WORKS ON PAPER INVITATIONAL

An invitational exhibition of works on paper by contemporary artists Charles DuBack, Josefina Auslender, Richard Baker, and Ellen LeBow will open on Friday 24 September 2010 at ACME Fine Art in Boston. A reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. that evening will be held at the gallery with several of the artists in attendance. The exhibition will feature works on paper created using a variety of media and techniques, and ranging in style from pure abstraction to realism. The artists invited to participate in the exhibition by Gallery Director David Cowan exemplify the continuity between the modern tradition that ACME Fine Art has always exhibited and contemporary artworks from the local region.

Charles DuBack was born in 1926 in Fairfield, Connecticut and has been living and working in Maine for the past 40 years. DuBack attended the Brooklyn Museum School and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He worked in New York during the 1950s and early 1960s, sharing a studio building with Bernard Langlis and Alex Katz on 28th Street. DuBack’s works featured in the exhibition come from this time period, the late 1950s. Although these appear non-objective, DuBack takes his inspiration from nature. “I am a realist, all of my work comes directly from nature.” His small, hand colored collages are evocative of the landscape. DuBack’s work has been featured in Recent Paintings at the Museum of Modern Art, the Biennial International Exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, and, most recently in a solo exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, Charles DuBack: Coming to Maine.

Josefina Auslender is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she lived, worked and studied during the early part of her career. She has lived and worked in the United States since 1986 and has been exhibiting frequently throughout Maine, which she now calls home. ACME Fine Art will feature drawings from Auslender’s recent Stendahl Series that consist of dense pattered lines surrounding areas of negative space and outlining volumetric geometric shapes. The abstract spaces she creates exude a meditative, almost spiritual quality and appear influenced by celestial and landscape forms.

Richard Baker’s contemporary still life paintings are illusionistic, yet stylized. Gouache paintings from his tulip series depict the unfolding of the flower and portray the emotional complexities of this occurrence. Hilton Kramer, when considering Baker’s recent realist works concludes that “At his best, he’s as good as Magritte, and his wit is a lot subtler when he confers an atmosphere of anxiety upon objects ordinarily resistant to it-which is to say that Mr. Baker seems to have derived from Surrealism elements of wit and anxiety, but without the vulgarity and showmanship.” Baker lives and works in Brooklyn and Wellfleet, MA, was a Fine Arts Work Center Fellow (Provincetown, MA) and is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Maryland Institute College of Art. He has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and the Cape Museum of Fine Arts (Dennis, MA).

Ellen LeBow’s monumental ink drawings incised on clayboard are amalgamations of conflicting iconographies ranging from religious to popular culture. Her irreverent images include the angel Gabriel bestowing his blessing upon Disney’s Seven Dwarfs and skeletons dancing with saints. These recent works are a new direction for LeBow, who formerly concentrated on Haitian subjects. LeBow describes these works as “[featuring] the press of a tumbling, cosmic ‘cloud’ packed with characters ‘cannibalized’ from these personal and artistic influences to become a compressed assault of ‘divine messengers’ threatening at once to overpower and exalt the earth-bound life below.” LeBow studied at Pratt Institute and the New York Studio School and currently lives and works on Cape Cod.

WORKS ON PAPER INVITATIONAL will be on view at ACME Fine Art in Boston from 24 September to 6 November 2010. Gallery hours are 11:00 to 5:30 Tuesday through Saturday. The exhibition can be viewed on-line at acmefineart.com. Please contact the gallery for further information.

Artist Biography: Charles Duback

CHARLES DUBACK
(1926-)

Education:
Whitney School of Fine Arts, New Haven, CT
Newark School of Fine & Industrial Arts, Newark, NJ
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NYSelected Group Exhibitions:
Collage and Construction, Union College, 1959
Twentieth Biennial International Watercolor Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, 1959
Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, 1959-60
Modern Classicism, David Herbert Gallery, NY, 1960
Recent Painting: The Figure, Museum of Modern Art, 1962
Group Show, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, NY, 1966
Four Directions, Carleson Gallery, NY, 1967
Horizon Gallery, NY, 1968
Print Show, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, 1970
Hassam Purchase Fund Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, 1973
Landmark Gallery, NY, 1973
Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine, 1974
Soho and So, 20th Annual Contemporary American Painting Exhibition, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1974
A Soho Sampler, 63rd Annual Contemporary American Painting Exhibition, Randolph Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, VA, 1974
Works on Paper, Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, NC, 1975
Drawing Show, Landmark Gallery, NY, 1975
118 Show, Landmark Gallery, New York, 1975
Subject Matter, Landmark Gallery, New York, 1975
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN, 1976
Verle #2, Hartford, CT, 1976
118 Show, Landmark Gallery, New York, 1976
Hadassah, Westwood, NJ, 1977
10 Downtown, P.S.1., Institute for Art & Urban Resources, Queens, New York, 1977
Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine, 1977
10 Painters of Maine, Landmark Gallery, NY, 1977
Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, 1978
Sculpture, Landmark Gallery, New York, NY, 1979
Art Fellows Summer Invitational, Belfast, ME, 1981
New Dimensions in Drawing, Aldrich Museum, CT, 1981
The Chair Show, Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill, NY, 1981, 1982
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Landmark Gallery, New York, NY, 1982
National Academy of Design, New York, NY, 1982
Kornbluth Gallery, New York, NY, 1984
Invitational, Art Fellows Gallery, ME, 1985
Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL, 1985
The Artist Native, Contemporary Images, New York, NY, 1984-86
Marden Fine Arts, New York, NY, 1984-86
Betsy Marden Gallery, New York, NY, 1986
Ingber Gallery, New York, NY, 1986
Group Show, Art Fellows Gallery, ME, 1987
Farnsworth Museum Auction, Rockland, ME, 1987
Maine Nuclear Referendum CT, Portland, ME, 1987
3rd Annual Wildlife & Sporting Art Show, Augusta, ME, 1987
Hobe Sound Gallery, Portland, ME, 1987, 1989
National Drawing Show, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (Took Purchase Prize both years), 1987-89
National Academy of Design, New York, NY, 1990
National Academy, 167th Annual Exhibition, New York, NY, 1992
The Maine Legacy, Portland Museum of Art, ME, 1996
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, 1997
Maine Art Gallery, Wiscassett, ME, 1997
Maine Mountain Group Show, O’Farrell Gallery, Brunswick, ME, 2000
Maine & The Modern Spirit, Katonah, Katonah, NY, 2000
Maine Coast Artist, Rockport, ME, 1993, 1994, 2001
Ernden Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2002
Finn Gallery, Greenwich, CT, 2002-03
River Tree Gallery, Kennebunk, ME, 2004
Center for Maine Contemporary Arts, Rockport, ME, 2002, 2004
Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ME, 2004
Round Top Gallery, Damariscotta, ME, 2005
Maine Discovery Museum, Bangor, ME, 2005
Audubon Society, Falmouth, ME, 2006
National Academy, New York, NY, 2006
Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ME, 2006
Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME, 2007
Gallery 6170, Damariscotta, ME, 2007
Landing Gallery, Rockland, ME, 2008

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Roko Gallery, NY, 1955
Tanager Gallery, NY, 1958
’59 Area Gallery, NY, 1959, 1961
Louis Alexander Gallery, NY, 1962
Green Mountain Gallery, NY, 1971
Watercolor Show, Horizon Gallery, NY, 1971
Carlson Gallery, Arnold Bernhard Arts & Humanities Center, Bridgeport, CT, 1976
Landmark Gallery, NY, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979
Jorgenson Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1979
Charcoal Drawings, Landmark Gallery, 1979
Drawings, Landmark Gallery, New York, NY, 1981
Suzanne Gross Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1983
Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL, 1985
Anne Weber Gallery, ME, 1986
Bell Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY, 1987
Seraphim Gallery, Englewood, NJ, 1988
Patrucci Gallery, Saugerties, NY, 1998
Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME, 1998
Maine Art Gallery, Wiscassett, ME, 1999
O’Farrell Gallery, Brunswick, ME, 2001
Ernden Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2002, 2003
Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME, 1998, 2003
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, 2003
Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ME, 2003, 2006
Jameson Modern, Portland, ME, 2008

Selected Collections:
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
New Britain Museum, Hartford, CT
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
The Butler Museum of American Art, CT
New York City Center Gallery, New York, NY
Art in Embassies Program, Washington, DC and abroad
Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company, Canton, MA
Junior College of Albany, Albany, NY
Emory Collection, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Prudential Insurance, Newark, NJ
Port Authority, New York, NY
Citibank, New York, NY
AT&T, New York, NY
University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV
Austin Peay State University, Clarkesville, TN
Westchester University, Westchester, PA
International Nickel Co., New York, NY