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James McCray
Apples and Plums

1955

$4,750Asking Price

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Beautiful, rich colors in this abstract expressionist still life entitled "Apples and Plums" by James McCray (American, 1912-1993). Signed "McCray" lower right; titled on verso. Displayed in a painted wood frame. Circa 1950s. Provenance: The Carlson Collection. Frame will be repainted the artist's original color of dark olive brown before shipping. Image, 37"H x 48"L. JAMES MCCRAY - Painter - Teacher 1912 - 1993 EDUCATION & TEACHING University of California Berkeley, B.A. 1934, M.A. 1935; U.C. Berkeley, 1936. Teaching assistant to Worth Ryder & John Haley. Barnes Foundation, Marion, PA. Grant to study Aesthetics, travel & study in Europe, 1937 - 1939; U.C. Berkeley, 1939 - 1940. Teaching assistant; California School of Fine Arts, 1941 - 1946. When appointed to the faculty of CSFA to introduce a new spirit of modernism into its conservative program, McCray arranged the appointment of Douglas McAgy, a colleague at the Barnes Foundation, to the Board of Directors of CSFA. Under McCray's & McAgy's influence the faculty of CSFA ultimately included Elmer Bishoff, Clyfford Still and David Park. 1947 - 1982 U.C Berkeley, Teacher. Professor emeritus, 1982. EXHIBITIONS Oakland Art Gallery, 1935; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1940; San Francisco Art Association Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1937 -57th, 1940 - 60th, 1942 - 62nd, 1945 - 65th - awarded Anne Bremer Memorial Prize for abstract painting titled 'Reticulation'. Alfred Frankenstein, the noted art critic wrote of this work, "McCray has produced the most original and interesting new development in painting that has manifested itself on this coast in my time'., 1949 - 68th, 1950 - 69th, 1955 - 74th, 1956 - 75th, 1957 - 76th, 1959 - 78th, 1960 - 79th, 1961 - 80th; Art Institute of Chicago, 1948, Fifty- Eighth Annual Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculpture, Abstract and Surreal American Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of Art, New York; Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington D.C.; Third - Fifth Winter Invitationals, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1962, 1963, 1964; Salon de Realite, Paris; Institute of Creative Arts Grant, 1965 - 66. EVOLUTION OF STYLE McCray's education encompasses both European and American modernist movements. While at the Barnes Foundation his strongest influence was the geometric abstraction of Mondrian. By 1945, McCray's geometric abstraction won the coveted Anne Bremer prize and another was exhibited in the Abstract & Surrealist American Art exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1948. By 1950 McCray turned away from geometry and followed a path toward color field minimalist abstraction, as did Reinhardt, who was also influenced by Mondrian and whom he met in 1949 when Reinhardt taught summer school at the California School of Fine Arts. McCray evolved into colorful gestural paintings by the mid to late 1950's and in the early 1960's his energy flowed into a series of circular colorful hard edge geometric abstractions influenced by the Rythme series of Sonia and Robert Delaunay he had seen while studying aesthetics in Europe during 1938-39 on his Barnes Foundation grant. Biography information from the Carlson Gallery.

Details

  • Creator
    James McCray (1912 - 1993, American)
  • Creation Year
    1955
  • Dimensions
    Height: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Width: 51 in. (129.54 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    normal age toning. Original frame repainted.
  • Gallery Location
    Soquel, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: DS41221stDibs: LU542949283

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