LEO MANSO: COLLAGES

9 May -21 June 2008

Leo Manso (1914-1993) was one of the most highly regarded artists and teachers of his generation. His work was widely exhibited and collected throughout his distinguished career. Today, his work is in the permanent collections of numerous public and private institutions, including: the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the National Academy of Design, among others. As an educator Manso’s credentials are no less distinguished. He served on the faculty of The Cooper Union and the Art Students League, and was co-founder of The Provincetown Workshop School of Art.

During the latter half of his artistic career Manso principally focussed his energies on collage and sculptural assemblages, many of which were based on Italian Renaissance or Eastern themes. His work from this period—especially the mixed media collages—won him considerable recognition. Regarding Manso’s collages, Robert Motherwell said it best: One of collage’s masters during the past decade is Leo Manso, whose impeccable sense of placement and musical silence amidst a noisy world calls up the Quattrocento of Manso’s beloved Italy, if not its grandeur. Manso’s work is small in scale, secular and intimate in its subjects, but no less implacable in its ethical integrity, its aesthetic of formed sensuousness. Seductively beautiful as the work is at first sight, it holds its own like iron, a visual poetry that never compromises, never loses its inner life. (1991)

ACME Fine Art’s exhibition of collages by Leo Manso will open with a reception on Friday 9 May from 6 to 8 p.m. in the evening. The exhibition will be on view through 21 June 2008.

ACME Fine Art is located at 38 Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

HOWARD GIBBS (1904-1970)

9 May -21 June 2008

Howard Gibbs’ last solo exhibition in Boston was at the Margaret Brown Gallery in 1955. ACME Fine Art is delighted to announce the artist’s return to Boston in a survey exhibition of Gibbs’ oil paintings and works on paper that date from between the early 1920s and the late 1950s. The exhibition will consist of more than one dozen works. It will include Gibbs’ early fauvist inspired landscapes that show the distinct influences of his study in France before the War, as well as a fine selection of his distinctive later canvasses that demonstrate the artist’s ability to fully yield to his powerfully expressive avant-garde instincts.

The Baltimore Museum of Art (1954) and the De Cordova Museum (1956) both honored Gibbs with solo exhibitions during his lifetime. More recently – in the Fall of 2007 – the Cape Cod Museum of Art mounted a retrospective exhibition of the longtime Cape Cod artist’s work. Artwork by Howard Gibbs has also been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Today his work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the De Cordova Museum, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

ACME Fine Art’s exhibition of the artwork of Howard Gibbs will open with a reception on the evening of Friday, 9 May 2008 from 6 – 8 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through 21 June 2008. Exhibition catalogues are available through the gallery.

ACME Fine Art is located at 38 Newbury Street, Boston.