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Max Weber: In Retrospect

Oct 19 - Nov 20, 2015

New York

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In celebration of its fifteen-year association with the Estate of Max Weber, the Gerald Peters Galleries of New York and Santa Fe are pleased to announce Max Weber: In Retrospect, an exhibition of paintings and drawings that span the life and career of this most influential of American modernist artists.

From his arrival in Paris in 1905, Max Weber (1881-1961) devoted himself to modern art. In the classroom of Henri Matisse, he absorbed the tenants of Fauvism; on the walls of the Salon d’Automne, he encountered the work of Henri Rousseau, with whom he forged an influential friendship; and within the confines of the Stein’s apartment, he met Pablo Picasso and discovered the work of Paul Cézanne. In Paris, Weber initiated his lifelong commitment to developing, articulating, and redefining his own modern idiom. He returned to New York in 1908 and introduced the artistic avant-garde to American audiences. His experiments with cubism and his exploration of abstraction were revelations to American artists, collectors, and critics. This new aesthetic, its freedom of expression and technique, came to define American modernism for the next four decades. And, unlike many of his contemporaries, Weber’s stylistic advancement did not end with the changes wrought by World War II. He transformed his style into a mid-century aesthetic and continued to innovate through the end of his life.

Over the past fifteen years, Gerald Peters Gallery has mounted numerous exhibitions that examined critical aspects of Weber’s career. Exhibitions have focused on his cubism, on his devotion to still life painting, on his romance with the human figure, and on his late abstractions. However, this is the first time since our inaugural Max Weber exhibition in 2000 that Gerald Peters Gallery has an opportunity to focus again on his career as a whole. Max Weber: In Retrospect draws together work that spans his career, bringing into view the evolution of his style and the consistency of his subject matter, and shining a light on the artistic achievements of one of America’s best and most famous modernist artists.