Gallery in 2009 found her tackling subjects, and herself, head-on with searing portraits that plumbed the depth of human emotion while attacking the tenets of ”realism” in a remarkably effective, intense way. With each and every exhibition since then, Morgan has grown in her depth, range and stature as an artist, slowly but surely becoming one of the most focused and captivating figures of today’s contemporary scene. Her work has appeared on the cover of four national publications to date including Art Ltd., Juxtapose, High Fructose, and B!isss, the latter two just this year and featuring self portraits. She has been commissioned by the New York Times Magazine and New York magazine several times for celebrity features that defy her normal pursuit but nevertheless result in scintillating takes on their subjects. Her recent solo exhibitions in NYC, where she has been based the last decade, have been with Driscoll Babcock Galleries, the oldest gallery in the city now operating at the forefront of Chelsea’s contemporary scene. Her most recent solo show took place earlier in 2016 in London, UK with Beers Contemporary, further entrenching her reach and exposure to an international audience. Every step along her path to today has been remarkable, genuine and inherently exciting like no other.
For the majority of Morgan’s collectors, nothing holds more reverence within her art than her self portraits, a constantly shifting, dynamic process that taps into her innermost thoughts, anxieties, as well as fresh angles into painting that resolve best around herself. Each and every painting in Rise has a story behind it, whether in relation to the greater exhibition or moment they emanated from, or simply the collectors pursuit of and fondness for the work. Only six of the 20 paintings on view have been shown previously in Denver as part of Plus Gallery solo exhibitions, the rest have largely been on limited view or never seen prior in the state of Colorado outside of the private collections. Curating an exhibition such as this has been a dream-project for Plus Gallery, an ambitious show that presents a substantial declaration at the mid-point of her second decade exhibiting as an artist. Plus Gallery is thrilled to team up with the Sangre de Cristo Art Center for this historical, momentous occasion.
Plus Gallery has enriched Denver’s contemporary art scene since 2001, providing one of the leading, reputable platforms for prestigious artist representation and exhibitions of note in the region. The gallery was previously located at the corner of 25th and Larimer in North Downtown Denver, a unique renovation undertaken by gallery owners Ivar and Karen Zeile of a remnant parcel of the Benjamin Moore Paint Factory. That singular redevelopment added a two-story gallery space to the dramatic architecture of the historic Benjamin Moore complex and served as a visual anchor for the entrance to the Upper Larimer corridor and River North Arts District. The Zeile’s sold the building in the fall of 2014, bringing their time in the Ballpark District full-circle as one of the most successful contemporary art ventures in the city. The gallery was named “Art Space of the Year” in 2009 by the Denver Post and most recently ranked Number four on the Denver Posts 2014 list of Top Galleries. The gallery has been profiled for its distinct architecture in 5280, Modern In Denver and Art Ltd. Plus Gallery is a member of the Denver Art Dealers Association and the River North Arts District. Gallery owner Ivar Zeile has served as the creative director for the Denver Theatre District since 2009. He initiated Denver Digerati in 2012 as a platform for advancing animation and motion-based art as new forms of public art via Denver’s unique LED screen inventory, a program that continues to evolve as one of the leading platforms of its kind in the world today. Plus Gallery currently operates privately in an advisory capacity with our clients, consultants and new collectors or corporations who are interested in developing a prestigious collection. All inquiries should be directed to [email protected]
Plus Gallery has released five major artist monographs to date: “Jenny Morgan: We are all setting suns” is a 180 page book that features the artist’s entire body of work from 2010 through May of 2012. “Jenny Morgan: New Territory” is a 240 page book featuring a comprehensive view of paintings by Jenny Morgan from the time she debuted in 2003 through her 2009 Plus Gallery and NYC exhibitions. “Xi Zhang: Dream Dusts” features the majority of Zhang’s paintings from the critically acclaimed exhibition 12921 through his astounding 2011 MFA thesis painting No One’s Wonderland, Form is Emptiness. The 184 page “Colin Livingston – Artist” offers an in-depth view of one of the gallery’s most outstanding, celebrated contemporary artists. The book covers Livingston’s last three solo exhibitions from between the years 2006 and 2013, ones that have engaged the gallery context in a most extraordinary fashion, presenting conceptual painting-based installations where the underlying message is distinct and multi-layered. Our most recent publication “Xi Zhang – Paintings 2014-2016” is the first in a new series of affordable artist profiles printed through blurb.com’s high quality Magazine format. The 116 page publication showcases Zhang’s most recent, expansive series of paintings “Metallic Leaf Garden” as well as the offshoot series “Golden Compass” and a compendium of test works “Mr. Vincent Munch.”