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.