DIRECTOR’S CHOICE: THE SUBJECT IS MAINE

ACME Fine Art will welcome in the New Year with an exhibition of watercolors and oil paintings by four notable modern artists who chose the coast of Maine as their subject matter during the mid-twentieth century’s revolutionary artistic heyday. The artists selected for this thematic group exhibition curated by Gallery Director David Cowan are: Maurice Freedman, Dorothy Eisner, Philip Malicoat, and Michael Loew. The exhibition will open with a reception from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, 21 January 2012, and will remain on view through Saturday the 3rd of March.

The four artists whose work will be represented in the exhibition all demonstrate both and affinity and an appreciation for Maine’s rocky coastline in their work; however, they also share a singularly modern artistic viewpoint on Maine as subject matter. Beyond subject, it is important to acknowledge that each of artist’s body of work reveals a unique and highly personal point of view. The curatorial intent is that through the juxtaposition of this particular group of artists’ distinctly different approaches to representational abstraction as demonstrated in the artwork selected, the intellectually and emotionally rich aspects of each will be brought into focus and highlighted.

Maurice Freedman’s deliciously chromatic canvases are a paean to the Expressionist idiom and tradition of both American and Northern European modern art. Michael Loew’s sensitively conveyed watercolors hover between Neo-plasticism and Expressionism, and the result is a kind of luminous, painterly poetry that reveals Loew’s personal perspective on Monhegan Island. Dorothy Eisner’s spirited paintings of her beloved Cranberry are intensely personal in a different way. They are a joyous riot of bold color and form that capture a place and this artist’s world within it. Philip Malicoat’s retreat in Jonesport Maine inspired canvases and watercolors that are carefully composed and quietly reflective. The quality of light and the distinctive viewing angle often taken by Malicoat give the artwork a moody, almost surreal quality, while at the same time creating a sense of timeless memory.

Additional information about the artists the exhibition DIRECTOR’S CHOICE: THE SUBJECT IS MAINE or the artists represented can be found at www.acmefineart.com or by contacting the gallery at 617.585.9551. The entire exhibition will be available for viewing on the gallery web site following the gallery opening.

Artist Biography: Mary Hackett

Mary Hackett (1906-1989)

Mary Hackett was born in 1906 in New York City. Her father Cleveland Moffett was a writer and journalist, author of children’s books and mysteries, and an editor at the Paris Herald. She attended Brearley and Lincoln schools and briefly Cornell University, but she never had any formal art training.

In 1926 in Paris she married Chauncey Hackett, a Washington, D.C., lawyer. They had three children, Wendy, Thomas and Patrick. In the early 1930s the Hacketts visited Provincetown for the first time. After several summers renting various houses around town they bought the house on Nickerson Street where she lived until her death.

From the 1930s on she showed regularly at the Provincetown Art Association and during the 1940s at Don Witherstines’ Shore Studios in the West End. In 1970 she had a show at the studio of Jack Gregory on Nelson Avenue. In 1981 she had a large retrospective at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and another in 1987 at the Chandler Gallery in Wellfleet. She was included in the Long Point Gallery invitational “75:A Celebration” in 1989. She died in September of 1989.