A Survey of Paintings and Collages
November 19, 2011 - January 7, 2012
Jerald Melberg Gallery presents for the first time in North Carolina a survey of paintings and collages by Esteban Vicente (1903-2001). A member of the first generation of abstract expressionists, Vicente was part of a movement that would achieve worldwide influence. During the course of his celebrated career, Vicente experimented with color and space and explored the possibilities of collage. During the 1920s, Spanish-born Vicente immersed himself in Madrid’s cultural scene, including the Generation of ‘27, a group of poets, artists, and other intellectuals interested in the avant-garde. After exhibiting for several years in Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid, Vicente moved to New York City in 1936, a city that would soon be at the center of the western art world. Vicente’s powerful, gestural work is recognized as being of central importance to post-war American painting.
Included among his many teaching positions were those at Black Mountain College, Columbia University, the University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles, Princeton University and Yale University. In 1991, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia awarded him the Gold Medal of Honor in the Fine Arts, Spain’s most important honor in the arts. In addition to the Museum de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vicente in Segovia, the artist’s work can be found in the permanent collections of such prestigious institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.