Ilya Bolotowsky, Construction in a Square “A”, 1940
Oil on canvas, 21 x 21 inches
September 18 — October 25, 2008
The Patty and Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art in association with Hollis Taggart Galleries presents Order and Intuition: American Abstraction from the Patty and Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art, 1913-1954. Featuring key pieces from the collection of Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records in 1947, which the museum purchased in 1999, this exhibition stands as a celebration of a new appreciation for American modernism.
Ahmet Ertegun displayed a shrewd interest in purchasing American modernism in its various forms. In its entirety, the Naples collection presents Ertegun’s vision, traces the developments in American abstraction, concentrating on the vital period of modernist innovation beginning around 1910 and then focusing on the achievements of the American Abstract Artists group from the1930s into the1950s.
While the work of American Abstract Artists, including paintings by Albert Eugene Gallatin, Werner Drewes, John Ferren, Vaclav Vytlacil, George L. K. Morris, Dwinell Grant, Ilya Bolotowsky, Burgoyne Diller, and Albert Swinden, forms the heart of the collection, the Naples Museum of Art also acquired works by other lightning-rod figures who helped shape the development of American modernism. These include Morgan Russell, Manierre Dawson, Arthur Dove, and Oscar Bluemner.