Provincetown Views, a group exhibition featuring twentieth and twenty-first century artwork by more than forty artists will open at ACME Fine Art's 38 Newbury Street Galleries on 19 May 2012.
The exhibition will be titled Provincetown Views and will focus thematically on the artists' view of what has come to be considered America's most important art colony, Provincetown Massachusetts. Gallery Director David Cowan has assembled the artwork for the exhibition from a variety of sources, including private collections, estates of artists, artists that ACME Fine Art represents, and from numerous contemporary artists currently creating artwork in Provincetown. This special exhibition is being mounted as a tribute to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. The Fine Arts Work Center is a not-for-profit organization based in Provincetown, Massachusetts that is the single largest provider of fellowships to emerging visual artists and creative writers in the World. A portion of all sales proceeds throughout the duration of the exhibition will be donated to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Provincetown Views will be on view at ACME Fine Art through Saturday 23 June 2012.
The exhibition will be presented in a salon style format that will allow the juxtaposition of what might now be considered the traditional viewpoint of artists such as Charles Hawthorne, E. Ambrose Webster and Edwin Dickinson with the point of view demonstrated by modern masters such as Hans Hofmann, Jack Tworkov, Karl Knaths and Giorgio Cavallon.
Likewise, the exhibition will showcase classic examples of white-line woodblock "Provincetown" prints by artists like Ferol Warthen, Grace Martin Taylor, and Bill Evaul, alongside monotypes and contemporary "constructions" by artists such as Susan Baker and Paul Bowen. The expressionist's vision of Provincetown will be seen in mid-twentieth century paintings by Maurice Freedman, Myrna Harrison, Lester Johnson and Lillian Orlowsky. This can be seen in contrast to the realist precision presented in the contemporary work created by artists such as John Dowd, Paul Kelly, Marion Roth, and Michael David. Landscapes by twentieth century moderns Daniel Brustlein, Virginia Berresford, Wolf Kahn, and Tony Vevers will be presented alongside interior views by their contemporaries Mary Hackett, and Biala (Janice Tworkov.)
In recognition of the essential role that the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown plays in assuring the long-term vitality of the contemporary arts scene on the outer Cape, the Provincetown Views exhibition will also feature "views" by a number of former Fine Arts Work Center fellows in the visual arts. In addition to those already mentioned above, this illustrious group will include: Bailey Bob Bailey, Ron Shuebrook, Sharli Powers Land, Stewart MacFarlane, Polly Burnell, and Richard Baker, among others.