James Barron Art is pleased to present a selection of American and Italian masterworks. We will feature sculptures by Beverly Pepper that have not been exhibited in decades, to celebrate the artist’s 95th birthday on December 20. This will be our third feature of Beverly Pepper at Art Miami. For Art Miami 2017, we will exhibit a major Altar sculpture that has been in the artist's private collection. We will also continue our exploration of her totemic Messenger series.
Our booth will highlight American and Italian art, and the relation and cross references between the two countries' art. “Having lived in Rome for 11 years, from 2003 to 2014, and continuing to divide my time, I am continually amazed by the cultural fluency and influence between American and Italian art,” says James Barron. We are pleased to exhibit a major Kounellis wall relief that has never been exhibited in the United States, along with a major Cy Twombly work on paper, "Study for the Triumph of Galatea," which was in one Italian collection since it was created. It is one of a series of studies for the painting, “Triumph of Galatea,” at The Menil Collection, Houston. This work refers also the Raphael fresco in the Farnesina, a five-minute walk to Trastevere from the artist's studio in Rome.
We will also examine the relationship between American Color Field abstraction, such as Jules Olitski Spray paintings, from 1965-68, with the glass sculptures of Italian artist Laura de Santillana, who has created works from her Tokyo-Ga series especially for our booth.