Helly Nahmad Gallery is pleased to announce a pop-up exhibition in St. Barth featuring works by painter Sam Francis. Located at Hotel Christopher from December 28th, 2015 through January 4th, 2016, the exhibition presents a selection of rich and colorful paintings by the renowed American artist.
One of the twentieth century’s most profound Abstract Expressionists, American artist Sam Francis (1923-1994) is noted as one of the first post-World War II painters to develop an international reputation. Francis created thousands of paintings as well as works on paper, prints and monotypes, housed in major museum collections and institutions around the world. Regarded as one of the leading interpreters of color and light, his work holds references to New York abstract expressionism, color field painting, Chinese and Japanese art, French impressionism and his own Bay Area roots.
Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity will reveal the aesthetic impact Classicism had on twentieth century Modernism, exemplified in a body of work done by the Greek-born, Italian master Giorgio de Chirico. Known mostly for his metaphysical period, the exhibition focuses on his often-misunderstood series of Neo-classical paintings done after a stylistic shift in 1919. The paintings exhibited incorporate the major themes of his 1920's work: deserted valleys dotted with classical ruins, figurative works of philosophers and Greek gods, scenes with gladiators clad in armor and heroic horses in windswept landscapes. Illustrating his inspiration, these historic paintings are exhibited alongside a carefully curated selection of precious objects from antiquity, including outstanding Greek and Roman marbles, mosaics, bronze armor and Greek vases.
In the aftermath of WWII, Europe was an open wound. In the attempt to rebuild, artists rejected traditional thought that had dominated prewar culture and embraced the scientific revolution through new, experimental approaches. Mirroring the duality of the Atomic Age, the canvas became the place to process the horrors of the war, but also the site to break ground for a new aesthetic that later revolutionized artists’ practice worldwide. Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni and Antoni Tapies are true artistic visionaries who broke with tradition by physically violating the canvas, elevating industrial materials to fine art and ultimately reinventing painting for the next generation of artists to come.
Published to accompany the the exhibition Calder: The Painter held at the Helly Nahmad Gallery, New York, November 7 – January 29, 2011.
Edited by Marzina Marzetti. With the assistance of Christina Warner, Silas Shabelewska and Samuel McCune. Alexander S.C. Rower and Susan Braeuer Dam from the Calder Foundation were essential in the realization of this Exhibition.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Soutine/Bacon held at the Helly Nahmad Gallery, New York, May 2 –
June 18, 2011. Curated by Maurice Tuchman and Esti Dunow. Edited by Marzina Marzetti. With the help of Christina Warner, Silas Shabelewska and Samuel McCune. Texts by Maurice Tuchman, Esti Dunow and
The catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibtion Picasso's Bodegones. Held at the Helly Nahmad Gallery, New York May 6 – July 31, 2008. Curated and edited by Marzina Marzetti. With the help of Christina Warner and Joseph Andrew Ryan. Text by Dr. Francisco Calvo Serraller, Professor Chair of Art History, Universidad Complutense, Madrid.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Amodeo Modigliani: A Bohemian Myth held at the Helly Nahmad Gallery, New York, November 4 – December 22, 2005. Catalogue edited by Marzina Marzetti. Text by Corrado Augias. Translated by Sebastian O'Meara. Biography by Christian Parisot.
The Helly Nahmad Gallery would like to thank Archives Légales Amedeo Modigliani in Paris for their generous help in putting together the historical documents for our catalogue.
This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Fernand Léger held at the Helly Nahmad Gallery, New York, February 22 – May 28, 2005. Text by Philip Biss.
The Helly Nahmad Gallery would like to thank the Collection of
Samuel and Ronnie Heyman and the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland (Ohio), for lending us their masterpieces.