Starting January 8, the Frumkin/Adams Gallery will show a group of recent paintings by Jack Beal, The artist’s last show, in 1985, was confined to figure drawings, so the current exhibition will update the artist’s work in oils and pastel.
Jack Beal’s most recent project is a cycle of paintings based on the Five Senses. The current exhibition shows the first two works from the series—“Sense of Sight” and “Sense of Smell.” In addition, the show includes a number if self-portrait paintings and pastels, a highly developed landscape pastels, a highly developed landscape pastel and two extraordinary still-life paintings.
The current show was organized to coincide with the publication of a major monograph on Jack Beal by Gerrit Henry. The book’s publication date has been set back until after the close of the exhibition, but a specimen copy will be available while the show is up.
Jack Beal has become known over the years as an idiosyncratic Realist who interests are wide-ranging through both art history and Western thought. The current exhibition touches on a number of these interests in particular anatomy, compositional theory and 17th Century painting.
The Jack Beal exhibition will run from January 8 through February 6. The Frumkin Gallery in open from Tuesday through Friday, 10 to 6 and from 10:30 to 5:30 on Saturday.