Milton Avery’s unknown circus and vaudeville paintings at David Zwirner Gallery.
David Zwirner Gallery Ξ We typically associate Milton Avery‘s style with fauvist seascapes, quiet domestic interior scenes where people with blue, red and green bodies dissolve into shapes and outlines, abstracted flat shapes that hold on to representational elements and beautiful color fields that will forever hold their importance in the history of art.
Ales Otruzar, Director at David Zwirner Gallery talked to galleryIntell about the exhibition at ADAA: The Art Show 2013 where they are presenting an interesting phase in the artist’s body of work. In the 1930s, when Avery was a struggling artist, together with his wife they would often go to various vaudeville and circus performances and Avery would use performers as free live models. However, today these paintings provide us the benefit of viewing a slice of life from the era!
Known for his bold use of color and almost abstract compositions, Avery’s paintings typically do not focus on a specific subject or people, and stay away from the banalities of realistic details. His landscapes consist of swatches of expressionistic bright colors placed next to each other. Even when he includes figures in his compositions, they blend seamlessly into their surroundings and become a part of the larger narrative (see “Husband and Wife” image below).
Overall, a fascinating, unusual collection and a must-see booth at The Art Show!
Artwork ©Milton Avery Trust. Images courtesy of the David Zwirner Gallery and Milton Avery Trust.
*”Husband & Wife” and “Autumn 2″ have been included to depict Milton Avery’s recognized style. They are not at the current David Zwirner Gallery exhibition at The Art Show.