Sunday, July 14, 2013

Focus: Art Gallery Visits, July 13, 2013 - Brett Rubbico Gallery in Newport Beach and Blum & Poe



Saturday evening marked the opening of Brett Rubbico Gallery’s Summer Group Show in Newport Beach.  This well-attended opening included the work of notable artists, including sculptor Christopher Georgesco (whose quality and placement of works will make him “immortal”), Jane Bauman, Michael Maas, David Michael Lee, Tom Dowling and more.  I was particularly fond of the work of Maura Williams: ink on Yupo (a manufactured material) reflecting Japanese Enso circles and extrusions.  The contrasting colors, sense of blending and depth on man-made material were brilliant. 

Maura Williams
Maura Williams
Jay Sagen’s Rethink II Diptych was also intriguing.  Both Williams and Sagen will be the focus of another show at the gallery in the future.  Brett Rubbico – looking tanned and relaxed with his wife after a recent tour of Italy - opened his gallery almost four years ago, at the height of the recession, and is doing very well.  The combination of Brett’s keen eye for quality and his welcoming personality has contributed to his success as a gallerist: he connects with both artists and art patrons very well.   The Summer Group Show runs through August 3, 2013.  See www.brettrubbicogallery.com for details.

This was the last day of the exhibition of the works of Koji Enokura and Julian Hoeber at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles.  Koji Enokura’s work is extraordinary.  Enokura is a key figure of the Mono-ha group of artists in Tokyo who redefined Japanese art in the 1960-70’s.  This exhibit showed Enokura’s exploration of staining, with contrasts of smooth fields of blank paint with unpainted surfaces, drenched fabric, the mark on fabric of beams under lumber and the use of diagonally hung fabric canvases.  Stunningly beautiful and powerful work that created a sense of energy in the room.  Julian Hoeber’s work included some very interesting pieces which explored “geometrical compositional systems.”   To learn more about these works and the artists, see www.blumandpoe.com.
Koji Enokura

Koji Enokura




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