Opportunities in Collecting: The Washington Color School
Saturday, March 3, 2012, 10:00am
George Hemphill will discuss the history of the Washington Color School movement in the context of current and future art markets. Beginning with an explanation of the aesthetic breakthrough achieved and shared by the Color School painters, this talk will address their relationship to other color field painters of the 1960s and 1970s, their influence upon subsequent generations of Washington artists, and their enduring influence upon the contemporary art world.
The Washington Color School movement originated in the late 1950s and early 1960s and is defined by painters' use of color as both subject and form. Possibly a reaction to the density and chaos of Abstract Expressionism, the movement remains singular in its impact. Artists involved in the movement, both directly and indirectly, include Leon Berkowitz, Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Kainen, Willem de Looper, Morris Louis, Howard Mehring, Kenneth Noland, Paul Reed, Alma Thomas and Anne Truitt. The Jefferson Place Gallery played a major role in exhibiting the works of these artists. It was at Jefferson Place Gallery that Willem de Looper's stained canvas works, currently on view at HEMPHILL in Willem de Looper: Paintings 1968-72, were first exhibited.
George Hemphill will address current pricing, acquisition opportunities, and related art investment issues. This lecture is adapted from a presentation Hemphill made in July 2011 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Appraisers.
ART TALKS is an ongoing series of talks with artists, curators, collectors, and experts. Since 1998, the series has presented topics such as collecting for beginners and panel discussions on issues in contemporary art.
This event is concurrent with Willem de Looper: Paintings 1968-72, on view through March 10, 2012. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Washington DC 20005