WORKS ON PAPER INVITATIONAL

Baker Tulip in BottleAn invitational exhibition of works on paper by contemporary artists Charles DuBack, Josefina Auslender, Richard Baker, and Ellen LeBow will open on Friday 24 September 2010 at ACME Fine Art in Boston. A reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. that evening will be held at the gallery with several of the artists in attendance. The exhibition will feature works on paper created using a variety of media and techniques, and ranging in style from pure abstraction to realism. The artists invited to participate in the exhibition by Gallery Director David Cowan exemplify the continuity between the modern tradition that ACME Fine Art has always exhibited and contemporary artworks from the local region.

Charles DuBack was born in 1926 in Fairfield, Connecticut and has been living and working in Maine for the past 40 years. DuBack attended the Brooklyn Museum School and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He worked in New York during the 1950s and early 1960s, sharing a studio building with Bernard Langlis and Alex Katz on 28th Street. DuBack’s works featured in the exhibition come from this time period, the late 1950s. Although these appear non-objective, DuBack takes his inspiration from nature. “I am a realist, all of my work comes directly from nature.” His small, hand colored collages are evocative of the landscape. DuBack’s work has been featured in Recent Paintings at the Museum of Modern Art, the Biennial International Exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, and, most recently in a solo exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, Charles DuBack: Coming to Maine.

Josefina Auslender is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she lived, worked and studied during the early part of her career. She has lived and worked in the United States since 1986 and has been exhibiting frequently throughout Maine, which she now calls home. ACME Fine Art will feature drawings from Auslender’s recent Stendahl Series that consist of dense pattered lines surrounding areas of negative space and outlining volumetric geometric shapes. The abstract spaces she creates exude a meditative, almost spiritual quality and appear influenced by celestial and landscape forms.

Richard Baker’s contemporary still life paintings are illusionistic, yet stylized. Gouache paintings from his tulip series depict the unfolding of the flower and portray the emotional complexities of this occurrence. Hilton Kramer, when considering Baker’s recent realist works concludes that “At his best, he’s as good as Magritte, and his wit is a lot subtler when he confers an atmosphere of anxiety upon objects ordinarily resistant to it-which is to say that Mr. Baker seems to have derived from Surrealism elements of wit and anxiety, but without the vulgarity and showmanship.” Baker lives and works in Brooklyn and Wellfleet, MA, was a Fine Arts Work Center Fellow (Provincetown, MA) and is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Maryland Institute College of Art. He has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and the Cape Museum of Fine Arts (Dennis, MA).

Ellen LeBow’s monumental ink drawings incised on clayboard are amalgamations of conflicting iconographies ranging from religious to popular culture. Her irreverent images include the angel Gabriel bestowing his blessing upon Disney’s Seven Dwarfs and skeletons dancing with saints. These recent works are a new direction for LeBow, who formerly concentrated on Haitian subjects. LeBow describes these works as “[featuring] the press of a tumbling, cosmic ‘cloud’ packed with characters ‘cannibalized’ from these personal and artistic influences to become a compressed assault of ‘divine messengers’ threatening at once to overpower and exalt the earth-bound life below.” LeBow studied at Pratt Institute and the New York Studio School and currently lives and works on Cape Cod.

WORKS ON PAPER INVITATIONAL will be on view at ACME Fine Art in Boston from 24 September to 6 November 2010. Gallery hours are 11:00 to 5:30 Tuesday through Saturday. The exhibition can be viewed on-line at acmefineart.com. Please contact the gallery for further information.