Joseph McGurl (American, b. 1958) Cuttyhunk, View to the West, 2016 oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in.
Massachusetts artist, Joseph McGurl, is an accomplished contemporary landscape painter, often preferring to work en plein air so that he can immerse himself in his surroundings and interpret them on site. He notably does not rely on photography in his work, choosing to leave the details to observation, memory, and imagination.
The painting, Cuttyhunk, View to the West, received honorable mention in the Landscape Category for the prestigious 12th Annual Art Renewal Center Salon Competition. The painting will be exhibited along with other award winners at the Salmagundi Club in New York from May 12 – June 1, followed by the Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain from September 23 – November 27.
McGurl began his studies under his father, James McGurl, a highly regarded muralist. He furthered his studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The Massachusetts College of Art, and he attended summer programs in London and Florence. While in Florence, he studied under Robert Cormier, a distinguished Boston artist devoted to French Academy methods. Cormier had a strong influence on McGurl’s technique, teaching him the sight-size method which he often uses to approach his plein air works.
McGurl is a member of the Plein Air Painters of America, and he was the youngest person ever to have won the John Singleton Copley Award from the Copley Society of Boston. He has also been honored with a Grumbacher Gold Medallion from the Guild of Boston Artists. McGurl's paintings have been included in several museum exhibitions throughout the country including the Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Cahoon Museum of American Art, and the Saint Botolph Club of Boston.
John Marin (American, 1870-1953) Movement VI, 1946 oil on canvas, 22 x 28 in.
John Marin was one of the foremost American abstract painters, giving rise to the Abstract Expressionist movement in the early 20th Century. Marin is well known for his innovative use of the watercolor medium, creating a unique blend of realism and abstraction in his depictions of American scenery. Late in his career, Marin began to focus on the oil medium, which became the basis of further artistic experimentation for him. In the book John Marin by John Marin, edited by Cleve Gray, Marin states, "Using paint as paint is different from using paint to paint a picture. I'm calling my pictures this year 'Movements in Paint' and not Movements of Boat, Sea, or Sky, because in these new paintings -- although I use objects -- I am representing paint first of all, and not the motif primarily." This approach is evident in Movement VI, as is the artist's masterful and inventive use of color.
During his life, Marin’s work was continuously shown at Alfred Stieglitz’s famed 291 Gallery, known for introducing America to many important avante-garde artists such as Rodin, Matisse, and Picasso. Marin participated in the seminal Armory Show in 1913, and was subsequently honored with exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1924, and the Museum of Modern Art in 1936. Today Marin’s works can be found in many prominent museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, and also in the Green Room of the White House.
Movement VI will be featured in our upcoming exhibition at the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair, January 12-15. Please contact us for pricing or any additional details.
Wolf Kahn (German, b. 1927) Early Spring Tangle, 2007 oil on canvas, 44 x 52 in
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1927, Wolf Kahn immigrated to the United States in 1940. In 1945, he graduated from the High School of Music & Art in New York, after which he spent time in the Navy. Under the GI Bill, he studied with renowned teacher and Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann, later becoming Hofmann’s studio assistant. In 1950, he enrolled in the University of Chicago and completed his degree in just one year.
Kahn has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Award in Art from the Academy of Arts and Letters. On January 12, 2017 the US Department of State recognized Wolf Kahn with the International Medal of Arts, an honor acknowledging artists who have played an exemplary role in advancing the U.S. Department of State's mission of promoting cultural diplomacy.
Traveling extensively, Kahn has painted landscapes in Egypt, Greece, Hawaii, Italy, Kenya, Maine, Mexico, and New Mexico. Many of his iconic forest landscapes are inspired by his home in Vermont, where he has spent his much of his time over the last 40 years. His unique blend of representation and colorism sets his work apart, with an unparalleled use of color producing a rich and expressive body of work.
Wolf Kahn regularly exhibits at galleries and museums across North America. His work can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; The National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, among other institutions.