The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, November 25, 2017


Hirschl & Adler Modern opens first comprehensive exhibition in America of works by Frank Walter
Birds Over Rough Seas, Watercolor on paper, 5 3/16" x 7 ". Courtesy of Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York.


NEW YORK, NY.- The first comprehensive exhibition in America of works by the recluse artist, poet and philosopher Frank Walter (1926-2009) of Antigua will open at Hirschl & Adler Modern on Thursday January 7, 2016. More than seventy examples of painting and sculpture will be on view, many before the public for the first time. This self-taught artist spent years living in a small cabin without running water or electricity high above Antigua’s remote Ding-a-Ding Nook. His death brought to light a remarkable trove of paintings, sculpture, photographs, and constructions, along with at least 25,000 pages of his writing, that reveal a talent and intelligence not fully appreciated or understood during his lifetime.

Born to a family of both African and European origin, Walter’s mixed ancestry complicated his sense of identity, a struggle that shaped both his art and life. He enjoyed an elite upbringing that nurtured his keen intellect and led to notable success as a young sugar plantation manager, the first Antiguan person of color to attain that distinction. However when his ambitions took him to Europe in the 1950s such qualifications failed to gain traction in the face of that broader society’s discrimination. Traumatically disillusioned by the racism he experienced, he grew increasingly solitary.

Frank Walter was a creative person, and is known to have made art from his childhood days. He worked most often with found materials on which he painted his remarkable landscapes, as well as elaborate visions of the universe and cryptic musings on nuclear energy. Each displays a refined awareness of abstraction and design, and a formal sensibility reminiscent of the twentieth century’s greatest masters. The figure also plays an important role in Walter’s oeuvre, perhaps most arrestingly in his carved-wood sculptures that few have seen outside of his family. These intimate and soulful portraits are imbued with an uncanny human spirit that kept Walter company in his years spent alone. But any discussion of Walter’s art must begin and end with the jewel-like landscapes painted on card stock that is actually the blank side of a Polaroid film package. As if to complete the effect, the artwork is humbly framed inside the spent black metal Polaroid cartridge to which it is naturally suited. It is there that the heart and soul of Antigua plays out on a 4 x 3 inch sheet with vivid colors, nuanced spatial relationships and effortless technique. Other larger paintings are executed on the backs of his own photographs or those he co-opted from his one-time studio mate, a Reuters photographer. If the “Polaroid” landscapes are his travelogue works – his plein air notations while on the go – then these 8 x 10s are his more finished “studio” pieces, his fully realized compositions intended for a much dreamed of retrospective exhibition that never happened.

When he returned to Antigua the society in which he had enjoyed his early success was literally in the process of disappearing, and worse, his dearly held Anglophile values were held to mirror those of the reviled colonial masters. In hindsight, it is probable that Walter suffered from previously unrecognized emotional vulnerabilities that rendered him incapable of coping with a shifting reality of seismic proportions. Walter’s early eccentricity gave way to reported hallucinatory episodes and ultimately to a belief system based on a number of fixed delusions that dominated his adult life. He was, in short, rejected everywhere he turned. In his last decades, he mustered his considerable strength of character to make a life for himself on Sugarloaf Mountain living the life of an Antiguan anchorite, his writings and artwork providing a steady commentary on the world as he understood it.

Upon his passing, Walter’s family carefully recorded and conserved as many as 1,500 objects found in his home. The resulting cache of artworks forms a strikingly beautiful panoply of images that stake a claim to Antigua’s firm standing in world culture. Frank Walter was recently selected to represent Antigua at the Venice Biennale in 2017.






Today's News

January 7, 2016

Wildenstein art-dealing tax fraud trial in France suspended on technicality

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld suspected of hiding 20 mn euros from French taxman: report

Vintage gelatin silver exhibition prints by Christer Strömholm on view at Pace/MacGill Gallery

India's Mumbai, home to famous neighborhood in "Slumdog Millionaire, to get 'world's first slum museum'

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei to display bamboo, kites in first French exhibition

One of Italy's leading post-war cinema stars, Silvana Pampanini, dead at 90 according to local media

Music, film impresario Robert Stigwood, who produced "Saturday Night Fever", dies aged 81

Oklahoma City Museum of Art receives 50 photos from Brett Weston Archive and Christian K. Keesee Collection

One-person exhibition of over 60 paintings and works on paper by Ilse D'Hollander opens at Sean Kelly

Survey of paintings by Beijing-based painter Zhu Jinshi opens at Blum & Poe

Christie's announces its annual Ski Sale – the only auction dedicated to ski posters worldwide

France's Pierre Boulez, world-renowned avant-garde composer who 'opened minds', dies

Hirschl & Adler Modern opens first comprehensive exhibition in America of works by Frank Walter

University of Michigan Museum of Art presents Ferhat Özgür’s "Metamorphosis Chat"

Indianapolis Museum of Art announces new Deputy Director for Horticulture and Natural Resources

Pig character in film poster gets the chop in Malaysia

Influential designer Richard Sapper dies in Italy

Brittany Nelson's first solo show with Morgan Lehman Gallery opens in New York

1960 Olympic Gold Medal for Boxing to be featured in Olympic themed auction

Exhibition of new works by Martha Tuttle on view at Tilton Gallery

Penelope Umbrico's inaugural exhibition at Bruce Silverstein Gallery opens in New York

La Biennale de Montréal 2016: Title, curatorial approach and advisory team

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Design Museum in London opens major exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of Ferrari

2.- 'Salvator Mundi' by Leonardo da Vinci sells for $450mn in auction record: Christie's

3.- Pricing the priceless: the $450mn Da Vinci record

4.- Marc Chagall's "Les Amoureux" sets auction record at $28.5 million at Sotheby's

5.- Jackson Pollock's largest painting makes DC debut at the National Gallery of Art

6.- First major exhibition to reposition the history of 18th-century Mexican painting opens

7.- Exhibition brings together the largest group of original drawings by Michelangelo

8.- Rare Holocaust 'bread card' brooch recovered near Auschwitz

9.- Exhibition presents an homage to the late French artist Raymond Hains by Jérémy Demester

10.- China's futuristic library: More fiction than books



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, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

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