Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery presents the inaugural exhibition from the Estate of Leon Dabo (1865-1960)—The Drawings of Leon Dabo, with a reception on 1st Thursday, January 5th.
Leon Dabo’s progressive aesthetic sensibilities in the nineteenth century ushered in new forms of visual expression for the twentieth. The artist was instrumental in bringing a Modern sensibility to America’s artists, curators and patrons through organizing the famous “Armory” show in 1913 – the first major exhibition of Modern European and American art in the US. Dabo not only hosted meetings for the committee to organize the exhibition in his studio, he exhibited at the show.
Early tonal drawings in charcoal, blue conté, teal conté and red conté, and Provençal landscapes will be shown alongside later floral drawings reminiscent of the Symbolist imaginings of Odilon Rédon (1840-1916) in a special installation that will take viewers back to a quieter time in history.
Dabo’s work is in the public collections of the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Metropolitan, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Smithsonian.
Opening Reception: 1st Thursday January 5 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Also on view: Jon Francis: Paintings from the Drive Home through February 26, 100 GRAND, and Nicole Strasburg: Islands, Valleys, Home and the Winter Salon through January 29.