Exhibition of the paintings, drawings and photographs of the Bay Area artist Harry Bowden
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 4-7pm; Exhibit September 25th - October 19th, 2013, Tues through Sat, 12-5pm
Harry Bowden, American Modern is an exhibition of the paintings, drawings and photographs of the Bay Area artist Harry Bowden (1907-1965), who began his artistic career studying at the University of California, Berkeley under the tutelage of Hans Hoffmann. Bowden followed Hoffmann to New York in 1932 and became a founding member of American Abstract Artists in 1936.
Bowden exhibited in New York often in group and solo shows during the '30s, but he left for Sausalito in 1942, where he spent the rest of his life. Bowden's paintings reflect the prevailing currents of his generation, such as an engagement with the development of modern European masters, as well as an early fascination with abstraction that developed over a decade before he returned to figurative painting.
This selection of his paintings is supplemented here by a trove a figure studies in pastel, pencil and gouache that he made c. 1950. A group of photographs provide a window on a lifetime practice that resulted in a series of photographic books, murals, and his work being collected and exhibited by the Museum of Modern Art in 1951.
Though Bowden never achieved the renown of some of his peers, his works demonstrate an avid imagination, accomplished technique, and a willingness to experiment in multiple mediums.
Curated by John Zarobell and Matt Gonzalez
Presented by Worth Ryder Gallery, UCB.