Margaret Thatcher Projects has, since its inception in 1998, been located in the West Chelsea arts district. The gallery opened in its first space on West 20th Street. In 2002 Thatcher Projects moved to its artist-designed space on West 25th Street, the Whitehall building. In 2009 we relocated to our current home, a ground floor gallery at 539 West 23rd Street.
Thatcher Projects presents a mix of internationally established artists alongside promising young talent. The gallery focuses on abstract painting and process. Over our almost 20 year history, the exhibition program has broadened to encompass both abstract and figurative idioms, all united by a pivotal attention to concept.
Owner/director Margaret Thatcher brings a long history of integrity and professionalism to the development of the gallery exhibition program, and to the positioning of the gallery in the art community. Throughout most of the 1980’s she served as Administrator of Dia Art Foundation, working with Dia-supported artists and the founding Board of Directors to develop the institution’s public programs, including: The Lightning Field (Walter De Maria), Chamberlain Gardens (John Chamberlain), the Dan Flavin installation at Bridgehampton, and various other projects. In the 1990’s, until opening the gallery in 1998, Ms. Thatcher curated pop-up exhibitions in private and public spaces, and acted as advisor to art collectors building new contemporary collections.
Richard Roth | Spuyten Duyvil
On View: September 19th – November 2nd
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19th, 6 – 8pm
Margaret Thatcher Projects is excited to present Richard Roth: Spuyten Duyvil. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition at Thatcher Projects, which features 3D polychrome “object” paintings that involve Roth’s continuing interest and explorations in play, the quotidian, and the retinal.
To begin, Roth develops his ideas using a prototype process. Each work is roughly drafted from a quickly developed idea in the form of a prototype panel. This allows the artist to gain an understanding of the painting before it is then translated into its final form as a richly polychromed object that hovers on the wall between sculpture and painting. The final forms are a tantalizing mix of the artist’s preciseness with a sense of playfulness and delight.
Exposed pencil marks and “slight deviations in the paint” act as evidence or a byproduct of the artist’s hand in creating the work; while their reductive, straightforward aesthetic speaks to Roth’s love of, and connection to, “product and package design, nature, architecture, masks, custom cars and fashion.” The exhibition is entitled, Spuyten Duyvil, as the namesake of a featured piece in this body of work, and makes reference to early New York lore, and its name derivation of Spuyten Duyvil Creek.
Roth’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 1991 he was the recipient of a Visual Artists Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. A selected exhibition history includes: David Richard Contemporary, NY and Santa Fe, NM; Valletta Contemporary, Malta; Galerie Rob de Vries, The Netherlands; HICA, Highland Institute of Contemporary Art, Loch Ruthven, Scotland; The Suburban, Oak Park, IL; Rocket Gallery, London; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA; UCR/California Museum of Photography; the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan; Feigen, Inc., Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; OK Harris Gallery, NY; and Castelli Warehouse, NY.
Richard Roth is the co-editor of the book, Beauty is Nowhere: Ethical Issues in Art and Design and co-author of two books – Color Basics and Design Basics 3D. His debut novel, NoLab, will be released November 2019 by Owl Canyon Press.
Roth was the Director of Solvent Space in Richmond, Virginia, 2005 – 2009. He was a faculty member in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1999 – 2015; and chaired the Department from 1999 – 2008.
Richard Roth presently lives and works in Camarillo, California.