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Jonna Rae Brinkman / Helen Frankenthaler / Joan Miró / Joan Mitchell / Robert Motherwell / Louise Nevelson / Antoni Tàpies

Heroic Poetry: Abstract Art from Miró to the Present:
Prints by Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Miró, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, and Antoni Tàpies; prints and multiples by Louise Nevelson, and paintings on paper by Jonna Rae Brinkman.

April 27 to June 30 2002

"I didn't want to deal in poetry. I got rid of that after a few months. I began to anyway. I guess it took me a couple of years to get rid of that." (Tom Wesselmann on his rejection of abstraction and his embrace of the new thing, Pop Art, in the early 1960s)
"Heroicall [poetry] . . . doeth not onely teache and moove to a truth, but teacheth and mooveth to the most high and excellent truth: who maketh magnanimitie and justice, shine through all mistie fearfulnesse and foggie desires. Who if the saying of Plato and Tully bee true, that who could see vertue, woulde be woonderfullie ravished with the love of her bewtie." (Sir Philip Sidney, The Defence of Poesie [London, 1595]
Miró began making abstract paintings in the 1920s as Germany began hurtling towards chaos and Spain began its descent into a cataclysmic civil war between those who embraced the modern and those who hated it and wanted to keep to the old ways. In his long series of Elegies to the Spanish Republic (one of which will be in the show), Motherwell lent a gestural touch to the first generation of American Abstract Expressionists (who themselves had been stunned by their first look at Miró's Constellations at the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York in 1941) and the second generation of American abstract artists, including Frankenthaler and Mitchell, took off on their own in the next few years. Tàpies, who has written eloquently of the lessons he drew from Miró about the nature of human beings and the inability of political despots to replace the human spirit with the obedience of the machine, moved from Surrealism to the European version of Abstract Expressionism, Art Informel, in the late 1940s and was being featured in retrospectives at the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art in the early 1960s. Our new show, Heroic Poetry: Abstract Art from Miró to the Present, will feature prints by Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Miró, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Antoni Tapies, and, prints and multiples by Louise Nevelson, and pastels and paintings on paper by Jonna Rae Brinkman. The show, which visually suggests that all abstract art is not alike nor is it motivated by similar conceptions on the part of its makers, focuses on the deeply spiritual abstraction of Miró, the lyrical abstraction of Frankenthaler and Mitchell and the gesturalist abstraction of Motherwell, Tàpies, and Brinkman. Jonna Rae Brinkman has been showing at Spaightwood since 1998 and in that brief time has won quite a considerable following (we have sold over 70 of her paintings on canvas and paper) and been the subject of a feature in The Wisconsin State Journal by John Aehl. One of her works has recently been reproduced on the cover of a novel, Scorpion's Kiss by Peter L. Molloy.
Helen Frankenthaler (American, b. 1928). Plaza Real. Original 7-color softground and hardground etching, 1987-88. 60 signed and numbered impressions on Rives plus xii artist's proofs. Included in the National Gallery of Art Print retrospective (Fine 66). This is one of Frankenthaler's most elegant and desirable prints. Image size: 724x886mm. Price: SOLD
Cleveland Orchestra (Harrison 70, Williams College 68, Tyler 193). Original 8-color screenprint, 1978. 150 signed and numbered impressions (of which ours is n. 42/150) plus xxv signed and numbered artist's proofs on white Arches cover paper printed at Tyler Graphics in Bedford Village NY. This print was created as a fund-raiser for the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, whose logo is printed underneath Frankenthaler's signature. "To achieve the brushstroke marks that give the print its painterly quality, the artist drew directly on the screens with liquid tusche. This method of screenmaking allowed her the gestural freedom that is not available in either the hand-cut film process or the photo-stencil methods" (Williams College, p. 134). One of Frankenthaler'smost painterly prints. Image size: 560x760mm. Price: $6500.

See below for image as matted: by signing above the Cleveland Orchestra logo, Frankenthaler seems to acknowledge that some might prefer a logo-free view of the work.
The Dalton Print (Belknap 208, Engberg & Banach 239). Original lithograph, 1979. 150 signed & numbered impressions plus 20 artists proofs (ours is 86/150). Printed at Tyler Graphics, with their chop mark lower right. A very good impression of this large and very painterly print done as a fund-raiser Motherwell and Frankenthaler's's daughter's school. Printed on tan Rives BFK mould-made paper. Image size: 660x508mm. Price: $5000.
Joan Mitchell (American, 1926-1992), Weeds I. Original color etching & aquatint, 1992. 25 signed & numbered impressions plus 8 artist's proofs printed on 2 sheets of paper from 6 copper plates. One of the last prints of one of the most important American artists of this century. One of her best works, executed shortly before her death. Image size: each 578x419mm. Price: SOLD.
Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), L'Antitete (Dupin 59, Cramer 20). 200 unsigned impressions loosely inserted in copies of Tristram Tzara's L'Antitete. Published by Bordas (Paris) in 1947-48. Ours is one of only a few artist's proofs with hand-coloring signed by Miro. (There are also signed five proofs on larger paper without hand-coloring). Extremely rare as ours. Image size: 142x114mm. Price: $15,500.
Antoni Tàpies (Spanish, 1893-1983), Enveloppe rouge. Original color etching, 1984. 75 signed & numbered impressions. Image size: 100x175mm. Price: $5600.
Jonna Rae Brinkman (American, b. 1960), Ski. Oil on paper, 1998. Brinkman received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Pratt Institute in New York City. Her work has been praised by Grace Hartigan. She was given the prestigious Edward Ryerson Award for Painting at the School of the Art Institute. Image size: 380x275mm. Price: $650.
Jonna Rae Brinkman (American, b. 1960), Yeah? Just watch me! Oil on paper, 2000. Image size: 380x275mm. Price: $650.
Louise Nevelson (American, 1899-1988), Composition for the UNESCO Portfolio. (Baro 105). Original color intaglio and stencil, 1970. 75 signed and numbered impressions plus 25 artist's proofs. Printed in Rome at Atelier 2RC on handmade Japanese paper. This is one of Nevelson's most elegant and desirable prints. Image size: 632x457mm. Price: $6250.

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