Herb Alpert's Newest Paintings, Sculptures On View At Robert Berman Gallery

Sunday, 12 May 2013, 9:47:00 AM

Mitch James

Former Laker Norm Nixon and actress Debbie Allen.
Photo by Randall Michelson
Former Laker Norm Nixon and actress Debbie Allen.

“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

monoliths.

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

calls it. 

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.

For more information, visit www.robertbermangallery.com or www.herbalpert.com.

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