A strong, evocative piece by Rolph Scarlett, one of the great masters of modernism and non-objective art. Brightly colored orbs vibrate set within their black and gray matrix like precious gems, suggesting much from the microcosm of cells to the wider universe of planets, all captured within the confines of this powerful and engaging piece.
Scarlett's long life offers many intriguing anecdotes that romp through the history of modernist art and design, touching numerous iconic figures along the way. Early in his career Scarlett met Paul Klee in Europe and began to experiment with abstraction, a direction he would follow throughout his long artistic life. He was seemingly blessed with a gift for being in the right place at the right time.
Scarlett's artistic passion guided him through his colorful life, transforming every happenstance into an artistic opportunity. Through his many years, he often worked in the jewelry trade (a family business), as a stage designer and theater artist (George Bernard Shaw's 'Man and Superman' 1929), and as an industrial designer (1939 World's Fair Building of Tomorrow Bakelite Exhibit), but never stopped painting and drawing. Art was the constant by which his trajectory can be described, and he found art wherever he was.
Scarlett was involved with The Museum of Non-objective Painting, which became The Guggenheim Museum, almost from it's inception, and he figures prominently in its collections. Hilla Rebay, the first director of the museum, referred to him as her "greatest find." Despite a stormy relationship with Rebay, he remained an important force in the museum, enough so as to be included in discussions with Rebay, Guggenheim, and Frank Lloyd Wright concerning the design for the new Guggenheim Museum building that remains an iconic architectural accomplishment on Fifth Avenue in New York City today.
In 2011 the first major retrospective of Scarlett’s work was mounted by The Weinstein Gallery, entitled “Rolph Scarlett: Listen with Your Eyes.” In addition, Scarlett’s works are included in many of the most important museum collections around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and of course, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Here's a chance to add an original work by Rolph Scarlett to your private collection. Enjoy!
CONDITION is excellent. Matted and framed under glass. Measures 25 1/4" x 21 1/4" overall with a sight size inside the mat of 12 7/8" x 9 7/8". Weighs 5 lbs. 10.5 oz.