Wilmerding Art Group to Exhibit Robert Indiana’s American Dream No. 5 (The Golden Five) at the San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Fort Mason Center, May 19-22, 2011

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A rarely offered screen print, signed, numbered and printed in color, Robert Indiana’s American Dream No. 5 (The Golden Five), from an edition of 100, will be presented during the San Francisco Fine Art Fair by the Wilmerding Art Group in conjunction with the KIWI Gallery exhibition. http://www.kiwiartsgroup.com

A rarely offered screen print, signed, numbered and printed in color, Robert Indiana’s American Dream No. 5 (The Golden Five), from an edition of 100, will be presented during the San Francisco Fine Art Fair (http://www.sffineartfair.com) by the Wilmerding Art Group in conjunction with the KIWI Gallery (http://www.kiwiartsgroup.com) exhibition.

One of Indiana’s largest works, American Dream No. 5 (The Golden Five), (1980) consists of 5 panels, each measuring 26.5”x 26.5.” The monumental piece is Indiana’s tribute to the early American modernist painter Charles Demuth’s well-known “I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold” (1928), an elegant combination of figures and abstract motifs that in turn was inspired by William Carlos Williams’ poem, “The Great Figure.”

“Although Indiana came to prominence during the 1960s as a Pop artist, his concerns have always differed greatly from those of his contemporaries. National and cultural identity have always held more interest for Indiana than the mass media and trappings of consumer culture… what distinguishes Indiana from his 'Pop' colleagues is the depth of his personal engagement with his subject matter: America and American life. Indiana’s works all speak to the vital forces that have shaped American culture in the late half of the 20th century: personal and national identity, political and social upheaval and stasis, the rise of consumer culture, and the pressure of history. In a word, the American Dream,” Aprile Gallant, Love and the American Dream: The Art of Robert Indiana (Portland: Portland Museum of Art, 1999).

The exhibit will also feature the West Coast premiere of “Full Circle: Before they Were Famous.” Presented by the KIWI Arts Group in association with the Wilmerding Art Group and the San Francisco Fine Art Fair, the short documentary traces the astonishing history of never before-seen photographs of pop art giants Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol at the seminal point in their careers. The images were taken in the early 1960s by fine art photographer William John Kennedy. Filled with revealing, and at times funny personal anecdotes by those captured through Kennedy’s lens, including Robert Indiana; Warhol Superstar, Ultra Violet; and poet/performer, Taylor Mead, the film offers a rare look into the lives and working studios of two key artists who influenced the course of 20th century American art. Complimentary admission. Limited seating.

RSVP: http://kiwiartsgroup.com/full-circle.html

Film trailer - http://youtu.be/FVBkUScxVEo

With Pop's current dominance in the art world and the rising prominence of fine art photography among collectors, both the exhibit and the film have received wide praise from critics, art fans and film-goers alike at previous showings during Art Basel/Miami Beach 2010 and the 2011 Dallas Art Fair. According to Tom Austin in AOL/Paper (http://www.artbasel.aol.com) the short film's standing-room-only screening in Miami Beach was, "One of the best - and most surreal evenings - of Art Basel."

KIWI Arts Group is a Miami based fine art photography publishing house featuring the work of American fine art photographer William John Kennedy. Coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010, KIWI Arts Group's launched Kennedy's photography collection as the first stop in a multi-city international tour. The collection, complemented by guest artist exhibitions, is on permanent view at the KIWI Gallery, 48 NW 29th St., Miami, FL, 33127.

Wilmerding Art Group
San Francisco Fine Art Fair
KIWI Gallery Booth 42
Festival Pavilion Fort Mason Center
Thursday, May 19 – Sunday, May 22, 2011

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