Barbara Rose has curated a show called “The Magic Hour” at the Paul Rodgers/9W Gallery in New York:
Rose has chosen four artists; painters, Paul Manes and Randall Stoltzfus and photographers, Carolyn Marks Blackwood and Ernest Kafka with widely divergent styles but a similar interest in the elegiac mood of The Magic Hour. These artists reference the moody paintings of artists such as Ryder, Blakelock, the Luminists and the Hudson River School as well as Kasper David Friedrich and JMW Turner. Their light saturated abstracted landscapes and marinescapes are executed in a contemporary idiom that is a fresh departure from the brutal urban, sensationalistic styles now current. They provide an atmosphere of quiet contemplation and reverie. The sensitive poetry of these works serves as a welcome antidote to the frantic paced, characteristic of the aggressive battles of New York City life.