A retrospective survey of watercolors and drawings by noted abstract expressionist artist Michael Loew will open on Saturday 9 February at ACME Fine Art in Boston. A reception from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. will mark the occasion. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday 2 March at the gallery and on-line at www.acmefineart.com.
This will be the third solo exhibition of Michael Loew’s popular abstractions; however, it will be the first that runs across periods in the artist’s body of work, and the first that focuses exclusively on works on paper. The exhibition will be composed of works created between the late 1930s and 1985, and it highlights drawings and watercolors that were made as studies for paintings or murals, as well as finished, stand alone artworks. All stand on their own merit as outstanding examples –not only of Michael Loew’s creative powers- but also, of the artistic spirit of modernism in the twentieth century.
Michael Loew was a master of weaving geometry with nature. He seemed to delight in exploring the limits of nature based abstraction. Throughout his career one can see a back and forth between the almost totally abstract, and the representational. Although it is impossible to say how and where Loew’s modern tendencies originated, it is fair to say that his experiences, his education, and his own interests led him in a distinctly avant-garde direction very early on. On the side of experience, one might point out his collaboration with DeKooning on a 1939 NYC World’s Fair mural that led to a life-long friendship that must have influenced Loew. Certainly, his post war training under one of the most important nature-based abstract expressionists, Hans Hofmann, also proved to have had significant influence. Then, there was his study abroad at the Atelier Leger. Although various influences may have come to bear on Michael Loew, his work is always in his own true voice, and that voice is consistently clear, concise, and elegantly expressive.
Michael Loew’s artistic talents were recognized as early as 1929 when he won the Sadie A. May Travelling Fellowship, and the honors continued with awards such as the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, the Judith Rothschild Grant, and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Today, Loew’s work is in the permanent collections of Art Museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, and the Albright Knox Art Gallery.
A comprehensive exhibition catalogue including an essay by Susan C. Larsen is available through the gallery. Please contact ACME Fine Art for further information about Michael Loew, or this exhibition.