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News: MUSEUM EXHIBITION | Universal Heart Chords: Music Paintings of Frederick J. Brown at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, October 12, 2022 - New Orleans Jazz Museum, Louisiana

MUSEUM EXHIBITION | Universal Heart Chords: Music Paintings of Frederick J. Brown at the New Orleans Jazz Museum

October 12, 2022 - New Orleans Jazz Museum, Louisiana

UNIVERSAL HEART CHORDS: MUSIC PAINTINGS OF FREDERICK BROWN

The New Orleans Jazz Museum debuted Universal Heart Chords: The Music Paintings of Frederick Brown on October 6, 2022. The exhibit features a selection of Brown’s extensive series of over 350 musician portraits, with subjects including Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Billie Holiday, Wynton Marsalis, Bix Beiderbeicke, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Patton, and Ray Charles. Brown’s large and detailed paintings mix the abstract and the figurative to give insight into the lives of his subjects, reflecting the artist’s close relationship with the musicians he portrayed.

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News: Los Angeles County Museum on Fire | LACMA RECENT ACQUISITIONS, October 12, 2022 - William Poundstone for Los Angeles County Museum on Fire

Los Angeles County Museum on Fire | LACMA RECENT ACQUISITIONS

October 12, 2022 - William Poundstone for Los Angeles County Museum on Fire

LACMA has added two American portraits: a full-length Robert Henri Spanish Dancer and Frederick J. Brown's portrait of L.A. art patron Dr. Leon Banks.

Abby and Alan D. Levy pledged the Henri to LACMA on the museum's 40th anniversary (2005), and the gift was made official this year. Henri's series of Spanish dancers against velveteen backgrounds show his admiration for Velázquez and Goya. Measuring 85 by 44-5/8 in, it joins a set of Ash Can School works at LACMA that includes three smaller Henris and George Bellows' Cliff Dwellers.

The Metropolitan Museum bought one of Henri's Spanish subjects (not nearly so compelling as the Levy picture) out of the 1913 Armory Show. Within a few years Henri's Spanish naturalism had been overtaken by the modernism of Picasso and Miró.

Frederick J. Brown (1945-2012) was a Chicago-born African-American artist who moved in New York's avant-garde circles of visual art, jazz, and blues. The portrait of Dr. Leon Banks is a study for Brown's monumental Last Supper (1984), a painting honoring men important to the artist's life and career. Dr. Banks is a retired Los Angeles pediatrician, co-founder of the California African American Museum, and a former MOCA board member. He's also known as the subject of several David Hockney portraits. The Brown painting was purchased this May from Berry Campbell Gallery, New York, with funds from the Modern and Contemporary Art Council Acquisitions Endowment.

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News: Romare Bearden Foundation Presents: Cinque Artist Talk with Nanette Carter, October 10, 2022 - Romare Bearden Foundation

Romare Bearden Foundation Presents: Cinque Artist Talk with Nanette Carter

October 10, 2022 - Romare Bearden Foundation

Cinque Artists Program

Named after the Cinque Gallery, a non profit established in 1969 by Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis and Ernest Crichlow, the Cinque Artists Program continues the gallery’s legacy in supporting artists through various stages of their careers, and by offering opportunities to engage in conversation and networking.Primarily geared to practicing artists and art students, the events are always open to the general public and enthusiasts.

The Cinque Artists Series welcomes multimedia artist Nanette Carter, for a conversation about her newest series and video work. Register for the link through Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/3rxo2FS Artist Talk Nanette Carter seeks

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
5 p.m.
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News: Lynne Drexler: The First Decade | Presented in Collaboration with Mnuchin Gallery, September 15, 2022 - Berry Campbell

Lynne Drexler: The First Decade | Presented in Collaboration with Mnuchin Gallery

September 15, 2022 - Berry Campbell

Berry Campbell Gallery announces Lynne Drexler: The First Decade––a landmark exhibition presented in collaboration with Mnuchin Gallery, which will survey the seminal paintings Lynne Drexler (1928-1999) created between 1959-1969. A second-generation Abstract Expressionist and student of both Hans Hofmann and Robert Motherwell, Drexler established a distinctive stylistic idiom through vibrantly contrasting hues, applied in swatch-like patches with a Pointillist dynamism. Mnuchin Gallery will feature works produced between 1959-1964, while Berry Campbell will feature those between 1965-1969. This chronological presentation aims to highlight Drexler’s significant contributions to post-war American abstraction in demonstrating the innovative and signature style she honed over this pivotal decade in her career spent primarily in New York. On view from October 27 - December 17, 2022, Lynne Drexler: The First Decade will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue authored by Gail Levin, with contributions by Lois Dodd and Jamie Wyeth.  We are grateful for Art Intelligence Global’s participation in this collaborative venture.

Berry Campbell is located at 524 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m, or by appointment.

Mnuchin Gallery is located at 45 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10075. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m, or by appointment. 

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News: Berry Campbell has joined forces with the big-league Mnuchin Gallery to show 10 years of Lynne Drexler’s early work, September 15, 2022 - Melanie Gerlis for Financial Times

Berry Campbell has joined forces with the big-league Mnuchin Gallery to show 10 years of Lynne Drexler’s early work

September 15, 2022 - Melanie Gerlis for Financial Times

Lynne Drexler (1928-99), a second-generation American abstract painter, began to attract market attention this year when Christie’s made her auction record of $1.2mn for a 1962 painting sold by the Farnsworth Art Museum in Maine. The work had been estimated at $40,000-$60,000, already a toppy level for a painter whose work had not sold publicly for more than $10,000 before 2020, according to Artnet.

Now two New York galleries are collaborating on a show to cement Drexler’s re-emergence. Berry Campbell, which began representing the estate this year, has joined forces with the big-league Mnuchin Gallery to show 10 years of Drexler’s early work. The Upper East Side’s Mnuchin Gallery will show works from 1959 to 1964, while Berry Campbell in Chelsea takes the following five years.

Drexler was taught by Robert Motherwell and produced dense, colourful paintings during what the galleries are calling her “first decade”. Married to a then more acknowledged artist, John Hultberg, and latterly reclusive, Drexler’s relative obscurity was the same old story, says Sukanya Rajaratnam, partner at Mnuchin. “It’s hard to imagine that Lee Krasner [married to Jackson Pollock] was overlooked for so long, but she was,” Rajaratnam says. Drexler “holds her own, and not only among female artists”. Both exhibitions run from October 27 to December 17 with works priced between $500,000 and $2.5mn.

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