ROSE BASILE – In Provincetown

4 May – 9 June, 2007

The work of the noted contemporary artist Rose Basile will be featured in a solo exhibition of her recent oil paintings at ACME Fine Art in Boston. The exhibition will open with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening 4 May 2007, and will be on view through Saturday June 9.

Rose Basile chronicles through her paintings the day to day life of the common person on Cape Cod and coastal New England. Basile uses symbolism, and formal composition to elevate and transform how we see what might otherwise seem mundane. She does so with a willingness to address political issues without regard for political correctness and with a sense of humor that proves itself to be universal. There is an apparent lack of self-consciousness in Basile’s aesthetic that connects her to a visual tradition of twentieth century Provincetown artists such as Oliver Chaffee, Marsden Hartley and Mary Hackett. While there may be thematic similarities with these artists as well, Basile’s canvases speak in a strong voice that is hers alone.

For ACME Fine Art’s first solo exhibition of paintings by Ms. Basile, Gallery Director David Cowan has selected a group of paintings that date from as early as 2000, which were painted in Basile’s Provincetown studio. Several of the paintings are from the artist’s acclaimed Fishermen Series that was exhibited in 2004 at the Roche Jones Duff House & Garden Museum in New Bedford Massachusetts. The Fishermen Series was created over the course of a decade -between 1993 and 2003- as a lamentation of the dying fishing industry. Many of the paintings from this series employ Christian iconography, and draw on renaissance compositional traditions that together achieve a powerfully mannered 21st century artistic statement. Literary references abound in Ms. Basile’s work, and one important example that will be featured in the ACME Fine Art exhibition is an almost monochromatic painting titled Don Quixote of Nantucket Sound that addresses the political debate over windmill farms proposed off the Cape Cod coastline.

GRACE MARTIN TAYLOR – White-line Woodblock Prints, Printing Blocks & Monotypes

4 May – 9 June, 2007

On Friday 4 May 2007 an exhibition of white-line woodblock (“Provincetown”) prints by the noted artist Grace Martin Taylor (1903-1995) will open at ACME Fine Art in Boston. The exhibition will feature more than one dozen of Taylor’s distinctive white-line prints, which were created in small editions between 1928 and 1985. In addition, a fine selection of rare watercolors and drawings that were studies for the prints will be shown alongside them. Another important highlight of the exhibition will be the first-ever exhibition of three double-sided, hand-carved, wooden printing blocks created by Ms. Taylor during the 1930s. This also marks the first time that any of the artist’s color wood printing blocks have been offered for sale.

Her cousin and mentor, Blanche Lazzell, introduced Grace Martin Taylor to the printmaking technique that led to what is now commonly referred to as the “Provincetown” print. It was Lazzell who encouraged Taylor to travel to Provincetown to study. In her first summer there Taylor took a course of fifteen private two-hour lessons from her cousin in what Lazzell called “Color Wood Block Printing, one block method.” Both women were West Virginia natives who came to spend many a summer in Provincetown, where they enjoyed the collegial atmosphere of the art colony, and where they produced some of what is now considered their best work. One of Grace Martin Taylor’s earliest efforts in the Provincetown Printing technique –possibly done during her first summer there- is titled Sails and Gulls, and it will figure prominently in the ACME Fine Art exhibition.

Grace MartinTaylor earned her A.B. and M.A. degrees from the University of West Virginia. In addition to studying with Blanche Lazzell, she also studied with Henry McCarter, and Arthur Carles at the Pennsylvania Academy, with Emil Bisttram in Taos, New Mexico, and with Hans Hofmann at his School of Fine Art in Provincetown. Taylor’s work has been exhibited extensively. Notable venues include: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Academy of Design, Smithsonian Institution, Baltimore Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Most recently, four of her white-line woodblock prints were featured in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s 2002 exhibition From Paris to Provincetown.

ACME Fine Art’s exhibition of print work by Grace Martin Taylor will open with a reception between 6 and 8 on the evening of Friday, 4 May 2007. ACME Fine Art is located at 38 Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Gallery hours are 11:00 to 5:30 Tuesday through Saturday.