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Current Exhibitions


 

Carole Feuerman
Carole Feuerman, Monumental Brooke with Beach Ball + Video Projection, 2015, lacquer on resin, 60” x 43” x 45”Carole Feuerman: Body of Work

Carole Feuerman: Body of Work

Signature Sponsor Linda Pinto

On view in the Galleries at 600 N. Woodland Blvd., April 8 – July 3, 2016

Carole Feuerman is an American hyperrealist sculptor who has carved a very special niche for herself.  She creates colorful provocative figures that begin as casts taken directly from her subjects and end up as freestanding \ sculptures in interior and exterior spaces.  Most of her models appear to be the all American girl next door on summer vacation. Color helps greatly in this.

Feuerman, a contemporary of hyperealists Duane Hanson and George Segal, accepts her subjects’ tastes and preferences in swimwear, makeup and accessories. In some instances, Feuerman’s subjects find themselves in heroic scale as part of site-specific projects outside of public buildings all over the world. These isolated figures, lost in moments of private reflection, are thrust onto the public stage. This, however, in no way detracts from the unique characteristics of each figure.

Feuerman’s intention throughout is to capture and to project the individuality of her subject. Unlike George Segal’s anonymous and static figures, which never look like anything but the plaster casts they are, Feuerman’s subjects appear real and caught in the act of daydreaming, playing, swimming or any of the other things actual people do.

Meet the Artist at Opening Night Reception April 8, 2016 | 5 to 7 p.m. | 600 N. Woodland Blvd. | $10 | No charge to Museum Members.  Bathing beauties skip the beach and head to DeLand, March 31, 2016 eNews  Video: Strength to ArtNews Ch. 13’s Allison Walker visits Museum and spots Carole Feuerman

Frank Rampolla
Frank Rampolla, Untitled, 1967, watercolor, 14” x 11”

Frank Rampolla: The Figure

On view in the Galleries at 600 N. Woodland Blvd., April 8 – July 3, 2016

Frank Rampolla (1931 – 1971) was one of the first artists in Florida to give voice to the “soul-cry” for 20th century identity; a cry of alienation, anxiety, dread and horror.  The cry heard in no man’s land in World War I, in Picasso’s Guernica, Buchenwald, Hiroshima, Vietnam and Cambodia.  In Harlem and Siberia, in our prisons, hospitals and mental institutions.  In despair in the middle of the night, and in casual theft and destruction.

With the skills of an accomplished image maker, Rampolla’s art is multifaceted – it’s emotional and probes into the deepest recesses of human consciousness. His work is a symbol, a metaphor, something drawn from, and yet remaining parallel to, our everyday reality.

Opening Reception April 8, 2016 | 5 to 7 p.m. | 600 N. Woodland Blvd. | $10 | No charge to Museum Members.

 

Jack Levine
Jack Levine, Cigarette Girl, 1967, oil on canvas, 50” x 40”

Jack Levine & Hyman Bloom: Against the Grain

On view in the Galleries at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. April 8 – July 3, 2016

Jack Levine (1915 – 2010) is one of America’s most brilliant observers of the American social scene. He was a social realist painter able to make his point with savage wit and intelligence. Levine’s work is similar to printmaker artists Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) and William Hogarth (1697 – 1764).

Born in Boston, where he was raised and educated, he was only fifteen when the Depression hit America. Growing up in Boston’s South End where life was already difficult, Levine developed the ability to see beyond life’s conflicts, and distill the essence of human drama with humor.

Levine received two Guggenheim Fellowships, one in 1955 and the other in 1957. He had a major retrospective at the Whitney in 1955. His many awards include a Fulbright Fellowship (1950-51) and election to the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1956). His work is sought after by major private collectors and museums both here and abroad.

Opening Reception April 8, 2016 | 5 to 7 p.m. | 600 N. Woodland Blvd. | $10 | No charge to Museum Members.

Film: Jack Levine – Feast of Pure Reason Thursday, May 19  |  7 to 8:30 p.m.  |  600 N. Woodland Blvd. | $5  No charge for Museum Members. Questions, email Curator of Education, Pam Coffman.

 

Hyman Bloom
Hyman Bloom, Still Life, undated, oil on canvas, 32.5” x 23”

Hyman Bloom’s (1913 – 2009) emotionally charged canvases of biblical scenes and spiritual ecstasy, which surfaced in Boston Expressionism painting, began to receive national attention in 1942. Together with Jack Levine, Abraham Rattner, Byron Browne, Ben Shahn, Morris Graves and Philip Evergood, Bloom was remarkably accomplished and original – Bloom and his contemporaries promised to lead American art out of the trap of militant provincialism on the one hand, and its overdependence on European modernism on the other. Latvian-born Hyman Bloom emigrated to the United States in 1920. He was young, passionate, committed and extraordinarily gifted. Two drawings in the possession of Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum, executed when he was 15 and 17 years of age, revealed talent and technical bravado almost unbelievable in one so young.

A few of Bloom’s intense, slightly exotic, and psychologically provocative depictions of Jewish temple and home life, were included in the Museum of Modern Art’s important Americans 1942 exhibition. Artist Willem De Kooning said both he and Jackson Pollock considered Bloom “the first Abstract Expressionist artist in America.” They were not alone in their opinion.

Opening Reception April 8, 2016 | 5 to 7 p.m. | 600 N. Woodland Blvd. | $10 | No charge to Museum Members.

 

 

Syd Solomon
Syd Solomon, Underway, 1971, acrylic and aerosol enamel on canvas 30″ x 26″

Syd Solomon: Concealed & Revealed

On view in the Downtown Galleries at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. April 29 – July 10, 2016

Syd Solomon (1917 – 2004), Florida’s most distinguished Abstract Expressionist, was an active participant, along with other talented innovators, in the shaping of what we now call the Abstract Expressionist Movement.

Using techniques he developed as an aerial camouflage artist for the Army, Solomon’s growth as a major painter during this exciting time in American art has been at all times consistent with his private creative vision.  His light-infused compositions are lyrical, atmospheric, gestural and quietly elegant.

Solomon’s canvases and works on paper reveal a mastery of color which is inextricably connected to time and place.  They are fashioned in harmony with nature, but without dependence on nature’s outward appearance.  They exist as living things, but with an integrity and a vision of life and of art that is entirely their own.

Opening Reception April 29, 2016 | 5 to 7 p.m. | 100 N. Woodland Blvd. | $10 | No charge to Museum Members.

But Do I Have to Like It Lecture Series Syd Solomon: Camouflaged in Abstraction Friday, June 24  |  5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  |  100 N. Woodland Blvd. | $5  No charge to Museum Members.  Questions, email Curator of Education, Pam Coffman

 

Kurt Zimmerman, "Blue Opossum", 2005, acrylic on paper in custom frame, 19 1/2" x 26 3/4" x 2 5/8"; select works from the Permanent Collection gifted by Linda Pinto
Kurt Zimmerman, “Blue Opossum”, 2005, acrylic on paper in custom frame, 19 1/2″ x 26 3/4″ x 2 5/8″; select works from the Permanent Collection gifted by Linda Pinto

Linda Pinto Collection

Select works from the Permanent Collection

On view in the Galleries at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. April 8 – July 3, 2016

Enjoy an eclectic scope of select works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection gifted by Linda Pinto, former Museum Board Trustee and collector of Florida and Outsider art in the upper atrium gallery.

Opening Reception April 8, 2016 | 5 to 7 p.m. | 600 N. Woodland Blvd. | $10 | No charge to Museum Members.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Exhibitions


 

Walter Meigs II
Walter Meigs, Sea Gleam, 1979, acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 45″

Walter Meigs: Transformations

On view in the Galleries at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. July 15 – October 2, 2016

Like Jimmy Ernst, Walter Meigs was selected for inclusion in the ART USA NOW collection in 1962 of 100 of the most famous artists in America.  This later became part of the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art permanent collection.  His abstract landscapes are in the permanent collections of more than thirty museums, and have been shown in over forty solo exhibitions in museums and galleries between 1952 and his death in 1988.

Philip Smallwood: Personages

On view in the Galleries at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. July 15 – October 2, 2016

Phillip Smallwood is a figurative watercolorist known for his “Lifescapes,” a powerful blend of portraiture and visual narrative.  Among the awards for his work, is a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his work related to the Art of the Soul Exhibition in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Miles G. Batt: Retrospective

On view in the Galleries at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. July 15 – October 2, 2016

Miles Batt’s credentials include over 225 major awards and consummate watermedia skills gained from more than 50 years involvement as an artist, teacher and author.  He is nationally known for a singularly personal style that emphasizes an inimitable perception of the world around him. Batt was awarded the National Watercolor Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. His work is in over 250 public and private collections.

Theresa Bernstein: An Early Modernist

On view in the Downtown Galleries at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. July 22 – October 9, 2016

A contemporary of Georgia O’Keefe, and Louise Nevelson’s first art teacher, Theresa Bernstein produced work well past her one hundredth birthday in a career that spanned the Twentieth Century.  Her work resides in museum collections throughout the world, including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago,  Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, the Museum of Art – Ein Harod, Israel, and Musee d’art et d’histoire du Judaisme, Paris.

On View Fall 2016

Oct. 14, 2016 – January 8, 2017           

Ernest Trova: Visionary In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Trova was among the most widely acknowledged sculptors working in the United States, resulting in invitations to exhibit in three Whitney Annuals, three Venice Biennales and Documenta 4 in Kassel, Germany. His work has been exhibited in dozens of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.  Falling Man, the artist’s iconic image, is the focus of this exhibition.

Doug Safranek: Both Sides of the Bridge (New York in Egg Tempera) Through a medium traditionally associated with religious iconography, Doug Safranek utilizes small, repetitive brushstrokes to release the subtle, translucent qualities of egg tempera in his portraits of New York City.  His work resides in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, The New York Historical Society, and The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, among others.

Francis Luis Mora: A Legacy Reconsidered “America’s First Hispanic Master,” Francis Luis Mora is known for his paintings and drawings depicting American life in the early 20th century; Spanish life and society; historical and allegorical subject.  As an important contributor to the history of American art, his work belongs to the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, National Academy of Design, New York Historical Society, Ringling Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The White House in Washington, DC.

Oct. 21, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017                                   

Natvar Bhavsar: The Dimension of Color Indian-born Natvar Bhavsar is often compared with  Abstract Expressionists and “color-field” painters like Mark Rothko, but his method of building up surfaces through layers of dry pigment is uniquely his own.  Although inspired by India’s ancient aesthetics, Sanskrit literature and the    subcontinental seasons as sources of inspiration, his approach is modern American.

On View Winter 2016-17

January 20 – April 2, 2017 

Julio Laraz: Painting and Sculpture Julio Larraz, extraordinary draftsman, painter and sculptor, is the quintessential embodiment of the post-World War II Latin American artist.  Unmasking the angst of humanity, he sets out a new reality and politically conscious self-identity for existence in the modern world. His contribution to Western art, like that of the “boom” generation of Latin American writers, is a new kind of portraiture, which co-opts the conventions of the genre and transforms them into multilevel sociological and historical allegories.

Balcomb Green: Mini Retrospective A pure, geometric abstractionist in the 1930’s, Greene founded the group known as American Abstract Artists in 1936.  His work shifted radically in 1947 — just as Abstract Expressionism was taking hold — to a figurative style, a kind of fragmented reality in which ambiguous images were further obscured by bright light and deep shadows.  Public collections include:  the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Philip Evergood and William Gropper: Social Satirists The Depression led Evergood, Gropper, and other American painters to create a new genre, Social Realism, depicting and protesting the conditions of the working class.  As the Depression waned, the artists left their common core of social criticism to explore a myriad of individual styles and topics, while continuing to cast a satirical eye on society.  Both artists are represented in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, and in Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian.

January 27 – April 9, 2017

David Remfry: Dancers, Dogs and Nudes Through his career David Remfry has earned a highly regarded reputation as a draftsman and watercolorist, best known for his near life-size paintings and his urban subjects.  His career includes more than 50 solo exhibitions in Europe and America including shows at P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York City, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Ernest Trova: Visionary October 2016 – January 2017
Doug Safranek: Both Sides of the Bridge October 2016 – January 2017
Francis Luis Mora: A Legacy Reconsidered October 2016 – January 2017
Natvar Bhavsar: The Dimensions of Color

Coming in 2017 – 18

Coming in 2017 – 18
Lisa Parker Hyatt: New Horizons
Adolf Dehn: Painter of America
Julio Larraz: Paintings and Sculpture
Balcomb Green: Mini Retrospective
Philip Evergood and William Gropper: Social Satirists
Selections from Graphic Studios: Raushenberg, Rosenquist and Dine
Theo Wujcik, Robert Huff

 

Ongoing Permanent Collection Exhibitions


 

Joan Miro, Le Coq; c. 1935, Porchoir, 21” x 16”
Joan Miro, Le Coq, c. 1935, Porchoir, 21” x 16”

Collector’s Choice: Samuel Blatt Collection

Selections on view at 600 N. Woodland Blvd.

On extended loan to permanent collection

Collector’s Choice: Samuel Blatt Collection features more than 60 outstanding European paintings, drawings and prints from the mid-19th to the early 20th century. More than 20 artists, such as Picasso, Dufy, Lacombe and Vuillard, will be represented. All of the creators in Mr. Blatt’s personal collection are unique because each one makes a visual statement of quite his or her own making.  They have sought art and quality by following no set path and chose to select carefully their own very private way between complex clusters of alternatives.  They produced, as a result, art of profound individuality, honesty and quality. A well-chosen collection of a single work adds to its own light that reflected from the masterpieces among which it was found. For the collector, possessing such art allows him to participate quietly with artists of extraordinary integrity and vision in their day-by-day creative activity of trying to contact the divine, and to benefit, thereby, from their lifelong devotion to a particular inspiration and ideal.

The Blatt Collection, is intended to showcase a group of artists who have given this collector – each in his or her own way – experiences that are pleasurable and enduring. All of the creators in Mr. Blatt’s personal collection are unique because each one makes a visual statement of quite his or her own making. They have sought art and quality by following no set path and chose to select carefully their own very private way between complex clusters of alternatives. They produced, as a result, art of profound individuality, honesty, and quality.

For the collector, possessing such art allows him to participate quietly with artists of extraordinary integrity and vision in their day by day creative activity of trying to contact the divine, and to benefit, thereby, from their lifelong devotion to a particular inspiration and ideal.

Gallery Talk with Fine Art Collector Samuel Blatt Friday, July 11 Details, click here.
Listen to an interview with Fine Art Collector Samuel Blatt by Publisher Jan Gage, click here.
Exhibition e-brochure, click here.

 

Purvis Young 1943 - 2010, Untitled, mixed media works, gift of Robert and Marlene Uchin
Purvis Young (1943 – 2010) Untitled, mixed media works, gift of Robert and Marlene Uchin

Purvis Young: Art of Street

Selections from the Permanent Collection periodically on exhibit

Purvis Young (1943 – 2010) was an American artist from the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, Florida. Self-taught, Young’s work was often a blend painting/drawing with collaged elements utilizing everyday discarded objects from old plywood, cardboard, broken furniture, discarded books, fabric scraps and other salvaged debris. Young’s works and sketchbooks include images of angels and warriors, buildings, trains, horses, musicians, funeral processions and more… The artist was a historian, storyteller and poet.

 

 

 

Jackson Walker
Jackson Walker, Eyes to the Okeechobee, oil on canvas

Legendary Florida: The Florida History Paintings of Jackson Walker

Volusia County Historic Courthouse 120 W. Indiana Ave. DeLand, FL 32720

In this collection, Jackson Walker weaves a visual tapestry of Florida’s long and eventful past. Through the traditional usage of oil colors, executed in a carefully studied realistic treatment, incidents and personalities of over four hundred years of history are brought back to life. The result is the most dynamic exhibition of Florida history in art ever to be assembled. This visual and informative experience has proven to intrigue and delight a broad cross section of the public wherever it is viewed. Viewers of all ages will find this collection to be a most memorable and enriching experience. For More on Jackson Walker and Legendary Florida, click here.

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