Widely regarded today as one of the pioneers of American Abstract Modernism, Avery’s application of rich, swarthy colours in thick, broad brushstrokes has earned him a reputation as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
Celebrated for his luminous paintings of landscapes, figures and still lifes, his work is distinctly personal and poetic. Born in 1885 into a sleepy neighbourhood, Avery moved to New York in the 1920s to paint. Moving in bohemian circles, he befriended emerging abstract artists of the day, including Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. Thanks to their radical vision, he adopted an increasingly abstract style in the interwar period.
The work of Avery, who died in 1965, is represented in museums and collections worldwide, and his prolific output has received international critical claim for decades. Indeed, that revered art critic Hilton Kramer once said that Avery 'was, without question, our greatest colourist... Among his European contemporaries, only Matisse – to whose art he owed much, of course – produced a greater achievement in this respect.'
Victoria Miro Gallery's upcoming exhibition is the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work in London for more than 10 years.
Featuring paintings and works on paper spanning the duration of his career, the exhibition will focus in particular on his creative output from the 1930s to the 1960s. Included are pairings of Avery’s oils on canvas and associated works on paper. What’s more, works created on the back of his only trip to Europe in 1952 will also be exhibited – for some, this is the first time they have been showcased outside the United States.
Admired for his poetic lyricism, Avery’s work is a pure delight to behold. Don’t miss the opportunity to see his portraits, landscapes and still-lives grace the walls of one of London’s most prestigious galleries.
|What||Milton Avery, Victoria Miro Gallery|
|Where||Victoria Miro Mayfair, 14 St George Street, London, W1S1FE | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Oxford Circus (underground)|
07 Jun 17 – 29 Jun 17, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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