Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on June 4, 1960 · Page 17
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 17

Tucson, Arizona
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Saturday, June 4, 1960
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f. ft jr wf V * *tf»*V«£f«"f^t tr ***X ^*V-New Art At The p^^c?;i^J^TM' 7" v : T ; P"C- '*'*'·» ·""''"·» **" · t r "INTERPLANETARY TAKE-OFF," ROBERT HALE ·y MICHELINE KEATING Cttoem E*tertai«M«rt Editor The outstanding characteristic of the art collections at Ihe University Gallery is their balance, the degree to which *ey complement each other. The past and fte present, a« represented by the Renaissance works given by the Kress Foundation and the contemporary paintings MI the Edward Joseph Gallagher HI Memorial, is clearly defined. Combined, «hey provide Ihe gallery-goer and the student wi* a pertinent perspective of art. The recent gift of a group of panels painted by the 15* century Spanish artist, Fernando Gallego, from the Kres* Foundation, made a welcome addition to *e Gallery's, Jreasures of *e past. This giltlAs* tfpw ? been complemented in the collection of modern paintings by eight new canvases given by Edward J. Gallagher Jr. to update the art memorial to his son. These eight new works are representative of some of the best painting being done in the field of modern art and are especially interesting in that they add names of some of the younger painters to this comprehensive collection. Included are: Robert Hale, Irene Rice Pereira, Grace Hartigan, Peggy Holloway, Joan Brown, Mitchell Seporin Herman Maril and Bernard Perlman. It is also interesting to note that of these eight artists, four are women. These paintings are all now hanging in the central gallery on the second floor and they make tor some fairly exciting vfewfng. The canvases, even within their own field, ire remarkably diversified in their handling. To me, we of the more interesting aspects of modern art (actually, contemporary painting is getting on toward middle-age now) is the wide range of styles and ideas it covers. * There is more flexibility among today's painters man in any other era of art la every period of painting, the successful artist has, of course, put the stamp of his individuality upoa his work. However, in most instances, it takes the expert to recognize immediately the fine differences in Ihe techniques of me etrly artists, particularly those of Ihe Renaissance. It is easier for the average layman, who enjoys looking at art, to familiarize himself with a school of «rt rather than with the artists associated with the school. But in modern painting, the artists are so boldly different in (he way they work, so striking in their individuality, even the average viewer soon learns to recognize right off a painting by Jackson Pollack or Mark Rathko or Bernard Buffet. Soon he finds himself thinking of the painter by name rather than merely being a contemporary. That is what these eight new paintings in Hie Gallagher collection point up. They are as different from each other as night is from day. And each one is as identifiable with the artist as a photograph would be. The University of Arizona is indeed fortunate fn having the Gallagher 'collection of modern art and Tucsonians will be richly rewarded if they take the time to get to know the individual artists it brings together, for they represent some of tfvs most vital painting being done in this centnty. The collection has been made possible through the generosity of Edward Joseph Gallagher Jr., a prominent Baltimore business executive, as a memorial to his son who died in an accident a week before his Hth birthday in 1932. In presenting these modern works to the University, Gallagher said: "My son had great enthusiasm for the West, its way of life, the cowboys and their attire. This was my inspiration to establish the Edward Joseph Gallagher III Memorial Collection of international contemporary paintings and objects of art. I have set up provisions for perpetuity of income for the University of Arizona, to acquire works of art through th« various stages of time. All of this, of course will depend on whether we, and those who follow us, will guard out great way of life . . . preserving its freedom of democracy, and safeguarding the spirit of opportunities for all who work and seek the same." In establishing such a permanent collection fl* modern art at the University, Edward Gallagher has provided the finest kind of memorial to hi* son. It not only ca» be enjoyed and shared by generations of art lovars, It also gives e*couraR«- ment and recognition to artiste in their own times. CELEBRATION," PEGGY HOLLOWAY SATURDAY, JUNE 4, I960 TUCSON DAILY CITIZEN PAGE 17

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