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From Germany to Hollywood

1930-60s 


OSKAR FISCHINGER Composition 44

  OSKAR FISCHINGER (1900-1967)
Composition 44  Oil on celotex 1944 
31 1/4 x 38 3/8 in (79.4 x 97.5 cm)

OSKAR FISCHINGER Abstraction #17

OSKAR FISCHINGER (1900-1967)
Abstraction #17  Oil on canvas 1964 CR#654
31 3/4 x 40 in (80.6 x 101.6 cm)

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The Desert Blooms in All Its Glory

CONRAD BUFF Yucca
CONRAD BUFF (1886-1975)
Yucca
Oil on canvas 1930
43 x 34 in (109.1 x 86.3 cm) Signed, lower left

 

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Art Off the Wall

Tobey Moss ‘feels’ art in three dimensions – which is evident in the selected examples here.

 

RUPERT J. DEESE Rope tied Muffin - soft grey matte
RUPERT J. DEESE
Rope tied Muffin
PETER KRASNOW Totemic Figure
PETER KRASNOW
Totemic Figure
HARRISON MCINTOSH Shallow Bowl-Combed Exterior
HARRISON MCINTOSH
Shallow Bowl-Combed Exterior
RUPERT (RUMMY) DEESE’s cuddly ‘Muffin’ and HARRISON (HARRY) MCINTOSH’s lovely shallow footed bowl are fine examples of ceramic art. They are offered side by side with CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN’S ‘Emerald Fusion’ and ‘Pin’, with her signature fusion of metal, molten glass and an agate. Falkenstein uses space, so that whatever garment you wear becomes a part of ‘Pin’!  PETER KRASNOW’s ‘Totemic Figure’ was composed in the 1930s of woods – perhaps from his backyard. He respected the warmth and sensuous qualities of the woods.
SOREL ETROG Maquette: Orfeo
SOREL ETROG
Maquette: Orfeo
CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN <br> Emerald Fusion
CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN
Emerald Fusion
 SOREL ETROG’S bronze maquette commands our understanding of the full scale and massive ‘Orfeo’ bronze.
All in all, these works of art were created to be presented in their own spaces…be it mantel, table, desk or room! Can you imagine your space?
GEORGE HERMS (b.1935) Silver Rose
GEORGE HERMS
Silver Rose
GEORGE HERMS Light My Fuse Copy
GEORGE HERMS
Light My Fuse
GORDON WAGNER A Piece From the Sea
GORDON WAGNER
A Piece From the Sea
GORDON WAGNER’s ‘Piece of Pieces From the Sea’ remind us of Wagner’s early days retrieving flotsam and jetsam from the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, Venice and Manhattan Beach, California.
GEORGE HERMS, one of the ‘youngsters’ who admired Wagner’s irreverent incorporation of materials, is represented here by a couple of humorous examples: ‘Silver Rose’ and ‘Light My Fuse’. They ‘hold their own’, though Herms often filled a room with one of his assemblages!All in all, these works of art were created to be presented in their own spaces…be it mantel, table, desk or room! Can you imagine your space?


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Exposed

“Character” is revealed in a portrait. These faces show hope, confidence, despair and arrogance. What do you see in them?

HERMAN KOFI BAILEY Homework
HERMAN KOFI BAILEY
Homework
WILLIAM PAJAUD Hustler
WILLIAM PAJAUD
Hustler
LUIS ARENAL 'Smiling' Thoroughbred
LUIS ARENAL
‘Smiling’ Thoroughbred
CHARLES WHITE Move on Up a Little Higher
CHARLES WHITE
Move on Up a Little Higher
WILLIAM PAJAUD Chicken Market
WILLIAM PAJAUD
Chicken Market
JIM DINE Dine in Black Grease
JIM DINE
Dine in Black Grease
OSKAR KOKOSCHKA Self Portrait
OSKAR KOKOSCHKA
Self Portrait


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SPACE

Look around you! Do you FEEL the space, the embracing structure, the architect’s creativity?

These artists capture space in their conceptual compositions.
ILYA BOLOTOWSKY Oval
ILYA BOLOTOWSKY
Oval
HELEN LUNDEBERG Arches IV
HELEN LUNDEBERG
Arches IV
GRACE CLEMENTS Architectural Elements
GRACE CLEMENTS
Architectural Elements
DAVID P. LEVINE Skylights and Rooftops
DAVID P. LEVINE
Skylights and Rooftops
LYND WARD Evening Walk
LYND WARD
Evening Walk
NORMAN SCHWAB Trei Montana
NORMAN SCHWAB
Trei Montana
BRUCE BARNBAUM Beneath the Santa Monica Pier
BRUCE BARNBAUM
Beneath the Santa Monica Pier
EUGENE BERMAN Nocturnal Cathedral
EUGENE BERMAN
Nocturnal Cathedral

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CREATIVITY

The Naked Face

It has often been said that a face reveals character. I don’t believe it! because I’ve met some accomplished dissemblers. These faces reveal stoicism, boredom, confidence, hopelessness, joy ..and perhaps YOU see something more.

JEAN CHARLOT Indian Man
JEAN CHARLOT
Indian Man
BEATRICE WOOD Lovers
BEATRICE WOOD
Lovers
LEOPOLDO MENDEZ Bandito
LEOPOLDO MENDEZ Bandito
MARIA LUISA MARTIN Smiling Girl
MARIA LUISA MARTIN Smiling Girl
LUIS ARENAL ZAPATA - TIERRA Y LIBERTAD
LUIS ARENAL
ZAPATA – TIERRA Y LIBERTAD*
CELIA CALDERON Nina China
CELIA CALDERON
Nina China
JOHN LANGLEY HOWARD Working Woman
JOHN LANGLEY HOWARD
Working Woman
BEATRICE WOOD Mama's Boy
BEATRICE WOOD
Mama’s Boy
RAUL ANGUIANO Istmena
RAUL ANGUIANO ,br> Istmena
I invited you to consider some ‘faces’ from my collection I offer to transfer to yours – personality analysis not included!

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CREATIVITY

JAMES STROMBOTNE Ice Cream Cone
JAMES STROMBOTNE Ice Cream Cone
FRANK E. ROMERO Palm Drive-In
FRANK E. ROMERO Palm Drive-In
There are so many wonderful pieces of art in my collection! I decided to share with you examples that have given me pleasure over the years.

This art, of course, was created here in California by California artists whose art has achieved national and international respect.

EMERSON WOELFFER Two Figures
EMERSON WOELFFER Two Figures
ROGER HERMAN Field Workers
ROGER HERMAN Field Workers

 


REVEALING

MATSUMI KANEMITSU Homage to Henry Seldis II
MATSUMI KANEMITSU Homage to Henry Seldis II
SAM FRANCIS Untitled SF-211
SAM FRANCIS Untitled SF-211

 

There are so many wonderful pieces of art in my collection! I decided to share with you
examples that have given me pleasure over the years.This art, of course, was created here in California by California artists
whose art has achieved national and international respect.
EMERSON WOELFFER Tri-Color
EMERSON WOELFFER Tri-Color
YNEZ JOHNSTON Tribal Coast
YNEZ JOHNSTON Tribal Coast

 


Fertile Imagination

NICHOLAS P. BRIGANTE Shifting Tide: Winds and Mists of Point Sur
NICHOLAS P. BRIGANTE
Shifting Tide
LEE MULLICAN Bacchus in the Garden
LEE MULLICAN
Bacchus in the Garden
Beginning now (with European, Asian, Latin pieces), I’ll mount successive website offerings and hope that – as you bring them into your homes – you will enjoy them as much as I have.
JOHN ALTOON Untitled T.2180
JOHN ALTOON Untitled T.2180
JOSE BEDIA Extrana Satisfaccion
JOSE BEDIA Extrana Satisfaccion

From 1971 – 1977, before I opened the Tobey C. Moss Gallery in 1978, I worked (and learned) at Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, at LACMA, and at Stephen White’s Gallery of Photography. I was fortunate to always be in an encouraging environment – to find mentors at the Docents of LACMA, with Jake Zeitlin and with Stephen White. Every day I ‘grew’; every day was interesting to me; every day I was happy in meeting new art, new collectors, new curators and directors.

As a result, I acquired for the Gallery the art that appealed to me. Today, I still enjoy that wonderful art but – “It’s time, the Walrus said”…….. to quote from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”, for me to share my closeted art with others….with you.

Relationships

JOSE LUIS CUEVAS Borgia
JOSE LUIS CUEVAS Borgia
KENNETH ARMITAGE Seated Figures
KENNETH ARMITAGE Seated Figures

 

Beginning now (with European, Asian, Latin pieces), I’ll mount successive website offerings and hope that – as you bring them into your homes – you will enjoy them as much as I have.

 

Today’s offerings are based upon Relationships – between figures, forms or subjects. Jose Luis Cuevas gives us the notorious members of the Borgia family – so prominent in 15th century Italy leadership-through-murder politics….blatant cruelties with seemingly benign countenances. We continue with Kenneth Armitage’s blended figures , Jacques Lipshitz’s variations on the theme of his sculpture and Henry Moore’s serial figuration for three dimensions.

HENRY MOORE Thirteen Standing Figures
HENRY MOORE Thirteen Standing Figures
JACQUES LIPCHITZ Tree of Life (Wine)
JACQUES LIPCHITZ Tree of Life (Wine)

 

From 1971 – 1977, before I opened the Tobey C. Moss Gallery in 1978, I worked (and learned) at Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, at LACMA, and at Stephen White’s Gallery of Photography. I was fortunate to always be in an encouraging environment – to find mentors at the Docents of LACMA, with Jake Zeitlin and with Stephen White. Every day I ‘grew’; every day was interesting to me; every day I was happy in meeting new art, new collectors, new curators and directors.

 

As a result, I acquired for the Gallery the art that appealed to me. Today, I still enjoy that wonderful art but – “It’s time, the Walrus said”…….. to quote from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”, for me to share my closeted art with others….with you.

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