#SaveTheDate! On April 11th, the Berlin-based gallery The Ballery will open the exhibition ‘Bruce Sargeant solo collection curated by artist Mark Beard. New York-based artist Mark Beard has devoted the last two decades to exploring and amassing the work of Bruce Sargeant (1898 – 1938), a painter who idealised and celebrated the beauty of the male form.
Had Sargeant not met a tragic and unexpected end in a wrestling accident, he may have gone on to the heights now enjoyed by artists such as James McNeill Whistler and others; instead, his oeuvre remained hidden for years and is only now being brought to light, with works still being discovered. His subtly-toned oil paintings of young men at sport and leisure are reminiscent of classic figure painting, highlighting his beaux art training, yet their gentle elegance continues to speak to contemporary audiences through Abercrombie & Fitch’s installations of Sargeant’s work in its flagship stores worldwide.
A foreword by Thomas Sokolowski, director of the Andy Warhol Museum, appropriately places Sargeant in the pantheon of twentieth-century figure painters, and the afterword by W.M. Hunt draws favourable parallels between Sargeant’s glorification of the male body and the work of photographers Herb Ritts and Bruce Weber, among others.
This exhibition curated by Mark Beard presents a selection of works which celebrate the male form and the artistic tradition of the human figure.
Mark Beard (* 1956) was born and raised in Salt Lake City. His portraits, nudes, bronzes, and handcrafted books have been exhibited worldwide, and he has also designed more than twenty theatrical sets in New York, London, and Germany. His works are in numerous museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Princeton, Harvard, and Yale University Museums, among many others.
The Ballery is a gallery and independent art space in the neighbourhood of Schöneberg in Berlin. Since opening in 2014, it has aimed to present a balanced cross-section of society in a dynamic format that picks up a variety of artistic approaches. The Ballery places a strong focus on presenting perspectives that support diversity and equality within the community. – www.theballery.com
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Friday, from 3 pm to 8 pm/ Saturday, 1 pm to 6 pm
Opening: Thursday 11th April 2019 19-21hr – Duration: Friday 12th April – 09th June 2019
Location: The Ballery, Nollendorfstrasse 11-12, 10777 Berlin