The 45 pieces on display showcase artists from 10 different countries, from Japan to Morocco, and various South American lands. It will spread across two floors and features a wide spectrum of work from paintings to sculpture, non objective, nonrepresentative, abstract and highly representative -- all of various sizes and shapes.
The exhibition is a dream that artist Jeff Leder had for a while. Although he has been presenting Long Island City-based artists since the gallery's opening in 2010, Leder decided he wanted to bring the world to the thriving artistic enclave of Queens.
"The hope is that people be affected by the artwork and that they connect on an emotional and perhaps, intellectual level to the art," said Leder, who has called Long Island City his home for the past eight years.
The unifying impression sought is of an evocative aesthetic and emotional connection to each viewer.
"I want them to be changed in some way by the experience," he added.
Leder opened the gallery in Long Island City because he felt that a gallery of a particular scope was needed in the area. Taking his art background, as well as his marketing and financial sector experience, he opened the self-entitled space in 2010.
"I wanted it to look professional and feel professional," he said. "I wanted a wide range of art by both established and emerging artists with a particular focus on LIC artists."
It's important, he said, that artists find that support at various levels in their career. Having been an artist, exhibiting in the 1970s in Soho, Leder understands the concentrated support that's needed.
And his dream to create a space that would bring together artists, collaborators, The gallery has so far showcased over 800 works and through October to June last year, sold 50 pieces.
Some of the artists that will be showcased in the "International Painting NYC" exhibit include Guy Benson, Walt Curlee, Patricia Horing, Min Kim, Jennye Stubblefield, KuBO and Amir Hariri to name a few.
The exhibition is ongoing through Wednesday, February 15.
The gallery is located at 21-37 45th Road in LIC, close to the number 7 train. For more information on the gallery and exhibition, visit jeffreyledergallery.com.