For Your Eyes – Peter Krasnow

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Tuesday June 21, 2016

PETER KRASNOW   1887 – 1979 

PETER KRASNOW 1887-1979 Man in Cloud Lithograph 1928 11 3/8 x 14 1/8 inches (28.9 x 35.9cm) Initialed in the stone
PETER KRASNOW 1887-1979
Glory Lithograph 1928
11 3/8 x 14 1/8 inches (28.9 x 35.9cm)
Initialed in the stone
PETER KRASNOW 1887-1979 K-17 Oil on board 10/25/1975 19 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches (49.8 x 40.0cm) Signed, dated and titled
PETER KRASNOW 1887-1979
K-17 Oil on board 10/25/1975
19 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches (49.8 x 40.0cm)
Signed, dated and titled

PETER KRASNOW 1887-1979 Houses - Paris Watercolor 1931 PK.25 15 3/4 x 22 inches (40.0 x 55.9cm) Signed
PETER KRASNOW 1887-1979
Houses – Paris Watercolor 1931 PK.25
15 3/4 x 22 inches (40.0 x 55.9cm) Signed

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
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Call: (323) 933-5523


 

#ForYourEyes Tuesday June 7, 2016

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
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Call: (323) 933-5523


#ForYourEyes Tuesday May 24, 2016

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

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Call: (323) 933-5523

Ward’s Other Works


 

#ForYourEyes Tuesday March 22, 2016  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!


 

#ForYourEyes Tuesday March 9, 2016 

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
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Call: (323) 933-5523

George’s Other Works


#ForYourEyes Tuesday March 1, 2016
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
Email: art@tobeycmossgallery.com
Call: (323) 933-5523