Classic Works From the 1960s

Jacobson Howard is pleased to announce the opening of "Classic Works From the 1960s." The exhibition opens December 3 and continues through January 26, 2004.

Sunapee I

The show highlights paintings and sculpture from the 1960s including Anthony Caro, Friedel Dzubas, Helen Frankenthaler, Al Held, Morris Louis, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons and Frank Stella. The 1960s was a decade in which the esthetic of abstract expressionism was revised by a generation of artists who were more concerned with the embodiment of ideas and the formal, pure properties of painting. The work exhibited here reveals such common concerns whilst each maintaining a clarity and openness of color and form.

Highlights of the exhibition include Anthony Caro's painted Table Piece LX of 1968. Using scrap metal from David Smith, Caro paid homage to his friend while maintaining his signature invention of pouring work off the table's edge. The painted works of the 1960s remain some of the most significant inventions of Caro's career.

Morris Louis began his series of Unfurled paintings in the summer of 1960. Painted the same year, Delta Pi is one of Louis's most extreme open-field abstractions, and sees the artist concerned as much with the technique of paint application as with compositional ideas. In Trans South, 1968, Noland uses his highly developed color vocabulary on a grand scale. Three broad bands of color are interspersed between clusters of narrow bars of varying width and hues to create a true color composition.

Jules Olitski has been called the "first abstract impressionist" as evidenced in the lyrical stained canvas Strip Heresy of 1964. Friedel Dzubas' colorful, open expanses of form are as fresh today as when he exhibited them at the Leo Castelli Gallery at the time. St. Armaon's Key of 1964 radiates the artist's sense of invention and confidence.

Larry Poons's dot paintings were exhibited at MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum fresh from the studio. Now mostly in public collections, Jessica's Harford of 1965 provides a rare opportunity to revisit this most famous body of work by a super star of the era. Frank Stella's Sunapee I, (pictured above) an open and spacious irregular polygon, was painted in 1966. The scale dramatizes the formalism of the work, simultaneously revealing Stella's concern with structure, color and the interaction of color.