|Jason McCoy Inc.
41 East 57 Street
New York 10022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IN CONFLUENCE: James Brooks and Giorgio Cavallon
September 10 - October 31, 2009
Jason McCoy is pleased to inaugurate its fall program with an exhibition featuring two leading members of the Abstract Expressionist movement: James Brooks (1906-1992) and Giorgio Cavallon (1904-1989). Both artists are renowned for their unique understanding of the expressive depth evoked by color, form and texture.
JAMES BROOKS' purely abstract work spans from the 1940s through the 1980s. His signature compositions feature loosely brushed shapes and biomorphic forms that became increasingly simplified and lyrical with time. Occasionally calligraphic elements are used to offset larger color fields. Brooks' palette was usually restrained and limited to a well-edited selection of hues that is frequently contrasted with dominant fields of black and white. Whereas his earlier paintings from the 1940s reveal an affinity for earth tones, his later work often involves de-saturated greens, oranges and various shades of blue. Brooks had his first solo exhibition of his abstract expressionist paintings in 1949 at the Peridot Gallery in New York. His work is held in major museum collections in the U.S. and Europe including The Tate Gallery, London; The Courtauld Institute of Art, London; the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; the Harvard University Art Museums; the Honolulu Academy of Arts; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Sheldon Art Gallery; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
GIORGIO CAVALLON - Structurally, Cavallon's artistic development was strongly influenced by Piet Mondrian and Jean Hélion. Although in a much looser manner than seen in the work of these two European predecessors, Cavallon remained devoted to the grid and right-angle geometry. However his use of color, as well as the painterly quality of his work also reveals an affinity for the ideas expressed by his former teacher Hans Hoffman. Irregularly shaped rectangular blocks of color that are set against white backgrounds characterize Cavallon's compositions. He structured his paintings so as to create an atmosphere of reverberating light around each shape. Born in Sorio, Italy, in 1904, Cavallon moved to New York at the age of sixteen. In 1935, he joined the Works Progress Administration program and became an assistant to Arshile Gorky. Along with de Kooning, Rothko, Marca-Relli, and Newman, Cavallon was a charter member of the Club, the downtown artists' group associated with the Cedar Tavern. His work is held in major museum collections in the U.S. and Europe including the Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; and University Art Museum, Berkeley.
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Stephanie B. Simmons
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