MICHAEL CAR­SON

American Art Collector - - Contents - Maxwell Alexan­der Gallery 406 W. Pico Boule­vard • Los An­ge­les, CA 90015 • (213) 275-1060 • www.maxwellalexan­der.com

Art Forms

Flo­rals, horses and fig­ures will all be on view at Michael Klein’s up­com­ing show at Maxwell Alexan­der Gallery.

“I’ve been paint­ing flow­ers for a long time,” Klein says. “My wife and I own a home in Ar­gentina, and af­ter a stint there in 2010, I got back to New York and started buy­ing flow­ers ev­ery day at the flower mar­ket.” Among the flo­ral works on view in the ex­hi­bi­tion are White Pe­onies and Stu­dio Mir­ror. In Stu­dio Mir­ror, the artist is re­flected, palette in hand, be­hind a bucket of red and white flow­ers.

Though he made his name paint­ing flow­ers, Klein has re­cently be­gun a se­ries of equine sub­jects. Af­ter mov­ing from New York City to North Carolina, Klein dis­cov­ered the wild horses that have roamed the

shores of the state’s Outer Banks for over 400 years, thriv­ing cen­turies af­ter be­ing ditched with cargo by early Span­ish ex­plor­ers.

“These horses have been do­ing the same thing for hun­dreds of years, just graz­ing the lands, and as a sub­ject they haven’t changed at all,” Klein says. “The im­agery is re­ally in­cred­i­ble. It felt very Eu­ro­pean, and very his­tor­i­cal, and yet it ex­ists right in front of us.”

A group of the coastal horses con­gre­gates on the shore in Win­ter Sur­vival. They graze on the dor­mant grass, half cov­ered in a layer of snow. “These horses were ba­si­cally un­touched un­til the 20th cen­tury, and then they got di­min­ished be­cause of a bounty set on them in the 1930s,” Klein says. “Now, there are a few nonprofits that pro­tect them.”

Fig­u­ra­tive works, such as Con­tem­pla­tion and Fu­ture Legacy, San Car­los will also be fea­tured in the show, which opens at Maxwell Alexan­der Gallery De­cem­ber 8, with a re­cep­tion tak­ing place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

2Stu­dio Mir­ror, oil, 15 x 22½"

3 Con­tem­pla­tion, oil, 16 x 12"

1White Pe­onies, oil, 12 x 12"

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