Cleve Gray: The Connecticut Paintings
Inaugural Exhibition: 9399 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA
April 12 - June 10, 2012
Diane Rosenstein is pleased to announce Cleve Gray: The Connecticut Paintings, the Inaugural exhibition in her new gallery -- Diane Rosenstein Fine Art -- in Beverly Hills.
Cleve Gray: The Connecticut Paintings is the first major exhibition of Gray's work in Los Angeles, and includes fifteen paintings dating from 1963: his breakthrough into color-based gestural expressionism. During this period Gray developed a lasting friendship with Barnett Newman and experienced an artistic metamorphosis, dissolving earlier Cubist compositions in a sea of distilled color. Here he has infused the ethos of Abstract Expressionism with the discretion of Chinese art, creating work that speaks to the supremacy of redemptive content.
Also on view are a series of watercolors, dating from 1967. These works are mystical abstractions, revealing Gray's inclinations toward Chinese landscape painting.
“Above all else, Cleve Gray is a painter whose work exemplifies his belief that art in its highest form is visual philosophy.” (John Yau)