A great art exhibit opened today at Acme Fine Art at 38 Newbury Street in Boston. If you're not familiar with the gallery, it focuses on artists connected to Provincetown. Owners David Cowan and Jim Bennett have a great eye and their shows are always first rate.
|Painting above is by Michael Mazur.|
This "Provincetown Views" show captures views of P'town through the eyes of
the various artists that have spent time there over the past century.
This large show, hung salon style on several walls, includes a
nice cross section of periods, styles and media.
Here are a few highlights:
One of the earliest pieces is this wonderful 1916 high-key impressionistic
"Provincetown Garden" by E. Ambrose Webster.
"Fisherman's Family," an early Jack Tworkov from 1931, captures a moment in
time of this old fishing village. I love how the interior
dissolves into a view to the lighthouse on Long Point.
Although lighthouses and water views aren't a specific theme, it would be hard
for any Provincetown Views show to omit them.
This is an early Hans Hofmann entitled "Lighthouse" from 1936. It's electric.
"Toward Long Point" by Ron Shuebrook, 1969.
Ferol Warthen's Lighthouse, Provincetown white-line woodblock print from 1971.
Richard Baker's painting of the Provincetown Painters book not only
includes its own view out to Long Point but humorously includes the tape on the cover.
Anyone who owns this book knows the binding was very weak and
it's rarely seen without tape holding it together.
Even these two Giorgio Cavallon abstracts (right) paired beautifully
with a Helen Frankenthaler (left), evoke that view to the water.
A few paintings also represent Provincetown's interiors.
Mary Hackett's "Interior," 1971 depicts an old-school Cape Cod
cottage interior in her own sweet, folksy style.
And Susan Baker's "Blessing of the Foc'sle" captures a delightful and fun
moment at the legendary Provincetown bar.
Provincetown Views is a wonderful, diverse show and shouldn't be missed.
It is open through June 23, 2012.
38 Newbury Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02116