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GEORGE DUNBAR

MERIDIAN

November 5th - December 23rd, 2020

GEORGE DUNBAR

GEORGE DUNBAR

“I enjoy revisiting and changing certain series. I am frequently asked which piece of my work is my favorite. My answer is: the one I have yet to create.”

- George Dunbar 

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George Dunbar

Bridge XX- Coin Du Lestin Series, 2020
palladium leaf over gray clay on panel
50h x 74w in

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George Dunbar
Coin Du Lestin CLXXXIX, 2020
Moon gold over brown clay on panel
50h x 44w in

Inquire

George Dunbar
Bridge No. 19- Coin Du Lestin Series, 2020
Moon gold leaf over brown clay
15h x 23w in

Inquire

George Dunbar
Taranus-Deity Series, 2020
Palladium leaf over black and blue clay with die keen and rags
25h x 31w in

Inquire

George Dunbar
Torregano - Surge Series, 2020
Palladium over red and white clay
49.50h x 61.50w in

Inquire

George Dunbar
Rouville CIX, 2020
moon gold over black, taupe and white clay with die keen
41.50h x 51.50w in
 

Inquire

George Dunbar
Rouville CIII, 2020
White clay over die keen on panel
19h x 25w in

Inquire

George Dunbar
Suspended Deity IV, 2020
Palladium leaf over clay on cast resin
16h x 19w in

Inquire

George Dunbar
Dante - Surge series, 2020
Red gold with red, black and white clay on panel
48h x 60w inFramed: 49.50h x 61.50w in

 

Inquire

George Dunbar
Idun-Deity Series, 2020
Red gold over mauve clay, die keen and rags
13.50h x 15w x 4d in

Inquire

George Dunbar
Rouville XCVII, 2020
Moon gold over mauve and white clay
25.50h x 37.50w in

 

Inquire

George Dunbar
Idum-Deity Series, 2020
Moon gold over taupe clay, die keen and rags
12h x 12.50w x 3d in
 

Inquire

George Dunbar
Rouville CVII, 2020
Moon gold over white and taupe clay with die keen
37.50h x 49.50w in

Inquire

George Dunbar
Melpomene-Surge Series, 2020
Palladium over white and gray clay
25.50h x 29w in

Inquire

George Dunbar
Rouville LXXIX
Palladium with blue clay
25.50h x 37.50w in

Inquire

George Dunbar
Rouville CV, 2020
palladium leaf over white clay
24h x 31w in

Inquire

George Dunbar
Crestone Series No. 1, 2020
Palladium over black and gray clay with die keen
22.50h x 24w in

Inquire

George Dunbar
Crestone Series No. 3, 2020
Palladium over white and blue clay with die keen
27h x 32w in

Inquire

George Dunbar
Toledano-Surge Series, 2020
Palladium over white and gray clay with die keen
27h x 35w in

Inquire

George Dunbar
Rouville CV, 2020
red gold and moon gold leaf over mauve clay
19h x 25w in

Inquire

George Dunbar

Bridge XX- Coin Du Lestin Series, 2020
palladium leaf over gray clay on panel
50h x 74w in

George Dunbar
Coin Du Lestin CLXXXIX, 2020
Moon gold over brown clay on panel
50h x 44w in

George Dunbar
Bridge No. 19- Coin Du Lestin Series, 2020
Moon gold leaf over brown clay
15h x 23w in

George Dunbar
Taranus-Deity Series, 2020
Palladium leaf over black and blue clay with die keen and rags
25h x 31w in

George Dunbar
Torregano - Surge Series, 2020
Palladium over red and white clay
49.50h x 61.50w in

George Dunbar
Rouville CIX, 2020
moon gold over black, taupe and white clay with die keen
41.50h x 51.50w in
 

George Dunbar
Rouville CIII, 2020
White clay over die keen on panel
19h x 25w in

George Dunbar
Suspended Deity IV, 2020
Palladium leaf over clay on cast resin
16h x 19w in

George Dunbar
Dante - Surge series, 2020
Red gold with red, black and white clay on panel
48h x 60w inFramed: 49.50h x 61.50w in

 

George Dunbar
Idun-Deity Series, 2020
Red gold over mauve clay, die keen and rags
13.50h x 15w x 4d in

George Dunbar
Rouville XCVII, 2020
Moon gold over mauve and white clay
25.50h x 37.50w in

 

George Dunbar
Idum-Deity Series, 2020
Moon gold over taupe clay, die keen and rags
12h x 12.50w x 3d in
 

George Dunbar
Rouville CVII, 2020
Moon gold over white and taupe clay with die keen
37.50h x 49.50w in

George Dunbar
Melpomene-Surge Series, 2020
Palladium over white and gray clay
25.50h x 29w in

George Dunbar
Rouville LXXIX
Palladium with blue clay
25.50h x 37.50w in

George Dunbar
Rouville CV, 2020
palladium leaf over white clay
24h x 31w in

George Dunbar
Crestone Series No. 1, 2020
Palladium over black and gray clay with die keen
22.50h x 24w in

George Dunbar
Crestone Series No. 3, 2020
Palladium over white and blue clay with die keen
27h x 32w in

George Dunbar
Toledano-Surge Series, 2020
Palladium over white and gray clay with die keen
27h x 35w in

George Dunbar
Rouville CV, 2020
red gold and moon gold leaf over mauve clay
19h x 25w in

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In Meridian, his seventh solo exhibition with Callan Contemporary, renowned abstract artist George Dunbar reimagines many of the stylistic periods that have established him as a pioneer of innovative materials and techniques. Although it has the character of a retrospective, the exhibition is comprised of all new work—a contemporary survey of longstanding series that the artist, at age 93, is breathing fresh life into, continually reconfiguring and evolving his interpretations. “The single most important thing to me in art, especially at my age,” he reflects, “is that my work has a thumbprint that is recognizably mine. Even though I move between different periods, people can still see across the room that it’s my work. That is really paramount to me.”

The works in the current show include updated iterations of classic Dunbar series such as Surge, Coin du Lestin, Rouville, and Deity, the latter of which references the elegant torsos of Greco-Roman sculptures and bas-reliefs. Integrating hard-edge abstraction, organic shapes, rich textures, and a sophisticated interplay between figure and ground, the paintings often incorporate nuanced shades of metallic leaf such as palladium, red gold, and moon gold (a combination of palladium and silver alloy, which has a warm, almost beige patina). The myriad layers of clay that underlie the forms affect the hue of these various leafs, leading to a complex chromatic dialogue.

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Dunbar’s groundbreaking career began with studies at Tyler School of Art (Temple University, Philadelphia) and the Grande Chaumière Academy in Paris. He was active in New York City at the height of Abstract Expressionism, exhibiting in 1953 alongside Franz Kline, one of the titans of the movement. When he returned to his native Louisiana in 1957, he co-founded Orleans Gallery, the region’s first artist co-op, which became an influential hub for contemporary abstraction.

Since then—exhibited around the world, the subject of glowing reviews in publications such as The New York Times, Art in America, and ARTnews—Dunbar’s paintings and sculptures have been acquired into prestigious private, corporate, and institutional collections, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The British Museum (London), New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and North Carolina Museum of Art. He has been honored with career surveys such as Dunbar: Mining the Surfaces (New Orleans Museum of Art, 1997), George Dunbar: Southern Masters Series (Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 2007), Earth and Element: The Art of George Dunbar (Hilliard University Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2014), and George Dunbar: Elements of Chance (New Orleans Museum of Art, 2016-2017). In 2018, he was the subject of the lavishly illustrated biographical monograph Distinctively Dunbar, published by Callan Contemporary.

 

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The title of the current exhibition, Meridian, has a twofold connotation. The word is defined as a land mass’s highest point (many of Dunbar’s series reference geographical and environmental phenomena), but it could also refer to this artist’s restless aesthetic experimentation. Even after a career spanning seven decades, he is always exceeding himself; uncannily, he seems forever at the high point of his career. Among the formal innovations in the new show is an increasing linearity in certain series, which incorporate modeling paste that has been dynamically textured with a variety of tools to impart an even more concentrated sense of compositional energy. There is also a new series called Crestone, which isolates a spiraling motif that longtime collectors will recognize as the central forms in the Rouville series. His insistence on constant modification and transformation are part of his temperament and philosophy. This is a man who has never rested on his laurels. “I enjoy revisiting and changing certain series,” he says. “I am frequently asked which piece of my work is my favorite. My answer is: the one I have yet to create.”

 -  Richard Speer 

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George Dunbar

Rouville CIX, 2020

moon gold over black, taupe and white clay with die keen

41.50h x 51.50w in

GD343

Inquire

George Dunbar

Bridge XX- Coin Du Lestin Series, 2020

Palladium leaf over gray clay on panel

50h x 74w in

GD323

Inquire

George Dunbar

Torregano - Surge Series, 2020

Palladium over red and white clay

49.50h x 61.50w in

GD341

Inquire

George Dunbar

Taranus-Deity Series (SOLD), 2020

Palladium leaf over black and blue clay with die keen and rags

25h x 31w in

GD342

Inquire

George Dunbar

Rouville CV, 2020

palladium leaf over white clay

24h x 31w in

GD338

Inquire

George Dunbar

Dante - Surge series, 2020

Red gold with red, black and white clay on panel

48h x 60w in

Framed: 49.50h x 61.50w in

GD326

Inquire

George Dunbar

Rouville XCVII, 2020

Moon gold over mauve and white clay

25.50h x 37.50w in

GD346

Inquire

George Dunbar

Toledano-Surge Series, 2020

Palladium over white and gray clay with die keen

27h x 35w in

GD339

Inquire

George Dunbar

Suspended Deity IV, 2020

Palladium leaf over clay on cast resin

16h x 19w in

GD336

Inquire

George Dunbar

Rouville CVII, 2020

Moon gold over white and taupe clay with die keen

37.50h x 49.50w in

GD335

Inquire

George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CLXXXIX, 2020

Moon gold over brown clay on panel

50h x 44w in

GD324

Inquire

George Dunbar

Melpomene-Surge Series, 2020

Palladium over white and gray clay

25.50h x 29w in

GD334

Inquire

George Dunbar

Rouville LXXIX

Palladium with blue clay

25.50h x 37.50w in

GD345

Inquire

George Dunbar

Rouville CIII, 2020

White clay over die keen on panel

19h x 25w in

GD333

Inquire

George Dunbar

Idun-Deity Series, 2020

Red gold over mauve clay, die keen and rags

13.50h x 15w x 4d in

GD331

Inquire

George Dunbar

Crestone Series No. 3, 2020

Palladium over white and blue clay with die keen

27h x 32w in

GD329

Inquire

George Dunbar

Crestone Series No. 1, 2020

Palladium over black and gray clay with die keen

22.50h x 24w in

GD327

Inquire

George Dunbar

Idum-Deity Series, 2020

Moon gold over taupe clay, die keen and rags

12h x 12.50w x 3d in

GD328

Inquire

George Dunbar

Bridge No. 19- Coin Du Lestin Series, 2020

Moon gold leaf over brown clay

15h x 23w in

GD322

Inquire

George Dunbar

Rouville CIX, 2020

moon gold over black, taupe and white clay with die keen

41.50h x 51.50w in

GD343

George Dunbar

Bridge XX- Coin Du Lestin Series, 2020

Palladium leaf over gray clay on panel

50h x 74w in

GD323

George Dunbar

Torregano - Surge Series, 2020

Palladium over red and white clay

49.50h x 61.50w in

GD341

George Dunbar

Taranus-Deity Series (SOLD), 2020

Palladium leaf over black and blue clay with die keen and rags

25h x 31w in

GD342

George Dunbar

Rouville CV, 2020

palladium leaf over white clay

24h x 31w in

GD338

George Dunbar

Dante - Surge series, 2020

Red gold with red, black and white clay on panel

48h x 60w in

Framed: 49.50h x 61.50w in

GD326

George Dunbar

Rouville XCVII, 2020

Moon gold over mauve and white clay

25.50h x 37.50w in

GD346

George Dunbar

Toledano-Surge Series, 2020

Palladium over white and gray clay with die keen

27h x 35w in

GD339

George Dunbar

Suspended Deity IV, 2020

Palladium leaf over clay on cast resin

16h x 19w in

GD336

George Dunbar

Rouville CVII, 2020

Moon gold over white and taupe clay with die keen

37.50h x 49.50w in

GD335

George Dunbar

Coin Du Lestin CLXXXIX, 2020

Moon gold over brown clay on panel

50h x 44w in

GD324

George Dunbar

Melpomene-Surge Series, 2020

Palladium over white and gray clay

25.50h x 29w in

GD334

George Dunbar

Rouville LXXIX

Palladium with blue clay

25.50h x 37.50w in

GD345

George Dunbar

Rouville CIII, 2020

White clay over die keen on panel

19h x 25w in

GD333

George Dunbar

Idun-Deity Series, 2020

Red gold over mauve clay, die keen and rags

13.50h x 15w x 4d in

GD331

George Dunbar

Crestone Series No. 3, 2020

Palladium over white and blue clay with die keen

27h x 32w in

GD329

George Dunbar

Crestone Series No. 1, 2020

Palladium over black and gray clay with die keen

22.50h x 24w in

GD327

George Dunbar

Idum-Deity Series, 2020

Moon gold over taupe clay, die keen and rags

12h x 12.50w x 3d in

GD328

George Dunbar

Bridge No. 19- Coin Du Lestin Series, 2020

Moon gold leaf over brown clay

15h x 23w in

GD322