Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Alfred Maurer: Art on the Edge

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has announced the opening of Alfred Maurer: Art on the Edge, on view October 10, 2015, through January 4, 2016.  The exhibition brings together 65 works by American artist Alfred Maurer, a prolific artist of the twentieth century and among the first Americans to embrace avant-garde styles such as Cubism, Fauvism, and abstraction. 
The exhibition features works by Maurer from the Crystal Bridges’ collection, including  

Jeanne, ca.1904 (oil on canvas) 

and Fauve Landscape with Red and Blue, ca. 1909 (oil on board).

Considered one of the first Americans to adopt French Fauvism and one of the most versatile American Modernists, Alfred H. Maurer (1868–1932) tirelessly pushed the boundaries of artistic expression throughout his career. Maurer spent nearly 17 years in Paris, where he was introduced to French avant-garde art through his friendships with major collectors, dealers, and artists. Throughout his long career he maintained a steady interest in formal experimentation with color, form, and abstraction. The exhibition surveys Maurer’s career from fin-de-siècle figure paintings, scenes of contemporary leisure, Fauvist works, landscapes and florals, heads and figures, and still lifes, to late Cubist abstractions. The diversity and virtuosity of the works illustrate the extent to which Maurer was a formidable creative force in expanding the potential for artistic expression in American art.

Alfred Maurer: Art on the Edge was organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. 

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