Boca Raton Museum of Art
Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton Collects: The Modernist Spirit within Private Collections
"Boca Raton Collects: The Modernist Spirit within Private Collections" will be shown at the Boca Raton Museum of Art from June 27 - September 2, 2001, and will present a total of 50 works of art from two area collections, focusing on turn-of-the century artistic developments that shaped American modernism. Featured works range from the subjective realist traditions of early 20th century painters such as Robert Henri, William Glackens, George Luks and Raphael Soyer to the non-objective abstract works of Byron Browne, Ilya Bolotowsky, Hilla Rebay, and Irene Rice Pereira. (left: J. G. Brown, The Two Musicians, oil on canvas, 18 x 14 inches, Collection of Gabriel Auerbach; right: William Glackens, The Artist Wife and Daughter, oil on canvas, Collection of Gabriel Auerbach)
The exhibition will introduce the viewer to 33 works from the collection of Gabriel Auerbach, focusing on realist and genre painting, including several artists associated with the Eight or the Ashcan School - Robert Henri (1865-1929), George Luks (1867-1933), Guy Péne du Bois, and William Glackens (1870-1938). American realist artists of the 19fh and early 20th centuries maintained a loyalty to realism, seeing within representation the potential for expressing important concerns about the human condition. They were informed by artistic developments in France at the turn of the century, the Impressionists and by Dutch art of the 17th century, crusading against academic art, preferring art based on real-life experience, a new refreshing attitude of humanism. (left: Guy Pene du Bois, Sunday Walkers, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches, Collection of Gabriel Auerbach; right: Albert Bierstadt, The Fishing Fleet, oil on panel, 10 x 14 inches, Collection of Gabriel Auerbach)
The collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Plotch is the second featured in Boca Raton Collects. The 17 works shown from this collection focuses on abstract painting and sculpture in America during the 1920s to 1940s, and includes many works by significant artists of the American Abstract Artists (AAA), an organization formed in 1936 to provide exhibition opportunities for abstract artists and to promote understanding of abstract art. (left: John Koch, Red Skirt, oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches, Collection of Gabriel Auerbach; right: Louis Charles Moeller, Cronies, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches, Collection of Gabriel Auerbach)
Boca Raton Collects offers a privileged and rare view of private collections within the Boca Raton community, and addresses the psychology behind "why we collect."
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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.
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