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"Pierre Alechinsky"
1999-07-15 until 1999-09-04
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
Los Angeles, CA, USA United States of America

JACK RUTBERG FINE ARTS will present the works of Belgian born artist, Pierre Alechinsky in a rare West Coast exhibition of this major artist s works on paper as part of the L.A. International Biennial Art Invitational. Pierre Alechinsky: Works on Paper will officially open with an evening reception on July 15. (A preview reception hosted by the Consul General of Belgium will be held on July 10, from 4:00 till 7:00 p.m.)

Born in 1927, Pierre Alechinsky was a founder of the European expressionist movement - CoBrA. Although the CoBrA movement officially lasted through 1948 -1951, its impact was considerable as it included many of Europe s leading painters, writers, poets, and composers. Having its roots in France, CoBrA was centered in Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. The movements generated numerous publications and manifestos and was a precursor and influence upon American Abstract Expressionists. Since CoBrA s inception Pierre Alechinsky has remained one of Europe s most important and enduring contemporary artist. The Alechinsky exhibition at the Jack Rutberg Gallery offers a formidable overview of the artist s graphic works on paper. Important recent works will be among the 50 works spanning since the 1960s. Printmaking represents a particularly important aspect of Alechinsky s body of work. In his paintings on canvas, Alechinsky often incorporates his collaged calligraphic etchings within his canvases in ways that often blur the separation between painting and printmaking. Major museum exhibitions of Alechinsky s works have been presented by leading institutions throughout the world. A major Alechinsky survey exhibition was presented in 1998 at the Jeu de Paume in Paris. That internationally touring exhibition, is currently on view in Mexico through August 15, at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterey before extending its tour through Europe. In America, Pierre Alechinsky s works have been the subject of numerous major solo exhibitions including the Guggenheim Museum as well as a retrospective exhibition of his graphic works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Among noteworthy distinctions in Pierre Alechinsky s formidable career, was his award as the first recipient of the Carnegie Mellon Prize. On that occasion, the award committee, unable to decide between Alechinsky and William de Kooning, awarded the Carnegie Mellon Prize to both artists. The opening reception of Pierre Alechinsky: Works on Paper on July 15, from 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, located at 357 North La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, marks the citywide celebration of the Los Angeles Biennial Art Invitational. The exhibition will extend through September 4.

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