Ed Ruscha Report 2007 acrylic on museum board paper 30 x 40 1/8 inches
Ed Ruscha Pressurized Diabolics 1976 pastel on paper 22 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches
Martin Puryear Untitled 1994 wood 78 x 13 x 6 inches
Ed Ruscha Drivers with Two Streets 1998 acrylic and ink on paper 30 x 40 inches
Mark di Suvero Mayakovsky 1976 rusted steel in 4 parts 27 x 40 x 21 inches
Mark di Suvero Untitled 2009 steel, stainless steel, mirror ball 32 x 21 x 24 inches
Martin Puryear Face Down 2008 bronze 15 x 28 x 11 inches Edition of 4
Alexander Calder Day and Night Saucers 1969 gouache on paper 44 x 30 inches
Alexander Calder Untitled (Circus, Horses and Trainer) 1930 ink and crayon on paper 19 x 24 7/8 inches
Alexander Calder Lion Cage 1931 ink and crayon on paper 19 x 25 inches
Alexander Calder Untitled c.1938 painted wood, sheet metal and string 46 1/4 x 43 1/2 x 43 1/2 inches
Alexander Calder A Manhattan (On a blue ground) 1944 oil on canvas 25 x 30 inches
Alexander Calder Pic Jaune 1973 painted steel 45 1/2 x 62 x 20 inches
Richard Diebenkorn High Green, Version II 1992 color spit bite and soap ground aquatint with soft ground and hard ground etching and drypoint 52 5/16 x 33 1/2 inches Edition of 65
Wayne Thiebaud Chocolate Pieces 2009 oil on canvas 12 x 16 inches
Robert Motherwell Untitled 1964 oil and collage on board 39 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches
Mark di Suvero R & R 2008 steel 20 x 23 x 15 inches
Richard Diebenkorn XV 1988 monotype 37 1/4 x 21 inches
Richard Diebenkorn Untitled 1949 oil on canvas 46 x 32 7/8 inches
Elmer Bischoff Girl Getting Haircut 1962 oil on canvas 63 x 70 inches
Manuel Neri Untitled Standing Figure 1957 plaster 61 x 22 x 16 1/2 inches
Nathan Oliveira Figure with Yellow Bar 2009 oil on canvas 66 x 54 inches
Barbara Hepworth Single Form (Eikon) 1963 bronze 58 1/4 x 11 x 12 5/8 inches Edition of 7
Nathan Oliveira Cobalt Racer 2002 oil and alkyd on canvas 50 x 40 inches
Isamu Noguchi The Stone Within 1978 Aji granite 1st Element: 9 x 12 x 8 inches 2nd Element: 7 x 10 x 10 inches
David Park Canoe 1957 oil on canvas 36 1/4 x 51 1/2 inches
Isamu Noguchi Untitled c. 1945 slate 19 1/4 x 11 x 6 inches
Richard Diebenkorn Interior: With Flowers 1961 oil on canvas 56 3/4 x 38 3/4 inches
David Park Figures in a Landscape 1953 oil on canvas 29 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches
Richard Diebenkorn Untitled no date gouache on paper 11 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches

Press Release

Independent Visions

American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture

September 2009


John Berggruen Gallery is pleased to present Independent Visions: American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture, a survey of new and historical works by a selection of prominent American artists whose aesthetic styles and prolific careers embody the independent nature and unconstrained creativity of the American spirit. Independent Visions occupies both floors of gallery space and features work by Elmer Bischoff, Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero, Richard Diebenkorn, Isamu Noguchi, Nathan Oliveira, David Park, Martin Puryear, Robert Motherwell, Ed Ruscha, and Wayne Thiebaud. While each artist has a distinctly personal and stylistically disparate approach to their craft, they share a tenacious loyalty towards the integrity of their unique visions. All display an emphasis on the transparency of artist's hand, while many demonstrate an almost abstract approach towards figuration. Independent Visions will be on view through September 30, 2009.


Highlights include Martin Puryear's sculptures Face Down (2008) and Untitled (1994), Alexander Calder's mobile Untitled (c. 1938) and stabile Pic Jaune (1973), Isamu Noguchi's Untitled (c.1945) and The Stone Within (1978), and Mayakovsky (1976) by Mark di Suvero – whose marriage of an abstract expressionist sensibility with steel/found objects remains distinctly his own. Despite the lack of any obvious stylistic connection between them, the artist's hand is apparent in all of these works and each reflects an innate tendency toward a personal and handmade method of art making.


Also on display are the paintings of David Park and Elmer Bischoff, two of the major figures associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement. Park's Canoe (1957) and Figures in a Landscape and Bischoff's Girl Getting Haircut (1962) share more in common with each other than do the works of di Suvero and Calder. However, their individuality stems from the fact they were created as a conscious abandonment of the prevailing norms of the time and represented a return from the rough gesturalism of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning to a more representational aesthetic. Along with Diebenkorn and Thiebaud, they represent a small cluster of artists whose singular approach to art existed independently from the dominating canon.


Other highlights on display include Richard Diebenkorn's Untitled (Ocean Park)(1987), Ed Ruscha's Pressurized Diabolics (1976) and Alexander Calder's painting A Manhattan (On a blue ground)(1944).


For further information and photographs, please contact the gallery at 415.781.4629 or info@berggruen.com. Gallery hours: Monday - Friday: 9:30-5:30, Saturday: 10:30-5:00