‘Kinetic’ mid-century art at Yvette Torres

Jul 01, 2017
An untitled oil on linen by mid-century New York artist Zola Marcus is part of the July show at Rockland’s Yvette Torres Fine Art.

Rockland — Yvette Torres Fine Art, 464 Main St., has built a reputation for showing fine contemporary modern painters, as well as the work of the some of the giants of the mid-20th century who studied or taught at one of the era’s great centers of artistic innovation — Black Mountain College in North Carolina.

The public is invited to stroll north down Main Street to see a July show of paintings of Zola Marcus, a student at Black Mountain in 1953. There will be a First Friday Art Walk reception July 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Born in 1915 in Brooklyn, Marcus studied at the Arts Student League in New York City in 1937; and with Hans Hoffman 10 years later, followed by study in Paris with Fernand Leger.  Marcus’ dynamic, geometric and exuberantly colorful style would incorporate influences from these Cubist, Fauvist and Abstract Expressionist roots. He was broadly educated in other disciplines as well, especially philosophy, and taught both art and aesthetics in New York from the 1950s through the ‘70s.

With the resurgence of interest in Black Mountain College, which fostered such iconic artistic innovators as Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham in dance and John Cage in music, “Kinetic Origins, Zola Marcus” comes to YTFA from a recent solo exhibition at the Black Mountain College Museum+Arts Center in Asheville, N.C. A comprehensive show of BMC artists took place in 2015 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.; or by chance or appointment (call 332-4014). Yvette Torres Fine Art was voted the 2016 Best of the Best No. 1 Gallery in Knox County.

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

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