Texas-born icon Everett Gee Jackson is the subject of a wonderful exhibition at Hirschl & Adler Galleries in New York City. Jackson was the first major conduit for the introduction of Mexican Modernism into the United States, so this show has both collecting and historical value.
Featuring some 18 works by master painter Everett Gee Jackson (1900-1905), “Modernism Without Apologies” is a stunning exhibition on view for just a few more days at New York City’s Hirschl & Adler Galleries. Jackson is well-known in art history as one of the first major artists to introduce modernism from Mexico to the United States during the World War eras. Intimately inspired by Mexico’s monumental artists, including Diego Rivera, Jose Orozco, and David Siqueiros, “Jackson’s paintings quickly broke free from the constraints of decorative impressionism and morphed into sculptural dimensionality” the gallery writes. “Jackson’s figures suddenly had tangible form, the same rounded solidity seen in Rivera and Siqueiros. His best figure paintings, such as the brilliant ‘Tehuantepec Women,’ painted in Texas from studies made in Oaxaca state while recuperating from a bout with malaria, clearly show Jackson’s indebtedness to the Syndicate muralists. The rounded figures of three indigenous women are contrasted by flat, fluted patterns flowing against a golden background of tropical foliage. Mural-like in its effect, ‘Tehuantepec Women’ is a capstone to Jackson’s career-altering years in Mexico.”
“Modernism Without Apologies” opened on October 13 and will remain on view through November 19. To learn more, visit Hirschl & Adler Galleries.
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