Katherine Bernhardt, Yoda Philodendrons and Bananas, 2019Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 72 x 60 inches

Melissa Brown, Barataria, 2019, Flashe, oil, and acrylic on dibond, 54 x 72 inches

James Castle, Untitled (Goose), n.d., Soot and saliva on found paper with string, 5 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches

Hilary Harkness, VIP Lounge, 2016,  Oil on canvas panel, 7 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches

William Hawkins, Untitled (Figure on animal), n.d. Enamel housepaint on masonite, 48 x 60 inches

Tony Matelli, Soldier, 2016, Concrete and painted bronze, 61 x 24 x 24 inches

Ryan Mrozowski, Untitled (Topiary), 2019, Acrylic on linen, 60 x 50 inches

Melvin Edward Nelson, Untitled, c. 1961-1965, Mineral pigment on paper, 14 x 20 1/2 inches

Betty Parsons, Fall, 1964, Acrylic on canvas, 41 3/4 x 32 x 2 1/4 inches

Shinichi Sawada, Untitled (32), Between 2006-2016, Ceramic, 21 x 7 x 7 inches

Josh Smith, Untitled, 2019, Oil on wood panel, 48 x 36 inches

Leopold Strobl, Untitled (2015-038), 2015, Graphite and coloured pencils on newsprint cut and mounted on paper, 2.60 x 2.50 inches

Brandi Twilley, Tulips, 2019, Oil on canvas, 14 x 10 inches

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Untitled (Pink and Gold Vessel with Jar Lid Base), n.d. Paint on oven-fired ceramic on jar lid, 9 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches

Frank Walter, Palm, Sand, and Sailboat, n.d., Oil on vinyl, 7 3/4 inches in diameter

Anna Zemánková, Untitled, n.d., Colored pencil on paper, 28 x 21 inches

ANONYMOUS, Alligator Girl Carnival Banner, 1920, Acrylic on canvas, 43 1/2 x 54 inches

Emily Furr, Rake Take, 2019, Oil on board, wood frame, 9 x 10 inches

Mike Goodlett, Untitled, 2019, Concrete and thread, 36 7/8 x 15 x 13 inches

Hein Koh, Strawberry Family, 2019, acrylic, felt, fiberfill, glitter, polymer clay, sand, spandex, string, velvet, vinyl, wire, 24 x 19 x 16 inches

Thornton Dial, Tigers Like to Play, ca 1990s, House paint on carpet mounted to wood, 24 3/4 x 33 1/2 inches

José Luis Vargas, Maybe, 2014, Mixed media on canvas, 24 x 19 inches


September 25 - November 10, 2019

Anonymous • Donald Baechler • Katherine Bernhardt • Peter Attie Besharo • Katherine Bradford • Melissa Brown • Hawkins Bolden • James Castle • Sanford Darling • Thornton Dial • Joseph Dolinksy • Austin Eddy •  Emily Furr • Hilary Harkness • EJ Hauser • William Hawkins • Mike Goodlett • Hein Koh • Tony Matelli • Ike Morgan • Ryan Mrozowski • Melvin Edward Nelson • Chris Oh • Andrew Ondrejcak • Betty Parsons •Nate Plotkin • Gabriel Rico • Mason Saltarrelli • Shinichi Sawada • Josh Smith • Sufjan Stevens • Leopold Strobl • Brandi Twilley • Frank Walter • José Luis Vargas • Eugene Von Bruenchenheim  • Anna Zemáková


“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

– Audrey Hepburn

So many gardens, both real and imaginary, populate our imaginations: Eden, Paradise, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, "yard shows" created by African American artists in the American South, Watts Towers, Versailles. The garden creates an idyllic and meaningful space through the organization of nature and art. These man-made utopias provide the makers a sense of purpose and vision, and offer a welcome distraction from the stresses of daily life. Visitors to gardens often enjoy these same gifts and find themselves in spaces equally suitable for reflection or recreation.

The delicate push-and-pull between Nature and artifice creates a realm that is continually evolving and transcendent in ways inaccessible to either architecture or wilderness. The contradictory forces work together and in opposition, spurring a wild dance in the process. The result, in the words of 18th Century landscape architect, Capability Brown, should "supply all the elegance and all the comforts which Mankind wants in the Country and... be exactly fit for the owner, the Poet and the Painter." 

In our GARDEN, viewers encounter established and emerging contemporary artists alongside notable self-taught/Outsider artists in an immersive setting created using turf, living and faux plants, special lighting and meandering pathways. Like any good garden, we let our imaginations, materials and space guide us in shaping the scene. Gardens hold mystery and secrets, but most importantly offer us beautiful escapes from the world at large. Reflection, meditation and conversation are encouraged and welcome. Stay a spell.

Sargent's Daughters and SHRINE would like extend special thanks to our partners on the show who have graciously donated materials to make this exhibition possible:

Flowers on Essex (NY, NY)
Greenr World (Brooklyn, NY)
MoonSign (neon by Wayne Heller)