Miriam L. Smith
fine art and appraisal services since 1984

Economy Of Scale - Small Works From The 20th Century

posted: 11/12/2009

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Economy of Scale: Small Works from the 20th Century
On view from December 1, 2009 - January 30, 2010 
Opening Reception : Sunday, December 6th  2-6 pm
Plus added Open House events through January (see website for details)

Just in time for the holiday season, Art Resource Group hopes to captivate viewers with an intimate look at a sterling group of approximately 40 paintings and works on paper.  Fittingly titled "Economy of Scale: Small Works from the 20th Century" (Dec. 1 - Jan. 30), this entertaining exhibition, installed salon-style, will feature a diverse selection of works under 20" x 20" by blue chip artists whose creative force had significant impact on 20th century art history. There will be an opening reception on December 6th from 2-6 p.m. - plus added open house events in the gallery throughout the exhibition run (listed at www.artresourcegroup.com).                                              
The "Economy of Scale" exhibit was conceived as an enticing match for those seeking a more creative outlet in the gift-giving department. With nothing priced above $5,000, and many pieces available for a fraction of that, this exhibit is packed with an exciting roster of major names - Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and Lita Albuquerque as a partial list. Indeed, this selection of small works gives art aficionados a rare opportunity to add a valuable gem to their collections.
Often dismissed as immature, or as mere preparatory studies for a larger painting in the
making, petite paintings are uniquely more tactile and, like a poem, can affix their mystery to our senses with a clearly distilled perspective of reality.  Nuanced details offer clues to a shift in an artist's style of composition and techique. In fact, with the excessive sensory overload of today's daily environment, the show's impact is a visual breath of fresh air.

In addition to examples of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and examples of bold conceptual work from the '90s, this exhibit also includes artists such as Conrad Buff and Michael C. West, whose spiritual mysticism was defined through their use of billowing shapes and expansive colors.  

Among the other major artists included in the show are James Rosenquist, George Rouault,  Robert Motherwell,  Robert Beauchamp, John Saccaro, Kim Dingle, John Serl, Norman Bluhm, Sonia Delaunney, and Italo Scanga.
(Art Resource Group Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and by appointment.  714/ 371-0101.  Located at 20351 Irvine Ave. C-1 in Newport Beach).   www.artresourcegroup.com.

For information contact Miriam Smith, msmith@artresourcegroup.com.


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