Works by Romare Bearden, Roy Fridge, Marty Greenbaum, David McManaway, Robin Ragin, Nancy Willis Smith and Roger Winter
January 19-February 26, 2019
Curated by Roger Winter
Opening reception Saturday, January 19, 6:30-8:30 pm
Kirk Hopper Fine Art is excited to announce our upcoming group exhibition, One Plus One Equals Three, with selected works by Romare Bearden, Roy Fridge, Marty Greenbaum, David McManaway, Robin Ragin, Nancy Willis Smith and Roger Winter.
KHFA artist Roger Winter has curated a group of artists that explore the dynamic elements of collage and assemblage. Each artist intuitively experiments with the painstaking process of putting objects together to create a beautiful tapestry of collage elements and tactile mementos. All artists explore different mediums from paper to found objects, creating intimate dialogue through collage.
Selected Artist Biographies
David McManaway (1927-2010) was born in Chicago in 1927. He received his degree from the University of Arkansas. He was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the Engelhard Award from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. McManaway's work was included in many solo exhibitions including those at the Dallas Museum of Art, Southern Methodist University Gallery in Dallas, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. Selected public collections include the Menil Collection, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Nancy Willis Smith is a mixed media artist born in Elgin, Illinois, and living and working in New York City. Already a self-taught artist, Smith attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, pursuing her interests in both art and music. Upon graduation, she accepted a job offer in the music industry, which led to a radio station position in Minneapolis. Considering a career as an entertainment lawyer, she attended night school at William Mitchell College of Law. She later obtained her LLM from the University of London. Smith's work has been in exhibitions in Qatar and in New York. Many of her pieces, including the Whirling Dervishes series, are inspired by her years in the Middle East.
Romare Howard Bearden, born in 1911 in Charlotte, North Carolina, moved with his family to New York City when he was three years old. After attending Lincoln University and Boston University, he graduated from New York University with a degree in education. He studied drawing and painting with George Grosz at the Art Students League of New York and in the 1930s and 1940s. Bearden's career as a painter was launched in 1940 with his first solo exhibition in Harlem and then another, four years later, at the G Place Gallery in Washington, D.C. After a few years painting abstractions in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Bearden turned to photomontage and collage, which established his reputation as a leading contemporary artist. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1972. He died in New York City in 1988. Bearden has been the focus of numerous museum exhibitions, including Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, organized by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Additional museum retrospectives include those organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, N.Y. (1971); Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, N.C. (1980); Detroit Institute of the Arts (1986); Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, N.Y. (1991); and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (2003).
Roger Winter, born in Denison, Texas, currently lives and works in New York. He holds a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and a MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He returned to Texas in 1961 where he taught drawing and painting at Southern Methodist University for twenty-six years. Winter's exhibition history has included museums and galleries nationwide and his work is currently in the collections of the Atlantic Richfield Company in Los Angeles, Dallas Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Frito-Lay Corporate Collection, Meadows Museum of Art, McNay Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Portland Museum of Art in Maine, and Southwestern Bell Corporation, among others.