George Nama- Inspired by Poetry: Sculptures, Etchings and Gouaches

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George Nama- Inspired by Poetry: Sculptures, Etchings and Gouaches

357 North La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
March 14th, 2007 - April 28th, 2007
Opening: March 14th, 2007 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Tues-Fri 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm

The works of New York artist George Nama will be featured in an exhibition of sculptures, gouaches, and etchings inspired by the poetry of his friends and collaborators Yves Bonnefoy, Alfred Brendel, and Charles Simic.  Their poetry, accompanied by Nama’s works, serves as the basis of a collaborative art exhibition at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles, entitledGeorge Nama - Inspired by Poetry: Sculptures, Etchings and Gouaches,” which opens with a reception on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 PM, and extends through Saturday, April 28.

The exhibition focuses on the work of two portfolios: “Poems: Yves Bonnefoy, Alfred Brendel, Charles Simic” with twelve original Nama etchings, and “Charles Simic: Wonders of the Invisible World and Other Poems,” with ten etchings by Nama. In addition to the etchings especially created for these poetry collections, the exhibition will include a number of related unique gouache drawings and bronze sculptures by Nama.
George Nama’s works are in the collections of major institutions both here and abroad.  Working in expressive abstract figures in different media, he has long collaborated with major writers in creating artist’s books, which have been critically acclaimed in Europe and America.  Nama has previously partnered on seven books with Yves Bonnefoy, the important French poet and literary figure whose writings on art and literature, including books on Miro, Goya and Giacometti, have informed whole generations of post-WWII cultural audiences.
Nama has previously collaborated with Alfred Brendel, the world-famous concert pianist who is performing in Los Angeles at Disney Hall on March 13 and in Santa Barbara on March 15.  Brendel, who in recent years has been celebrated for his poetry, wrote a suite of poems entitled “Devil’s Pagaent” for which Nama created a series of accompanying etchings and sculptures. Their collaboration was the subject of an exhibition at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in 2002.  In 2004, Nama and Brendel followed with “Thirteen Angels,” exhibited at the Rutberg Gallery 2004.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic has also worked extensively in collaboration with George Nama.  Simic is currently the poetry editor of The Paris Review and the author of more than sixty books.  Simic has won, among many other honors, a MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant.
An opening reception for “George Nama - Inspired by Poetry: Sculptures, Etchings and Gouaches” will be held Wednesday, March 14 from 7 to 9 PM with George Nama and Alfred Brendel in attendance, and will feature an informal reading and catalogue signing.  The fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue with poetry and introductory essay by Elisabeth Kashey, was originally published for the inaugural show in 2006 at Shepherd & Derom Galleries in New York.
Concurrently, the gallery will also feature a group exhibition of select paintings and drawings by significant modern and contemporary artists.