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James Siena    Nov 18, 2005 - Jan 28, 2006


James Siena opens fist solo show at PaceWildenstein
The artist will be present for an opening reception on November 17th from 6-8 p.m.

NEW YORK, November 2, 2005—PaceWildenstein is pleased to announce that James Siena will have his first exhibition with the gallery this Fall. James Siena: New Paintings and Gouaches will be on view at 534 West 25th Street, from November 18, 2005 through January 28, 2006. The artist will be present for an opening reception on November 17th from 6-8 p.m. Siena, who joined the gallery in April 2004, will exhibit 12 paintings and 24 works on paper from 2004 and 2005.

The accompanying exhibition catalogue includes an essay by John Yau entitled The Reality of Abstraction. The title comes from the following 2001 quote by the artist: "I don't make marks. I make moves. The reality of abstraction is my primary point of engagement. When I make a painting, I respond to a set of parameters, like a visual algorithm." Yau acknowledges that a visual affinity with computer software exists in Siena's work but that the origins are "far more diverse, and ultimately, whatever the sources, they all pass through Abstract Expressionism." Yau considers how Siena has "replaced Pollock's expansive, outward movement with a rigorous inward movement, as well as transformed Stella's opticality and hard edged lines and shapes into sensually vivid oscillations arising from a matter-of-fact hand drawn line."

James Siena (b. 1957, California) received his BFA from Cornell University, New York, in 1979. Siena's work has been featured in of over 55 group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. The recipient of multiple honors and awards, James Siena has received an Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (2000); the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Award (1999); and The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting (1994). Siena lectures and teaches at numerous institutions throughout the United States, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio (2004); San Francisco Art Institute (2003); School of Visual Arts, New York (2003); Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York (2000); and the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (1999, 2002). Siena also completed an artist-in-residency program at Yaddo in 2004, and recently was elected a Member of Yaddo.

James Siena's work can be found in numerous public collections including the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philip Morris Collection, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

James Siena currently lives and works in New York City.

Additional information on James Siena is available upon request by contacting Jennifer Benz Joy, Public Relations Associate, at 212.421.3292 or via email at jjoy@pacewildenstein.com.

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