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Gilbert Franklin

"Gilbert Franklin: The Bridge at the End of the Road Enduring Virtuosity" art exhibition runs Oct. 31-Jan. 28 at Mount Saint Mary's Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery.

Gilbert Franklin: The Bridge at the End of the Road Enduring Virtuosity

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2016 - This exhibition of the later work of the sculptor Gilbert Franklin (1919-2004) reveals the artist as a modernist who was engaged with the major artistic movements and concerns of his time, with classical myth and Roman antiquity and who nonetheless continued to grapple with problems of style, meaning, and above all, form, always realized in work of consummate craftsmanship and elegance.

Prosperity and progress in America after World War II was limitless for most people, but social upheavals, industrialization of consumer goods, fear of Communism and nuclear war created a strong conservative and self-satisfied environment. Artists confronting the exuberant promise and apocalyptic fears of peacetime wondered what art should be about and how it should be portrayed. Should it be figurative or abstract, personal or universal? What medium best conveys new ideas? Gilbert Franklin exemplifies the post-war modernist artist. After joining the faculty of the Rhode Island School of Design in 1942 and garnering national prestige in 1948 with the Rome Prize, Franklin continued to be acclaimed throughout his life as an artist and as an educator. The majority of his abstract work is now in private collections on the East Coast. Works in this exhibition come from the artist's estate.

José Drudis-Biada Gallery, Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles

12001 Chalon Rd, Los Angeles, California. 90049

Saturdays and Monday - Thursday 12:00 to 5:00 pm

November 1, 2016 through January 28, 2017.

A companion exhibition of early works ran at the John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery, CSU Channel Islands, through November 27, 2016.


About Mount Saint Mary’s University

Mount Saint Mary’s is the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary’s provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world.     

About Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery

The José Drudis-Biada Art Gallery is located on Mount Saint Mary’s Chalon Campus, set in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, overlooking the L.A. basin and the Santa Monica shoreline. The exhibition program began in 1974 under the guidance of Sr. Ingatia Cordis in 1974. The Gallery program reflects the current cultural issues faced by artists, collectors, museum curators, students of the college, and the general public. Although the Gallery is located within the college grounds, much of its active audience participation and support is from the outside community. José Drudis-Biada Art Gallery

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