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ANTHONY QUINN: A MODERNIST VISION, A FOCUS EXHIBITION
November 4 - 24
This exhibition focuses on a body of sculptural work by noted actor, Anthony Quinn. Many of the pieces were inspired by his lifelong fascination and passion for the desert. During his years filming such epics as Lawrence of Arabia, The Message, and Lion of the Desert, Anthony Quinn was at the height of his career as a sculptor. He spent many months at a time on location in different deserts across the globe and was inspired to create dozens of sculptures and hundreds of conceptual drawings for future sculptures.
The work represents modernist traditions speaking to us in a singular voice. While his brand of modernism was influenced by Matisse and Picasso and later by Henry Moore and Alexander Archipenko, Quinn sought to bring life to modernism as a narrative going beyond the material. The elegance of his work is rooted in nature, thereby speaking to the soul’s creative vibe. It should also be noted that Anthony Quinn, while a European-inspired modernist, remained well rooted in his Mexican heritage. His themes oftentimes describe the Mexican people’s journey.
Throughout his life, Anthony Quinn seamlessly moved between film roles and across cultures as an actor who made art and an artist who made films. The desert had a major impact and remained an important influence on Anthony Quinn from his youth in the deserts of Mexico, California, and Texas to his later years when he traveled on location through Europe and the Middle East.
This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Anthony Quinn Foundation and is curated by James Montford, director of the Bannister Gallery.
Reception: November 4, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
November 18: Special programming (TBA) to occur on Gallery Night.