ARCHEUS / POST-MODERN
(Finance and Operations Director)
A private dealership based in London, specialising in International Post-War & Contemporary Art. Originally founded in 1991 by Scottish art dealer Brian Balfour-Oatts, a former Christie's specialist, ARCHEUS / POST-MODERN deals primarily from art fairs in the US and by appointment in London.
The gallery focuses particularly on American and European masters from the 1950s and 1960s, and related later works.
Lithograph of Water made of Lines and a green Wash
From the edition of 36, signed, numbered and dated by the artist
Printers: Roger Campbell, Lee Funderburg and Kenneth Tyler
Publisher: Tyler Graphics, Mount Kisco, New York
Literature: Tokyo 204
About the Artist
Lithograph on white TGL handmade paper
26 x 34 in : 66.0 x 86.5 cm
Portraits of the Artists
From the edition of 25, lettered A-Y, aside from the numbered edition of 200
The bottom right box incised with artist's signature and lettered "D."
Printer: Fine Creations,Inc., New York
Publisher: Tanglewood Press, Inc., New York
Literature: Feldman & Schelmann (F&S) II 17
About the Artist
from Ten for Leo Castelli
One hundred screenprinted polystyrene boxes in ten colours
20 x 20 in : 50.8 x 50.8 cm overall (each box: 2 x 2 in)
Other Represented Artists
Sam Francis was an American painter and printmaker, celebrated for his colourful abstract works.
Encouraged to paint by David Park, Francis had already developed an abstract style before his formal training at Berkeley at the end of the 1940s. In school, he developed at an early stage the measuredly frenetic use of vivid blots of color and splashes of thinned pigments that is his trademark. Although drawn to the work of abstract expressionists Mark Rothko, Arshile Gorky and Clyfford Still, he remained quite independent from any one defining influence from that revolutionary group. His paintings in the 1956 "Twelve Americans" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York earned him a condsiderable international reputation.
Francis spent the 1950s in Paris, having his first exhibition there in 1952, although he travelled extensively. In Paris he began executing entirely monochromatic works, which are greatly revered, but that short-lived period soon made way for a return to a profusion of brilliant colours, overlapping and dripping. In the early 1960s, Francis began his "Edge" series in which paint is sometimes confined to the margins of the work, with the centre left empty and white. It is often thought that influences from Japanese painting led to this period of the artist's work.
Francis returned to California and continued painting, mainly in Los Angeles, but also in Tokyo where he lived primarily in 1973-4.
Paintings by Sam Francis can be found in international museum collections including those of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Centre Pompidou-Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris.
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Helen Frankenthaler was an American Abstract Expressionist painter and one of the founding artists of the Color Field group of painters. Frankenthaler studied at the Dalton School under Rufino Tamayo and also at Bennington College in Vermont. In 1950, she met Clement Greenberg and began a relationship with him.
She became a contemporary and colleague of Jackson Pollock, Hans Hoffmann and Kenneth Noland and was married in 1958 to Robert Motherwell. They were known in New York society as 'The Golden Couple' on account of their fame and lavish entertaining.
Frankenthaler pioneered the process of painting directly onto unprepared canvas, a technique that became known as 'soak stain'. This technique was adopted by Jackson Pollock and then by other Color Field painters, notably Morris Louis. She was hugely influential, the worst criticism she seemed to suffer in her career was for her work to be damned “merely beautiful”, and until her death in 2011 was regarded as one of America's most important living painters.
Frankenthaler has been exhibited internationally since the early 1950s, and has had several retrospective exhibitions, including at MoMA in 1989.
Her work is held in the following collections, and over forty others:
Sammlung Alison & Peter W. Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf
Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Ulster Museum, Belfast (Northern Ireland)
Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (England)
Tate Britain, London (England)
MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
MFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Portland Museum o
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In 1946 Picasso visited a pottery exhibition in Vallauris, close to Golfe Juan, as he had recently become interested in ceramics, and wanted to investigate the medium further. The Madoura workshop was exhibiting at the show, and their work caught the artist's eye. He asked to be introduced to the owners, Suzanne and Georges Ramié, who were delighted to meet the great man. Picasso asked a few questions about method and technicality but, as the actual workshop was very close by, Mons. & Mme. Ramié invited Picasso to go with them to see for himself. An excited & curious Picasso enthusiastically accepted and, immediately upon arriving at the workshop, made three pieces which he left to dry and bake.
It was a year before Picasso returned to Vallauris to examine the ceramics, but he was very happy with the way things had turned out. Soon, Picasso had his own area within the Madoura workshop where he began to work and where over the next quarter-century he would produce 633 pieces. Aside from artistic diversity and his natural enthusiasm for a new medium, one of the driving forces behind his prolific work at Madoura was the desire to create ceramics as multiples, that Madoura should produce and sell inexpensively so that everyone could own a Picasso.
Suzanne Ramié shared her vast experience with Picasso, teaching him all she knew of ceramics. Picasso being Picasso, however, it was not very long before he took the medium in new directions, creating some of his most memorable and popular images.
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