IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMER TIME

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IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMER TIME

Our thoughts go to Phil Dike’s Balboa Harbor, William Wolfson’s Benches along the lazy path in the park, Francis Berry’s Olympic I field sports, and Luis Arenal’s Marble Player.  But we can’t over look Corita’s ripe Tomato, or Clinton Adams’ Cabaret on Windward at Venice Beach and his Return to Collioure along the Mediterranean, Tom Farmer’s Clamdiggers or Romare Bearden’s farmer in The Lantern

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PHIL DIKE Balboa Harbor
PHIL DIKE
Balboa Harbor
Tomato
MARY CORITA KENT
Tomato
CLINTON ADAMS Return to Collioure
CLINTON ADAMS
Return to Collioure
CLINTON ADAMS Cabaret on Windward
CLINTON ADAMS
Cabaret on Windward
FRANCIS BERRY Olympic I
FRANCIS BERRY
Olympic I
ROMARE BEARDEN The Lantern
ROMARE BEARDEN
The Lantern
TOM FARMER Clamdiggers
TOM FARMER
Clamdiggers
LUIS ARENAL Marbles Player
LUIS ARENAL
Marbles Player
WILLIAM WOLFSON Benches
WILLIAM WOLFSON
Benches
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KINETICISM – The Expression of Energy

“MOVING ART”

 

JULES ENGEL Steles I
Steles I
JULES ENGEL Abstraction
Abstraction
JULES ENGEL The Meadow (Tumbling)
The Meadow (Tumbling)
JULES ENGEL Traffic
Traffic
JULES ENGEL Mobiles
Mobiles
Jules Engel Accident
Accident
JULES ENGEL Untitled-T2605
Untitled
JULES ENGEL Second Balcony
Second Balcony

JULES ENGEL


 

OSKAR FISCHINGER Abstraction #17
Abstraction #17
OSKAR FISCHINGER Composition 44
Composition 44
OSKAR FISCHINGER Optical Poetry
Optical Poetry
OSKAR FISCHINGER Optical Ballet
Optical Ballet
OSKAR FISCHINGER Small White Abstraction
Small White Abstraction
OSKAR FISCHINGER Linear Composition
Linear Composition
OSKAR FISCHINGER Abstraction
Abstraction

OSKAR FISCHINGER


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PEOPLE,

PLACES and THINGS

The character or personality of
a Person….as well as a Place….as well as a Thing…
can be well defined by an image.
Explore through our website and become acquainted!

JOYCE WAHL TREIMAN Don, Rose & Bern
JOYCE WAHL TREIMAN
Don, Rose & Bern
MANUEL ALVAREZ-BRAVO En el Templo de Tigre Rojo
MANUEL ALVAREZ-BRAVO
En el Templo de Tigre Rojo
ROMARE BEARDEN The Lantern
ROMARE BEARDEN
The Lantern
JIM DINE Dine in Black Grease
JIM DINE
Dine in Black Grease
ALEXANDER P. FLEMING Eucalyptus
ALEXANDER P. FLEMING
Eucalyptus
CONRAD BUFF Yucca
CONRAD BUFF
Yucca
Tomato
MARY CORITA KENT
Tomato
CHARLES CRODEL Bahnkurvebei-Probstzella
CHARLES CRODEL
Bahnkurvebei-Probstzella
PHIL DIKE Balboa Harbor
PHIL DIKE
Balboa Harbor
EDMUND TESKE Door in the Desert
EDMUND TESKE
Door in the Desert
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SPACE – ARCHITECTURAL SPACE – INTIMATE SPACE

Architectural or “architectonic” form basically describes structural elements that enclose space.  The space can be symmetrical..or not.  That space can be a building for a home – or a commercial mall…or a drawing…or a print…a painting …or a sculpture.

Tobey C. Moss Gallery presents architectural/architectonic form in works of art by Peter Krasnow, by Jules Engel, by Helen Lundeberg, by Lou Jacobs Jr, by Werner Drewes, by William Dole, by David P. Levine, by Clinton Adams, by Oskar Fischinger, by Leonard Edmondson and others.

PETER KRASNOW Untitled - K.7
PETER KRASNOW
Untitled – K.7
Richfield Industrial Design
LOU JACOBS JR
Richfield Industrial Design
OSKAR FISCHINGER Linear Composition
OSKAR FISCHINGER
Linear Composition
WILLIAM DOLE Proxy
WILLIAM DOLE
Proxy

 

HELEN LUNDEBERG Interior with Painting
HELEN LUNDEBERG
Interior with Painting

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LEONARD EDMONDSON Gateway
LEONARD EDMONDSON
Gateway

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Concentration of Energy
WERNER DREWES
Concentration of Energy
CLINTON ADAMS Return to Collioure
CLINTON ADAMS
Return to Collioure
DAVID P. LEVINE Skylights and Rooftops
DAVID P. LEVINE
Skylights and Rooftops
JULES ENGEL Punch and Judy II
JULES ENGEL
Punch and Judy II
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BETYE SAAR

BETYE SAAR Keep for Old 'Memoirs'
Keep for Old ‘Memoirs’
BETYE SAAR The Couple
The Couple
BETYE SAAR The Long Memory
The Long Memory
 

BETYE SAAR National Racism
National Racism
BETYE SAAR Blow Top Blues: The Fire Next Time
Blow Top Blues:
The Fire Next Time
BETYE SAAR Flaming Heart #15
Flaming Heart #15
BETYE SAAR Return to Dreamtime
Return to Dreamtime
BETYE SAAR Flaming Heart #9
Flaming Heart #9

 

BETYE SAAR Mystic Sky with Self Portrait
Mystic Sky with Self Portrait
BETYE SAAR Mumbo Jumbo
Mumbo Jumbo
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Powerful Women

Our interest in works by women artists has been a constant one since our beginnings in 1978. Included in our current focus are prints, paintings, drawings, and photographs by June Wayne, Ruth Asawa, Claire Falkenstein, Isabel Bishop, Celia  Calderon, Leonora Carrington, Dorr Bothwell, Amanda Blanco, Miriam Karoly, Bertha Jaques, Riva Helfond, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Corita Kent, Elena Huerta, Marion Yampolsky, Joyce Treiman, Ynez Johnston, Increase Robinson, Luchita Hurtado,  Henrietta Shore, Beatrice Wood .. and list goes on!

The Messenger
LEONORA CARRINGTON
The Messenger
JUNE WAYNE The Hero - Kafka Series
JUNE WAYNE
The Hero – Kafka Series
Nina_China
CELIA CALDERON
Nina China
CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN Fiori
CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN
Fiori
DORR BOTHWELL Comment on Fashion
DORR BOTHWELL
Comment on Fashion
Mamas_Boy
BEATRICE WOOD
Mamas Boy
Helen Lundeberg beach
HELEN LUNDBERG
Beach
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June Wayne
The Artist

June Wayne and I met through prints…lithographs, to be exact.  When she moved, to Los Angeles from Chicago in the 1940s,  Lynton Kistler and his lithography workshop attracted her to the stone.   By 1949 she was painting but also was working on the lithograph stone at Kistler’s.  Her lithographs of 1950 – 1956 show that she was exploring crystalline structures and optics with her friends at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.  The Sanctified, The Target, The Tunnel demonstrate her early fascination with crystals, The Bride, The Suitor and the Advocate continued that theme. Her painting  – The Dreamers – presents her translation to the canvas.

She went on to make history – art history – the history of lithography in the United States.  With her sure powers of technique and aesthetic senses, her technique grew and the reputation of lithography as a fine art medium grew with her.
JUNE WAYNE The Suitor
The Suitor
JUNE WAYNE The Bride
The Bride
JUNE WAYNE The Advocate
The Advocate
JUNE WAYNE The Dreamers
The Dreamers
JUNE WAYNE The Target
The Target
JUNE WAYNE The Sanctified
The Sanctified
JUNE WAYNE Shine Here to us and thou art everywhere
Shine Here to us and thou art everywhere
In 1960 she founded the Tamarind Lithography Workshop with a grant from the Ford Foundation.  Her mandate – to lift appreciation of the technique.  She started with the printers.  The dearth of trained lithography printers in the United States was a major obstacle.  She brought Serge Lozingot from Marcel Durassier’s studio in France to train journeymen printers and she invited renowned artists to the TLW to explore lithography. They found that the symbiotic relationship with a collaborative printer encouraged their imagination and creativity.   For many of these artists, lithography became a primary technique for their future work.  Now, more than fifty years later, the international artists and printers she inspired are legion.

June Wayne was the living proof of the creative impulse.  Major exhibitions of her work and a massive catalogue raisonne brought her art to an ever-widening audience.  She never stopped making art – lithographs, paintings, collages, tapestry designs.   As a FORCE and a LEADER she influenced community involvement, political action and creativity in young artists.

Often adversarial – always challenging, stimulating, interesting and informative, June Wayne was positive from her very beginning.  We valued her friendship and cherish her memory.
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FRANK ROMERO
LIFE AND TIMES

Frank Romero showed an early affinity for making pictures that reflected his heritage. He was launched into public appreciation in 1959, at the age of 18, when his woodcut “Caballeros de la Noche“won First Prize in California State Fair, Sacramento. His ‘printing press’ consisted of a spoon and his muscles! This is one of three impressions he pulled.

Frank is a ‘giving’ person and has always been a part of development and renewal in central Los Angeles through his public murals and personal screenprints, block prints, constructions and paintings. Most of his murals reflect the large Los Angeles latino population, stimulating the growing interest for pedestrians, office workers, art seekers and shoppers.

In 1974 the University of California Irvine mounted a show of “Los Four” – Frank Romero, Gil Lujan, Carlos Almaraz and Roberto de la Rocha that subsequently was shown at LACMA and the Oakland Art Museum.
FRANK E. ROMERO The Arrest of the Palateros
The Arrest of the Palateros
FRANK E. ROMERO Deer Crossing
Deer Crossing
FRANK E. ROMERO Carro de Muerte
Carro de Muerte
FRANK E. ROMERO Freeway-Homage to Romero
Homage to Romero
FRANK E. ROMERO Los Caballeros de la Noche
Los Caballeros de la Noche
FRANK E. ROMERO Red Freeway-Homage to Weston
Red Freeway-Homage to Weston
FRANK E. ROMERO 4-Level Freeway Interchange
4-Level Freeway Interchange
Snake in the Grass
Snake in the Grass
FRANK E. ROMERO Palm Drive-In
Palm Drive-In
The enthusiasm and vigor of Romero’s art is infectious. Through his paintings and screenprints, we share a concert at the California Plaza, or a burger at Dolores’s Drive-In … perhaps we remember snuggling at a Palm Drive-in or experiencing the

complexity of a Freeway Interchange!

 

Political commentary enters into Romero’s work too. See The Arrest of the Palateros as the overzealous Los Angeles Police Department – following the law! – arrested poor ice-cream vendors in MacArthur Park.

Occasionally Romero goes ‘off the wall’ in three dimensional pieces like Deer Crossing or in collaboration with his students on the obsessive car culture of Los Angeles. (Yes, he is also a teacher and curator). Currently, see the show of his work at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach through May 21st.
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LEONARD EDMONDSON (1916-2002)

Leonard Edmondson claimed that he captured inner sources as inspiration for his compositions…inspirations that stimulated creative spirits throughout his life.

His paintings, etchings, drawings, collages, lithographs, woodcuts are expressions of discovery that he willingly shared with us.  He was bursting with that creativity.   View these and more at the Gallery as well as on our website.
LEONARD EDMONDSON Broadcast
Broadcast
LEONARD EDMONDSON State of Patterns
State of Patterns
LEONARD EDMONDSON Scenery
Scenery
LEONARD EDMONDSON Germination
Germination
LEONARD EDMONDSON Tropical Gardens I
Tropical Gardens I
LEONARD EDMONDSON Initiation
Initiation
LEONARD EDMONDSON Sphere of Hostility
Sphere of Hostility
Edmondson Untitled Dance
Untitled Dance
LEONARD EDMONDSON Letters Toward Experience
Letters Toward Experience
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CLINTON ADAMS 1918 – 2002
From the Estate

CLINTON ADAMS was an artist, a  painter, a teacher….and a printmaker.  He was introduced to the lithographic limestone by Lynton Kistler in about 1946; a ‘romance’ ensued.  At Kistler’s studio workshop he met a June Wayne, recently arrived from Chicago.  Adams created a series of lithographs throughout the 1950s that brought him together with June Wayne when she founded the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1960.  While the major portion of Adams’s estate passed to the University of New Mexico Museum, the artworks presented here are from his Estate as received from his son, Michael.
CLINTON ADAMS Naxos
Naxos
Requiem
Requiem
CLINTON ADAMS Return to Collioure
Return to Collioure
CLINTON ADAMS Grand Canyon II
Grand Canyon II
CLINTON ADAMS Window Series VI
Window Series VI
Window_Series_VIII
Window Series VIII
CLINTON ADAMS Figure in Yellow
Figure in Yellow
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Spring Highlights 2017
Including:

JULES ENGEL Traffic
JULES ENGEL Traffic
CLINTON ADAMS Naxos
CLINTON ADAMS Naxos
MAX POLLAK San Francisco
MAX POLLAK San Francisco
MATSUMI KANEMITSU Homage to Henry Seldis II
MATSUMI KANEMITSU
Homage to Henry Seldis II
LUIS ARENAL Marbles Player
LUIS ARENAL Marbles Player
DAVID P. LEVINE The Factory Gate
DAVID P. LEVINE The Factory Gate
Our broad and rich collection of
Prints, Drawings, Paintings, Sculptures, Assemblages and Collages
are constantly being augmented by fine items.
Do visit our website regularly .. You’ll be glad you do!

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WERNER DREWES 1899 – 1985

Art and Artists grow, evolve, develop. Through their art, artists reveal the broad history of the creative period. One obvious contributor to ‘his’-story is the work of Werner Drewes.

DREWES’s work spans the 20th Century, first at the Bauhaus, then his travels throughout Europe, South America and the United States and his emigration to the U.S. in 1930, his leadership in the American Abstract Artists group mid-1930s his participation in the Federal Arts Project and then on to professorship at Washington University in St. Louis.

WERNER DREWES Monumental Figuration
Monumental Figuration
WERNER DREWES Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice

  

WERNER DREWES In the Blue Square
In the Blue Square

WERNER DREWES Northern Transition

Northern Transition

  

WERNER DREWES Winter
Winter
WERNER DREWES Winter Mummery
Winter Mummery

 

 

WERNER DREWES Amorphous Abstraction
Amorphous Abstraction
WERNER DREWES Open Construction - Red
Open Construction – Red
WERNER DREWES Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake

 

Upright-Curved-Form
Upright-Curved-Form
WERNER DREWES Composition X-Dynamic Rhythm
Composition X-Dynamic Rhythm
WERNER DREWES San Francisco: Telephone Building
San Francisco: Telephone Building

 

 

  

Through woodcuts, etchings, collages and paintings, the story of American art through Werner Drewes is ……history! We’ve offered his art since the early 1980s and invite you, again, to explore and bring it into your life.

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FIGURATION
Depiction of the figure is so personal and, yet, so universal.

ROGER HERMAN Field Workers
ROGER HERMAN Field Workers
J. JAY MCVICKER Embryonic Forms
J. JAY MCVICKER
Embryonic Forms

 

 

J.R. MCMILLAN Dance
J.R. MCMILLAN
Dance

 

 

 

 

EUGENE FLEURY Idyll
EUGENE FLEURY
Idyll

 

CARLOS MERIDA Popul Vuh #1
CARLOS MERIDA
Popul Vuh #1
ARTHUR SECUNDA Torito
ARTHUR SECUNDA
Torito

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DRAWINGS

Drawings bring us back to beginnings … the impelling idea that stimulates the artists’s creativity. Follow the thought!

 

WERNER DREWES Evolution
WERNER DREWES
Evolution
MORRIS BRODERSON Study: Summertime
MORRIS BRODERSON
Study: Summertime
ABRAHAM WALKOWITZ Head of a Woman
ABRAHAM WALKOWITZ
Head of a Woman

 

ATTRIBUTED TO TITIAN Royal Personnage Charging his Officers
ATTRIBUTED TO TITIAN
Royal Personnage Charging his Officers

 

Weeds
JULES ENGEL
Weeds
BEN BERLIN Grand Canyon
BEN BERLIN
Grand Canyon

DRAWING is the basic capture of the artist’s thought.  Drawings are ‘true’…oftimes truer than the final composition/painting/print.  Here are drawings that convey the impact of the artist.

FRANCISCO ZUNIGA Seated Nude
Seated Nude

FRANCISCO ZUNIGA’s monumental nude conveys the mass and the weight of its goal: a sculpture in bronze. But this drawing says it all! In addition, Zuniga has ‘modeled’ it with strokes of color that enhance the figure.

LEONARD EDMONDSON Night Vision
Night Vision

 

LEONARD EDMONDSON uses white ink on heavy black paper and SCRATCHING through the paper surface to draw “Night Vision”, probably to proceed to a painting. The use of the black surface is dramatic.

BISHOP Letter Girl Reading Letter
Girl Reading Letter

 

ISABEL BISHOP carried her small sketch pad and a pen with her all the time, everywhere!  They provided glimpses of her experiences, often to be transferred to canvas or the etching plate.

WILLIAM DOLE Via dello Studio
Via dello Studio

 

The year before he turned to collage as his prime medium, WILLIAM DOLE drew this view from his pension window in Italy. See the architectonic structure of this simple rendering! That same focus on architecture pervades his collages.

MILLARD SHEETS Five Horses – Study
Five Horses – Study

MILLARD SHEETS’ study of horses was an early hint of the many times ‘horses’ would be part of his lithographs, paintings and murals.

 

 

 

We believe in the truths inherent in drawings and have other examples in those by
Peggy Bacon ‘Clambake’ ,  Howard Warshaw ‘Pepa’s Horses’,   Peter Krasnow ‘Rose’,
Abraham Walkowitz ‘Portrait of a Woman’,  Sueo Serisawa ‘Mountain Flower’,
Crawford O’Gorman ‘Landscape in Mexico’, Adolfo Mexiac ‘Banistas – Bathers’,
Frode Dann ‘Fluffy Cat’, Ynez Johnston ‘Abstraction with Fish’, Rockwell Kent ‘This is my Own’,
Channing Peake ‘Jazz’, Pietro Da Cortona after Titian ‘Royal Personage charging his offices’,
Jean Restout after Fragonard ‘Education of the Virgin’, Eugene Speicher ‘Nude’.

 


 

IN MEMORIAM
TYRUS WONG 1910-2016

Tyrus Wong knew many adversities and arose above them to a unique and successful career that spanned many worlds and years.  We enjoyed his sense of humor, his encouraging sense of life-to-be-LIVED.  He expressed himself through his art – as a designer and painter on Bambi and other animated films at Disney Studios, as a composer of greeting cards, as a lithography print maker with Lynton Kistler, as a fine art painter…and as a kitemaker of his own creations!  He was like none other. 
We feel privileged to have known him as a friend and as an artist.

We offer these few lithographs for your collection as evidence of his activities with Lynton Kistler’s Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles.

TYRUS WONG New Fallen Snow
New Fallen Snow
TYRUS WONG Large Horse with Flying Mane
Large Horse with Flying Mane

 

Horse Looking Up
Horse Looking Up
Horse Looking Down
Horse Looking Down

 

 

Blind Pencil Vendor
Blind Pencil Vendor
TYRUS WONG Horse Looking Away
Horse Looking Away
Horse Prancing
Horse Prancing
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It’s Rumble Holidays 

JULES ENGEL created sound….but silently!  He created images that conveyed sound….trilling, bombastic, explosive and asymmetrical.  But why use words when the image says so much more!
Engel made these collages, then photographed them for a five minute film = ” RUMBLE”.  You can ‘hear’ each image!  You can acquire each @1800. But a grouping of three or more are specially priced.
JULES ENGEL Rumble - 'X' JULES ENGEL Rumble 'C' JULES ENGEL Rumble - '2'
JULES ENGEL Rumble - 'B' JULES ENGEL Rumble - 'A' JULES ENGEL Rumble - '11 Field'
JULES ENGEL Rumble - '9' JULES ENGEL Rumble - '8' JULES ENGEL Rumble - '11'
JULES ENGEL Rumble - '5' ENGEL Rumble '4' JULES ENGEL Rumble - '6'
JULES ENGEL Rumble - '8 Field Center' JULES ENGEL Rumble #10 FIELD JULES ENGEL Rumble - '7 '

This is the ‘Giving’ time….and we offer suggestions for you to gift to favored friends, grandchildren, sons/daughters, curators……….and to YOURSELF!   For our part, we will offer 10% (and sometimes more) on your purchases. That’s OUR gift to you! 

 


Figures …..

Through figuration, these artists have captured repose, strength, introspection and hope – but also can suggest angst, ambiguity, defeat and withdrawal.

EMERSON WOELFFER Caledonia II offers an ambiguity of form – suggesting introspection.
JUNE WAYNE The Dreamers entwined lovers gently convey confidence in their dreams.
LORSER FEITELSON Woman Reading is the epitome of  meditation.
HENRY MOORE Six Reclining Figures has depicted monumental figures of great strength and confidence.
RICO LEBRUN Mourners at the Crucifixion has captured the agony, the angst of human defeat.
FRANCISCO ZUNIGA Seated Nude exudes Natural Earth.
BETYE SAAR The Couple brings hope in being togetherness.

EMERSON WOELFFER Caledonia II
EMERSON WOELFFER
Caledonia II
JUNE WAYNE The Dreamers
JUNE WAYNE
The Dreamers
LORSER FEITELSON Woman Reading
LORSER FEITELSON Woman Reading
Six Reclining Figures
HENRY MOORE
Six Reclining Figures
RICO LEBRUN Mourners at the Crucifixion
RICO LEBRUN
Mourners at the Crucifixion
FRANCISCO ZUNIGA Seated Nude
FRANCISCO ZUNIGA
Seated Nude

 


Welcome to my world through – what else! – visual images.

A composition that is stable, that invites, that intrigues, that is engaging, that provides a haven….somehow, right now, I want images to engage and encourage me.
These are just a taste of the richness to be discovered at our Gallery. More to follow!
JOYCE WAHL TREIMAN Don, Rose & Bern
JOYCE WAHL TREIMAN
Don, Rose & Bern
YNEZ JOHNSTON In Green and Blue
YNEZ JOHNSTON
In Green and Blue
ROMARE BEARDEN The Lantern
ROMARE BEARDEN
The Lantern
WILLIAM BRICE Reclining Figure
WILLIAM BRICE
Reclining Figure
MANUEL ALVAREZ-BRAVO Caballito de Madera
MANUEL ALVAREZ-BRAVO
Caballito de Madera
DORR BOTHWELL Memory's Children
DORR BOTHWELL
Memory’s Children

Joyce Wahl Trieman “Don Rose and Bern”  a warm family,  Ynez Johnston “In Green and Blue” what mysterious, mythical realms she creates,  Manuel Alvarez-Bravo “Cabalito de Madera”  a carousels horse suggests  adventure,  Romane Bearden “The Lantern” comfort with its earthiness,   William Brice “Reclining Figure”   holds an  another earthiness, Dorr Bothwell “Memory’s Children” gentle and warm nostalgic and  Conrad Buff  “Yucca” the architecture nature

 


THE PATH THROUGH ARCHITECTURE

JULES ENGEL Punch and Judy II
JULES ENGEL
Punch and Judy II
CLINTON ADAMS Dichotomy
CLINTON ADAMS
Dichotomy
Richfield Industrial Design
LOU JACOBS JR
Richfield Industrial Design
SPACE is within, is around and defines MASS and STRUCTURE.   The artists shown here conceptualize those architectural elements. Each work of art conveys the sensitivity of the artist to that SPACE and MASS..
 

 LEONARD EDMONDSON in  “Night Vision” draws in white ink on a black sheet – even scratching the surface of the paper! – to compel our ‘entering’ his space. WERNER DREWES uses collage “Acrobatics” as kaleidescopic study for a later painting. GORDON WAGNER ‘Mojave Freight Yard”‘ dramatically defines an industrial site. LOU JACOBS JR’s “Industrial Design” controls space. JULES ENGEL’s  “Punch and Judy”  offers and  ‘entryway’. EUGENE BERMAN’s “Nocturnal Cathedral'” uses color to control time. CLINTON ADAMS  ‘Dichotomy’ exchanges negative/positive space, as does EMERSON WOELFFER’s  “Tri-Color”.    MANUEL ALVAREZ BRAVO  “En el Templo de Tigre Rojo” uses an ancient architectural site; OSKAR FISCHINGER’s and CHARLES CRODEL’S “Bahnkurve bei Probstzella” describes architectonics “Abstraction” intuits space.

LEONARD EDMONDSON Night Vision
LEONARD EDMONDSON
Night Vision
GORDON WAGNER Mojave Freight Yard
GORDON WAGNER
Mojave Freight Yard
MANUEL ALVAREZ-BRAVO En el Templo de Tigre Rojo
MANUEL ALVAREZ-BRAVO
En el Templo de Tigre Rojo

 


Architecture is a Path


The principles of Architecture usually relate to the design of a structure in/or encompassing space.  Those architectural or ‘architectonic’ principles are used broadly in art works on walls as well as paper and canvas or in wood, metal and concrete, etc.

JULES ENGEL Traffic
JULES ENGEL
Traffic
WILLIAM DOLE Sneaky Pete
WILLIAM DOLE
Sneaky Pete

 

WERNER DREWES Monumental Figuration
WERNER DREWES
Monumental Figuration

The artworks included in this exhibition display the principles of Architecture in a wide interpretation….obvious in Jules Engel’s “Traffic” , William Dole’s “Sneaky Pete”,   Werner Drewes’ “Monumental Figuration”, Helen Lundeberg’s “Interior with Painting” and Clinton Adams’ “Cabaret on Windward”, but less obvious in Lou Jacobs Jr”s “William Brice”, Leonard Edmondson’s “Abstraction No.2”, Werner Drewes’ “Winter Solstice” or George Herms’ “92 Ore”.

 


Peter Krasnow was DARING!

The 19Self Portrait40s, the World War II and John Entenza’s “Art and Architecture” magazine were great stimulants to the feelings of a ‘new world’ to be shaped and Peter Krasnow’s idiosyncratic art exemplified these feelings through elements of architecture, narrative abstraction and a ‘hi-key’ palette.

PETER KRASNOW 1887-1979 Untitled Oil on masonite 1941 15 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches (39.1 x 29.2cm) Initialed and dated

The structure of Untitled 1941, K-7 1947 and K-7 1955 are building blocks with life-affirming colors and subtle  under-lying narratives.  In K-7 1955 we even find Krasnow’s spectacular carvings juxtaposed into his painting.  These three paintings ‘speak’ to Krasnow’s excited reaction to the tenor of the times. At the same time, they reflect the awakening of new directions in art.

California was a conduit for these new directions.  After graduating from the Art Institute School in Chicago in 1916 and a  tentative couple of years in New York City, Krasnow – like so many other artists in the United States and in the world at large – was alert to the promise of an unlimited environment in which to say ‘new things’…through the visual arts, through music, through literature.PETER KRASNOW Untitled - K.7

Peter Krasnow’s history in California,, from the early 1920s to his death in 1979, was marked by innovation, invention, creativity, curiousity and daring.  Among the small but intense art community in the Los Angeles area, Krasnow was regarded with respect and recognition.  His introduction to this community through his lifelong friend, Edward Weston, was also a welcomed ‘passport’. Portraiture was Krasnow’s technical ‘bread and butter’in the 1920s, but even to these classical forms he introduced individual elements that pronounced ‘modernity’.

Ever challenging himself, Krasnow explored printmaking through relief prints (linocuts) and lithography in the late 1920s.. Though he soon abandoned these techniques as ‘limiting’, he returned to painting in watercolors as well as oil on paper, canvas and board, particularly after being awarded a Guggenheim grant in 1930 to work in the Dordogne region of France for a couple of years.

Carving also engaged his attention, beginning in the 1920s, which initially  found unique PETER KRASNOW (Monument)expression through his commissions and linocut carvings in the late 1920s to ..his ‘demountables’, beginning in about 1935 consisting of extended wood carvings joined through uniquely carved niches.

When he returned from France in 1934, carving became his  passion. These ‘Demountables’ are legendary.  Only in the early 1940s did he return to painting with new inspiration and new forms.

 


   FEATURING:  Architecture is a Path 

 


This Signature Art Exhibition (Virtual Tour with Audio Links) guides us through the 1930s to  the 1970s in Los Angeles.   Evident is the lack of a ‘style’ to define the period – BECAUSE each of these artists was an independent innovator, using personal techniques and expressing personal creativity.
(Virtual Tour with Audio Links)

 


JULES ENGEL(1901-2003) His life and work was a pivotal core for the art history of experimental animation in the world today. Animation: Accident, Rumble, Aviary, Meadow-Tumbling, many more.

Engel Accident

 


A Fine Retrospective Exhibition is on view right now at the Laguna Art Museum:
PETER KRASNOW: MODERNIST MAVERICK

PETER KRASNOW Betrothal

Betrothal

Lithograph 1928
16 x 10 1/2 inches (40.6 x 26.7cm)

PETER KRASNOW Untitled - K.7

Untitled – K.7, 1947

Oil on board 1947 K-7, 1947
42 1/2 x 48 inches (107.95 x 121.9cm)

PETER KRASNOW St Andrew's One Cent Coffee

St Andrew’s One Cent Coffee

Oil on canvas c.1920
26 x 20 inches (66.0 x 50.8cm)

From the 1920s to the 1970s, Krasnow made paintings, prints, drawings, monoprints, watercolors and carved sculptures.  His imagery is compelling as he creates in his personal ‘language’.  The proof is in the viewing!

 


JULY 18TH – JULY 30, 2016

BETYE SAAR

Assemblage and Collage – Lithograph – Etching – Screenprint

BETYE SAAR Flaming Heart #9

Flaming Heart #9

Collage and painting 1987
14 x 9 7/8 inches (35.6 x 25.1cm)

mysticsky

Mystic Sky with Self Portrait
Color lithograph with collage 1992 29/100
21 1/2 x 25 1/4 inches (54.6 x 64.1cm)
 

BETYE SAAR National Racism

National Racism

Color screenprint 1998 A/P XII; Ed:100
20 1/2 x 14 inches (52.1 x 35.6cm)

Betye Saar was inspired while watching Simon Rodia building the Watts Towers in the 1930s.   She transforms discarded objects into personalized narratives, social commentary – and visual poetry.  Ever mindful of her heritage, Saar communicated her sensitivity while exploring the media – from assemblage, collage and painting to lithography, etching and screenprinting.  She combines narratives and drama while digging deeply into her African-American, Irish and Native American ethnicity.

Aware of the span of life, Betye Saar feels Death as central to existing – a reminder of Life…a reminder to feel Alive!

PS:  Betye Saar’s Other Works

 


PETER KRASNOW at Laguna Art Museum July-August 2016
See: July 19, 2016  on LA Times/Christopher Knight  “Modernist Maverick”

&

PETER KRASNOW at Tobey Moss Gallery
and Special Selection

PETER KRASNOW Evolution -- K.1.1950 (1/2 of Diptych)Peter Krasnow (1887-1979)
Evolution — K.2.1950 (1/2 of Diptych)
Oil on board 1950
24 x 32 inches (60.9 x 81.3cm)

PETER KRASNOW Evolution -- K.2.1950 (1/2 of Diptych)Peter Krasnow (1887-1979)
Evolution — K.2.1950 (2/2 of Diptych)
Oil on board 1950
24 x 32 inches (60.9 x 81.3cm)

PETER KRASNOW On the Set II

Peter Krasnow (1887-1979)
On the Set II
Lithograph 1928
12 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches (31.8 x 21.9cm)

Mystic-Zabbatai Zvi

Peter Krasnow (1887-1979)
Mystic
Lithograph 1928
12 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches (31.8 x 22.2cm)

 Self Portrait

Peter Krasnow (1887-1979)
Self Portrait
Oil on canvas c.1925
13 1/2 x 10 inches (34.3 x 25.4cm)

Memory Landscape

Peter Krasnow (1887-1979)
Memory of a Landscape
Oil on comp board 1924 Gr.15
9 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches (24.8 x 34.3cm)

After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1916, Peter Krasnow and his Rose moved to New York where he became part of the Whitney Club and art circle that included photographer Edward Weston.  Encouraged by Weston, Krasnow moved to Los Angeles in 1923/24, where portraiture was his primary source of commissions.  He worked in oils on canvas, but also created lithographs, linocuts, drawings and watercolors that reflected romantic as well as biblical themes.

In 1930, with a Guggenheim grant, they moved to the Dordogne region in France.  His paintings and watercolors were exhibited in Paris but, with the rumblings of Hitler’s militarism and warnings from Weston, he returned to Los Angeles in 1934.  There, Krasnow felled backyard trees to carve remarkable organic sculptures…massive trunks were contrasted with unique joined segments that he called `demountables’

By the 1940s, Krasnow refocused upon  painting and made a dramatic change in his imagery and palette.  His compositions were abstract and architectonic, in a high-key California palette which, over the next thirty years, often subtly incorporated abstracted folk themes and iconography.

Krasnow’s work has been exhibited and included in many museum and private collections.  He and his art were a featured focus in John Entenza’s “Arts & Architecture” magazine in the 1940s.  This June to September of 2016, Krasnow’s work is shown in ‘PETER KRASNOW, CALIFORNIA MODERNIST’ at the Laguna Art Museum.

To purchase these artworks contact the gallery
Email: art@tobeycmossgallery.com
Call: (323) 933-5523

PS:  Peter Krasnow‘s Other Works and Special Selection

 


 

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Tobey Moss Likes Drawings

DREWES-EnigmaWerner Drewes (1899-1985)
Enigima
Ink 1947
9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches (24.1 x 18.4cm)

CLIMENT-Untitled-600x520
Enrique Climent
 [1897-1980] Untitled
Crayon drawing 6 x 7 inches (15.2 x 17.8cm)

fivehorses
Millard Sheets
(1907-1989)
Five Horses – Study
Lithographic crayon on crescent board 1935
16 7/8 x 22 1/8 inches (42.8 x 56.2cm)

To purchase these artworks contact the gallery
Email: art@tobeycmossgallery.com
Call: (323) 933-5523

 


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Lynd Ward [American, 1905-1985]

God’s Man: The Kiss

Lynd Ward God's Man The Kiss

Here is a piece from Ward’s 1929 graphic novel currently inside Tobey’s On-Line Gallery.

Woodengraving 1929
4 x 3 inches (10.2 x 7.6cm)

Signed, lower right; Titled, Dated, lower left
Remark: From the artist

To purchase this artwork contact the gallery
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Call: (323) 933-5523

Ward’s Other Works

 


 

#ForYourEyes GORDON WAGNER 1915-1987 Shrine Box Assemblage 1961/64 GW.201 32 x 17 x 9 inches (81.2 x 43.2 x 22.9cm) Annotated

 California Modernist Artists at Tobey C. Moss GalleryA closer look into

Gordon Wagner [1915–1987] was the the leading pioneer behind assemblage art influencing George Herms and Betye Saar whom are each inspired by poetry and spirituality. These modernist artists are currently being featured inside Tobey’s gallery in Los Angeles and can always be purchased at her On-line Gallery.

‘Shrine Box’ was created between 1961-64, assembled during Wagner’s regular sweep of the tidal detritus. It measures 32 x 17 x 9 inches or 81.2 x 43.2 x 22.9 cm. “The Zinc Witch and the Philosopher Queen Sat Down . .” is pasted on one side. . . a collection of miscellany. Today,  Wagner was active until the day he died in Long Beach, California, on December 4, 1987.  In 2016, ’Shrine Box’ is available at $24,000.

GORDON WAGNER 1915-1987 Shrine Box Assemblage 1961/64 GW.201 32 x 17 x 9 inches (81.2 x 43.2 x 22.9cm) Annotated

Blow-Top-BluesBetye Saar has moved through printmaking, collage, assembl
age, sculpture and to installation work. Her constructions deliver personal, social and political messages through haunting visual poetry. ‘Blow Top Blues: The Fire Next Time’ available at $3,500 in 2016.

Can you find  L – O – V – E  inside this featured work? George Herms aptly signs all his work with a ‘LOVE’ stamp. For George, art-making is love. In 2016, ‘Klutz, Putzs & Schmutz’ available at $14,000.

george_herms_klutz-putz-and-schmutzTo purchase please click the artwork or contact Tobey

Email: art@tobeycmossgallery.com

Call: (323) 933-5523

#ForYourEyes next week featuring a surprise package from 1970’s!

 


 

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George Herms [Born 1935]

’92 Ore’ Assemblage  

92-OreA

It’s an attempt to be able to use the environment and what’s in the environment as raw materials so that the line between life and art begins to become dissolved. You can actually take chunks of reality and use that as the raw materials of your work of art.” – George Herms

This assemblage was created in 1992 during the U.S.A Presidential Election in which Al Gore declined running for chief position and instead became Vice President to Bill Clinton. The collage measures 26 x 20 x 11 1/2 inches or 66. x 50.8 x 29.2 cm. It’s LOVE stamped and made up of previously discarded “trash” materials including torched wood, bumper sticker, metal and pigment.

Herms aptly signs all his work with a ‘LOVE’ stamp and there is a great love that shines through – love for the people, the places, the things that have touched his life. For George, art-making is his way to show his love to the world.’92 Ore is available at $24,000 in 2016.

To purchase this fine print
Email: art@tobeycmossgallery.com
Call: (323) 933-5523

George’s Other Works

 


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Betye Saar [Born 1926]

GEORGE HERMS 92 Ore

“I’m the kind of person who recycles materials but I also recycle
emotions and feelings.” – Betye Saar

This artwork was created in 1992, a color lithograph with collage on wove paper. The impression measures 21 1/2 x 25 1/4 inches or 54.6 x 64.1 cm. It’s signed, dated and titled in the lower left corner. It is numbered 29/100. This specific impression of Mystic Sky with Self Portrait came to Tobey directly from Betye in her Los Angeles studio.

Mystic Sky with Self Portrait has a folk art aesthetic, “The stars, the cards, the mystic vigil may hold the answers. By shifting the point of view, an inner spirit is released. Free to create,” says Betye Saar describing the piece. Saar’s self portrait depicting mysticism, history, memory and nostalgia is available at $3,200 in 2016.

For a fuller biography of Betye Saar

To purchase this fine print
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Call: (323) 933-5523