The work of the noted 20th century abstract artist Jim Forsberg (1919-1991) will be featured in a solo exhibition of his oil paintings, works on paper, and graphic relief printing blocks at ACME Fine Art in Boston. The exhibition will open with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday evening 23 February 2006, and will be on view through 25 March.

Jim Forsberg was an art student during the heyday of abstract expressionism in the 1940s. Forsberg’s early training was with Will Barnet and Vaclav Vytlacil at the Art Students League, and with Hans Hofmann at Hofmann’s School of Fine Art in New York and Provincetown. Forsberg was an accomplished printmaker and painter whose approach steadfastly adhered to the modernist principles he adopted during his formative years. Jim Forsberg’s work has been widely exhibited ever since his debut in New York in the 1940s. Today paintings and/or prints by Jim Forsberg are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Chrysler Museum, the Everson Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For the upcoming ACME Fine Art exhibition, gallery director David Cowan has assembled a fine cross-section of work that dates from the mid-1940s through the 1950s. This was a particularly creative and fertile time for Forsberg. While the influences of his esteemed teachers can -upon careful examination- be detected, Forsberg’s independent artistic temperament is always predominant. The work from this period explores notions of balance and counterbalance, formal relationships between the part and the whole, and the complex physical forces that come into play between forms in space.

ACME Fine Art is located at 38 Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay. Gallery Hours are 11:00 to 5:30 Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is now also open on the First Friday of every month until 7:00 p.m. For further information please contact the gallery at 617.585.9551, orĀ info@acmefineart.com.