Abex Collage

November 8, 2012 – January 5, 2013

Conrad Marca-Relli (1913-2000)
Summer Noon J-L-20-68, 1968
Oil, canvas and burlap collage on canvas, 53 x 72 inches
Signed lower right: "MARCA-RELLI"

Perle Fine (1905-1988)
The Big Splash (aka Tantrum I), 1959
Gouache and fold-over collage on paper, 22 x 28 inches
Signed lower right: "Perle Fine"

Conrad Marca-Relli (1913-2000)
Taos #2, 1961
Mixed media on canvas, 57 x 78 inches
Signed and titled on stretcher verso: "MARCA-RELLI 'TAOS'"

Fritz Bultman (1919-1985)
Holiday, 1962
Collage and crayon on paper, 29 x 23 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: "FB '62"

Mary Abbott (B. 1921)
Composition in Density, circa 1953
Mixed media collage on paper, 22 1/4 x 30 1/8 inches
Initialed lower right: "M.L.A."

John Little (1907-1984)
Collage, 1960
Oil and collage on board, 23 x 31 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "John Little '60"

Esteban Vicente (1903-2001)
Collage, 1978
Paper collage on canvas, 22 x 25 inches
Signed lower right: "Esteban Vicente"

Robert Natkin (1930-2010)
Abstract Expressionist Composition, 1959
Oil and collage on paper, 19 x 13 1/2 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "Natkin 59"

Press Release

Collage was the quintessential twentieth-century art form with roots in Cubism, Surrealism and Dada, each movement putting their own distinct mark on its evolution. By mid-century, many Abstract Expressionists were surveying the aesthetic potential of collage, further propelling our understanding of this artistic practice. They explored and even exploited collage as an abstract entity and discovered that it offered a modern means for regenerating the pictorial surface. Such artists as Conrad Marca-Relli and Robert Motherwell, for instance, used collage to reorder reality in abstract terms. They placed new emphasis on the materiality of the medium in ways that opened up the ever-allusive concept of space. Through collage they conjured up the tensions and dualities that charged the rich interplay between the two and three-dimensional realms. For many, collage provided a new sense of immediacy and an invigorated freedom with materials that allowed for new possibilities in abstraction. As an art form collage found monumental expression in the innovative and progressive hands of the Abstract Expressionists. Under their guidance it emerged as separate from but on par with the art of painting. It became a path for artistic renewal and a conduit for the expansion of twentieth century creative energies.