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Book Publication: George Dunbar essay by Richard Speer

Book Publication: George Dunbar essay by Richard Speer

Callan Contemporary is pleased to announce the release of a 250-page publication on the life and work of George Dunbar. 

George Dunbar painting acquired for the collection of the WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

George Dunbar painting acquired for the collection of the WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

Callan Contemporary congratulates George Dunbar on the acquisition of his painting "Action Painting" c.1950-5 into the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art 
"A Modern Art Pioneer Down in New Orleans:An 89-year-old maverick reflects on the life and community he built down South," The New York Times, T Magazine

"A Modern Art Pioneer Down in New Orleans:An 89-year-old maverick reflects on the life and community he built down South," The New York Times, T Magazine

by Sara Ruffin Costello

June 5th, 2017

photo credit: Paul Costello

"The Last Southern Gentleman"

"The Last Southern Gentleman"

March 9th 2018

article on George Dunbar by Folwell Dunbar VIA NOLA VIE 

My father, George Dunbar, was born in New Orleans in 1927, the year of the Great Mississippi Flood, and he grew up in the Garden District during the Great Depression. After high school, he joined the navy and served in the South Pacific. When he returned from the war, his father, a respected lawyer who had started a successful firm, tried to convince him to join the family business. Instead, my father used the G.I. Bill to attend art school in Philadelphia. He wanted to pursue his own dreams and his own passions.

New Orleans Museum of Art Exhibition George Dunbar: A Retrospective

New Orleans Museum of Art Exhibition George Dunbar: A Retrospective

November 3rd, 2016 - February 19th, 2017

This exhibition surveys the career of George Dunbar (American, born 1927), who played a pivotal role in introducing abstract art to the South.

George Dunbar: A Retrospective surveys the career of George Dunbar (American, born 1927), who played a pivotal role in introducing abstract art to the South. A New Orleans native, Dunbar studied in Philadelphia and Paris before returning to Louisiana in the 1950s to create paintings, sculptures, assemblages, and prints that marry the stark geometry of modern art with the lush, organic materials that evoke the state’s many swamps and bayous.

Dunbar’s richly textured works explore abstract art’s connection to landscape and place. George Dunbar: A Retrospective examines the evolution of Dunbar’s art from the 1950s, when he participated in a joint exhibition in Philadelphia with American abstract painter Franz Kline, to his most recent body of work in clay relief. The exhibition examines how Dunbar’s observations—as a bridge-builder, landscape architect, and urban planner—inform his unique approach to abstract art, and underscores Louisiana’s role within a more expansive story of 20th-century American art.

George Dunbar: A Retrospective also considers the rise of abstract art in New Orleans, featuring Louisiana modern artists who Dunbar influenced and inspired as well as works by internationally acclaimed American artists like Franz Kline and Mark Rothko, with whom Dunbar worked and studied. The exhibition will be accompanied by a limited-edition publication created in collaboration with George Dunbar, containing an in-depth interview with the artist and an essay that contextualizes his work within the history of 20th-century American art. NOMA also will create and present a documentary highlighting Dunbar’s body of work, creative influence, and artistic legacy.

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