6 January – 5 February, 2005
|ACME fine Art’s first solo exhibition of the work of Michael Loew is comprised of a compact retrospective collection of paintings and drawings that were selected to tell the story of Loew’s career-long interest in geometric abstraction. The works included in the exhibition were executed between 1945 and 1980, and they demonstrate Loew’s remarkable evolution from a stylistic form of expressive nature-based cubism of the 1940s to a highly synthesized neoplastic purism seen in his “Open Space” series of paintings done in the late 1970s.
While the influences of teachers such as Vaclav Vytlacil and Hans Hofmann can be appreciated in his early work, Michael Loew’s adaptation of modern ideas on formal structure and color yielded something completely fresh and original. In her essay Nature Into Abstraction which was published in conjunction with Loew’s 1997 retrospective exhibition at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland Maine, curator Susan Larsen aptly describes Loew’s early geometric work as a “fusion of landscape and radical abstraction.” ACME Fine Art’s January exhibition will feature a series of Monhegan and Provincetown watercolors that date from between 1949 and 1960 that beautifully illustrate the “fusion” described by Dr. Larsen. The exhibition will also feature large-scale “Open Space” paintings that represent the culmination of Loew’s artistic endeavors. These complex, architectonic canvases are surprisingly painterly, and through Loew’s sensitively rendered layers of tone and hue achieve subtle transparencies that result in something that is quietly dynamic and poetically powerful.
The exhibition MICHAEL LOEW Towards Geometric Abstraction will be on view at ACME Fine Art from 6 January through 5 February 2005. On Thursday, 13 January the gallery will host an Opening Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, 15 January at 3 p.m. Dr. Susan Larsen of the Archives of American Art will give a gallery talk about Michael Loew and his work featured in the exhibition.