Forum Gallery, New York
"The deeper significance of Magee's achievement has sometimes been obscured by a blinding technical virtuosity. His paintings, drawings, collages and monotypes heighten awareness of the physical world even as they allude to a conceptual reality hidden just beneath surface appearance." Christopher Crosman, Director, The Farnsworth Art Museum
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New York, NY - On October 9, 2003, Forum Gallery will present Parables, an exhibition of new works by the American Realist, Alan Magee. Known for his remarkable ability to capture forms in nature, Alan Magee’s acrylics and watercolors range in subject and size from large and powerful images on breathtaking surfaces to delicate and precise works on paper. His paintings invite wonder at the inherent dignity and beauty of simple objects such as letters, tools and stones that are imbued with a history of communication, labor and time.
Among Magee's works are a number of paintings of beach stones discovered by the artist on the Atlantic shores of New England. These meticulously crafted paintings not only reflect his fascination with texture and surfaces, but also a larger thematic interest in mutability and the passage of time.
Alan Magee, born in 1947 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, attended art school in Philadelphia and, in 1969, began working as an editorial and book illustrator in New York. Magee has received awards for his painting from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design. Several Television documentaries have been made about his work including the Maine PBS production, Alan Magee, Visions of Darkness and Light, and Maine Masters: Alan Magee.
Magee's works can be seen in many public collections including The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Arkansas Art Center, and the Columbus Museum of Art. His work is included in the private collections of Mobil Oil, The Atlantic Richfield Co., Lucasfilm Inc., the Bank of Japan, the Union Trust Bank, and the personal collections of Johnny Carson, Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, Nicholas Cage, Morley Safer, and the late Billy Wilder, among many others.
A major traveling exhibition of Alan Magee's work begins this fall at the James A. Michener Art Museum, Bucks County, PA from October 25, 2003 - January 26, 2004, traveling to: Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME, May 30 - September 6, 2004; The Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, October 3, 2004 - January 2, 2005 and to the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, January 29 - April 24, 2005.
Offering further insight into Magee's work is the accompanying 224-page monograph Alan Magee: Paintings, Sculpture, Graphics that includes commentaries by Barry Lopez, Jonathan Wiener and Richard V. West. Published by Forum Gallery and Seven Bridges Foundation, the hardcover volume is priced at $60.00.
Alan Magee: Parables opens with a reception on October 9 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, and will be on view through November 8, 2003.
For additional information contact: Ms. Bonnie Meyers