Black Mountain’s Urbain at Yvette Torres

Sep 30, 2017
John Urbain’s 1986 “Blue Portal” is a mixed media collage on illustration board.

Rockland — Work by John Urbain will be shown at Yvette Torres Fine Art, 464 Main St., Friday, Oct. 6, through Oct. 28. The opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk.

Returning from service in Europe during World War II, Urbain attended Black Mountain College, near Asheville, N.C., using the GI Bill. Black Mountain College was an experimental school founded in the middle of the 20th century on the principles of balancing academics, arts and manual labor within a democratic, communal society to create "complete" people.

The environment was so conducive to interdisciplinary work and experimentation that it proved to be one of the most important settings for 20th-century artists in their quest to revolutionize modern art. At Black Mountain College, Urbain met and studied under Josef Albers, who would prove to be a major influence on the artist. Exploration of line, space, color, materials, surfaces and the manner in which each affects the other became the dominant perspective from which Urbain would approach the making of art throughout his life.

Urbain’s works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Detroit Museum of Art, Houston Art Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville Art Museum and numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad.

Yvette Torres Fine Art is located three blocks north of the Farnsworth, on the second floor. Fall gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.; and by chance or appointment. For more information, call 332-4014 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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