March 12, 2019

Milton Avery @ DC Moore Gallery, NYC

Milton Avery: A Selection of Paintings
DC Moore Gallery, New York
Through April 6, 2019

DC Moore Gallery presents Milton Avery: A Selection of Paintings featuring four important works Milton Avery made between 1947-1960.

In the pantheon of twentieth century art, Milton Avery stands alone. Never persuaded by the artistic trends, movements, and manifestoes that surrounded him, Milton Avery’s commitment to his personal aesthetic was resolute. Beginning as a figurative painter, his work moved towards abstraction without ever fully relinquishing its verisimilitude. His superior use of color combined with prescience for arranging forms on canvas amounted to an evocative and singular visual language.

The major paintings presented here derive from the heart of his career. The influence of Milton Avery’s longstanding practice of organizing brief and insouciant sketch sessions with fellow artists, where they drew from life invited models who were not professionals, but rather friends, is evidenced in Pink Nude (1947) and Nude Before Screen (1949), which were likely painted after one of these sittings. Yellow Robe (1960), a portrait of his wife Sally, likewise displays Milton Avery’s interest in the human form, and exemplifies his mastery of color, not to mention the artist’s characteristic, wry humor. And in Fresh Strawberries (1949), Milton Avery draws a deep psychological component from a still life of a colander of berries, sitting atop a summer table.

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