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November 18 to December 30, 2000
Off the Wall
RUPERT J. DEESE, in contrast to his son, creates artwork in the form of functional stoneware. Pomegranate is a vase in the shape of that fruit. Its glazes and polished surface typify the lustrous quality and superb craftsmanship of Deese's work. Rupert J. Deese's creative career spans over 40 years, and his work was recently featured in the exhibit Color and Fire at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
On the Wall
Paintings and Etchings
RUPERT T. DEESE'S paintings
and etchings are inspired by his ove of nature. Deese has explored the
watersheds, or cup-like mountainous edges, of the
We are pleased to announce the publication of two precious volumes:
Nine poems by R. Sam Deese
Nine images by Rupert T. Deese,
Page size: 12 x 8 1/4 inches(305 x 210mm)
Text and images printed in green ink
Nine poems by Todd Young
Nine Images by Rupert T. Deese
Page size: 8 1/4 x 12 inches(210 x 305mm)
Text and images printed in sanguine ink
To honor the memory of Dorr Bothwell, we will mount an overview of her paintings, prints and drawings from the 1920s to 1950s.
DORR BOTHWELL (1902-2000)
Dorr Bothwell, a great American artist and national treasure, died September 24 at the age of 98. Her resolution to become an artist was met with great hardships, as a career woman against considerable sexual prejudices (she changed her name from Doris to Dorr) and surviving the lean times of the 1930s. At age 19, Bothwell entered the California School of Fine Arts, where she met her most influential teachers, Rudolf Schaeffer (1886-1988) and Gottardo Piazzoni (1872-1945). She developed' their theories of color and structure throughout her long career and taught generations of art students at the San Francisco Art Institute, Parson's School of Design in New York, and the Mendocino Art Center. In 1928, Bothwell traveled to Samoa, recording her environment in block prints, drawings and paintings. Upon her return in 1930, as a celebrity, she sang Samoan songs on radio and demonstrated Samoan dances for Henri Matisse on his way to Tahiti.
In 1968 Bothwell co-authored Notan: The DarkLight Principle of Design (Dover Press), in collaboration with Marlys Mayfield; it has become a basic text for art students.
She traveled extensively throughout the world, integrating her experiences into her art. Her work as a California modernist and surrealist has been featured in Pacific Dreams: Currents of Surrealism and Fantasy in California Art 1934-1957; Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West 1890-1945; On the Edge of America, California Modernist Art 1900-1950, and other books and exhibitions. Dorr Bothwell was a 1925 charter member of the Society of San Francisco Women Artists. She received many honors in her lifetime, including the 1979 San Francisco Women in the Arts Award and two Pollock-Krasner grants for 1998-2000. The latter award enabled her to supervise the archiving and preservation of her works, records and memoirs for the Archives of American Art. Her paintings, drawings, collages and prints are in the collections of museums throughout the world, including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art; the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, the Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
As an independent woman, she enjoyed a large family of friends, including sculptor Donal Hord, to whom she was briefly married in the 1930s. Her creativity, vision, joie de vivre, sharp wit and incredible capacity for healing herself as well as others will be greatly missed.
JULES ENGEL has created a great series of new color lithographs, with the guidance of George Page at his Versailles Press. We'll prove our words in a spring exhibition, to include a sixty year retrospective of Engel's work.
JULES ENGEL will speak and be honored with a retrospective of his abstract animated films at Harvard University, Cambridge, on November 2"d 2000.
Made in CaliforniaIncluded in Made in California 2000/2001,the largest exhibition ever mounted at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, are works by many artists represented at the Tobey C. Moss Gallery including CLINTON ADAMS, DORR BOTHWELL, JULES ENGEL, LORSER FEITELSON, OSKAR FISCHINGER, HELEN LUNDEBERG, JOHN McLAUGHLIN, RICO LEBRUN, KNUD MERRILD, STANTON MACDONALD-WRIGHT, PALMER, SCHOPPE.
Saturday, February 3, 2001, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the historic Wilshire Ebell Auditorium
The California Assemblage
Movement was nurtured richly by the works of Gordon Wagner (1915-1987)
in Los Angeles, and
John Bernhardt (1921-1963) in Santa Barbara. Gordon Wagner influenced many notable artists in Southern California, including Bruce Houston, Michael C. McMillen, Betye Saar, George Herms and John Schroeder. Both of these artists were featured by Anne Ayres in her landmark exhibition and catalogue for Forty Years of California Assemblage (UCLA Wight Gallery, 1989/90). Some of the finest examples of each artist's work are now offered at the Tobey C. Moss Gallery, including pieces that were curated into that important and historical show.
CALIFORNIA MODERNISM has long been a focus in our gallery, with the works of HELEN LUNDEBERG and LORSER FEITELSON most prominent as co-founders of Post-Surrealism in 1934. The influence of these two artists has been wide spread for inspiration in creating new forms. The artists, whose work we offer, present their own personal and distinctive 'languages'. In the gallery at this time is work by Ynez Johnston, Oskar Fischinger, Joyce Treiman, Leonard Edmondson, Emerson Woelffer, Karl Benjamin, Clinton Adams, Jules Engel, Edward Ruscha, David P. Levine, John McLaughlin, Nick Brigante, Palmer Schoppe, Lundeberg and Feitelson.
Recently, the Tobey Moss Gallery was visited by representatives of several world class museums, including: the Cleveland Museum of Art (Ohio), the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, Mass.), the National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach, CA) has purchased DORR BOTHWELL'S Translation From the Maya, 1942, which is included in the Made in California exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
JAY RIVKIN'S The Shrinking Dollar, (collage/ink), is part of the exhibition, Moneymaking: the Fine Art of Currency at the Millennium, organized by Mary Anne Goley, director of the Fine Arts Program of the Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C. The exhibition is currently on view at The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia and travels to additional venues. The Federal Reserve Board acquired, for their permanent collection, one of the two Rivkins selected for this original show.