The gallery has always considered the curatorial aspect of its activities to be of particular importance, Hervé Bize having himself been invited as associate curator on several occasions over the last few years. For the upcoming Art Los Angeles Contemporary we have quite naturally anchored our project on the foundations of the work developed by the gallery in its program about artists belonging to different generations.
We will be pleased to present in California a solo exhibition by Jack Youngerman, more precisely a body of recent paintings (most of them are measuring “30 x 30 inches” in a square position but they can also be hanged like diamonds), using his more recent compositional research.
These vivid works — oil on Baltic birch plywood — will highlight Youngerman’s focus on his abstract imagery.
After his formative years in Paris in the early 1950s and his return in US in 1956, he immediately
engaged in the milieu of the contemporary New York art scene, with other artists friends who included Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, Agnes Martin and Robert Rauschenberg.
Jack Youngerman’s career has yielded distinctive explorations of invented form, organic abstraction, symmetry and asymmetry that he has taken to new heights in the past five years.
The most recent paintings present faceted arrangements, escutcheon-like patterns that radiate outward from a central core, forming color-saturated images.
With strength and impressive energy of renewal, Youngerman’s voice is one of consistence, forever reaching for new discoveries and reinvention while sustaining a clear identity as a significant figure in the field of abstract painting.
This project for ALAC 2016 will coincide with the 90th birthday of the artist.
His work, which has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over 60 years, is represented in many public collections, among them the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
His last show in Los Angeles which was dedicated to paintings on paper took place at Margo Leavin Gallery in 2011.