PALM DESERT, CA.- Heather James Fine Art
has announced two new gallery openings in California in 2018 - San Francisco in March and Santa Barbara this fall. The new spaces are the gallerys fourth and fifth, joining locations in Palm Desert, CA, Jackson Hole, WY and New York, NY.
Moving into its 21st year, Heather James Fine Art is expanding their national and global reach and their reputation for offering significant 19th-century, modern and contemporary art with a series of major solo exhibitions including work by Louise Bourgeois, Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol, among others.
Last year, Heather James Fine Art celebrated its 20th anniversary with special exhibitions of Alexander Calder and leading Latin American artists as well as the opening of their new private gallery in New York City. Additionally, as part of its mission, Heather James Fine Art is dedicated to bringing great art to museums nationally and internationally through loans and acquisitions:
Heather James will loan Chinese artist Ai Weiweis Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads: Gold to the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, on view from March 24 December 30, 2018. Ai Weiweis sculpture installation re-envisions the ornate fountain clock featuring 12 animal symbols from the traditional Chinese zodiac, which was originally located in the Yuanming Yuan (Old Summer Palace), an imperial retreat outside of Beijing. In Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads he engages issues of looting, repatriation, and cultural heritage while expanding upon ongoing themes in his work of the fake and copy in relation to the original. This will be the first presentation of the internationally-known artists works in Maine, and the first New England showing of this gilded series.
PALM DESERT, CA
This year, Heather James Fine Art will feature a number of major exhibitions at its popular Palm Desert location on view through May 31:
Louise Bourgeois Holograms: This suite of eight holograms created in 1998 - 2004, envisioned as one piece by the artist, contains imagery including a pair of lovers, chairs, and a bell jar. These recurring elements found in many of Bourgeois installations reflect the artists interest in domesticity, sexuality and the body, along with physical and emotional isolation. The holographic image is formed by using laser beams to record the light field reflected from an object, and then burning that image onto a plate of glass, scaled at a one-to-one correspondence with the original material.
Art of the Wyeth Family: Features paintings by N.C. Wyeth and his descendants Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, spanning three generations. The Wyeth family has strong roots along the East Coast, in coastal Maine and in rural Pennsylvania, which are reflected in their naturalistic representations of the landscape, wildlife, and area inhabitants. The family members illustrate varied style and technique, but all of the works are united by an unwavering dedication to capturing the transcendent beauty of their subject matter.
Wojciech Fangor: The Early 1960s: This first U.S. gallery exhibition in the last 40 years of Polands preeminent Post-War abstract artist features Op Art paintings from his most ground-breaking period. Known for work that explores how color and light can create optical illusions, Fangor situates viewers within a realm of uncertainty, oscillating in a single painting between light and darkness, color and colorlessness, form and formlessness.
Ed Ruscha: A Survey Show: This exhibition will showcase paintings and works on paper in various styles such as his iconic word pieces including a large-scale oil painting (59 x 145 ½ in.) from 1985 titled Things Oriental. The California-based artist, associated with the Pop Art movement and also a central figure in Conceptual Art, is known for works which incorporate words and phrases that are philosophical or culturally irreverent.
Herb Alpert: A Visual Melody: Herb Alpert is an American Jazz musician who maintains a second career as an abstract expressionist painter and sculptor. The exhibition consists of abstract mixed-media paintings from the early 90s through 2017 and large and small-scale bronze sculptures of the same period. Alperts expressive use of various media engage the viewer with a captivating sense of movement and form, translating into a lyrical and unforgettable experience.
JACKSON HOLE, WY
This year, Heather James Fine Art will feature major exhibitions at its spacious Jackson Hole location through May 31, 2018.
Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians: This exhibition features the full set of 10 screen prints (36 x 36) created by Warhol in 1986. In this series, portraits of well-known American heroes John Wayne, Annie Oakley, Teddy Roosevelt, and General George Custer are combined with Native American images and motifs including kachina dolls to form an ironic commentary on Americans collective mythologizing of the historic West.
Edward S. Curtis: The Copper Plates of the North American Indian Series: Presents a selection 25 of Edward S. Curtis copper photogravure plates created for The North American Indian paired with photogravure the plates were used to create. Covering more than 100 Native American tribes, the 20-volume text accompanied by photogravure images was published by Curtis between 1907 and 1930. As a photographer, Curtis dedicated much of his career to idealized recording of traditional American Indian customs. Each plate represents a one-of-a-kind work of fine art and a valuable historical artifact.
Additional artwork featured at the Jackson Hole gallery include selections by Marc Chagall, Frank Stella and Sam Francis.
NEW YORK, NY
Opened in 2017, Heather James Fine Art is located in Manhattans Upper East Side. Offering the eclectic range of artworks Heather James is known for, the appointment only gallery is currently featuring works by Wojciech Fangor, the Wyeth family and Salvador Dali.
Additionally, Heather James Fine Art has also recently sold several important pieces from preeminent artists to museums including:
Morris Louis, Submarine acquired by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Elaine de Kooning. Michael Sonnabend acquired by the Currier Museum of Art
Juan Soriano Bull acquired by the Cincinnati Art Museum
Jules Olitski Embraced: Yellow and Pink acquired by The Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University