Herb Alpert and his lovely wife, Lani Hall met with the press at ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street, in the gallery district to discuss his exhibition at ACA Galleries, " Herb Alpert
and Richard Mayhew: Harmonic Rhythms," as well as to speak about his current engagement at The Carlye Hotel with his wife Lani, marking the first time the pair have played the iconic room, now through March 10. His exhibition of Totems Sculptures are on view in the main Gallery with Richard Mayhew’s colorfully landscapes, which will be on view through April 18, 2015.
Primarily known for his music, Herb Alpert has gained a reputation as an accomplished visual artist. At 91, Richard Mayhew is acknowledged as
one of America’s premier landscape painters and colorists. Both artists, informed intensely by music, use improvisation in their work. In Gallery Two is Artist Luis Jimenez: AMERICAN DREAM (1940-2006), an exhibition that reveals the power and energy of the highly respected yet controversial artist.
Herb Alpert’s sculptures reveal Alpert’s growth and influences: the monumentality and modernism of Rodin, Henry Moore and Alberto
Giacometti. But as these influences passed through Alpert, they picked elements of his soul, a soul informed by the harmonies and rhythms of music, especially jazz. Thu, his totemic forms are as effervescent as the are magisterial, as sensual as they are spiritual. Alpert’s sculptures, though generally abstract, nonetheless revel in the fleshy exuberance of human forms. Sensuality and sexuality proclaim themselves with eloquent poise. Alpert treats sensuality not just as an organic experience, but as emotions that seem to erupt from the sculptures themselves. Thus, this interplay between the emotional, physical and spiritual gives Alpert’s sculptures and internal power, an energy that flows from their forms and surrounds the viewer.
Richard Mayhew expresses in color and landscape the spirituality Alpert finds in form. Mayhew’s oeuvre is spirit itself, the spirit that inhabits Mayhew’s landscapes of the mind and soul. H
is sculptures have been exhibited in museums across the United States including the Tennessee State Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles and the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, among others. Mayhew’s work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY, African-American Museum, Philadelphia, PA, Museum of African Art, National Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, among others.
A monograph on Richard Mayhew was published in 2009 in conjunction with three solo exhibitions in California: Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco); Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center (Santa Cruz) and De Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University (Santa Clara).
In 2013, Alpert was awarded the National Medal of Art by President Barack Obama at the White House. From the Tijuana Brass, to his present day solo jazz performances, with his signature sound, Herb Alpert is a nine-time Grammy Winner, his latest for "Best Pop Instrumental Album" in 2014 for his album, Steppin’ Out.
Last year three monumental sculptures by Herb Alpert were on view across from Lincoln Center in New York City and 7 of Alpert’s massive sculptures, at different locations, around Los Angeles and Malibu, Ca. Mr. Alpert and his wife, Lani, will be performing at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, from March 10-21, 2015.
Also on view in Gallery 11
Luis Jimenez: AMERICAN DREAM (1940-2006) February 19 through April 4, 2015
Color, sensuality, raucous pleasure, a bawdy zest for life: these are the elements, which burst from the work of Luis Jiménez (1940-2006).
This exhibition reveals the power and energy of this highly respected yet controversial artist.
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