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Exhibition Detail
Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories.
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. # B2
Santa Monica, CA 90404

March 24th, 2012 - May 12th, 2012
March 24th, 2012 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
© Courtesy of Patrick Painter Gallery
santa monica/venice
Tue-Sat 11-6

From the mid-1880s to his death in 1928 Medardo Rosso, with his contemporary Auguste Rodin, pushed Impressionist sculpture into new and uncharted Post-Impressionist territories; in doing so they ushered in the advent of Modernism in the 20th century. As the only Cubist to attend the landmark 1913 Armory Show in New York, Francis Picabia served as an enthusiastic ambassador in spreading the latest ideas from Europe; concepts influenced by Rosso's work in the decades leading up to this point. Picabia proceeded to play a pivotal role in Dada circles in Barcelona, Zurich, and Paris, before becoming a proponent of Surrealism. In the same vein of innovation, but decades later, Julian Schnabel kicked open the doors to New-Expressionist painting to became the most recognized participant in the most prominent movement of the 1980s. Mike Kelley's genre crossing and collapsing oeuvre that incorporated performance, installation, video, and more had an equally profound influence on his contemporaries. Drawing this group together is his drawing Mrs. Gorky's Butthole; Arshille Gorky himself drawing influence as a student in the early 1920s from Impressionist and then Post-Impressionist work, bursting through surrealism, and ultimately devising his own novel form of painting that exerted its influence over development of Abstract Expressionism in America in the late 1940s and 1950s.

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