The Grotto of Curatorial Mysteries in Brentwood, California
Edited By Alan Gray, NewsBlaze
The works in the New Acquisitions show at Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Brentwood, span very nearly the entire history of modern art. From a Vuillard still life of 1910, and a stellar 1911 proto-cubist Braque etching, to a 2005 Kitaj charcoal portrait of the school of Paris master, Jules Pascin. Pascin's passion for painting and parties lit up the Parisian avant-garde in the early 20th century.
This show also includes a large, detailed Larry Rivers colored pencil drawing in art deco style, entitled "Hollywood, a study from History of the Jews."
Hollywood, a study from History of the Jews
In this image, a showgirl, or perhaps a star of the day, cakewalks down the Great White Way, the New York skyline seeming to sway as though its skyscrapers were a conga line.
A period piece ca. 1930-1940 by the preeminent Hungarian modernist Bela Kadar reinforces focus on pre-WWII high style with a portrait on paper of a well coiffed woman wearing an intensely red hat, set against a deeper red background. This Kadar relates nicely to Hockney's Celia with Green Hat, which is not merely similar in subject but likewise colorful, with a European feel, and rendered in an almost cartoonlike style akin to certain mid-20th century Picasso portraits.
Pretty Tulips 1969, An elegant Hockney still life print
New acquisitions from the 70s and 80s also include an extremely rare Jim Dine, which may well be his finest Venus print - The French Watercolor Venus of 1985. This extensively hand colored image is from an edition of only 8 (plus 4 artist's proofs). One of Dine's most recent Venuses, Women and Water, also appears, along with Little Heart in a Landscape 1991 which is a superb example of printmaking, combining several types of etching and a crimson chine colle heart.
Jim Dine, The French Watercolor Venus, 1985, soft-ground etching in black overlaid with extensive hand coloring, 41 5/8 x 31 3/4 inches
Though Stella first earned his art historical stripes in the late 50s as the father of minimalism, his work since then has become increasingly complex and unrestrained; his use of color in particular going well beyond any art that came before, with the possible exception of the black light posters that hung in college dorms and head shops in the late 60s and early 70s.
Also strewn about the grotto are ceramics by Picasso, a Chagall monotype and a large Motherwell lithograph and screenprint with collage, Hermitage (spelled out in Cyrillic on a "Motherwell red" ground).
For summer fun or serious collecting, explore New Acquisitions: Grotto of Curatorial Mysteries, another roadside attraction in Brentwood, at Leslie Sacks Fine Art.
Leslie Sacks Fine Art
11640 San Vicente Boulevard,
Los Angeles, California 90049
There is also the Leslie Sacks Contemporary gallery in Santa Monica at Bergamot Station.
Leslie Sacks Contemporary
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