Irving Marcus: Romance & Disaster
at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis,
September 27 - December 30, 2018
Irving Marcus (b. 1929, Minneapolis, MN lives and works in Sacramento, CA) is known for figurative paintings and drawings in ecstatic hues that embody the contradictory forces of romance and disaster. His paintings exhibit rigorous formal innovation, dramatically transforming images culled from the newspaper through numerous studies, often flipping the composition upside down. The effect is both delirious and vertiginous. His use of imagery ripped from the headlines and infused with kaleidoscopic color, situates his work at the intersection of Pop art, Imagism and Fauvism. His work is held in many permanent collections including the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery.