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Roberto Matta: On the Edge of a Dream

February 15, 2018

Roberto Matta is considered the last great Surrealist painter and the bridge between 20th Century Masters and the Abstract Expressionist Movement. On Thursday, February 15th, Lisa Burgess opened Matta: On the Edge of a Dream, a genuinely extraordinary retrospective featuring original works, sculpture, and graphics from one of the most important artists of our time. With over 60 works, it is the most significant Matta exhibition held in a museum or gallery since Chile’s Centennial exhibition in 2011 and acts as a prelude to the Hermitage Museum’s one-man show opening later this year. In fact, the Hermitage requested the loan of 9 paintings in her curated exhibition.

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Marcus Jansen: Merchants of Babylon

July 25, 2019

Merchants of Babylon explores a new collection of work from Marcus Jansen, the so-called “cartographer of conflict”.  His socially critical paintings weave tales of a world in turmoil and isolation, threat, war, surveillance, and greed in competition with innocence, hope, and humanity.  Jansen’s artistic roots took ground in New York’s graffiti scene, but years in Germany infused his work with the influence of Expressionists, especially through his brushstroke and use of color.  Today, Jansen is recognized as one of the most important American painters of his generation, with work in numerous museums, public and private collections.  

Kármán Line Monotypes

Jedd Novatt : Kármán Line is a new series of large-scale unique works on paper by internationally acclaimed artist Jedd Novatt.

"Kármán Line monotypes solidify integral conjectures of atmospheric and altitudinal dimensions maneuvering beyond the ocular to a more astomatous reality."

 *Published by Burgess Modern + Contemporary, and printed at Thumbprint Editions, London.

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Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Feb 24 - Mar 14, 2021

Burgess Modern + Contemporary Presents: “Kármán Line & Beyond” at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary | Art Wynwood 2021 Art Fair. 

Burgess Modern & Contemporary found curatorial inspiration from Jedd Novatt's Kármán Line monotype series title, moving beyond visual and conceptual boundaries.
In selecting works of Andy Warhol, Jedd Novatt, Roberto Matta, Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, and Hunt Slonem, Burgess Modern + Contemporary allows the viewer to academically establish a cumulative curatorial concept with artists as diverse as Hunt Slonem and Roy Lichtenstein. 
By aligning new insights on these selected artists that are distilled from both constructed and discovered layers, Burgess Modern + Contemporary's presentation discovers that replications and repetitions become meditative exercise in the ephemeral, while other deliberate mark-making bypasses aesthetics for functional reconfigurations in compositional purity.
Kármán Line & Beyond gives reason for academic dissertations across genres, movements, decades, and artistic compositions. 

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Aug 12 - Aug 15, 2021

Burgess Modern + Contemporary presents works by Andy Warhol, Jedd Novatt, Damien Hirst, Tom Wesselmann, Eric Fischl, RETNA, and Gabriel Delgado.

Burgess Modern + Contemporary strives to academically establish a cumulative curatorial concept with artists who conceptually explore academic discourse as well as political dissent.

From linguistical analysis through the PEMDAS order of operations to Graffiti Codices, to Iconic symbolism, to Pop Art propaganda, BM+C instills a sense of scholarly aptitude toward contemporary art discussions. 


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Art Miami 2021

Nov 30 - Dec 5, 2021

Burgess Modern + Contemporary exhibits at Art Miami 2021

with Constructs of the 5th Dimension


Oct 4, 2021, Ft. Lauderdale, FL ­­—


Burgess Modern + Contemporary is proud US debut the Alex Katz: The Flowers Portfolio, David Salle's Five Print Portfolio - OverUnder, and the curated selections: Constructs of the 5th Dimension, featuring the artworks of Jedd Novatt, Roberto Matta, Purvis Young, Miss Bugs, and Gabriel Delgado at Art Miami 2021.  

Each of the artists presented by Burgess Modern + Contemporary contributes to the 5th dimension through their own visual vernacular; a force manifested from the artists’ mind to achieve a signature visual aesthetic. Constructs of the 5th Dimension showcase systematic contemporary and artistic constructions that reinforce the theory that the phenomena of matter or mind are due to the action of forces rather than to motion or matter. 

Jedd Novatt’s stoic bronze and steel sculptures speak volumes of balance and space where new dimensions are defined through the negative expanses between the linear and welded constructs.  The interdimensional expressions of the sculptures are covertly tied to Novatt’s infinite and upward expansion where his lines and drawings are as much about scientific and historical academia as they are about the occupation of space within the physical mass of the material. 

Burgess Modern + Contemporary exhibits at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary 2022 with “Modern to Post-Contemporary”

Burgess Modern + Contemporary is proud to announce its participation in Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary 2022 art fair with “Modern to Post-Contemporary”, a curated exhibition where a multi-generational divide is purposefully clear, and all historical and contemporary lineages are unequivocally honored. 


“Modern to Contemporary” pays homage to the integrity of Art History, by celebrating the Modern Master’s like Picasso and Miro, while spotlighting the leading voices of Contemporary Artists, like Alex Katz and Jedd Novatt.


Within “Modern to Post-Contemporary” are early 1960 linocuts by Modern Master, Pablo Picasso, selections often accredited to the ‘later works of the final years’ that are undoubtedly and fundamentally different from the 2022 kaleidoscopic patterns of resin-encapsulated razorblades, drug paraphernalia, and pop culture icons by Contemporary Duo, Miss Bugs. 


Works with black and hard-edged definitions and gestural attributes by leading Surrealist, Joan Miro are harmoniously contrasted by the unapologetic and canonical symbolisms of American painter, David Salle’s sophisticated satire, jest, and ambiguity. The minimalistic floral compositions of 94-year-old Alex Katz from the newly released Flowers Portfolio become instant botanical icons with their heavily weighted negative spaces around bold and bright florals like Dogwoods, Peonies, Tulips, and Azaleas, which avowedly complement Jedd Novatt’s stoic bronze and steel sculptures which speak volumes of balance and space – both artists exploring new dimensions defined through the negative expanses between physical.   Gabriel Delgado’s linguistically dominate drawings of conceptually solvable mathematical equations of contemporary topics volley off the seemingly robust but inheritably delicate craftsmanship of glass artist, Alex Gabriel Bernstein.


Lisa Burgess, Owner of Burgess Modern + Contemporary states, “Art History is a continued course of study, appreciation, and scholarly approach. Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso will always be internationally recognized as Modern Masters, while Alex Katz, almost a centenarian, is still creating his legacy… Contemporaries Jedd Novatt and David Salle are names forever cemented in Art History, while artists like Miss Bugs, Alex Gabriel Bernstein, and Gabriel Delgado are following in the footsteps of these giants.”


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At Hampton Fine Art Fair 2022, Burgess Modern + Contemporary presents a curatorial exhibition titled: Constructs which includes artwork by Miss Bugs, Gabriel Delgado, Damien Hirst, Joan Miro, Jedd Novatt, Pablo Picasso, David Salle, Frank Stella, Mickalene Thomas, Gustavo Torres, and Tom Wesselmann.

In Constructs, Burgess Modern + Contemporary academically establishes a cumulative selection of artists who conceptually explore constructions- Constructs of space & time, composition, codes, linguistics, illustrations, narratives, and historical implications.


From Pop Art, Minimalism, Academia, Surrealism, and Modernism, Constructs instills a sense of elevated scholarly aptitude toward modern and contemporary art.  Each artist in the exhibit brings a unique style to this silent volubleness- Historical, Academic, and Contemporary.

Internationally acclaimed Contemporary Artist, Jedd Novatt has a visual language that defines his signatory linear aesthetic; an interpretation of factual environmental apexes manifested through lines, angles, and vertices that engage negative space against positive. The artworks theoretically propel themselves through the firmaments of space, carried by the dynamic spatial vibrations found within the arrangements.  The momentum is purposefully and perfectly contrasted and even constrained with his choice of rigid and weighted materiality. 


Novatt is an artist often examined through constraining connotations of chaos theories.  In Constructs, Burgess Modern + Contemporary begins to disseminate and dissect Novatt’s seemingly random elements which are in fact governed by deterministic laws such as gravity.

In the Hurácan Sculpture Series, Novatt examines discernments of balance with his geometric shapes that build upon, morph within, and volley around each other. It is within these undefined quadrilateral forms that the artist examines the critical analysis of scale and weight. Hurácans’ upward and outward mobilities can be characterized as infinite as the artist probs the perceived absolutes of spatial realities, both physical and transcendental. In this conceptual yet constructed formalism of linear constructs resides Novatt’s self-reliant artistic vocabulary.

In the verisimilitude of our everyday existence, the real definition of the demarcated Kármán Line does not conclude at any given elevation within Earth’s atmosphere, it is merely a subjective definition in man’s rudimentary scientific exploration. 


In Novatt’s Kármán Line monotypes showcased in this exhibition, the artist interprets conjectures of atmospheric and altitudinal dimensions maneuvering beyond the two-dimensional ocular to a more astomatous reality. As reflective of mankind’s elementary atmospheric assessment, the artist’s visual forms take on the role of what we recognize as a drawing, where linear principles drive the viewer to follow the spontaneous but purposefully arranged composition through calculated routes of intersecting boundaries, edges, configurations, and angles.  Through these drawings, Novatt embarks on the colossal and ostensibly unobtainable occupation of relinquishing visual anchors of reference to the viewer for them to understand the conceptual and physical propinquity. The linguistic dichotomy of the two colors renders a flat image, yet the conceptual depth exists in the theoretical planes found between foreground and background and between line and shape.


Skull and Circle spin paintings by Damien Hirst are visual excerpts from a public participation venture that Hirst contributed to for the opening of Requiem, a major retrospective of over 100 works which opened on April 25, 2009, at PinkchukArtCentre, Ukraine. During the public opening ceremonies, the artist hosted a spin art workshop, allowing museumgoers to participate in the artmaking process on various shaped paper. Two universally understood symbols, the skull and cirlce, bring a playful sense to his sometimes-offensive visual vocabulary.  Stylistically painted in the home-craft, spin art technique, Hirst brings this aesthetic to the blue-chip art world.


Skull and Circle both bear the “Hirst” stamped signature, and the accompanying inscription that reads: “This painting was made to celebrate the opening of Damien Hirst, Requiem, at the PinchukArtCentre.” 


In Tom Wesselmann’s Still Life with Blonde and Goldfish, 3D raised paper Mixografia print explodes with vibrancy, the artist deftly showcases his determination to reject all notions of Abstract Expressionism.  These shaped swatches of bold and bright colors provide minimalist environments for everyday objects such as bowls of fruit, flowers, and a fishbowl simplistically rendered and void of any emotion.


Gabriel Delgado creates themed artwork that explores aspects of technology, emotions, crypto currencies, along with contemporary social and political events, ranging from Police Brutality, Animal Rights, Environmental Rights, Science, Economy, Immigration, Social Reform, and other relevant topics. His PEMDAS driven, and conceptually solvable Order of Operations mathematical equations bring to light the elegance of numerical and text-driven logic via an expressive scientific chalkboard aesthetic.


In the “The History of Bitcoin”, by Gabriel Delgado, the equation begins with identifying the anonymous person and / or group who is deemed the founder of bitcoin and the establishment of the creation of the peer-to-peer network to support the new cryptocurrency. The artist identifies the idea of decentralized digital currency, the ISO codes, the proof of work properties, as well as the historical contexts of its creation with the initial “Genesis Block”. The second part of the balanced equation continues the evolution of the Bitcoin from the first commercial use for the order of Papa John’s Pizza and the early proof of concept to the reality of black-market transactions which established the role of the bitcoin early in its conception to buy drugs, arms, porn, and other illegal items on the black market. The artist also touches on the reality of the cap market for Bitcoin, the hacks that have affected its status, and pitfalls of Bitcoin, as well as the influence of Elon Musk’s tweets on its value.  Financial demarcations are established with the date of the “Genesis Block”, the current Bitcoin market value, the lost bitcoin from online transactions to the % of increase from outside influences.

Works with black and hard-edged definitions and gestural attributes by leading Surrealist, Joan Miro are harmoniously contrasted by the unapologetic and canonical symbolisms of American painter, David Salle’s sophisticated satire, jest, and ambiguity.


The dimensional constructed and collaged Lithograph of Frank Stella contrasts the simplistic nature of Pablo Picasso’s faces.


Burgess Modern + Contemporary’s Constructs presents an exhibition that captures the full attention of the viewer, while creating opportunities to facilitate discussions on a multitude of subjects from academia to politics, and the cosmos to humankind.

The notion of the "Now" is a central interest of many philosophical theories. The questions of what it means to be "in the present moment" and whether the present moment is actually a well-defined concept have been debated for centuries. Recently, Neuroscientists have found that, contrary to popular belief, the brain does not process information in a linear fashion. Instead, information is constantly being shuffled around and reordered in order to create a coherent and current picture of the world- The NOW.

All the exhibiting artists with Burgess Modern + Contemporary at Art Miami 2022 in the curatorial booth of “NOW” resonate with conceptual concepts of either current times, reflective times, social & political times, or aspects of being in the moment- demanding the viewer be present in the moment to digest the visual.

Jedd Novatt’s linear bronze sculptures and inked monotypes are complex minimalism yet constraining connotations of equilibriums within their discernments of balance, and negative space.  His conceptual towers of space are infinite in their upward expansion redefining both time and space – breaking boundaries of associated with what is deemed the Now.

Works by Alex Katz show the artist revisiting / reflecting on some of his favorite paintings of his beloved wife and muse, Ada; a collection that was retrieved from his more than seven-decade career, reexamined as fine art prints. A then and now development. Katz’s hard-edged definitions and minimal modeling techniques are at their core, a subtractive methodology by the artist allowing him to edit out the visual noise and concentrate on the essential elements with key precision.

In Tom Wesselmann’s “Still Life with Blonde and Goldfish” and “Sunset Nude with Yellow Tulips”, 3D raised paper Mixografia print explodes with vibrancy, the artist deftly showcases his determination to reject all notions of Abstract Expressionism. These shaped swatches of bold and bright colors provide minimalist environments for everyday objects such as bowls of fruit, flowers, and a fishbowl simplistically rendered and void of any emotion. The contemporariness of these fine art prints elevates traditional printmaking processes into the third dimension, bring them into the viewers space with a reason to pay attention to their existence in the present moment.

David Hayes’ painted steel works and monumental outdoor sculptures saw the artist contemplating the relationship between a work of art and the environment it occupies, while showing the influence of his world-famous teacher David Smith and friend Alexander Calder. The artist was aware of existing in the instant to create in the moment influenced by his surroundings but affected by his past relationships which laid the foundation for his own legacy.

Retna is an American street artist became known for his unique typography and letterforms where each block of text is a sophisticated system of script, culled from hieroglyphs, calligraphy and illuminated lettering. With influences ranging from Arabic, Egyptian, Hebrew, Old English, and Native American mythologies.  In his cryptic words, letters, and messages, he reflects aspects of contemporary times. Yet he is in tune to a sophisticated and metaphysical connectedness that draws inspiration from poignant relevance of historical cannons. RETNA employs ancient totemic symbologies as a baseline, overlaid with rhythms he perceives as compartmentalized sequences of letters to hypothetically vocalize significances deemed important enough to manifest into works of art. 

Miss Bugs is centered on contemporary times with a hyperfocus on destructive social norms of current societies.  Their unique artistic statement and its implied irony is cemented in the fact that our current technology advances have infiltrated many aspects of our private lives and hold us hostage to our addictions, obsessions, and fascinations. Their kaleidoscopic chambers of interconnected patterns and mathematical rotations create a symmetry and mirroring that allude revelations of harmonious consumer culture perfection.

Rex Hausmann, a Texas-based artist, often draws on these famous writings and other Art Historical Cannons to help define his own current Metamodernism Practice of Contemporary Art. Hausmann’s unique and self-formulated genre of artmaking features an amalgamation of friends, family, and happily harnessed mundanity of everyday life into the artist’s complex visual narratives that are gaining national recognition. His autobiographically driven contemporary landscapes, painterly avatars, and eccentrically specific recorded moments of time come alive in bold, bright and neon colors; artworks giving voice and credence to 400-year-old trees, dusty pick-up trucks, celebratory congregations, and a ‘beautiful mind’ mapping of linking people, places, and things through intrinsic artistic alchemy.

Gabriel Delgado’s PEMDAS driven, and conceptually solvable Order of Operations mathematical equations bring to light the elegance of numerical and text-driven logic via an expressive chalkboard aesthetic. As an Artist, Delgado creates themed artwork that explores aspects of contemporary culture and events, ranging from Science, Economy, Decentralized Finance and Economic Markets, Human Emotions, Police Brutality, Animal & Environmental Rights, Immigration, Social Reform, and other relevant topics; things that are happening NOW! He acts as teacher; Delgado uses a variety of techniques and applications to create works of art that not only educate but create visual avenues for an often-unbiased political debate and community discussion. His themed artworks dive deep into the human psyche to investigate emotions as well as pivotal responses of human interactions.

Through a stylized contemporary street art aesthetic, Andrew Cotton creates split-portrait betrayals of pop culture icons. His contemporary street portraits give us a hybrid model of duality. From splatter-painted Pollock to Graffiti styled Basquiat, Cotton separates his subject in two; part anatomically correct portraiture juxtaposed with the preferred visual nomenclature of such identify. We see a split personality, the outward appearance and the inner (conceptual) appearance – simultaneously of these chosen movie stars, artist, musician, actresses, and celebrities, civic leaders, and poets. Cotton embraces his coveted family lineage and formulaically calculates the building of his own brand with a narrower and more focused mindset to produce artwork that successfully blends pop culture, nostalgia, friendships, and kinships.

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