KENNETH STUBBS: A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBTION

Sunbathers small17 March – 5 May 2012

An exhibition of the work of noted twentieth century artist Kenneth Stubbs will open at ACME Fine Art’s 38 Newbury Street Gallery on Saturday 17 March 2012. A public reception from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. will mark the occasion.

This will be ACME Fine Art’s fourth solo exhibition of the artwork of Kenneth Stubbs. While others have been genre or medium focused this exhibition will be retrospective in nature –covering over thirty productive years of the artist’s career- and will highlight important works from still life and landscape genres. The artwork for the exhibition was selected by Gallery Director David Cowan, and will feature a fine group of works from the artist’s estate that have not been exhibited in more than 20 years. A select group of paintings and watercolors that were part of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum October/November 2011 solo exhibition honoring Mr. Stubbs will also be included in the ACME Fine Art exhibition.

Kenneth Stubbs was the consummate modernist. Early on he studied with E. Ambrose Webster as a part of Webster’s first Modern School of Art in Provincetown Massachusetts. Mr. Webster and Provincetown became the two most important influences on Stubbs’ work. Using Webster’s teaching as a foundation, Stubbs was able to develop and synthesize a golden section based analytical cubist approach that became his signature. Provincetown provided the avant-garde creative atmosphere and inspiration, as well as the subject matter for much of his work.

In his essay accompanying the monograph that was published in conjunction with the aforementioned 2011museum exhibition, Dr. Robert Metzger described Kenneth Stubbs as “a seminal figure among a small group of American Cubists in the 1920s and 1930s, all of whom were influenced by the images and style of Pablo Picasso, yet few produced a body of work as singular and accomplished as Stubbs.” He went on to describe Stubbs’ work as that of “an American original.” Dr. Metzger concluded by adding: “Stubbs’ work over the decades successfully adapted Cubism to his own dazzling style which was remarkable for its quality and range. Cubism required skill, dedication, and tenacity as well as a maverick streak, [all] of which Stubbs amply possessed.”

KENNETH STUBBS: A Retrospective Exhibition will be on view at ACME Fine Art from Saturday, 17 March to Saturday, 5 May 2012. The recently published monograph about the artist is available through the gallery. Further information about the artist is available at www.acmefineart.com or by contacting the gallery at 617.585.9551 or gallery@acmefineart.com .