HOWARD WARSHAW: Works from the Artist’s Estate.
May 27 to July 14, 2004
Reception and Opening: Thursday, May 27, 2004 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery (Downtown)
7 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA
Contact, Edward Cella
Phone, (805) 730-1460, Fax: (805) 730-1462
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Open Daily 10-5:30pm

Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery presents a retrospective of Southern California modernist Howard Warshaw (1920-1977). This long awaited exhibition presents more than thirty important early and mid-career paintings, drawings, and collage works many of with extensive and important exhibition histories. The selection highlights the development of Warshaw’s organic cubism and documents important phases of this critically recognized artist and educator.

Born in New York, Warshaw emerges at a juncture of American Art with his debut at the 1945 Whitney Museum of Art’s Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings – and event recognized for heralding the arrival of the New York School. At that time, Los Angeles based artists Eugene Berman, Rico Lebrun and their colleague Howard Warshaw were recognized as the forefront of contemporary art in Southern California. With the support of legendary collector Vincent Price and dealer Frank Perls in Los Angeles and dealers Julian Levy and later Jacques Selligmann in New York, Warshaw enjoyed national acclaim with multiple bi-coastal exhibitions and awards.

Relocating in 1955 with a teaching position at UC Santa Barbara, Warshaw developed over the next two decades a humanist based curriculum that emphasized his approaches to the human figure, fine draftsmanship, and critical cubism. During this time his work expanded to include multi-media collage and monumental murals encompassing dramatic cinematic compositions of multiple figures, engaging spatial relationships, and Warshaw’s insightful “extra-painting references.”

The artist’s estate has been held privately for decades. The exhibition is the debut of representation of the artist by Sullivan Goss, and is an opportunity to see works long held from view. At time when the history of Southern California and its national merit is being critically re-evaluated, this exhibition is timely.

For further information or visual materials, please contact Edward Celia at the gallery.

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