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David Ligare
Magna Fide (The Great Belief)

2014

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Harbor view / Seascape Signed (at lower right): L; (on verso): D. Ligare/ 2014 In "Magna Fide (The Great Belief)," the artist places on the altar of the simple seaside shrine a golden sphere, a reference to Leon Battista Alberti and his belief of the sphere as representing “wholeness” itself. However, the wholeness is upset by the shrine’s mysterious surrounding – a rocky outcropping of an island, bathed in waning daylight. A subtle nod to Arnold Böcklin’s The Isle of the Dead, the island’s enigmatic character contrasts with the geometrical specificity of the sphere and points towards a conceptual duality that the artist favors. Perfection, wholeness and form can be found but one must search and strive to attain it. SAPERE AUDE. Dare to be wise. Immanuel Kant’s directive is embodied in the work of David Ligare. For thirty-five years, Ligare has dedicated his work to Classicist ideals: Truth, Beauty, Balance, Form. With full awareness of duplicitous and shifting contexts surrounding contemporary art, the artist pursues these ideals without irony and engages us to renew our own desire for knowledge. David Ligare (born 1945, Oak Park, IL) studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has shown his paintings in many solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, London, Rome, San Francisco, Seattle, and elsewhere. His work can be found in numerous permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; and the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy. In June 2015, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA presented the retrospective: DAVID LIGARE: California Classicist. This traveling exhibition was accompanied by a major monograph on the artist. Ligare lives and works in Salinas, CA.

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 60 in. x W 80 in.

    H 152.4 cm x W 203.2 cm

  • Gallery location
    New York, NY
  • Reference number
    LU23313882
  • Seller reference number
    M 10122D.045

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