SouthportThe Art of the Discovery: Post-War Selections
Hollis Taggart Southport presents The Art of the Discovery, a group exhibition featuring paintings and sculpture from our post-war inventory with a focus on the development of Abstract Expressionism and its continued influence throughout the second half of the twentieth century.
Hand colored print by artist
16 1/2 x 40 inches (41.9 x 101.6 cm) (image size) 24 3/4 x 44 3/4 inches (62.9 x 113.7 cm) (paper size)
Signed and dated lower right: "Will Barnet '77"
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 42 inches (121.9 x 106.7 cm)
Signed lower right: "J. Brooks" Titled, dated, inscribed, and signed verso: "'LURRY' 1962 / 48x42 / James Brooks / [...]"
Casein on canvas
24 x 32 inches (61 x 81.3 cm)
Signed lower right: "Ferren" Titled, signed, dated, and inscribed verso: "MOONLIGHT - UTAH / John Ferren / 1948 / JF-342 casein - do not varnish"
Acrylic on d'arches paper
7 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches (19.1 x 26 cm)
Signed verso: "RPousette-Dart" Inscribed verso [Not in artisti's hand]: "#1479, s/w/p-3"
Acrylic on unprimed canvas
57 1/2 x 34 inches (146.1 x 86.4 cm)
Signed lower left: "Irene Monat Stern" Signed and dated verso: "Irene Monat Stern 72'"
Casein on paper on board
49 x 65 inches (124.5 x 165.1 cm)
Titled, signed, dated, and inscribed verso: "'HALF MOON' / Yvonne Thomas / 1949 = 49" x 65" / 'painted at the "Subject of / the artist' / casein on paper (mounted)"
Acrylic and graphite on paper
16 x 16 inches (40.6 x 40.6 cm)
Titled lower left: "Study for Offshore Breeze" Signed lower right: "G Vranesh" Inscribed lower left: "Offshore Breeze"
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The exhibition showcases some of the familiar icons of this period, Hans Hofmann, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Theodoros Stamos, while spotlighting the works by influential artists that defined the era including, James Brooks, Nell Blaine, Friedel Dzubas, John Ferren, Perle Fine, Audrey Flack, Peter Halley, Knox Martin, William Scharf and Yvonne Thomas.
New York City was the center of creative artistic activity after World War II. Displaced European and American artists debated and examined different philosophies, techniques, and expressions. Some artists held onto the tenets of the past, Surrealism, Cubism and Modernism. Others used the past as a springboard to probe new styles. They exploited the physical quality of their mediums to express emotions of desire, mystery, passion, and rhythm while abandoning conventional structured compositions and depictions of forms. No single school, style, theory, nor technique dominated. In 1958, the artist John Ferren, one of our exhibiting artists, stated in his essay titled Epitaph for an Avant-Garde, “We discovered instead that searching was itself a way of art.” He continued, “Our new arrangement was, quite simply, no arrangement. We kept all the elements of painting-those that we knew or felt-suspended, as it were. We faced the canvas with the Self, whatever that was, and we painted.” This exhibition featuring twenty-one artists is a visual experience that highlights this extraordinary post-war period of exploration of differing styles, themes, and techniques.
“We are thrilled to present an exemplarily collection of post-war works by distinguished artists that together illustrate the diversity and development of the Abstract Expressionist movement,” said Paul Efstathiou. “This exhibition, a study of historical works executed in second half of the twentieth century, also highlights the exceptional quality and scholarly themes that Hollis Taggart continues to bring to Fairfield County.”
Courtesy of Hollis Taggart