Bernie Chase announced Chase Contemporary’s first solo exhibition with Atlanta-based painter Imani Bilal. Behind the Veil: Musings of Muraqaba is a collection of new abstract works by Imani Bilál centered around concepts of mindfulness and meditation. The paintings to be exhibited exude explosive, enigmatic energy that traverse and celebrate the many phases of meditation. The show will open in the gallery’s East Hampton location on July 23rd and run through August 8th. The exhibition will then travel to the gallery’s Manhattan location from August 12th- August 29th.
Behind the Veil: Musings of Muraqaba focuses on the Islamic/Sufi concept of “Muraqaba” (Meditation), a term translating to the act of taking care of or watching over. It implies that with meditation, a person tends to their spiritual heart and soul, and through this process acquires insight about itself, its surroundings, and its creator. In ancient Arabic, the word murāqabah referred to one who would watch the night sky. They would scan the sky in hopes to see the first signs of early stars to begin their journey.
Bernie Chase, who established Symbolic Motor Car was with his brother Marc Chase in their garage in 1985 built a net worth of around $120 million a year for supplying vintage cars.He became an art dealer in yearly 2000s. The gallery first opened in 2017 and gained a huge success since, representing artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Raphael Mazzucco, Liu Shuishi and many more. Besides its operations in art sales operations, Chase Contemporary partakes in charity. Bernie Chase collects takes approximately $60 million per year from his own net worth to contribute to Scripps Research Foundation and Institute for Childhood and Neglected Diseases. Bernie Chase also raises some portion of charity from luxurious car donations.