Mark Beard, ‘[Bruce Sargeant (1898-1938)] Seated Football Player’, ClampArt

“Bruce Sargeant is a mythic figure in the modern art movement. He embodies a world that is in many ways lost to us; he exudes a sensibility that fills every corner of his canvas; the heaviness of his figures hides an elusive levity. . . In the stock-still gaze of his athletes, in the subdued intensity of his still lifes, in the reflective sheen on his three-dimensional work, it is clear that he goes beyond reality. In his attempt to prove the simplicity of imitative simulacra, he achieves a sort of non-realism. If you look closely in the eyes of his subjects, they seem beyond the world of the viewer. They simply cannot exist—nor can the artist who created them. Sargeant is at the height of his powers when he achieves this superficiality—in the pure sense of what lies on surfaces—an analogue for the sublime.”

  • Gary L. Haller, December 2004

Signature: Signed, recto

About Mark Beard

American, b. 1956, based in New York, NY, United States

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2015
New York Portraits 1978-2008, Life as a Work of Art Gallery, New York, NY, United States
2013
Alter Ego: Bruce Sargeant | Mark Beard, Mattatuck Museum (Munger Room), Waterbury, CT, United States
2013
Mark Beard and His Entourage, MILA Kunstgalerie, Berlin, Germany

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
New York Portraits 1978-2008, Life as a Work of Art Gallery, New York, NY, United States
2013
Alter Ego: Bruce Sargeant | Mark Beard, Mattatuck Museum (Munger Room), Waterbury, CT, United States
2013
Mark Beard and His Entourage, MILA Kunstgalerie, Berlin, Germany
2008
Mark Beard, John Stevenson Gallery, New York, NY, United States
2008
Mark Beard as Bruce Sargeant, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, United States
2003
Solo Exhibit Mark Beard, John Stevenson Gallery, New York, NY, United States
1999
Mark Beard and Bruce Sargeant, Wessel + O'Connor Gallery, New York, NY, United States
1998
Bruce Sargeant, Rivaga Gallery, Washington, DC, United States
1995
Mark Beard as Bruce Sargeant, Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY, United States
1991
Mark Beard, Galerie Niel Ewerbeck, Vienna, Austria
1988
Introducing Mark Beard, Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Summer Exhibit, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson
2016
The Seven Deadly Sins, Diözesanmuseum, Augsburg, Germany
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