Urbain at Yvette Torres, headed for Black Mountain
Rockland — “No Ideas but in Things”, an exhibit of the work of Black Mountain College artist and poet John Urbain, will open with a 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday reception Sept. 7 at Yvette Torres Fine Arts, 21 Winter St.
The show will run through Oct. 14. Yvette Torres is curating an extension of this exhibit of Urbain’s work to be shown at Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center early next year.
Urbain was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1920; his family came to the United States in 1922 and settled in Detroit, where he attended Cass Technical School in Detroit, focused on art. Urbain served in the Army from 1941 to 1945, and his artistic abilities got him assigned to the Army Illustrators before being transferred to the front; he was wounded in the Black Forest of Germany. After the war, on the recommendation of Ray Johnson, he attended Black Mountain College in Asheville, N.C., using the G.I. Bill.
It was while at Black Mountain that he met and studied under Joseph Albers, who would prove to be a major influence on the artist. In 1950, Urbain and his wife moved to Paris, France, where he continued his studies at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and the Academie Julien. Upon returning to the United States in 1953, Urbain became art director for Philip Morris Company and helped them to acquire an outstanding and diverse art collection.
Urbain was a working artist all his life. True to his Black Mountain roots, also was a poet, with work published in small magazines and the New York Quarterly. His art works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center and more, as well as numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad.
Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by chance or appointment. For more information, call 332-4014 or visit yvettetorresfineart.com.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.