Exposition Art Blog: August 2019

Balcomb Greene - Figurative Abstract Painting


Balcomb Greene (1904–1990) and his wife, artist Gertrude Glass Greene, were heavily involved in political activism to promote mainstream acceptance of abstract art. They were founding members of the American Abstract Artists organization.His early style was completely non-objective. Juan Gris and Piet Mondrian as well as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse influenced his early style. From the 1940s his work "opened out to the light and space of natural form." He painted landscapes and figure. "He discerned the pain of a man, and hewed to it integrally from beginning to end…. In his study of the figure he did not stress anatomical shape but rather its intuitive, often conflicting spirit."Balcomb Greene contributed to modernist cause through his writings: "It is actually the artist, and only he, who is equipped for approaching the individual directly. The abstract artist can approach man through the most immediate of aesthetic experiences, touching below consciousness and the veneer of attitudes, contacting the whole ego rather than the ego on the defensive."Wikipedia
















Kathleen Gemberling Adkison - Abstract Expressionism


Kathleen Gemberling Adkison (July 5, 1917 - 2010), was an American abstract painter.
Like Jackson Pollock, Adkison worked with her canvas on the floor. She is recognized as among the first female to do so. However, her focus is based on the natural beauty of rocks, trees, tall grasses and other images she perceived from her hikes with her husband.
Adkison was a critically acclaimed artist and highly recognized for her work. She was among only eight women included in Northwest Art Today at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. She died in August 2010

















Mordecai Ardon - Mystery Landscape Painting


Mordecai Ardon (1896 –1992) was an Israeli painter.
Ardon was born Max Bronstein in 1896 in Tuchów, Galicia (then Austria-Hungary, now Poland). In 1933 he emigrated to Jerusalem in Mandate Palestine. He was granted Palestinian citizenship in 1936 and changed his name to Mordecai Ardon.
Beginning in the 1950s Ardon adopted a complex system of symbolic images in his paintings, taken from the Jewish Mystical tradition (Kabbalah), from the Bible and from a tangible reality. In his painting "Gates of Light", for example, he expressed "the inner mystery and timelessness of the landscape." His work seeks to impart a cosmic dimension to the present, linking it to antiquity and mystery. The same approach can be found in "At the Gates of Jerusalem" (1967), which shows the attempt to "convey his feelings about the cosmic significance of Israel’s return to the Old City of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War". "Bird near a yellow wall" (1950) demonstrates his simplistic involvement with the Holocaust, a subject to which he was one of the few Israeli artists to devote a phase of his work, at that time.As a teacher and director of the "New Bezalel", Ardon conveyed his sense of social involvement, his tendency towards Jewish mysticism and local mythology, and the combination of personal national symbols with reality-always stressing masterful technique. Wikipedia
















Jorge Oteiza Embil - Space and Emptiness


"Jorge Oteiza Embil, Basque sculptor (born Oct. 21, 1908, Orio, Spain—died April 9, 2003, San Sebastián, Spain), examined the nature of space and emptiness in monumental minimalist sculptures that were influential in the art world of the mid-20th century. Oteiza began sculpting while studying medicine in Madrid. In 1935–48 he lived in South America, and the pre-Columbian art that he saw there informed his later work. Oteiza won the grand prize for sculpture at the 1957 São Paulo (Braz.) Bienal, but in 1959 he announced his retirement from sculpting. He continued to create small sculptures, however, in addition to publishing books on art theory and volumes of poetry. Orteiza’s frieze for the Aránzazu Basilica in Spain’s Guipúzcoa province, commissioned in 1950, aroused opposition but was finally completed in 1969. He was awarded the Spanish Medal of Fine Arts (1985), the Prince of Asturias Art Prize (1988), and the Gold Medal of Navarre (1992)."(britannica.com)