Postwar Modernism of the West 2014

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Quarry's End, 1946 Oil On Canvas 34x26 © Calabi Gallery
Postwar Modernism of the West 2014
Curated by: Dennis Calabi

456 Tenth Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
November 8th, 2014 - December 27th, 2014
Opening: November 15th, 2014 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

North Bay/Napa
Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 to 5 pm
Art, gallery, exhibition, opening, reception, postwar, modernism, West, West Coast, painting, figurative, landscape, modern, surrealism, traditional, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed-media, conceptual


In the aftermath of the Great Depression and World War II there was an explosion of creativity in the arts. The historical record has focused on New York as the new art capitol of the world, which it was, but this burst of creative energy occurred throughout the country. The Bay Area, in particular, was a hotbed of experimentation in new modes of artistic expression.

While the western states suffered from a dearth of "serious" galleries who could properly promote this new crop of artists, there was certainly no shortage of artistic talent. Pollock, Rothko, Guston, and many others who achieved fame and success in New York came from the west. Their creative vision was born in the west, but New York, as the marketing center, drew them east.

Many other great artists developed their unique approaches to art in the west, but having chosen to ignore the siren call of New York, failed to find the financial success of their colleagues who made the move. This exhibition is devoted to a select group of western postwar artists who deserve more attention than they have received.

Some of the artists included are Robert P. McChesney, Walter Kuhlman, Deborah Remington, Sutter Marin, Nathan Oliveira, Karl Benjamin, Hans Gustav Burkhardt, Ynez Johnston, Louis Siegriest, Mildred Rackley, and the Howard brothers, Charles, John Langley, and Robert Boardman.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 4-8pm. Refreshments and tasty finger foods will be served for your enjoyment as usual. 

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