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STANTON MACDONALD-WRIGHT 1890-1973



Biography: After studying at the Art Sudents' League of Los Angeles, Stanton Macdonald Wright, at the age of 17, moved to Paris to continue his studies. He met fellow artist Morgan Russell and together they developed Synchromism:, an aesthetic philosophy drawing upon `modernist' theories of perception. They applied musical rhythms, space and abstraction to create luminous layers of color, light and form that identified Macdonald Wright's visual `vocabulary' throughout his career. With the advent of the War, he returned to the United States. In 1919, after three years of painting, writing and exhibiting in New York, he returned Los Angeles where he rejoined other members of the Art Students' League in revitalizing as an art center. In 1923, Stanton Macdonald Wright organized a landmark exhibition: "The Group of Independent Artists". Los Angeles artists together with friends of Standon Macdonald Wright (Thomas Hart Benton, Morgan Russell, etc) curated a `window' on modernism. From the mid-1920s through the1930s, he explored subjective composition, combining cubistic and synchromist elements. In the mid-1930s, as southern California director of the Federal Arts Project of the Works Project Administration, figuration predominated in his work. Following World War II, with an awakening interest in Cubism, Zen Buddhism and meditation, Macdonald Wright made pilgrimage to Japan and reaffirmed his Synchromist color theories. He lived between two homes - one in Japan where haiku were translated into paintings and woodcut prints of bold, vibrant and rhythmic visual poetry; at his second home, in Malibu, California, his graphite drawings and paintings of layered brilliant color captured the beauty of the land and sea in explorations of Synchromist space and light. Stanton Macdonald Wright was an intellectual force, an artist, an art historian, a teacher and a leader within the Los Angeles modernist community.

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Exhibitions at Tobey C. Moss Gallery:



  2001 Stanton Macdonald-Wright and Nicholas P. Brigante:Paintings, Drawings, Watercolors and Prints from the 1920s through the 1970s


Paintings

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Still Life with Abalone Shell

Still Life with Abalone Shell

Oil on canvasc.1945

Drawings

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Abstract Still Life

Abstract Still Life

India ink over pencil1945
Fragmented Torso

Fragmented Torso

Pencil sketchc.1931
Frontal Male Nude with Arms Folded

Frontal Male Nude with Arms Folded

Pencil sketchc.1931
Knees - Zeus

Knees - Zeus

Pencil sketch
Portrait with Pipe

Portrait with Pipe

Pencil sketchc.1931
Reverie

Reverie

Pencil1952
Standing Nude from the Back with Leg Raised

Standing Nude from the Back with Leg Raised

Pencil sketch1931
Stretching Female Nude Torso

Stretching Female Nude Torso

Pencil sketchc.1931
Twisting Male Nude from the Back

Twisting Male Nude from the Back

Pencil sketchc.1931

Prints

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Haiga Portfolio #12:  After Issa: On small islands men also till the earth while larks sing above

Haiga Portfolio #12: After Issa: On small islands men also till the earth while larks sing above

Color woodcut1966-67
Haiga Portfolio #14:  After Issa: Stony River rippling, lighting flickering

Haiga Portfolio #14: After Issa: Stony River rippling, lighting flickering

Color woodcut1966-67
Haiga Portfolio #15:  After Issa: Oh flying butterfly I feel myself a creature of dust

Haiga Portfolio #15: After Issa: Oh flying butterfly I feel myself a creature of dust

Color woodcut1966-67
Haiga Portfolio #2:  After Basho: A cloud of cherry blossoms; a temple bell, is it from Ueno...

Haiga Portfolio #2: After Basho: A cloud of cherry blossoms; a temple bell, is it from Ueno...

Color woodcut1966-67
Haiga Portfolio #7: After Buson: The spring sea swelling and falling all day

Haiga Portfolio #7: After Buson: The spring sea swelling and falling all day

Color woodcut1966-67