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OVERS & UNDERS
PAINTINGS BY BOB NEUWIRTH: 1964 – 2009

Track 16 is pleased to present Overs & Unders: Paintings by Bob Neuwirth, 1964 – 2009. Organized by Kristine McKenna, this retrospective exhibition includes sixteen canvases produced over the past forty-five years.

Born in Ohio, Neuwirth began painting as a teenager. In the late '50s he attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and during his years in Boston he became a key figure in the Cambridge Folk Revival that launched the careers of Joan Baez and Geoff Muldaur, among others. During the '60s Neuwirth was primarily known for his work as a musician and songwriter, and he was prominently featured in D.A. Pennebaker's documentary of 1967, Don't Look Back. The following year he was part of the crew for Pennebaker's landmark music film, Monterey Pop, and in 1975 he assembled the house band for the traveling rock 'n' roll circus, The Rolling Thunder Review. Neuwirth has released five solo LPs, and was the producer for Down From the Mountain, the 2000 documentary film exploring the American roots music showcased in the Coen Brothers' film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Although Neuwirth's work has been making its way into private collections for decades, he's remained largely indifferent to exhibiting throughout his career; thus, Overs & Unders offers the first comprehensive overview of his stylistic development. Neuwirth came of age during the glory days of New York action painting, and abstraction has always been central to his art-making practice. Overs & Unders includes a selection of work from the early '60s, when he was producing quirky hybrids of Cubism and Surrealism. The '70s found him exploring various experimental materials, and he went on to produce a series of wall works that straddled the zone between painting and sculpture, and a cycle of haunted landscapes that are poised between abstraction and figuration. Neuwirth's work has grown increasingly lyrical and fluid over the course of his career, and in recent years he's been producing exuberant, expansive pictures filled with space, light, and blazing color.

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery recently mounted an exhibition of Neuwirth's small, mixed-media collages. Neuwirth maintains studios in Manhattan and Santa Monica, and splits his time between the two cities.