October 13 – November 25, 2007
Opening Reception October 13, 5-7pm

Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery
7 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Contact, Jan Helsel
(805) 730-1460, fax (805) 730-1462
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Open Daily 10am-5:30pm

Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery blasts to the past.  It’s 1957, the year of Sputnik, Jack Kerouac’s “on the Road” and the first Frisbee. The art world has exploded with the acceptance of modernist work of Cubists, Futurists, Constructivists and Abstract Expressionists. Sullivan Goss presents an exceptional collection of avant garde art created 50 years ago.  

The Gallery recreates the era of the 50’s with cool, hard-edge paintings by Lorser Feitelson, Helen Lundeberg and Karl Benjamin, the controversial works of Ed Keinholz and John Bernhardt, and the masterful Cubist works of Max Weber, Howard Warshaw, Channing Peake, and Bentley Schaad.  Important Bay Area Figurative works by Richard Diebenkorn, Manuel Neri, Nathan Oliveira, and Bruce McGaw round out the exhibition. This selection of more than 40 significant works examines the sophistication of High Modernism set against the energy and excitement of the counter culture.

1957 is a pivotal year.  The infamous Ferus Gallery of Los Angeles opened at the same time that Leo Castelli’s famous New York gallery appeared.  The restlessness of the era is reflected in the vivid, monumental abstract by Robert Natkin, the virile paintings of big-block American engines by Edgar Ewing, and the evolving, biomorphic forms of Hans Burkhardt. The exhibition reflects both the range and focus of a significant moment in the art world of an evolving culture.

Adding to this be-bop momentum will be a 1957 Austin Healey sports car and a classic ’57 Harley ‘Sportster’ and a collection of poetry submitted especially for this exhibition.

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Sullivan Goss, 7 E. Anapamu St., invites you to dig their Opening Scene, October 13, 5 -7 pm, featuring a crazy costume contest (win bread, man!) and cool cocktails. Also opening will be the exhibit ‘Nature Takes It’s Course’, paintings by Robin Gowen.

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