The California Modernist Still Life
Fine Paintings, Sculpture and Works On Paper
May 5, 2004 – July 31, 2004
Reception: Saturday, May 15, 5-8pm

Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts
9200 West Olympic Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Ca 90212
(310) 273-8838, fax (310) 273-8848
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The California Modernist Still Life is an unprecedented survey of the California Modernist approach to the still life genre during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. The still life is a hallowed theme for artists, but one which has lacked critical review and examination. Through this exhibition we provide a rare glimpse into the methods and styles implemented by artists to achieve the Modernist still life in California during this important period of artistic exploration. The exhibition includes important women Modernists who, though often overlooked in their own time, were at the forefront of Modernism in California.

(l.) Grace Clements, “Yard Sale”, 1935, oil on canvas, 36 x 30 inches.
(r.) Edith Hamlin, “Studio Kitten”, ca. 1940, tempera/gouache on board, 17 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches.

The California Modernist Still Life features important works by such renown artists as Mabel Alvarez, Claude Buck, Hans Burkhardt, Grace Clements, Edith Hamlin, Henry Lee McFee, John Mottram, Helen Oldfield, Stanislaus Poray, Edna Reindel, Sueo Serisawa, Henrietta Shore, Stanton Macdonald Wright, and many others.

Hans Burkhardt, “Still Life”, ca. 1939, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

The exhibition will open on May 5, 2004, with a reception open to the public on Saturday, May 15, 2004, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wine and hors d'oeuvre will be served.

The Gallery specializes in California Modernism of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, and is one of the only Galleries to undertake large-scale exhibitions featuring the important art and artists of the Modernist period in California. The Gallery is a member of the Art Dealers Association of California.

Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts is open Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment. The Gallery is located at 9200 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 200, in Beverly Hills, at the corner of Palm Drive, between Beverly Drive and Doheny.

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