The Spring Show

March 31, 2006 – April 28, 2006


The Daniel Blau Gallery is proud to exhibit fine works of renowed artists of the 19th and 20th century, as Auguste Rodin ( 1840–1917), Francis Picabia (1879–1953), Jean Fautrier (1898–1964), Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) and Andy Warhol (1928-1987).


The monumental head, Tete de Iris, by Auguste Rodin (1890, 61 x 30,5 x 37,5 cm), roughed out of bronze, is an impressionistic portrait with a surface played upon by light and shadow. The distorted mouth relates to the portraits of Cezanne. Originally conceived as the head of one of the damned for the iconic Gates of Hell, Rodin also cast it as separate, complete work of art.


Francis Picabia, revered as one of the more innovatic artists of the 20th century, was influenced by and left an impact on the Cubism and Dada Movements. Acrobat (1949, oil on canvas 64,5 x 53,3 cm) one of his most expressive paintings, evokes a stirring elation.Crucifixion (1927, oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm) the pendant of which can be seen at the Vatican, and an early portrait from 1928 (28, x 27 cm) by the Informel pioneer Jean Fautrier will be shown at „The Spring Show“.


Lucio Fontana´s life-sized sculptures Angeli of 1956/57 (wire, plaster and gold leaf, each 180 x 60 x 77 cm) were made for the chapel of a Milan kindergarten designed by the architect Marco Zanuso. Intended to hold an altar hanging, these and other large sculptures of this period are rarely to be seen on the art market. There is a related sculpture, a Madonna, in the Vatican Museum.


The gallery continues to show the broad creative span of Andy Warhol, one of the most compelling artists of the 20th century. Sydney Janis (1967, synthetic polymer and silk screen on primed canvas, 193 x 450 cm), the imposing triptych of the famous New York gallerist epitomizes the spirit ofWarhol´s most famous phase, POP ART. The large drawing Man (1960/61, graphite an coloured pencil on Strathmore paper, 73,7 x 58, 5 cm) the sculpture You´re In (Silver Coke Bottle) (1964/67, silver paint on a glass bottle with metal cap), Campbell´s Soup Can (1964/1967, solid aluminium and silkscreen) and the GE-paintings (each 40,6 x 50,8), of the middle of the eighties will be exhibited.