Friday, February 26, 2016

Boston Expressionist Artist- David Aronson

David Aronson Man with Bird
oil pastel, 12 3/4 x 16 1/4 in.
David Aronson Suzanna and the Elders
pastel on paper, 31 1/4 x 37 3/4 in.

Cavalier Galleries is pleased to present a group of works by David Aronson (1923-2015) as part of our exhibit of The Boston Expressionists now on view in our New York gallery. Throughout his artistic career Aronson touched on subjects of Judaism, Christianity, mysticism, and modernism, and also worked in a variety of mediums creating paintings in oil and encaustic, works on paper, as well as sculpture. Tying the body of work together is the strong focus on Figuration which Aronson, and other Boston Expressionists, often used to represent moral, spiritual, and psychological conundrums. As the son of a rabbi, Aronson often struggled with the tension between his Orthodox Jewish upbringing and his artistic aspirations, as his work often explored biblical themes.  

Aronson was a renowned member of the arts community in Boston, beginning with his education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, where he studied under the influential Karl Zerbe, following in the footsteps of other leading expressionists Hyman Bloom and Jack Levine.  He went on to become a respected professor at Boston University where he had a hand in forming the Fine Art Department, and continued to live and work in the Boston area for nearly 60 years. 

His accolades include receiving both the Judges Prize and Popular Prize from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in 1944, and being one of the youngest artists invited to participate in the Major Exhibition entitled Fourteen Americans at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1946.  In 1979 the Rose Art Museum of Brandeis UniversityThe Jewish Museum, and the National Academy of Design in New York all hosted retrospectives of his painting and sculpture. Later in his career Boston University also hosted a comprehensive retrospective of his work in 2005, and the Danforth Museum featured a solo exhibition of Aronson’s work in 2009.  Furthermore, his work is included in the permanent collections of over 50 museums worldwide including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American ArtMoMA, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Aronson passed away in July of 2015; more about his life and career can be seen in this New York Times article by Sam Roberts, published July 14, 2015.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Dynamic Expressionist paintings by Hyman Bloom

Hyman Bloom Last Still Life
oil on canvas, 56 x 46 in.
       Hyman Bloom Rabbi Holding Torah
        oil on canvas, 56 x 40 in.
As part of our Boston Expressionists Exhibit in New York, Cavalier Galleries is showing a number of paintings of rabbis by artist Hyman Bloom (1913–2009), together with several of Bloom’s still-life paintings. Many of Bloom’s works feature rabbis in synagogues, however, none of these are thought to have been specific rabbis or synagogues that Bloom knew personally, but a combination of memory and fantasy. Bloom used the rabbis and the synagogues as a spiritual conduit to convey something far deeper than a simple event or moment in time.

If Bloom’s rabbi portraits are key examples of his spiritual work, his still-life paintings are unquestionably more personal and reflect his personal tastes. In these still-life paintings, we see collections of carnival glass—glass vessels with very high-keyed color—which Bloom loved to collect and which evidently attracted him because many of them had the same bold colors seen in his works. Along with many other pieces of exotica, Bloom was a connoisseur of exotic fabrics, and in each still life, he places a large piece of fabric hanging like a spectre over the glassware, thus creating a scene that is at once vibrant and in some ways, haunting.

Hyman Bloom was a major figure in mid-20th century American art. Bloom was born into an Orthodox Jewish family in Latvia and in 1920, he emigrated with his family to the United States. He lived most of his life in Boston and is known as a founder of the school of painting that came to be known as Boston Expressionism. Bloom and Jack Levine (1915–2010) were both influential in the emergence of Boston Expressionism. Levine tended to focus more on humor and social commentary, while Bloom devoted himself to painting the spiritual as well as personal.

At first, Bloom was associated with the growing Abstract Expressionist movement. William de Kooning and Jackson Pollock—who first saw Bloom's work at an exhibition in New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)—considered Bloom "the first Abstract Expressionist artist in America”. Bloom's still-life, figural, and landscape paintings with their vibrant colors and expressive brushwork have influenced many other artists who followed in his footsteps in Boston and beyond. Bloom achieved considerable acclaim before the age of 30: in 1942, thirteen of his paintings were included in the Museum of Modern Art exhibition "Americans 1942: 18 Artists from 9 States", curated by Dorothy Miller. MoMA purchased Bloom's The Bride and The Synagogue from that exhibition for its collection. In 1950, Bloom, along with Pollock, de Kooning, and Gorky, were among a small group of artists selected to represent the U.S. at the Venice Biennale.

Today, Bloom's paintings and large scale drawings can be found in the collections of MoMA, Boston's Museum of Fine Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum, The National Academy of Design, and several other institutions across the country.

                                              Contact the gallery for additional information about these works: 
                                                       or 212.570.4696