ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. – The Tekeyan Cultural Association of Greater New York Chapter (TCA-NY) will inaugurate a unique exhibition featuring Armenian artist Simon Samsonian (1912-2003). The exhibition will take place on October 27-28 at the Tekeyan Center, 560 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 27, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. The exhibition will be open to the public on Sunday, October 28, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Born in 1912 and orphaned during the Armenian Genocide, Samsonian moved to Egypt and later to the United States. He became a giant in the art world with his “Symbolic Cubist” style.
The pieces selected for this exhibition are works on paper, as well as oil paintings, many framed by Samsonian himself, spanning several decades and showing a wide range of Samsonian’s styles and modes, including his unmistakable warm abstraction and what critics have termed cubist-impressionism. One may find hints of abstract expressionism in some of the pieces, which would make sense as Samsonian was intrigued by developments in the west in the mid-twentieth century, perhaps more so than most of his contemporaries. Of interest is the shift into less figurative works as he grew closer to his passing and more of an emphasis on softer tones and hues instead of the bold lines and colors of the studies that dominated earlier in his career.
Samsonian’s works are on display in various museum collections, including the National Art Gallery in Yerevan, Armenia, the Museum of Modern Art, Cairo, Egypt, the Musée Arménien de France, the collection of the Mekhitarist Fathers’ Monastic Order, Vienna, Austria and the Hecksher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY.
The Tekeyan Cultural Association of Greater New York Chapter is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote Armenian culture, language and art. The chapter will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019.