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The Bridge at the End of the Road

Gilbert Franklin: The Bridge at the End of the Road

Enduring Virtuosity

The exhibition of paintings and sculptures by New England sculptor Gil Franklin has been extended to run through March 18, with additional works added. Special reception to take place Sunday, March 5, from 3 to 5 p.m.

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 March 18, 2017.

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