“Titans Within The Rough” Exhibition

Denise Bibro Fine Art

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Denise Bibro Fine Art presents Titans Within the Rough, a charged exhibition emphasizing the spontaneity and improvisation of what was considered a radical direction in modern art and now is a well-established movement that continues to influence current artists today. This exhibition features 5 eclectic artists, all showcasing a unique vision entrenched in the gestural processes that were unearthed and celebrated in the peak period of Abstract Expressionism from the forties to the sixties.

Artists such as Franz Kline, De Kooning, and Jackson Pollock are some of the Titans of the day. Above all, the movement was one of painters; these figurative painters of the 1930’s that had experienced The Great Depression eventually committed themselves to expression through abstraction. In Critic Harold Rosenberg’s essay “The American Action Painters”, the act of painting is the underlying impulse for the mode of creation, therefore “extinguishing the object.” This, what was once, an unappreciated and rejected movement has become not only a part of Art History but continues to be a part of the creation of art. Contrasting the color field painters of the likes of Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, Abstract Expressionism combines the hand and the experience as one event. “The big moment came when it was decided to paint…just to paint.”

This exhibition is comprised of artists that were influenced by previously mentioned titans and who worked at the same time as them during the peak of the movement. Others in this exhibition are second generations of artists who work in the abstract expressionist mode. John Hultberg, Joseph Stefanelli and Yvonne Thomas were peers of the Titans that are better known. They all socialized in the infamous Cedar Tavern in the West Village. They knew, respected and some where exhibited in the same venues. For whatever reasons these artist, as equally deserving as the better known Abstract Expressionist, did not get all the acclamation of their counterparts. In these times where famous artists works are scarce these diamonds in the roughs, as fate may have it, are getting the attention they deserve.

Artists: Mildred Hermann, John Hultberg, Jospeh Stefanelli, Yvonne Thomas, and Jan Wunderman.



from February 01, 2018 to March 18, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-02-01 from 18:00 to 20:00

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