From October 2 to 10, Baterbys Art Auction Gallery will host an art exhibit featuring world-renowned American Master Artists like Ken Keeley, Andrew Wyeth, Peter Max, Thomas Kinkade and Leroy Neiman amongst others. Opening night is on Oct 2 at 6pm
Aug. 19, 2009 – 1997 was an eventful year – the death of Mother Teresa and Princess Diana sent shockwaves all over the world; Tobacco companies were finally getting ready to file settlement for a plethora of lawsuits litigated against the industry for smoking-related health problems; the first adult mammal was successfully cloned; the East Asian Financial Markets were beginning to show signs of downturn. Such events seemed too dispersed to be understood as a whole. Yet, Ken Keeley took on this task with much faithfulness to his art and the message of the times.
A signature piece of Keeley’s, “97′ Newsstand” is one of the many notable artworks that will be featured in Baterbys’ American Masters Exhibit from October 2 to 10. The piece embodies the encompassing integrity of American Art. It does not simply translate a stack of candy bars, magazine covers, newspaper headliners and tabloid gossip into a cohesive message of the times, but it also weaves together multiple stories that have defined the people of America in that specific time period.
Another American Master Painter whose works will be featured in the upcoming exhibit is Andrew Wyeth who recently passed away early this year at age 91. Heralded for his dismal and somber interpretations of rural, middle-class life and values, his artworks were the perfect juxtaposition to pop-art – the then budding art movement. One art historian, in response to a 1977 survey in Art News magazine about the most underrated and overrated artists of the century, nominated Wyeth for both categories.
On the opposite side of the art spectrum is Peter Max, the pop-art laureate painter whose works resonate deeply with people who have a strong connection – whether in retrospective view or by plain interest – with the heydays of the 1960’s. His colorful, psychedelic and visually stimulating art has been noted all over the world, including an 8-page article in LIFE magazine in 1968. His works will also be featured in Baterbys American Masters Exhibit.
American Masters Exhibit is about the diversity of these artists’ voices and styles as much as the unification of their thoughts and hearts. It’s a collection of multiple stories about one powerful country’s fight for its progress in all aspects while trying to prolong the stability of its principles, values and perspectives. Artists like Thomas Kinkade, Jane Wooster-Scott, Leroy Neiman and William Nelson will also be featured in the exhibit.
All of the artworks that will be on display are available for sale at affordable prices. Opening and reception night will be on October 2 at Baterbys Art Auction Gallery. The event will start at 6pm. Guests will be treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Cuba Libre and a short talk about American Art by one of Baterbys’ Art Experts. There is no registration or entrance fee. People who want to attend will simply need to fill out an RSVP form at www.baterbys.com.
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