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Three mid-career artists with distinctive visions of abstract paintings are featured in “C olor\, Form\, Space\,” at a reception from 6-10 p.m. Friday\, Jan. 4th\, 2013 at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries in Coral Gables.

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The background of the artists is as varied as their works: Bassmi\, who paints under the single name Bass mi\, is from Egypt and now lives in this country\; Michelle Concepción is from Puerto Rico and lives in Ger many\; and Florian Depenthal is Germ an and divides his time between Europe and this country.

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“The unifying principles of the exhibition are that all three artists are superb colorists who work in a non-gestural manner\,” sa id gallery owner and director Virginia Miller. “Rather than a literal view\ , they are concerned with the emotional effect.” In the words of Constantin Brancusi: “Abstract (art) is the most realistic\, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea\, the essence of things.”

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As stated by critic Peter Frank\, “The hundred-year h istory of abstract art is a history of distilling the ineffable. Whether mo tivated by intellectual argument or spiritual quest\, the abstractionists i n our midst have chosen not to depend on the recognizable world as a subjec t\, although it remains available to them\, and us\, as a visual or concept ual armature\; rather\, it is the world inside their heads\, and ours\, the y choose to elaborate.”

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Bassm i has held solo exhibitions in galleries in Cairo\, New York\, and Paris as well as the Burroughs-Chapin Museum in Myrtle Beach\, South Caroli na\; the Pensacola Museum of Art\; the Ormond Beach Memorial Museum\; and t he Hardin Art Center in Gadsden\, Alabama\, among numerous other venues.

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According to art critic John Mendelsohn \, Bassmi’s paintings “speak in a language that we intuitively recognize—th e movement of water\, the massing of clouds\, the delicacy of light in mist ...the luminosity of translucent color alerts us to the essentially non-phy sical nature of what Bassmi is pointing to... the far shore of experience\, where delight is the most natural thing in the world.”

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Michelle Concepción has exhibited widely in Europe\, the U.S. and the Caribbean\, with s olo exhibitions in Frankfurt\, Barcelona and at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Ga lleries. In his essay for her most recent one-person show at the gallery\, Peter Frank summarized her work with an observation that might apply to all the paintings in this exhibition:

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“M ichelle Concepción follows in the footsteps of Kandinsky\, Malevich\, Mondr ian\, and a host of nonobjective painters who in their various ways have ex plored and conveyed what was at once deep inside them and all around them\, visually inchoate but profoundly immediate in experience. When this aurati c force emerges and coalesces\, we tend to find the mundane world in such f ormulations. But even as we do\, those formulations act upon us and within us. Concepción’s is an art not of things\, but of their ghosts.”

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Paintings of Flo rian Depenthal have been exhibited in numerous prestigious venues i n his native Germany as well as in this country and are included in such im portant permanent collections as those of H.P. Schwerfel-Sammlung\, Paris\; Stone Container Corporation\, Grant Thornton Collection\, and Lake Point T ower Collection in Chicago.

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Critic Ja net Batet found that his “dazzling canvases”... “are loaded with powerful e xpression. Each emphatic stroke ...evidences a trace of mood\, the vivid fe eling invading the canvas before being tempered by reason.” His new work so ftens the edges of his subject matter as well as his somewhat flamboyant pa lette.

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