Asian art has had a profound influence on modern and contemporary art in the USA but this has rarely been acknowledged.
The gallery will show artists influenced not just by techniques of Asian art but also by architecture, aesthetics and Asian philosophy.
The highlights of the year include Barbara Chase-Riboud's Well of the Concubine Pearl, Morris Graves' Ritual Bronze and work by Mark Tobey. Work by Tobye includes and untitled ink drawing from the late 1950s.
Chase-Riboud, abstract artist, sculptor, novelist (of the award-winning book, Sally Hemmings) and poet, creates as wide a variety of work as this resume would suggest. Her sculpture is unique in that it incorporates rigid, cast materials like bronze alongside silk; although she is certainly not limited to these materials. The artist has been exhibiting since the late 1950s and sold her first piece, a woodcut, to the Museum of Modern Art at the age of 15. She studied at both Temple and Yale. You can find out more about her and her work HERE.
Graves was perhaps the most prominent abstract artist from Pacific Northwest. He was certainly one of the earliest to be lauded by critics and gallerists. His mystical work has been referred to as "visionary art." Even though he was born in Fox Valley in Oregon he spent a great deal of time in Asia and his work is especially influenced by Zen Buddhism. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship to study in Japan in 1947. He never took it up because U.S. occupation authorities
would not let him enter the country. It is impossible to avoid the conjecture that this had to do with his friendship with prominent Japanese Americans and his attempt to be classified as a conscientious objector to the war. He remained a self-taught artist. Find out more HERE.
Tobey, a friend, of Graves, was also influenced by Asian artists but of a different sort; his dense, deeply packed work was influenced by Asian calligraphy. The Wisconsin-born artist is considered a part of the Abstract-Expressionist school and was one of the founders of the Northwest School, along with Graves. While attended the School of the Art Institute he was mostly a self-taught artist. Tobey was another great traveler and we recently discussed the "chicken or egg" debate over which came first, his work or Jackson Pollock's. Find out more HERE.
The gallery will be in booth G4.