Brandy Kraft
Dianopsis vernus, 2020
Oil on Linen
11 x 8.5 in.

Frederick Brosen
Higan Cherry, 2018
Watercolor over graphite on paper
6.75 x 5 in.

Christopher Adams
Untitled, 2016
Glazed ceramic
7.25 x 6.5 x 2.25 in.

Dina Brodsky
Tree #55, 2019
Ballpoint pen and gouache on handmade paper
12 x 9 in.

David Morrison
Iris Drawing, 2019
Colored pencil on paper
27 x 15 in.

Jim Harris
Dutch Winter, 2019
Charcoal on paper
25 x 19 in.

Marina Kiselyova
Rococo Tulip Bud, 2020
Watercolor on vellum
7 x 5 in.

Amy Laskin
Lace Collar with Jade, 2020
Oil on canvas
7.5 x 10.5 in.

L.C. Armstrong
Amaryllis Minerva, 2010
Acrylic and bomb fuse on Strathmore board
14 x 10 in.

Margot Glass
Daisy Fleabane, 2019
14 karat gold on prepared paper
11 x 9 in.

Melanie Parke
Red Stripe, 2019
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 in.

Mary Reilly
Flowering Hillside, 2018
Graphite on paper
23.5 x 18 in.

Sarah Phillips
Petals and Peels, 2020
Archival inkjet print
22 x 22 in.

Tyler Swain
Spring Tulip, 2019
Oil on muslin panel
12 x 12 in.

Tim Nighswander
Amaryllis #23, 2017
Archival pigment print
22 x 17 in.

Jordan Wolfson
Still Life with Flowers IV, 2018
Oil on linen
12 x 10 in.

Manic Botanic

Curated by Garvey|Simon and Dina Brodsky

Hosted by The Blue Review Project Space

June 18 – July 18, 2020



Blue Review Project Space is pleased to present Manic Botanic, an exhibition curated by Garvey|Simon and Dina Brodsky. Featuring works by over twenty artists, the show celebrates flora in all its diversity and sublimity. It will be exhibited virtually online, and also by appointment to examine works in person.


Co-curated by Garvey|Simon and Brodsky, this collaboration brings together a dealer’s proclivity for theme and an artist’s eye for craft. Featuring drawing, watercolor, metalpoint, painting, photography and ceramics, each mode seeks to capture the fragility and singularity of its subject. The works are united by their sense of dexterity and detail. There will be an online private preview of Manic Botanic on Wednesday, June 17th, and a virtual opening reception will take place on Thursday, June 18th.


Meticulous, nuanced petals and sensuous stems belie the ubiquity of their subjects, and gesture towards the deft hand of their makers. Whether miniature or grandiose in scale, these floral icons are utterly ecstatic. Margot Glass’s delicate graphite and goldpoint dandelions and Dina Brodsky’s diaristic trees are byzantine meditations on impermanence and memory. Miriam Escofet (recent recipient of the BP Portrait Award) and Grace Devito each bring their background in portraiture to their floral still lifes, capturing the subtle nuances and individuality of each bloom. Eric Wert, Amy Laskin, and Marina Kiselyova celebrate the opulence of their blooms with lavish and decorative detail; conversely, Jordan Wolfson, Tyler Swain, and Melanie Parke each bow to the humble simplicity of their botanicals. Christopher Adams explores adaptive radiation with ceramics, and Sarah Phillips arranges her specimens into kaleidoscopic patterns, rendering their quotidian subjects surreal and exotic. Jose Escofet’s oil paintings are similarly punched up and surreal. A bouquet of fragile monoliths, Frederick Brosen’s watercolor blossoms are feats of gentle precision, L.C. Armstrong’s bomb fuse paintings are laced with an element of danger, Tim Nighswander’s amaryllis photographs are modern memento moris, and Brandy Kraft’s oil paintings are portrait-like in their hybrid specificity. David Morrison and Mary Reilly’s hyperrealist colored pencil and graphite drawings are charged with a sense of intimacy and rigor, while Jimmy Fike achieves the same effect through his objective, almost scientific lens.




Elizabeth K. Garvey is the Co-founder and Director of Garvey|Simon (est. in 2010). Previously she was President and Owner of EKG Art Advisory, (1999-2009), and Co-Director of Schmidt-Bingham Gallery (1989-1998). Liz is a member of ArtTable, a distinguished national network of leading women in the visual arts professions, and a founding member of the New York chapter of the Association of Women Art Dealers. With over 30 years of experience in the fine art industry, Liz leverages her professional relationships with other galleries, auction houses, private dealers, and artists to offer boutique art advisory services and an exhibition program championing mid-career and emerging artists.


Dina Brodsky is a contemporary realist, miniaturist painter and curator. She was educated at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the New York Academy of Art, where she received her MFA.  She has taught  privately, and in several institutions including the New York Academy of Art, the Art Students League and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


The Blue Review was established in 2017 by curator and art consultant Trek Lexington. Its mission is to discover and draw attention to contemporary art that is both highly skilled and conceptually rigorous. Their online project space connects artists and collectors through a series of group and solo exhibitions. Committed to exhibiting beautiful, thought-provoking art without compromise, The Blue Review aims to bring art back to art criticism, and art criticism back to art.


For more information, high resolution images, or sales inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Garvey at, or 917-796-2146.


VIRTUAL WALK-THROUGH OF MANIC BOTANIC Hosted by The Blue Review Project Space, curated by Garvey|Simon and Dina Brodsky

Join us in our virtual gallery for a stay-at-home walk-through of our exhibition, Manic Botanic. 

Manic Botanic Exhibition Catalog