Last Stanza: Tony Magar at LRFA Houston

Laura Rathe Fine Art announces an upcoming solo exhibition Last Stanzafeaturing the work of renowned abstract expressionist, Tony Magar. LRFA will be hosting the opening reception on Thursday, March 18th from 5-8pm at their 1700 Post Oak Blvd gallery.

 

Last Stanza represents the culmination of an astounding half a century of work for Tony Magar, who throughout his impressive career has sought to explore without limitations, longing to reach the highest, most complex form of expression. Still painting into his eighties, Magar represents one of the last surviving members of the quintessentially American, Abstract Expressionist movement.

 

Inspired greatly by the musical stylings of Coltrane, Mozart and Wagner, Magar’s creative approach is one of contemplation, engagement and retreat. The language of instruments guides his application of paint to the canvas, with the strokes of Magar’s brush echoing the strokes of a musician’s bow. Fields of washed color bleed into each other, gracefully supporting the light and brittle forms that seem to almost vibrate on the canvas. The deliberate clumsiness of the drawing – giving forth the appearance of dissolution – bring to mind the likes of Magar’s contemporaries Jasper Johns and Rothenberg. The results of Magar’s work reflect an intimacy between art forms developed over a long and noted career. 

 

This solo exhibition will be on display through May 1st, 2020.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in London, Tony Magar began his artistic career studying at the Royal Albert Hall School. In his early twenties, he moved to New York City and joined the legendary Martha Jackson Gallery. He participated in the landmark exhibition, New Forms, along with Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, John Chamberlain, and Claus Oldenburg, as well as earlier masters, Dubuffet, Schwitters, and Arp. In 1960, with the help of Mark de Suvero, Magar cofounded the Park Place Gallery.

 

Magar moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1976 and became one of the most well-respected painters in the contemporary art scene. By the mid-1980s, Magar split his time between Taos and Houston. Magar currently resides and works in Corpus Christi, TX.

Equation in Yellow

Tony Magar

Equation in Yellow

Oil On Canvas

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

Apogee

Tony Magar

Apogee

Oil On Canvas

60 x 48 in (152.40 x 121.92 cm)

Drift, 2016

Tony Magar

Drift , 2016

Oil on canvas

60 x 48 in (152.40 x 121.92 cm)

String Quartets, 2015

Tony Magar

String Quartets , 2015

Oil on Canvas

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

La Fame, 2018

Tony Magar

La Fame , 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

Lucky 7, 2019

Tony Magar

Lucky 7 , 2019

Oil On Canvas

30 x 24 in (76.20 x 60.96 cm)

End Game, 2019

Tony Magar

End Game , 2019

Oil On Canvas

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

X Factor, 2019

Tony Magar

X Factor , 2019

Oil On Canvas

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

Dimitre

Tony Magar

Dimitre

Oil On Canvas

48 x 60 in (121.92 x 152.40 cm)

Quantum Runaway, 2016

Tony Magar

Quantum Runaway , 2016

Oil on canvas

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

Oracle, 2013

Tony Magar

Oracle , 2013

Oil On Canvas

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

Queen's Gambit, 2019

Tony Magar

Queen's Gambit , 2019

Oil On Canvas

40 x 30 in (101.60 x 76.20 cm)

Children's Corner I, 2019

Tony Magar

Children's Corner I , 2019

Oil On Canvas

24 x 18 in (60.96 x 45.72 cm)

Reef

Tony Magar

Reef

Oil On Canvas

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

Vivaldi Color of Strings, 2016

Tony Magar

Vivaldi Color of Strings , 2016

Oil on Canvas

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

Blue Note Days, 2016

Tony Magar

Blue Note Days , 2016

Oil on canvas

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

Reef II, 2013

Tony Magar

Reef II , 2013

Oil On Panel

40 x 34 in (101.60 x 86.36 cm)

Red Letter, 2019

Tony Magar

Red Letter , 2019

Oil On Canvas

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

Children's Corner II, 2019

Tony Magar

Children's Corner II , 2019

Oil On Canvas

24 x 18 in (60.96 x 45.72 cm)

Oasis

Tony Magar

Oasis

Oil on Panel

60 x 48 in (152.40 x 121.92 cm)

Cosmic Dance, 2016

Tony Magar

Cosmic Dance , 2016

Oil on canvas

40 x 30 in (101.60 x 76.20 cm)

In A Silent Way, 2016

Tony Magar

In A Silent Way , 2016

Oil on canvas

50 x 40 in (127 x 101.60 cm)

Bartok, 2000

Tony Magar

Bartok , 2000

Oil On Canvas

53 x 48 in (134.62 x 121.92 cm)

Blue Poem, 2019

Tony Magar

Blue Poem , 2019

Oil On Canvas

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

Alpha, 2019

Tony Magar

Alpha , 2019

Oil On Canvas

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)