California Modernism – Gallery Selections

December 9, 2006 – March 3, 2007

Public Reception: December 9, 2006, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts is pleased to present California Modernism – Gallery Selections.  This exhibition features some of the Gallery’s favorite artworks, including paintings and sculpture by California’s foremost Modernists of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.  The exhibition also includes bright and fresh examples of early California Modernism never before on the market.  Along with these masterworks we are exhibiting the art of many previously well-known artists whose outstanding reputations have become obscured by the passage of time, including many women artists.  The exhibition includes oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, drawings and prints.

*We are pleased to share our December 9, 2006, opening with Shawn Speck Picture Frames, specializing in hand-crafted period picture frames for fine art.  Their showroom is located in Suite 102 of our building.*

Mabel Alvarez (1891 – 1985)        
Man With A Beard (Portrait of Artist Herman Cherry)                                                               
Signed “M Alvarez” lower left
Oil on canvas
24 x 20 inches
Los Angeles Museum of Art, 1934
Face to Face, The Paintings of Mabel Alvarez, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA, November 7, 1998 – February 28, 1999

Some of the many renowned artists featured in this exhibition are Mabel Alvarez, Edward Biberman, Dorr Bothwell, Claude Buck, Francis de Erdely, Karoly Fulop, John Emmett Gerrity, Peter Krasnow, Knud Merrild, Warren Newcombe, Helen Clark Oldfield, Otis Oldfield, Ruth Powers Ortlieb, Edna Reindel, Jacques Schnier, Sueo Serisawa, Stanton Macdonald Wright, and many others.

Helen Clark Oldfield (1902 – 1981)
Two Bottles
Signed “Helen Oldfield” lower right
Oil on canvas board
18 x 14 inches
We also are pleased to present Victor Arnautoff – Works on Paper, 1929 – 1955 in our Back Room Gallery.  This versatile artist, who routinely commented on social inequities in his Depression-era art, also experimented with Cubism and other early Modernist styles.  Arnautoff was as facile in the use of watercolor, charcoal, ink and lithography techniques as he was with oil and mural painting.  These striking and passionate works come from the Estate of the Artist.

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.  Phone: 310.273.8838 Fax: 310.273.8848.  Website:

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