The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, September 20, 2019

Five monumental paintings from the early 1970s by Edvins Strautmanis on view at Allan Stone Projects
Morning Shadows, 1972. Acrylic on canvas, 107 x 92 in. 271.8 x 233.7 cm © Estate of Edvins Strautmanis.

NEW YORK, NY.- Allan Stone Projects presents Edvins Strautmanis, on view January 8-March 21, 2015. Selected from the Allan Stone Collection, the exhibition presents five monumental paintings from the early 1970s, when the artist’s work was in a state of euphoric flux. Though he took up the legacy of Abstract Expressionism with vigor, Strautmanis pushed his large-scale canvases toward the brink of material overload and established his own performative brand of painting. For Strautmanis, paintings were not just visual objects but objects that became charged in real time by accumulated dramatic gesture, a conception that tied him not only to Pollock and Kline, but also to artists such as Kazuo Shiraga and the Gutai Group. Ultimately, Strautmanis extended both traditions, balancing painting’s dual identities as object and act with authority and grace. Concurrent with the exhibition, the gallery is featuring works by some of Strautmanis’ stylistic antecedents, including Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning John Chamberlain, Alfred Leslie and Charles Ginnever.

Tensions between chaos and order, the pictorial and the material, provided Strautmanis with his method and gave his works their drama. While the artist was a painter of obvious compositional nuance, he was also relentless about challenging the physical limits of his control, compelled to paint on the floor rather than upright. The scale of the marks seem to demand the force of the artist’s entire body. The vast quantities of poured paint, like lava flows and maelstroms of pigment, seem to streak and blanket the surface of the painting independent of the artist’s hand. Even Strautmanis’ inventive choice of painting implement—paint-laden brooms deployed fetishistically to drag, slap and stir marks against the canvas with “wet-on-wet” immediacy—reflect the epic imperative of these works.

Edvins Strautmanis was born in Latvia in 1933. Emigrating with his family to Chicago in 1950, Strautmanis studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and worked in the graphics department of Playboy magazine. He began exhibiting in Chicago in 1965, before moving to New York in 1970. Over the years Strautmanis showed at LoGiudice Gallery, Allan Stone Gallery and Stephen Rosenberg Gallery. His work is included in many notable collections, including The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Cornell University, the Phoenix Museum of Art, the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota FL, and the Kunsthaus in Zurich, Switzerland. Strautmanis has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Art in America and Artforum. In 1992 he died at age 58 in New York.

Today's News

January 9, 2015

Swedish archaeologists find rare 2,500-year-old relief depicting two pharaonic deities

Advance details about Met's Costume Institute spring exhibition announced at the Palace Museum in China

In 2015, spruce up your home with timeless and chic antique Persian Heriz Serapi rugs

Detroit Institute of Arts Director Graham W. J. Beal to retire after nearly 16 Years

The Magrittes return to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen after a world tour

At Artemis Gallery's online auction: Sale assembles exceptional classical, Pre-Columbian & Tribal art

Within hours of a terrorist attack, Charlie Hebdo copies draw astronomical prices online

Scared but defiant: Cartoonists around the world raise pencils to Charlie Hebdo

Fans brave Memphis cold for Elvis Presley's birthday at Graceland in Tennessee

Sotheby's to offer exceptionally rare view of Venice by Claude Monet estimated at £20-30 million

The Glasgow School of Art announces shortlist for Mackintosh Building restoration

Sotheby's to offer the most comprehensive collection of Early American Silver ever auctioned

Exhibition of drawings from 1962-1974 by William N. Copley on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Exhibition of new work by Diana Thater opens at David Zwirner in New York

Helmut Lang's first New York gallery solo show opens at Sperone Westwater

Five monumental paintings from the early 1970s by Edvins Strautmanis on view at Allan Stone Projects

Exquisite chandelier owned by Napoleon's brother now part of Toledo Museum of Art collection

Art Miami New York welcomes new fair Director Katelijne De Backer

Laurence Miller Gallery's first one-person exhibition with Liz Nielsen opens in New York

Cheryl Donegan's first one person exhibition in New York since 2007 opens at Sgorbati Projects

Exhibition featuring works by Engels, Alfredo Scaroina, and KwangHo Shin opens at UNIX Gallery

New exhibition by Israeli artist Yael Bartana opens at Petzel Gallery

Salon du Dessin to be held from March 25-30 at the Palais Brongniart in Paris

'Selfie sticks' give new perspective at tech show

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful