Wednesday, December 29, 2010

'Golden' works at Hadas Gallery kicks off inaugural show

"Ice Screen" by Richard W. Golden

By Meredith Deliso

You don’t get more Clinton Hill than Hadas Gallery.

The new space on Myrtle Avenue is founded by neighborhood fixtures and features work by local artists. Heck, the name is even Hebrew for Myrtle.

“I wanted to showcase art being made in the area,” said Joshua Stulman, a recent Pratt University graduate recruited to curate the space by omnipresent rabbi and gallery founder Simcha Weinstein. “Brooklyn is very dense with artists. There’s a great diversity and wealth of styles, mediums and approaches.”

The inaugural show is dedicated to photography, specifically, the abstract work of Richard W. Golden, a neighborhood artist who finds inspiration for his nature photography in Prospect Park, the Botanic Garden, and Coney Island. And whereas one shoot can easily result in over 100 photos for a photographer, Golden never takes more than six shots.

“If I can’t capture what I see in a half-dozen negatives, then shooting an entire roll probably won’t either,” says the artist.

Future exhibitions at Hadas will include abstractions based on music by John Axelrod and, given the proximity, student shows featuring the work of Pratt students. Film screenings and even bands performances are eyed for the gallery.

“It’s a little tiny performance space, but there’s lots of possibilities,” said Stulman. “I really want to center on the arts and what’s here in Brooklyn.”

“Depth/Balance/Surface” by Richard W. Golden at Hadas Gallery (543 Myrtle Ave. between Steuben Street and Emerson Place in Clinton Hill, no phone), Jan. 2-31. Opening reception on Jan. 9 from 2-5 pm. For info, visit


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