Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art

Marietta, GA



The Paul Jones Collection: Art and Everyday Life


The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art will present the exhibition "The Paul Jones Collection: Art and Everyday Life" from Wednesday, September 22 through Sunday, November 7, 1999. Over sixty works of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, including Romare Bearden's Island Scene, will be on exhibition at the Marietta / Cobb Museum of Art. The exhibition will be organized in four distinct areas: Expressive Abstraction and Fields of Color, Figurative Abstraction, Realism, and Director's Choice - The Series. The culmination of over thirty years of acquisitions, the Paul Jones Collection is one of the largest private holdings of African-American art in existence.

"This exhibition presents sixty-four works covering a range of scenes, subjects, and issues addressed by artists during the second half of the 20th century," emphasized Paul Jones, the owner. "Whether literal or not, an overriding consistency lies in the artist's attentiveness to aspects of daily life. Reflecting the variety of styles that define the eclecticism of the period, a cross-section of approaches and points of view of artists is presented."

Featured in the exhibition are social realism works by Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Benny Andrews and the hard-edge abstract painting of Al Smith and James Little.

"It is well-known and documented," according to Alexander Gaudieri, director of the Marietta / Cobb Museum of Art,"that such masters as Picasso and Matisse drew information from and were influenced by African art. It is also well-known and documented that such masters as Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence were strongly influenced by the same factors. It is intriguing in this collection to see the play and tension resulting from these factors."

Paul R. Jones, a businessman and former government official, made an early decision in his collecting to support the younger and emerging artists with the African-American sector as the primary focal area. His collection, which consists of more than 850 works by nearly 200 artists from diverse backgrounds, offers an overview of concerns and statements from a spectrum of 20th century artists. The collection works represent a diversity in media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and mixed media. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Amalia Amaki.

Images from top to bottom: Amos "Ashanti" Johnson, Original Man, pastel on paper, 1968, 35 x 29 inches; Benjamin Britt, We Two, oil on canvas. 1968, 24 x 34 inches; Jacob Lawrence, The Library, 1978, color lithograph, 24 x 28 inches; Romare Bearden, Island Scene, 1984, watercolor, 21 x 17 inches; Jimmy Mosley, Humanity #2, 1968, watercolor, 20 x 36 inches.


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For further biographical information on selected artists cited in this article please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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