Forum Gallery, New York
New York, NY Forum Gallery will present Recent Acquisitions, an exhibition of works by important modern and contemporary artists. It will incorporate striking and delicate portraits, sensitive landscapes, narrative and abstract art. Featuring more than 40 drawings, watercolors, pastels, prints and mixed media works, the exhibition will include works by Ralston Crawford, Robert Marc, Salvador Dali, Gustav Klimt, John Koch, Max Weber, Everett Shinn, Lucian Freud along with Forum Gallery artists Davis Cone, Chaim Gross, Odd Nerdrum, Raphael Soyer and Christian Vincent.
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In the first half of the century, personal artistic styles varied from forms of realism to stylistic approaches influenced by modernist European trends brought to the United States by an influx of artist immigrants. They adopted Cubism, Surrealism, and Non-Objective art and, although inspired by representational subject matter, compositions were often reduced to the basic elements of color, line, and shape. They viewed painting not as imitation but rather as an act of intuition, formal exploration, or both.
Well known for his direct woodcarvings of circus performers, animals and the female form, Chaim Gross worked in a combination of traditional and tribal/folk styles. Gross began to focus heavily on his heritage and Judaic themes after the terrible events of World War II. Everett Shinn was a member of The Eight and American Ashcan School, whose art reflects influences of Honoré Daumier, Edgar Degas, and Jean-Louis Forain.
One of the most stylistically pioneering artists of the early modernists, Max Weber was a key figure in introducing avant-garde art to America. He worked in the mediums of oil, watercolor, printmaking and sculpture. He was an important artist in Alfred Stieglitz's New York City Gallery 291, which featured small exhibitions of European and American Modernism.
Throughout his career, Davis Cone has meticulously chronicled and depicted Art Deco movie theaters. In his paintings, he captures the architectural grandeur of each theater and presents a reverent look at American cultural icons, capturing their majesty in vivid detail. Through Davis Cone’s eyes, we see fleeting moments of excitement and romance that the movie theatres of Main Street America provide for each of us.
Odd Nerdrum carries out a visual assessment of contemporary life as well as a self-assessment of his own life and the modern world. Rembrandt, along with Caravaggio, Velazquez and Masaccio, is Nerdrum's principal artistic influence. As is true of Rembrandt's self-examination, Nerdrum’s paintings probe the human predicament in searching out life's values. Through Rembrandt, Nerdrum rediscovered the basic and timelessly human qualities that he felt had been left behind by most contemporary art.
Recent Acquisitions opens with a reception on December 16 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, and will be on view through January 22, 2005.
For additional information contact: Forum Gallery, New York