Oil on canvas, 143 1/2" x 57"
ERNEST BRIGGS - MONUMENTAL PAINTINGS
November 1 - 29, 2008
sculptures by Mark Gibian
Gallery Hours: Thursdays - Saturdays 11 - 6 PM
99 Spring Street Gallery in Soho, NYC
exhibition will present some paintings of Ernest Briggs that have
not been exhibited since the 50’s and 60’s. They have
been unrolled and stretched at the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation
a large church built in 1849, 20 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe, PA.
Ernest Briggs, an Abstract Expressionist painter, was able to make a name for himself among the New York avant-garde in the 1950’s with his explosive and dynamic style. Briggs brought to the East Coast a fresh, lively aesthetic that contrasted the darker and heavier art being produced by the New York School. His works reflected a radical West Coast style that he developed at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco under the tutelage of artists such as Mark Rothko, Ad Reinhardt and Clyfford Still. Briggs was particularly influenced by Still’s primordial brushwork.
The most important difference between Briggs and other painters of his era (Ab Ex, New York School, avant-garde, modern, what ever they are called by different writers and collectors) is that he had no signature – each painting style was different from one year to the next – not so Pollock, deKooning, Rothko, etc. Perhaps that is why it took so long for him to be appreciated by the public. His collectors, over the years, have never sold his works. He is rarely at auction, even though he sells well.
The pure raw emotions diffused into Briggs’ paintings have been described as volcanic, rugged, rhythmic and lyrical. He was very influenced by nature, which is reflected by the atmosphere in his 50’s and 60’s paintings. He painted monumental sized works, many of which are gestural and heavily layered. These works will be displayed in the exhibition. There will also be one of his expressionistic realistic paintings included.
Briggs had several one-man shows at the Stable Gallery in New York, and was exhibited in Dorothy Miller’s “Twelve Americans” show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1956. Selected collections include the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, Rockefeller Institute, New York, The Oakland Museum, California, Walker Art Center, Minnesota and the San Jose Museum of Art, California.
Hours: Thursday – Sat, 12 – 6 pm
For more information, please contact Anita Shapolsky Gallery
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