October 18, 2014

A Modernist Artist With A Complex Mix of Influences and Involvement With Metaphysical Experimentation ACA Galleries, a gallery in New York, NY, has announced the exhibition, “Peter Blume” (1906- 1992), on view November 6, 2014 through January 31, 2015. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings and sculpture from the artist’s estate. Concurrent with the ACA Galleries exhibition is the first Peter Blume retrospective since 1976, “Nature and Metamorphosis”, organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia (November 14, 2014 – April 5, 2015). This exhibition will travel to the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT (June 27 – September 20, 2015). A catalogue will be available.

Transcending Modernist Conventions Peter Blume’s modernism embodies the clashing contradictions of the 20th Century: abstract complexities with nostalgia for a simpler past; the rush of urban living with the yearning for a lost pastoral life; the cold reality of politics with the quest for spiritual meaning in a world ravaged by two world wars and a ruinous economic depression. By embracing the irreconcilable, Blume transcends Modernist art’s conventional aspirations to re- define order in a chaotic world. His oeuvre is metamorphosis itself, a realm where paradox rules. Within that clash Blume found profound meaning and sublime beauty. Bume’s deep knowledge of art history holds these disparate elements together. We see the elegance of Renaissance rendering, the balance and figurative perfection of Classical antiquity, the rule-breaking energy of Modernism, and the spontaneity of folk art. The latter reflects his Russian Jewish roots and his embrace of the culture of his adopted land, America.

Involvement With Automatism Together with his understanding of the emotional properties of color, the structural backbone of architecture, and the physicality of sculpture, Blume was able to corral these elements into a surreal narrative. Adding richness to Blume’