VITA PETERSEN (born 1915)
Confrontation--The Late Show--Recent Works

January 8 through February 19, 2005
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 8, 6pm-8pm

In conjunction with the West Hollywood Galleries Art Walk

Leroy Grannis, Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Finalists, Sunset Beach, 1968/2004, 30 x 30 inches.

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New works reflect the culmination of a career by Hoffman-trained and Pollock-influenced Vita Petersen

MB Fine Art Los Angeles presents an exhibition of new work by Vita Petersen in VITA PETERSEN: Contradiction: Late Show/Recent Works from January 8 through February 19, 2005. This is Petersen’s first exhibition in Los Angeles, consisting of forty works executed with oil stick, pastel and paint on paper.

Born in Berlin in 1915, Vita Petersen began her fine art studies at the Berlin Academy with Carl Hofer and the Munich School of Fine Arts. Immigrating to New York City in 1938, Petersen began studying at the world-renowned Hoffman School.  Like her legendary teacher Hans Hoffman, Petersen has come into her own to produce her most compelling and mature works during her later years. Building on Hoffman’s “push and pull” theory, Petersen creates a visual tension between the positive and negative forms in her compositions. The effect not only gives the viewer the experience of depth on a flat surface, but also the actual simulation of movement.

Petersen experienced first hand the technique of “all over painting” during daily interactions with Jackson Pollock while summering in Springs, East Hampton in 1948 and 1949. The artist has said that meeting Pollock changed her way of experiencing and creating art. While exhibiting at Betty Parsons Gallery in the late 1960’s and ‘70’s, she gave up abstractions and created more realistic works—primarily figures in a crowd or still life. After this period she went back to her non-objective style where, as the artist herself says, “the paintings take over, and I follow.” As one of the few living artists working from the golden age of American Abstract Art, Petersen’s new works reflect the culmination of a long and successful career.

Vita Petersen has taught painting and drawing at the Spence School and exhibited her works at the Betty Parsons and Tanager Galleries.  Her works are included in the collections of Mrs. Blanche Rockefeller, the Joseph Hirschhorn Collection, The Corcoran Museum, The Weatherspoon Gallery, First National bank in Chicago and others.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue with essay by Michael Brenson author of a forthcoming book on David Smith.

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MB Fine Art specializes in 20th century American art and contemporary art. The gallery opened its Los Angeles location in Summer 2004 and is committed to exhibiting original works by modern masters as well as contemporary and emerging artists.

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