California Modernist Works on Paper
Including watercolors, graphite and charcoal drawings, linoleum block prints, woodcuts, serigraphs, and lithographs from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s

August 7, 2004 – October 30, 2004

Public Reception: August 7, 2004, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts
9200 West Olympic Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Ca 90212
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As much as the painters in oil expanded the frontiers of Modernism in California, so too did artists that worked in other media. California Modernist Works on Paper is an important and extensive survey of the varied media employed by modernists in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

Paul Landacre, a pioneering Los Angeles modernist, is represented in this exhibition with his stunning and sensual wood engraving Jungle Madness from 1933. The work of early Los Angeles modernist Peter Krasnow, whose 1930 ink and watercolor portrait The Family is at once striking and haunting, also is included in the exhibit. Stanton Macdonald Wright’s important charcoal drawing of Topanga Canyon from 1940, on view, is exemplary of the artist’s works inspired by Asian themes and technique.

(l.) Paul Landacre, Jungle Madness, 1933, signed “Paul Landacre” lower right, edition of 60, No. 14, wood engraving on paper, 11.5 x 8.75 inches.
(r.) Peter Krasnow, Untitled (The Family), 1930, signed and dated “Peter Krasnow '30” lower right, ink and watercolor on paper, 19 x 12 inches.

The exhibition also features lithographs by Mabel Alvarez and Henrietta Shore, two of California’s leading modernists, as well as graphite drawings and watercolors by other California women modernists.

Henrietta Shore, Drawing Pulque, ca. 1930, unsigned, lithograph on paper, 13.5 x 18 inches

The survey includes some of Northern California’s premier modernists, such as Otis Oldfield and his wife and fellow artist Helen Clark Oldfield. Victor Arnautoff’s 1934 charcoal drawing, Police Officer, is one of many significant works in the exhibition by this socially conscious and left-leaning artist. Other Northern California modernists featured include Leah Rinne Hamilton, Lucretia Van Horn, Frede Vidar, and John Emmett Gerrity -- the Northern California exponent of Stanton Macdonald Wright’s seminal color theory known as Synchromism.

(l.) Victor Arnautoff, Untitled (Police Officer) , ca. 1934, unsigned, charcoal on paper, 24 x 18 inches.
(r.) Lucretia Van Horn, Mural Study, ca. 1927, signed “L. Van Horn” lower left, graphite on paper, 12 x 9 inches.

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.

Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts is open Tuesday - 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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