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The Possible: From the Personal to the Global
ART 2 C # 6
"Works from Rome," the third exhibition of works by the late California artist Lee Mullican, is on exhibit at Marc Selwyn Fine Art.
Along with Wolfgang Paalen and Gordon Onslow Ford, Mullican was known as a member of "the Dynaton." This group of artists, named after the Greek word for "the possible," acted as a bridge between the European Surrealist and American Abstract Expressionist schools.
Disbanding shortly after its seminal exhibition in 1951 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Dynaton explored the subconscious mind, mysticism, automatism, and the influences of ancient cultures. Mullican remained true to these ideas but went on to develop his own highly personal imagery.This exhibition will focus on one year Mullican spent in Rome with a studio located in a 16th century palazzo. With these works, he captured the sound of Rome -- traffic, car horns, speeding Vespas and birds at twilight. The staccato rhythm of the city appears predominantly in richly contrasted black, white and ivory with a few works in muted blues, oranges and yellows.
Marc Selwyn Fine Art
Oct. 30 - Dec. 5, 2009
Regular hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
6222 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101,
Los Angeles, California 90048
Telephone: (323) 933-9911
"US Future States: An Atlas of Global Imperialism," a solo
exhibition of works by artist Dan Mills
In this bitingly satirical series of works on paper Mills discovered "that by conceptually pushing this global stance a little further, it was possible to justify taking over almost any country." So he did. In these 35 works, the US of America (USA) expands with the US Global (USG) and morphs into US Empire (USE).
The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the release of the AMERICAN EDITION of US Future States ATLAS published by Perceval Press.
Sherry Frumkin Gallery
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