"Essential Forms"
March 18 - April 29, 2000

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In the 1930s, WERNER DREWES became an artist of American interest initially through his printmaking. In his woodcuts was traced the influence of German Expressionism ...bold, forceful, immediate. His Bauhaus training drew out his intuitive powers of structure, abstraction and space which defines his basic aesthetic vocabulary. His art captures rhythms, architecture and the simple drama of abstract elements. Vigorous color vies with black and white in watercolors, etchings, paintings, collages, celoprints and, most importantly, the woodcuts.

We present an overview spanning more than fifty years of work in all media. DREWES's imagery ranges from geometric abstraction to abstracted subjects inspired by his love of world travel - especially throughout the United States, by his respect for nature and by his interest in all peoples he encountered. In his woodcuts we exhibit Elevated, New York, 1931, Black Curve on Yellow, 1938, Descent into the Mojave, 1962 and Twin Formation in Gray, 1982 to illustrate that range. The etchings, the paintings and the watercolors cover the same fifty years. We conclude with his brilliant and intriguing collages of the 1970s and '80s.

Explore the work of the American Abstract Artists, the group recognized as presenting the unique language of the century in the United States. WERNER DREWES was a founding member and driving force within this movement.

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