Leon Berkowitz & Anita Huffington "Color and Form"

May 7, 2012

ACA Galleries announces Color and Form: The Work of Leon Berkowitz and Anita Huffington, a dynamic pairing of two singular American artists. The exhibition will feature Berkowitz’s “Seven Lights” series alongside recent bronzes by Huffington. In uniting the work of Leon Berkowitz and Anita Huffington, Color and Form intends to shed light on the deeply meticulous and equally transcendent practice of these two artists. To achieve this effect, curator Mikaela Lamarche has displayed the paintings of Leon Berkowitz and the drawings and sculptures of Anita Huffington together, the brilliant colors of Berkowitz’s canvases beside the exquisite and vulnerable forms of Huffington’s sculptures and drawings. Through comparison, their legacies deepen as well as diverge. Above all, it is the goal of Color and Form to illuminate the moving contributions of Leon Berkowitz and Anita Huffington to the field of art. Born in Philadelphia, Leon Berkowitz (1919 – 1987) spent much of his career in Washington D.C. As the co-founder and director of the Workshop Center, as well as an influential teacher and mentor, Berkowitz emerged as one of the leading figures of the Color Field School. Although deeply expressive in their own right, Berkowitz’s abstract paintings – serene, contemplative and calm – luminously contrasted those of his Abstract Expressionist peers. Comprised of thirty to sixty very thin layers of color, Berkowitz’s paintings developed into radiant tapestries of color and light, praised for both their technical skill and spiritual resonance. The “Seven Lights” series included in Color and Form was produced at the height of Berkowitz’s career and is widely considered his crowning achievement. “Seven Lights” is joined by additional examples of Berkowitz’s classic Color Field paintings. Berkowitz’s paintings are included in many private and public collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the High Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the