Miles McEnery Gallery is pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition of work by Sebastian Blanck, on view 27 July through 31 August 2023 at 515 West 22nd Street. Accompanying the exhibition is a fully illustrated publication featuring an essay by Matthew Israel.

In this exhibition, titled She’s My Best Friend, Blanck offers oil paintings featuring his “favorite subjects:” his family members, and most often his wife, fellow artist Isca Greenfield-Sanders.

Blanck celebrates the simple intimacies of family life by capturing fleeting moments—a cup of coffee, a neighborhood stroll, an afternoon in the sun. At a time of universal longing for contentment and peace in our everyday lives, the works are a panacea.

Upon first glance, Sebastian Blanck seems simply a painter of idyllic scenes. However, given the attention they deserve, Blanck’s works reveal a complex investment in formal experimentation, an unexpected tension between figuration and abstraction, and an engaging and unconventional approach to contemporary realism.

(Matthew Israel)

Sebastian Blanck (b. 1976 in New Haven, CT) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI and, in 2001, was selected as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.

Blanck’s work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY; Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, ME; Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY; Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO; De Buck Gallery, New York, NY; Dubner Moderne, Lausanne, Switzerland; and Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.

He has been included in recent group exhibitions at Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden; The Bo Bartlett Center, Columbus, GA; Launch F18, New York, NY; Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Dubner Moderne, Lausanne, Switzerland; De Buck Gallery, New York, NY; Lepore Savage Gallery, New York, NY; Wallspace, New York, NY; Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Werkstatte, New York, NY; and Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Blanck lives and works in New York, NY.