Laura Rathe Fine Art announces MasterMinds, an exhibition featuring historic abstract expressionist Tony Magar and West Coast sculptor Matt Devine. LRFA will be hosting the opening reception on Saturday, February 23rd from 6:00-9:00pm.
The two-man exhibition, MasterMinds bridges generational gaps combining sculptures by Matt Devine and paintings by Tony Magar. Whether using paint or steel, each artist has mastered their selected medium and marking making process. Through their individual styles they combine vibrant colors with fluid lines that effortlessly complement one another. They personally explore the unknown and unlimited with their abstracted designs creating a dialogue not only between themselves and the work, but also with the viewer.
MasterMinds will be on display through March 30th, 2019.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Born in London in 1936, Tony Magar studied at the Royal Albert Hall School. In his early twenties, he moved to New York City and joined the legendary Martha Jackson Gallery where he participated in the landmark exhibition, New Forms, 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 di Suvero, whom he apprenticed with for 7 years, Magar co-founded the Park Place Gallery and named Paula Cooper the director.
Magar moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1976 and became one of the most well respected painters in the contemporary art scene in Taos and Santa Fe. By the mid-eighties, Magar split his time between Taos and Houston. He now lives on the bay in Portland, TX.
Born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1975, Matt Devine is a self-taught sculptor working with steel, aluminum and bronze. Devine moved to California in 1995 where he learned how to weld and fabricate metal with his father while working at the La Jolla Playhouse. He moved on to work at various fabrication studios often working with designers and architects, eventually creating his own designs. Devine has developed his own style with the use of mark making. Repeating the same shape formed out of metal and seamlessly welding them together, creating a unified work of art.
Functional pieces gave way to non-representational sculptures, which he showed at galleries in San Diego with increasing frequency and success. In 2004 he was able to transition to full time artist. Devine’s sculpture is currently on display at highly regarded fine art galleries across the country. His sculptures can be found in private collections throughout North America and international collections on five continents. Devine has expanded his scope to include design and fabrication of large-scale public works on display in prominent urban settings.