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“Recent Acquisitions,” Summer Art Show at Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Toronto

“Yellow Flags 2,” 2018 Alex Katz Archival pigment inks 17 x 45 inches, Edition of 125
( Nikola Rukaj Gallery)

This summer Nikola Rukaj Gallery at Toronto presents “Recent Acquisitions (Summer 2018).” The group show features artists Luis Tomasello, William Perehudoff, Alex Katz, Melissa Meyer, Jack Youngerman, Antoni Tapies, and Mario Velez.  

Nikola Rukaj Gallery has been sourcing fresh and inspiring artworks from a multitude of modern and contemporary auctions and collections around the world. The ongoing show presents its “most recent acquisitions since the start of the New Year until this spring,” the gallery writes in its official release. Three stunning pieces recently acquired by the gallery are Antoni Tapies Trespeus (a signature etching completed in 1990); an original and vibrant gouache on paper by Jack Youngerman and Alex Katz’s newly released pre-published “Yellow Flags” (an archival print on fine art museum paper).

Luis Tomasello was born in an Italian family in La Plata, a province of Buenos Aires. He first started working with his father as a bricklayer, carpenter, and painter. As a teenager, he took drawing classes in the evenings and later attended Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredon in Buenos Aires from 1932-38. Later in life, he was influenced greatly by avant-garde Argentinian artists Emilio Pettoruti and Carmelo Arden Quin. He is famous for his “Atmospheres Chromoplastiques,” in which he poses white cubes on a white background to engage with colors of shadows and reflected light.

Alex Katz (born July 24, 1927), an American figurative artist is known for his paintings, sculptures, and prints. He is represented by numerous galleries internationally. As a printmaker, Katz has produced 400 print editions in lithography, etching, silkscreen, woodcut, and linoleum cut.

Canadian artist William Perehudoff (April 21, 1918 – February 26, 2013) was known for his color field painting. A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, he was greatly influenced by post-painterly abstraction which had an enormous impact in his artworks.

Melissa Meyer (born May 4, 1946) is an American painter living in New York. Her forte lies in paintings, watercolors, and prints, which have been exhibited in the United States and abroad. Her paintings and works on paper are included in many public and private collections worldwide.

Jack Youngerman (born on March 25, 1926) is known for geometric abstractions, constructions, and paintings.

Antoni Tapies, a Spanish artist is known for his mixed-media paintings that incorporated marble dust, found objects, and resin as seen in his seminal work “Grey and Green Painting”(1957). His highly textured paintings are deep rooted in social themes.

Mario Velez (b. 1968) is a Columbian artist working in painting, drawing, and sculpture. His artworks are influenced by Pre-Columbian Latin American art, contemporary abstract and expressionist painting, and the visual culture of Colombia.

The exhibition runs through August 31, 2018 at Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Toronto. 384 Eglington Ave W, 4164815995.

For details visit: https://www.rukajgallery.com/

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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Courtesy: Nikola Rukaj Gallery