Totems and Deities: The Sculpture of Herb Alpert and Anita Huffington

Jan 16 - Mar 1, 2014
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Press release
ACA Galleries is pleased to announce Totems & Deities: The Sculpture of Herb Alpert and Anita Huffington, an exhibition of two artists who found early success in music and dance.  The exhibition pairs Alpert's abstract bronze sculptures, which can be compared to the freedom and spontaneity of his improvisational work as a jazz musician, with Huffington's figurative bronze work inspired by the fluidity and form of her experience as a modern dancer.
Herb Alpert has spent more than half his life as a respected musician and artist. He began working on the Spirit Totem series in 2000, originally inspired by the totem poles of the indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest.  In conjunction with this exhibition, three monumental 16’ bronze sculptures, Spirit Totems, will be on public view in Dante Park, New York City from January 25 through April 15, 2014. 
Alpert’s paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in museums across the United States including the Tennessee State Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles and the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, among others. In 2013, Alpert was awarded the National Medal of Art at the White House by President Barack Obama.  Since Alpert first introduced the Tijuana Brass with its signature sound, it has grown into a global phenomenon. An eight-time Grammy Winner, he was recently honored with a fresh Grammy nomination "Best Pop Instrumental Album” for his latest album Steppin' Out.
Anita Huffington's sculptures incorporate both classic and modern influences, returning to the most elemental of artistic subjects, the human body.  Formerly a Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham dancer, Huffington is the recipient of the Jimmy Ernst Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1997) as well as the Governor's Arts Award for an individual artist (2005). Her work has been exhibited throughout the country and is in numerous public collections: Crystal Bridges Museum, AR; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Morris Museum of Art, GA, among others. 
A 287-page monograph on Huffington with an introduction by Townsend Wolfe was published by Ruder Finn Press in 2007.