Moses gives it a swirl
Post-war West Coast artist Ed Moses (1926-2018) is the subject of a solo exhibition at JD Malat Gallery in Mayfair.
Whiplines, Waterfalls and Worms, which closes on March 10, showcases the artist’s work from the last two decades of his life.
Moses’s Samba (2008), the 6ft x 5ft (1.82 x 1.52m) acrylic on canvas shown here, is priced at £69,000.
The exhibition title refers to the ‘lines, swirling swathes and crackled layers of paint’ displaying Moses’ persistent experimentation with form in the field of Abstract art.
Born in Long Beach, California, Moses was among the first generation of artists to be shown at Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1957, where he started the ‘Cool School’ of artists which included Ed Ruscha, Robert Irwin, Larry Bell and Billy Al Bengston.
Castellani surfaces in Old Bond Street
The late Italian artist and member of the ZERO avant-garde group, Enrico Castellani (1930-2017), dedicated his career to exploring the spatial and visual qualities of his distinctive undulating monochrome superficie (surfaces).
An exhibition of previously unseen aluminium cast wall sculptures by Castellani opens at Lévy Gorvy’s Old Bond Street gallery. The gallery says it is the first time the works, which preoccupied Castellani during his later years from 2006-13, have been shown in the UK.
Highlights include Superficie argento (2006), a nine-panel work on a 5ft 8in (1.74m) square of cast aluminium that encapsulates Castellani’s preoccupation with space and materiality, which is priced at $680,000.
Castellani Sculpture is scheduled to open in March and run until early May but is “subject to the latest guidance”, says the gallery.
Newcomb full of running
Mary Newcomb (1922-2008) made her name painting pastoral scenes in the Norfolk countryside. Employing tilted perspectives and distorted proportions, she created dream-like works inhabited by farm animals and wandering figures.
Newcomb’s world was rural East Anglia, where she managed a small mixed farm with her husband Godfrey Newcomb. A diary entry from 1986 read: “I wanted to say these things and to record what I have seen to remind ourselves that – in our haste – in this century – we may not give time to pause and look – and may pass on our way unheeding.”
This 2ft x 2ft 4in (61 x 71cm) oil on board, Man running through a forest (1979), features in an exhibition of Newcomb’s work at Crane Kalman Gallery in London, which opens on March 25 and runs until May 29. One of 30 paintings in the selling show, it is priced at £38,000.
Crane Kalman has held regular shows of Newcomb’s work since the 1970s and will be assisting Compton Verney Art Gallery in Warwickshire with a large exhibition of the artist’s work titled Nature’s Canvas, from April 2-July 18.
Sadequain the stranger
The Pakistani artist Syed Sadequain (1930-87) produced some of his finest work while living in Paris during the 1960s.
Sadequain, The Stranger in Paris is the title of a forthcoming exhibition at Grosvenor Gallery in St James’s that focuses on the artist’s most significant commission while in France.
This was to illustrate the 1966 publication of Albert Camus’s philosophical novella L’Étranger, a work regarded as the quintessential text of French post-war Existentialism.
Sadequain produced 22 colour lithographs illustrating the story of Meursault, an ill-fated Algerian who is imprisoned after shooting a man on a beach. The commission was a significant event in the aritist’s career and he worked on it for a number of years.
The exhibition, from March 17-April 3, includes preparatory sketches and watercolours for Sadequain’s illustrations of Camus’ manuscript, such as this felt pen drawing of Meursault finding a Czech newspaper article in his cell while awaiting trial. The show also includes the book itself with all 22 colour illustrations and a surviving copy of the menu from the gala-dinner held to celebrate the publication.
Prices range from £2500-35,000.