Art & Antiques November 2020

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3 min.
in the abstract

It was about 110 years ago that artists intentionally began to work abstractly, and while the fortunes of abstraction have risen and fallen and risen again since then, by now two things are clear—that non-figurative art is here to stay, and that it still needs plenty of explaining in order to be understood and appreciated. In 1915, an art critic named Willard Huntington Wright came out with a book titled Modern Painting: Its Tendency and Meaning. In it he devoted considerable space to a new school of abstract art called Synchromism, which gave color the central role, aiming to do with it alone what other artists did with spatial modeling and line. The inventors of Synchromism were two very young Americans based in Paris, Morgan Russell and Stanton Macdonald-Wright (who happened…

2 min.

H.R.H. Prince Albert Victor died of influenza at Sandringham in 1892 at the age of 28. Called “Eddy” by his family, the Duke of Clarence and Avondale was the son of the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) and heir to the throne of England. With the passing of Joseph Edgar Boehem the previous year, Queen Victoria had no “Sculptor in Ordinary” to design Eddy’s tomb. The Prince of Wales, an intrepid patron of the arts, asked Alfred Gilbert to submit a design for the job. Gilbert, a vanguard of the New Sculpture movement, created something extravagant. The bronze, marble, and aluminum caprice, which fills the center of the Albert Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle, features an effigy of the Prince in a 10th Hussars outfit—the head in marble and the…

2 min.
small wonder

Barbara Hepworth created this unique alabaster sculpture, titled Small Form (November), in 1962. Quite tiny for a Hepworth work, it stands at just 5 1¼4 inches tall. Even though the British sculptor often created works of monumental size, the importance of scale to her work did not necessarily translate as “large.” As early as 1937 she wrote, “Scale is not physical size…a very small thing can have good scale or a very large thing poor scale…Scale is connected with our whole life—perhaps it is even our whole intuitive capacity to feel life.” Though she typically called monumental works like Four-Square (Walk Through) “full-scale” as they were conceived in relation to the full dimensions of the human body, Hepworth felt that small works also had a deep relationship to the body and could…

2 min.
way out west

THE SANTA FE Art Auction will hold its Signature Sale on November 14. The sale will be presented in the auction house’s new 13,000-square-foot headquarters in the heart of Santa Fe’s Baca Railyard District. Headlining the sale is a collection of paintings by the celebrated Western painter Gerard Curtis Delano. The quality of the cache, which includes 12 works, is a rarity. “We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about this collection of paintings by Gerard Curtis Delano,” says Gillian Blitch, President and CEO of the Santa Fe Art Auction. “While we have offered many classic Delano paintings in the past, these are the best we’ve seen and we are sure the Western market will react accordingly.” The Orange Cloud (oil on canvas), a standout, features two Navajo women talking on horseback, an expansive,…

1 min.
through a new lens

RENA BRANSTEN Gallery in San Francisco is currently hosting a solo exhibition of new paintings by Hung Liu. Titled “The Sun Also Rises,” the show is on view by appointment through November 14. Liu, who was born in Changchung, China, in 1948 and emigrated to the United States in 1984, centers her recent work around the photographs of Dorothea Lange. With some works in the show, she employs a new method of composing “ensemble paintings” in which people and objects from Lange’s photographs are isolated and digitally printed on shaped wood and as aluminum cutouts. Liu paints these elements and adds other components of oil on canvas, effectively creating new compositions and narratives. Through these works, Liu reframes Lange’s depictions of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl era, tracing the…

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color guard

The celebrated painter Leo Valledor was born in San Francisco in 1936 to Filipino American parents and grew up in the city’s Fillmore District. He decamped for New York in 1961, becoming a founding member of the historic Park Place Gallery and showing alongside Mark di Suvero, Sol LeWitt, Robert Smithson, and others. He returned to San Francisco in 1968, and that is where “Leo Valledor: East-West Series 1968–71, ” an exhibition opening at Brian Gross Fine Art on November 12, begins. The show features a series of eight paintings that Valledor created in the years following his homecoming. These works are characterized by broad fields of uniform color framed within painted borders. A study in the expansive, optical qualities of color, the series found Valledor trying to develop a “spatial…