Revisiting Abstract Expressionism: Edward Dugmore, opening tonight at Loretta Howard Gallery
ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM, AN IMPORTANT AND INTRINSICALLY AMERICAN ART MOVEMENT DOMINANT IN THE 50s AND 60s, ESTABLISHED AMERICA AS THE CREATIVE AND INTELLECTUAL CENTER OF THE POST-WORLD WAR II ART WORLD. ITS SPONTANEITY, EMOTIVE MAGNETISM AND ENERGETIC SPIRIT EXEMPLIFIED AMERICA’S GREAT ECONOMICAL AND CULTURAL POST-WAR BOOM.
WHILE THE CIRCLE OF FIRST GENERATION OF ABEX ARTISTS IS ETCHED IN OUR ART HISTORICAL LEXICON, A SIGNIFICANT GROUP OF SECOND GENERATION ABEX ARTISTS ALSO MERITS RECOGNITION AND CRITICAL ACCLAIM. EDWARD DUGMORE, AN ABSTRACT PAINTER WITH TIES TO BOTH COASTS, WAS REPRESENTED BY THE DISTINGUISHED STABLE GALLERY IN NEW YORK IN THE 50s, HOWARD WISE IN THE 60s, AND GREEN MOUNTAIN GALLERY IN THE 70s. AS A STUDENT AT CAL ARTS UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST MASTER, CLYFFORD STILL, DUGMORE ALSO ENJOYED A PRESENCE IN THE WEST COAST ART WORLD.
LORETTA HOWARD GALLERY, LOCATED IN A BEAUTIFUL GROUND FLOOR SPACE IN CHELSEA AT 521 WEST 26th STREET, SPECIALIZES IN CLASSIC POST WAR AMERICAN ART WITH AN EMPHASIS ON ARTISTS WHO CAME INTO PROMINENCE IN THE 1950s AND 1960s. http://lorettahoward.com/about
IN THE SPRING OF 2014, THE GALLERY CURATED AN IMPORTANT RETROSPECTIVE OF WORKS BY DUGMORE, ANCIENT EVENINGS: A RETROSPECTIVE OF EDWARD DUGMORE, FEATURING PAINTINGS FROM EACH DECADE THAT TRACED THE ARTIST’S CREATIVE TRAJECTORY OF MORE THAN 50 YEARS.
GALLERY INTELL/YOU TUBE INTERVIEW WITH LORETTA HOWARD, May 29, 2014
THE LRFA BLOG IS DELIGHTED TO FEATURE LORETTA HOWARD’S FORTHCOMING EXHIBITION, EDWARD DUGMORE: THE SIXTIES, AN EXHIBIT CURATED FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE ARTIST’S RELATIONSHIP TO THE AMERICAN WEST. FOR EVERYONE NOW IN NEW YORK, OR ARRIVING SHORTLY FOR THE FORTHCOMING AUCTIONS AND ART FAIRS: ADAA’s ART SHOW AT THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY, http://www.artdealers.org/ AND THE ARMORY SHOW AT NAVY PIERS. https://www.thearmoryshow.com/,
THE EDWARD DUGMORE EXHIBITION AT LORETTA HOWARD GALLERY OPENS TONIGHT, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd AND CONTINUES THROUGH SATURDAY, MARCH 25th, 2017.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Edward Dugmore: The 1960s
February 23 – March 25, 2017
Opening Reception: February 23, 6 – 8 pm
Loretta Howard Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of major canvases by Edward Dugmore from the 1960s. The works on display trace the artist’s engagement with the American West. This affinity developed at an early age in part from an interest in Native American life that began while looking through his fathers National Geographic magazines.
The 1960s marked a period during which the artist turned his field of vision away from the city and mined visual representation for inspiration. For Dugmore, the Rocky Mountains, which he experienced as a visiting artist to the Aspen school of Art in 1961, became a mystic symbol. Dugmore’s mountainous topographies avoid direct visual reference instead embodying the tectonic drama of the landscape as a catalyst for spiritual reflection. This romantic impulse can be traced to English poet and painter William Blake who’s own ambition was to render the contemplation of nature as a transformative experience.
Equally important were Dugmore’s yearly trips to Washington, Maine, where he and his wife purchased land in 1960 along with fellow artists Ernie Briggs and Anne Arnold. A selection of ink drawings from the early 1960s highlights the important influence of this environment on the artist’s paintings of the next ten years. Dugmore sketched, often times interpreting the landscape through its reflection in the Medomak River and nearby saltwater coves.
THE NEXT LRFA POST FEATURES EXCERPTS FROM AN INSIGHTFUL ESSAY ON THE CURRENT EXHIBITION BY HOWARD HURST, DIRECTOR AT LORETTA HOWARD GALLERY AND CONTRIBUTING WRITER AT HYPERALLERGIC.
MANY THANKS TO LORETTA AND HER GALLERY TEAM FOR SHARING THIS EXHIBITION WITH US.