ACME Fine Art’s second solo
exhibition of the work of Michael Loew is comprised of a group
of fine watercolors and drawings created while the artist was in
residence on his beloved Monhegan Island in Maine. Loew began spending
the summer months on Monhegan in 1949 and continued doing so for
almost thirty years. During the early years he enjoyed sketching
the island landscape in watercolors that were painted en plein
air. ACME Fine Art’s exhibition will feature a fine group
of such watercolors that were painted between 1949 and 1954 as
well as a group of drawings from the same period.
While the influences of teachers such
as Vaclav Vytlacil and Hans Hofmann can be appreciated in this
early work, Michael Loew’s
adaptation of modern ideas on formal structure and color yielded
something completely fresh and original. The early watercolors
bear witness to the artist’s fundamental interest in and
adaptation of a reductive theory that always had its basis in nature.
Throughout his career Loew’s point of departure was often
the landscape and light of coastal Maine.
In her essay Nature Into Abstraction that
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.” These watercolors visually demonstrate
the fusion described by Dr. Larsen, and they capture the precise
conception of an evolutionary process for the artist that ultimately
led to the creation of his highly synthesized, seminal neo-plastic “Open
Space” paintings of the 1970s and early 1980s.
The exhibition Michael Loew, En Plein
Air will be on view at ACME Fine Art from 17 October through
15 November 2008.
For further information
about this artist or exhibition, or other gallery events please
contact the gallery
at 617.585.9551, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACME Fine Art and Design is located at
Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116. Gallery
hours are 11:00 to 5:30 Tuesday through Friday and 11:00 to 5:00