Date: Now Showing through August 31, 2010
Location: Jack Rutberg Fine Arts 357 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective
Museum of Contemporary Art
Now through September 20, 2010
Los Angeles, CA – Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles is currently presenting a rare exhibition of drawings by one of the most pivotal and significant 20th century American painters, Arshile Gorky (1904-1948). The exhibition extends through August 31. “Arshile Gorky: Sketchbook Drawings” features Gorky’s early sketchbook drawings dating from the early and mid 1930s. It was during that period when Gorky absorbed and re-defined European avant-garde sensibilities, having at that time a profound impact upon such artists as Willem de Kooning, Hans Burkhardt, Stuart Davis, John Graham, Isamu Noguchi and what ultimately became known as the New York School.
The drawings in this exhibition reveal Gorky’s early ruminations on cubism and biomorphic abstraction, well before his encounter with the European expatriates who arrived in N.Y. during WW II. These preliminary, yet informative drawings originated from the collection of the artist, Hans Burkhardt. When Hans Burkhardt (b.1904 Basel, Switzerland – d.1994 Los Angeles) left New York late in 1937, after sharing Arshile Gorky’s studio for nearly nine years, he brought to Los Angeles the largest holdings of works by his friend and mentor, outside Gorky’s own holdings. Burkhardt was the first to introduce Gorky’s work to other artists and curators in L.A. and his collection was the subject of a number of Gorky museum exhibitions. That back-story to Los Angeles’ connection to Arshile Gorky is underscored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s (PMA) recent inclusion of a poignant painting by Hans Burkhardt entitled “Burial of Gorky” 1950, in their recent exhibition “Arshile Gorky in Context” which ran concurrently with the PMA’s groundbreaking survey, “Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective.” Burkhardt’s painting now resides in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Works in “Arshile Gorky: Sketchbook Drawings” are offered following their inclusion in several museum exhibitions throughout the country. They were the subject of the last publication on Gorky’s works by the late Gorky scholar, Melvin P. Lader, Arshile Gorky: The Early Years published by Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in 2004.
“Arshile Gorky: Sketchbook Drawings” runs concurrently with the major exhibition, “Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective” at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, after its recent exhibition at the Tate Modern, London and the originating museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
“Arshile Gorky: Sketchbook Drawings” extends through August 31 and shown in tandem with the major exhibition “Patrick Graham – fact of the matter” featuring works by the important contemporary Irish artist.
PATRICK GRAHAM – FACT OF THE MATTER
Concurrent with the Gorky show Jack Rutberg Fine Arts presents a major exhibition of monumental paintings and drawings by Patrick Graham, widely regarded as Ireland’s most important contemporary artist. “Patrick Graham – fact of the matter” features Graham’s most recent works and a number of the artist’s most iconic, large-scale paintings of the last 25 years.
“Patrick Graham – fact of the matter” offers a rare opportunity to view a major presentation of Graham’s works; some recently exhibited in the critically acclaimed museum exhibition “The Quick and the Dead” presented by the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.
This new Los Angeles exhibition of Graham’s work is accompanied by a hardcover publication with insightful and provocative essays by art historians and critics, Marlena Donohue and Peter Frank, and Jack Rutberg.
Patrick Graham has been credited by art historians with changing the face of Irish painting, bringing it into the 20th and 21st century, and has been recognized by Ireland as a “living national treasure” through his induction into Aosdána since 1986. His impact on Los Angeles artists has been dramatically felt on those rare occasions when his works have been exhibited; the last time in 2002. Artists are conspicuously noted among Graham’s collectors. Critical praise has been no less noteworthy.
Art critic Donald Kuspit has declared: “Patrick Graham’s paintings are masterpieces…on a grand physical, emotional and intellectual scale…they are among the most complicated, salient reflections on modern existence that have been made…” And critic Peter Frank has observed: “In Graham, Ireland finally has a painter-draughtsman to match its writers.”
“Patrick Graham – fact of the matter” is presented concurrently with a rare exhibition of drawings by Arshile Gorky, “Arshile Gorky: Sketchbook Drawings.” Both exhibitions extend through August 31. Jack Rutberg Fine Arts is located at 357 N. La Brea Avenue. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For additional information on the exhibitions and/or the new Graham publication, telephone (323)938-5222 or email email@example.com