Exposition Art Blog: June 2019

Aurel Cojan - European Avant-Garde

Aurel Cojan ( March 3, 1914, Beceni, Buzau, d. December 2005, Paris, France) was a painter and decorator Romanian artist. During 1932-1934, he attended the Bucharest Academy of Fine Arts, Painting Department, having as teachers and Camil Ressu Şirato Francis. In 1969 he obtained political asylum in Paris.
Éric Suchère, “L’effroyable jeunesse d’Aurel Cojan”,  in Beaux-Arts Magazine 1995: “From rough to smooth, from slaps to caresses, all imaginable textures, all the different ways of impressing color on a surface are used. Colors that struggle amongst themselves, against the canvas, that rub together and clash against each other to the point of dizziness. This blowing apart of the internal structure of a painting could be compared with the idea of the “current of consciousness” in Joyce’s texts, where it is a question of bringing together, in one same character, a whole group of auditive, olfactive and visual sensations and showing how they disturb the thought process. With Aurel Cojan, the receptor is the canvas, the sensations are transmitted through color. If his painting seems discreet, it is however of an extreme violence, comparable not to murmur but to a thousand screams rending forth at the same time”.
“Aurel Cojan sort de l’ombre”, L’Oeil no. 499, September 1998: “If Cojan’s paintings sometimes take on an abstract appearance, reality is always there, beneath the surface, and the artist only cultivates haziness with a poetic intention, delivering up a world that is physical, if impalpable”.

Antoni Milkowski - Minimalist Sculpture

Antoni Milkowski (born 1935 – died 2001) was an American minimalist sculptor.
Antoni "Tony" Milkowski was born October 7, 1935 in Evanston, Illinois. He was also known as "Antek", particularly by his family. When he was two years old, the family moved to New York City.
In 1963, while at Hunter College, Milkowski began studying with Tony Smith (sculptor), Ad Reinhardt, Michael Ponce de Leon, George Sugarman and Eugene Goossen. His interactions with these artists, in addition to his meeting David Smith (sculptor), cemented his desire to pursue sculpture. It was in 1964-1965, while a Fulbright Scholar in Poland (where he also taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw), that Milkowski was invited to participate in the Biennial of Forms in Space, where he created his first major large-scale public work entitled "Poland Column". During this period, he began to develop his aesthetic of merging geometry and repetition, mainly in modular units and generally in steel. Over the years, he refined his methods and became interested in the concept of negative space and of the three-dimensional form in space. Wikipedia


Alfredo Chighine - Italian Abstract Art Paintings

Alfredo Chighine was an Italian painter, born in Milan in 1914.In 1945 he studied engraving at the School of Decorative Arts in Monza, and later sculpture at the Brera Academy in Milan. In this period he met Giacomo Manzù and became his pupil.
Chighine’s career is linked to the history of Italian Art Informel, where he represented the naturalistic northern aspect. In his painting, he was particularly focused on creating a sensation of substance and light. In the early period of Art Informel this tendency was expressed in tangles and clots of colour applied with a spatula and infused with light, comparable to the work of Ennio Morlotti. These were landscapes that expressed the continuous variations of nature according to time, days or seasons.
His art developed from the early scratched lines to the bright and vibrant precision of his 1960s paintings. In the final years this evolved into a subtle balance of Chighine’s major concerns: luminosity, surface texture and flowing line.
He died in 1974 in Pisa.(repettogallery.com)

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Marcelle Ferron - Abstract Expressionism Painting

Marcelle Ferron (January 29, 1924 – November 19, 2001), a Québécoise painter and stained glass artist, was a major figure in the Quebec contemporary art scene, associated with the Automatistes.
Ferron was born in Louiseville, Quebec on January 29, 1924. Her brother Jacques Ferron and her sister Madeleine Ferron were both writers. She studied at the École des beaux-arts before dropping out, unsatisfied with the way the school's instructors addressed modern art.Ferron was an early member of Paul-Émile Borduas's Automatistes art movement. She signed the manifesto Refus global, a watershed event in the Quebec cultural scene, in 1948.
In 1953, she moved to Paris, where she worked for 13 years in drawing and painting and was introduced to the art of stained glass, for which she would become best known.
Stained-glass window by Marcelle Ferron, at Champ-de-Mars metro station in Montreal.Wikipedia
"The paintings of this dynamic artist became progressively more forceful. Vibrant colours and larger, fluid forms dominated the canvas. Like fellow automatistes Boudruas and Jean-Paul Riopelle, Ferron applied paint to the canvas thickly, with great intensity and straight from the tube, often using a palette knife rather than a brush. In “Lascive” (1959), for instance, bright white bars of paint push vertically into the foreground, streaking and blurring into horizontal bars of purple and blue. “Les barrens” (1961), on the other hand, has jagged, congested conflagrations of red, blue, purple and black against a spacious, open white ground. "(thecanadianencyclopedia.ca)

Kuzgun Acar - Metal Sculptures

Kuzgun Acar (28 February 1928 – 4 February 1976) was a Turkish sculptor, well known for his works in metal. He is best known for his abstract sculpture and is considered one of the pioneers of modern sculpture in Turkey.
He worked with wire mesh, making sculptures reminiscent of Naum Gabo (1890–1977). He taught painting at Istanbul Atatürk High School and painting-sculpturing at the high school he finished. He displayed his sculpture works in wire at a personal exhibition in the American news Center in 1957. Between 1958 and 1960, he experimented making various forms with wire, nails, metal bars and scrap by gas welding. He performed experiments in enameling. His work created in nails was awarded the first prize at the Biennale de Paris in 1961.