KEVIN BERLIN

"HEROES"

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KEVIN BERLIN: "HEROES"
SAVE THE DATE: November 5-26, 2005; Held over through January, 2006
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 2005, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
HELLER GALLERY, 420 W 14th, St, New York, NY, (212) 414-4014; Hours: 11:00 – 6:00 pm, Mon. – Sat. www.hellergallery.com

PRESS RELEASE

New York - Groundbreaking, large-scale new works in cast glass by sculptor Kevin Berlin opens at Heller Gallery, 420 West 14th St., New York, NY. on Saturday Nov. 5, 3-5 pm. Berlin's first solo glass exhibition "HEROES" features the largest portraits ever cast in Czech glass in the history of the medium. The artist sculpted the portraits from live models of larger than life heroes such as tenor "Luciano Pavarotti" ("Pink Pavarotti), and astronaut Buzz Aldrin ("Blue Buzz"), of Apollo 11th first trip to the moon. The exhibition also features "everyday heroes" like "Blue Boy" posed for by the artist's three year old nephew. Inspired by new technological developments in large-scale glass casting and the light sensitive properties of glass, Yale graduate, Kevin Berlin has discovered glass as an ideal medium for sculpture which captures both an interior and exterior life.

"Kevin Berlin amazes us once again..."
—from the "Heroes" catalog Introduction by Arts Patrons and Collectors Dr. Dudley and Lisa Anderson.

"In more than 30 years of operating a gallery I have rarely encountered an artist as talented, multifaceted, and ambitious as Kevin Berlin..."
—from the catalog introduction by Doug Heller, Heller Gallery.

"Bravissimo!"
—tenor Luciano Pavarotti upon first seeing the full-scale model of Kevin Berlin's "Hero" portrait "Pink Pavarotti."

Other heroes sculpted from the artist's recent visits to Russia include "Maestro Gergiev," a 400+ pound tribute to the Metropolitan Opera's Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Director of the Kirov Orchestra, Ballet and Opera as well as "Violet Volochkova" posed for by the celebrated ballerina Anastasia Volochkova. The works-the culmination of a three year effort-were sculpted at the artist's studio in Florence Italy and cast in the Czech Republic.

KEVIN BERLIN'S works are found in the collections of Kim Basinger, David Letterman, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Quincy Jones, General Motors Corporation and Carnival Cruise Lines. BERLIN has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Miami Herald, USA Today as well as CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, MTV, Tokyo Television's "Morning Satellite" program and BBC Radio. Following up his recent painting exhibition "All Dressed Up With No Place to Go" in the Hamptons, Berlin is currently working on a series of paintings entitled "Fakes."

HELLER GALLERY has long been recognized for playing a seminal role in promoting contemporary sculpture that celebrates the use of glass as a fine art medium. For over thirty years Heller has exhibited the premier international artists working in glass and has been a valuable resource for artists, museums, collectors, public institutions and studios worldwide. New York's Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art have acquired works from the gallery for their collections as have The Corning Museum of Glass, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and numerous museums abroad including Victoria & Albert Museum, Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Louvre, and Hokkaido Museum, among others.

For additional information please call Katya Heller or Bob Roberts at 212.414.4014 or visit www.hellergallery.com.

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