Modern Masters: Paris and Beyond, features over twenty exceptional paintings by Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Kees van Dongen, as well as significant sculptures by Jean Dubuffet, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse and Alexander Calder. Including important works from the “années folles” or “crazy years” of 1920’s Paris through the decades following the Second World War, Paris and Beyond traces the development of these artists from their initial avant-garde beginnings through later decades of the 20th century as they moved ‘beyond’ Paris.
Individually, the artists featured in Paris and Beyond each made vital contributions to the avant-garde; overall as a movement they revolutionized modern art. The significance and appeal of these Modern Masters endures today.
An 86-page catalog with an introductory essay by noted art critic and art historian, Edward-Lucie Smith accompanies the exhibition. A virtual tour of the exhibition will also be available at www.hammergalleries.com.
“After living near the Ferus Gallery in 1960-61 I went to Italy, lived in Rome, returned for a degree at UCI, have lived and worked in New York, and now am in Laguna Beach. Influences, such as they are, come from all my communities.”
“Under the direction of Herring the 2 actors filled their mouths with food color tinted water from large water bottles and began to spit; at each other, into the air, onto the walls, ceiling, floor, and existing art works. Herring choreographed them into multiple positions and actions as they spit blue, green, yellow, and red colored water, Herring constantly photographing the process as he moved in and around their actions.”
Among the most iconic of Lawren Harris’s paintings, this image of a wind-blasted, weathered tree stump exemplifies the spiritual qualities that the artist associated with the rugged northern landscape. Serene isolation, implacable resilience, and beatific calm are embodied in the hollowed-out trunk.
The twisting, monolithic form is bathed in dramatic golden light and surrounded by an aureole of douds, which invests it with the baroque solemnity of a religious icon. The richness and depth of its portrayal belie its status as an inanimate object.
“Last January as I was walking from an artist’s studio to my gallery, Telescope, I passed by Ai Weiwei’s home and studio. Outside in front of his blue door on the sidewalk was a bicycle with a basket laden with fresh flowers. It was cold winter at the time and the flowers seem so lovely and hopeful in the greyness of the surrounding bricks, streets, and overcast skies. Last week I rode my bicycle past his house again from the same studio and the mysterious bicycle was still there with a different arrangement of fresh cut flowers."