“in · ter · course” is a collection of Herb Alpert's newest paintings and sculptures on view at the Robert Berman Gallery in the Bergamot Station Arts Center through June 8, 2013.
An opening reception was held opening day on May 4.
A video and catalogue accompany the exhibit.
In addition to his musical accomplishments, Alpert has
spent more than half his life as a respected abstract expressionist
painter and sculptor, whose work has been exhibited all over the world,
from New York to Berlin.
Since he began painting in 1969, Alpert has
experimented with a number of different styles and materials, perhaps
none more unusual than his current medium of choice: organic coffee.
Alpert’s sculptures, particularly his towering "Black Totems" series,
continue to draw interest with their freedom of form and massive size,
with some pieces reaching 18 feet in height.
The totems were inspired
by indigenous sculptural forms from the Pacific Northwest. What begin as
hand–sized forms are scaled up and cast as ten to 18 foot high
Acknowledging totemic explorations by fellow sculptors Henry
Moore, Augusts Rodin, Constantin Brancusi and others, Alpert’s soaring
forms appear as frozen smoke, or jazz given physical form.
Just as the origins of Herb Alpert’s music
with the Tijuana Brass can be traced back to a Tijuana bullfight, his
start as a painter likewise began with a trip south of the border.
Though Alpert’s work as an abstract expressionist painter has been
inspired by a number of different sources over the years, he cites his
single greatest influence as artist Rufino Tamayo, whose work first
sparked his interest in painting in 1963.
Alpert’s paintings and sculptures have been
exhibited at numerous galleries and museums: including the Tennessee
State Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Art Cologne, Art Fair
Basel, Molly Barnes Gallery, Santa Monica and Ace Gallery Beverly Hills.
Herb Alpert’s philosophy as an artist has
generally been to create from a purely internal place; “the feel,” as he
The gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm and by appointment 310.315.1937.
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