This substantive, lavishly illustrative volume follows the highly acclaimed career of American artist Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009). Hammersley gained recognition in the 1950s as a member of the groundbreaking California group coined "Abstract Classicists," which included Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson and John McLaughlin. Later this groundbreaking abstract style was dubbed "West Coast Hard Edge," and achieved international recognition. In recent years, Hammersley's work has witnessed a huge resurgence, gaining increased visibility in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions--most recently in "The Birth of Cool," a major exhibition and traveling exhibition organized by California's Orange County Museum of Art. Showcasing over one-hundred works spanning Hammersley's oeuvre from the late 1930s through 2001, including his celebrated series Hunches, Organics, and, Geometric abstractions, and the artists' early figurative and sculptural work as well as his seminal computer drawings, this book features essays by renowned art historian, critic and writers exploring a phase, time period or an idea threaded through Hammersley's prolific career. Frederick Hammersley moved from Los Angeles to Albuquerque in 1968. His works are in major public collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., San Francisco Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque Museum, and the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe.
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