Alden Mason: In Memoriam 1919-2013 at the Wright Exhibition Space.
Phen Huang and Greg Kucera have co-curated Alden Mason: In Memoriam 1919-2013, an exhibition of Alden Mason's work to be shown at The Wright Exhibition Space. The show will open on April 25 and close June 30.
The exhibition is designed to be a bit of a retrospective, with concentration on the major themes of his work. The exhibit will contain a few of the large head drawings in oil pastel or acrylic on paper from the 1970s, the Burpee Garden oil paintings from the early to mid-1970s, the patterned paintings in acrylic from the early 1980s, the figural paintings from the late 1980s and through the 1990s, the abstract work in acrylic on canvas from the late 1990s and into this century, and the late watercolor and oil pastel works Alden was working on in the last few years of his life.
This exhibition is not a full retrospective, but a survey of his brilliant career, since the early 1970s. And we hope for it to be different from the various museum shows during Alden's life. As two of his dealers for Alden during the last 30 years of his life, we have combined our knowledge of which collectors own some of the finest works of his life. Kucera represented Mason from 1983 until 1996. Foster/White has represented Mason since 2002 and continues to represent his estate.
We have asked a number of critics, artists, curators, and dealers, to write a group of short descriptions of various aspects of his career for a memorial publication and for label information within the exhibition.
Late in his life, Alden Mason hoped for a retrospective museum show to define the phases of his career. He wanted major works from each series to represent his artistic oeuvre. His seventy years of painting revealed a range of media from watercolor to oil paint, then to acrylic paints, and finally back to ink and watercolor. Moving through these unique styles proved Mason's ability to innovate and resonate with all audiences over an extended period of time.
In curating this exhibition, we aimed at fulfilling his request. As art dealers who represented his work for lengthy periods during his life, we each knew of favorite works in our community to bring to light in this show. We aimed for work that had not been previously shown in his various museum exhibitions such as his drawing show at Seattle Art Museum (1986), mid-career retrospective at the Henry Gallery (1987), survey exhibition at Museum of Northwest Art (2000), and his late career exhibition of works from the collection at Seattle Art Museum (2010).
We are grateful for the opportunity to co-curate this exhibition at the Wright Exhibition Space. We thank Virginia Wright for the opportunity to honor Alden Mason. We both thank Alden for his faith and encouragement of us in return.
Phen Huang and Greg Kucera