Please join ACME Fine Art for the first exhibition of the 2014 season, a group exhibition of artwork selected by Gallery Director David Cowan. The exhibition will feature the artists Gilbert Franklin, Nanno de Groot, Resia Schor, and Ilya Schor. All four artists are well known to New England art aficionados and collectors because of their connections to the Provincetown artists' colony. The exhibition will open on Friday 24 January and will be on view through Saturday 22 February 2014. A reception will be held on the evening of Friday, 7 February from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., and will coincide with SoWa's First Friday festivities.
The exhibition will feature a number of important late canvases by Nanno de Groot, many of which have not been exhibited in more than four decades. A native of the Netherlands, Nanno de Groot emigrated to the U.S. following his service in the Dutch Merchant Marine at the conclusion of World War II. Always an avid draftsman, de Groot took up painting in a decidedly avant-garde manner almost as soon as he gained access to studio space in San Francisco in 1948. De Groot's brief career as an artist ended with his untimely death in 1963 at age 50.
An impressive array of modern 20th century sculpture will be an important aspect of this year's Director's Choice exhibition. ACME Fine Art is delighted to announce that the gallery now represents the estate of Gilbert Franklin. We are delighted to introduce Franklin by presenting a fine group of his late 20th century bronzes as a part of this exhibition. Franklin's illustrious career included membership in the National Academy of Design. He was a Fellow and Trustee of the American Academy in Rome, and he won the Prix de Rome in sculpture in 1948. Franklin served as Professor of Sculpture, and Chairman and Dean of the Division of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design -his alma mater- and also taught at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania during his almost four decade long career in academia.
Last summer the Provincetown Art Association and Museum mounted a beautiful, high season exhibition titled Abstract Marriage: Sculpture by Ilya Schor and Resia Schor. Following on the heels of this important museum exhibition we are delighted that we can make selections from the PAAM exhibition a fundamental component of our 2014 Director's Choice season opener. In addition to PAAM, Ilya Schor's work has been included in Museum shows in New York, Boston, Chicago and Milwaukee. The Jewish Museum (NYC) honored Schor with a retrospective exhibition in 1965.