CURRENT EXHIBIT

CECIL TOUCHON

THE NEW BEAUTIFUL


March 27, 2010 - April 24, 2010

RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST
SPRING GALLERY NIGHT
Saturday, March 27, 2010; 2-9p.m.



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Post-Dogmatist Painting #423
Cecil Touchon
Post-Dogmatist Painting #423
Mixed-Media On Canvas
48 x 48 inches

The New Beautiful, an exhibition of works by Cecil Touchon, will be on display March 27-April 24 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held on spring Gallery Night, Saturday, March 27, 2:00-9:00 p.m. The show will include a collection of new paintings and works on paper that display the artist's ongoing quest to address notions of beauty through purely visual communication. Based on Touchon's concept of the "new beautiful," the work juxtaposes modern theory with traditional technique to create lyrical, abstract - and beautiful - compositions.

The artist's concept behind the "new beautiful" begins with our culture's need to continually invent fresh consumables. Touchon believes, however, that the fine arts do not fit into this mold and should be more carefully considered over time; art is best measured in decades and centuries, not seasons. So, instead of attempting to create new "isms" and theories, the artist mines the store of existing art ideals, re-examining and editing various artistic concepts to make them universally accessible to a contemporary audience. He explains: "...the point I wish to focus on is the idea that aesthetics have changed so significantly over the last 75 years that we can now say what was modern and once strange and radical and painfully isolated in a world built over previous centuries, has now become the New Beautiful..."

Following this idea, Touchonre-examines then transcends various avant-garde movements of the past century, including Synthetic Cubism, Constructivism, and Fluxus. He views his role as "part of the clean up crew of the twentieth century," excavating once dismissed artistic viewpoints for further consideration. Hence, his respect for the history of art and its craft give his work a unique edge; while the work is abstract and nonrepresentational, it also exhibits tradition.

Post-Dogmatist Painting #416 exemplifies this methodology. The artist employs a classic color scheme (black, white, red) while the compositional layout is based loosely on the traditional symmetrical grid. Further, he has delicately shaded and manipulated lines and shapes to create texture and the illusion of depth-an homage to the trompe l'oeil tradition. Collage is the genesis of Touchon's oeuvre, and like all of Touchon's work, this piece mimics that medium by deconstructing and then reconstructing the elements. In this manner, external physical objects are distilled down and re-contextualized as shapes, lines, and colors, resulting in an abstraction that allows the artist to speak to a broad spectrum of viewers. Here, pieces of letters-once recognizable symbols-cease to exist as words and begin to communicate only as formal elements of design. They become part of the visual medium, which celebrates the true essence of the artwork.

Of his "new beautiful" series, Touchon exclaims: "We should not be embarrassed to use the word beautiful as many artists today seem to be. The New Beautiful is strong and light and free. It is experimental and tentative yet elegant, simple and idealistic. The once naïve optimism, in time and with practice, culminates in wisdom."

Post-Dogmatist Painting #443
Cecil Touchon
Post-Dogmatist Painting #443
Acrylic & Graphite On Canvas
54 x 36 inches

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Widely recognized throughout Texas and the United States, Cecil Touchonhas played a major role in the fine arts arena for well over two decades. The highly acclaimed artist has exhibited in galleries and museums in Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Boston, Houston, St. Louis, and Atlanta, among other cities. International exhibitions include venues in Paris; Amsterdam; Berlin; Cuernavaca, Mexico; and Italy, where he participated in the Venice Biennial in 2009 and 2001.

Touchon is the founder and director of the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction and co-founder of the International Post-Dogmatist Group. He is also a member of the Massurrealist Society and founder of the La Sociedad Massurrealista de Mexico. He has been featured in dozens of exhibition catalogues, magazine articles, and scholarly publications, the most recent of which will be published in 2010 and is titled Masters: Collage-Major Works by Leading Artists (Lark Books).

Touchon's work appears in the collections of several major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Tate Modern in London. His works are found in many corporate collections as well, including those of IBM, HBO, American Airlines, American Express, Citibank, Las Vegas's Bellagio Hotel, Neiman Marcus, Hallmark, and the Sanyo Corporation, to name a few.

A Texas native, Cecil Touchon was born in Austin and attended both North Texas State University in Denton and the University of Texas at Arlington. He has been represented by William Campbell Contemporary Art since 1984.


ABOUT THE GALLERY

Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions, photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity found in contemporary art.

GALLERY HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday 10am-5:30pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
and by appointment

Please contact Pam or Bill Campbell at wcca@flash.net or at 817-737-9566 for more information.




Previous Exhibitions

 RANDALL REID - IN TIMES PAST: January 30, 2010 - March 13, 2010

 BILLY HASSELL - TANGLE: December 4, 2009 - January 23, 2010

 SCOTTIE PARSONS - PIECES OF SPACE: October 24 -November 28, 2009

 J.T. GRANT - THE SIN EATER & THE ANCHORITE: September 5 - October 17, 2009

 SEVAN MELIKYAN, JEFF MUELLER, and SHAWN WALLIS - Acumen: June 20- August 15, 2009

 JUDY YOUNGBLOOD & CLIFF GARTEN - NEW WORKS: May - June, 2009

 OTIS JONES - NEW WORKS: February 14, 2009 - March 21, 2009

 BENITO HUERTA - GRAND ILLUSION: January 10, 2009 - February 7, 2009

 MARK SMITH - IN SEARCH OF MEMORY: December 5, 2008- January 3, 2009

 STEPHEN DALY - Drawings & Sculpture: OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 29, 2008

 ROBERT McAN - Identity Theory: September 6 - October 11, 2008

 GALLERY ARTISTS - Recent Works: June 21 - August 23, 2008

 KEN DIXON - SACRED LANDSCAPES: May 10 - June 14, 2008

 JULIE LAZARUS - ABSTRACTED REFLECTIONS: March 29 - May 3, 2008

 BOB WADE - GUSHERS + MORE: FEB. 16 - MAR. 22, 2008

 TOM HOLLENBACK - ACRYLIC & STEEL: NOV. 30, 2007 - JAN. 6, 2008

 JAKE GILSON - WALL RELIEFS & WORKS ON PAPER: OCT. 19 - NOV. 24, 2007

 JANE HELSLANDER - FIELD PRESENCE: SEPT. 8 - OCT. 13, 2007

 SUMMER MIX - Works from artists represented by the gallery: June 30th - August 4th, 2007

 THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TEXAS - Photographs Celebrate Texas Nature: May 12th - June 23rd, 2007

 JOACHIM KERSTEN - DIGITALIS PURPUREA: March 31 - May 5, 2007

 JANUS-STYLE NEW YEAR'S EXHIBITION - Looking Forward / Looking Back: January 19 - February 28, 2007

 NEW AND EMERGING TEXAS TALENT - Show Offs II: December 1, 2006 - January 13, 2007

 BERND HAUSSMANN - RECOLLECT: October 21 - November 25, 2006

 DALTON MARONEY - CROSSINGS: September 9 - October 14, 2006

 GROUP EXHIBITION - MAN-I-FEST: June 24 - August 5, 2006

 PATRICK KELLY - I Want Eye Candy: May 13 - June 11, 2006

 CAROL BENSON - ATTACHMENTS: April 1 - April 30, 2006

 CECIL TOUCHON - VISUAL POETRY: February 18 - March 26, 2006

 RANDALL REID & STEVE MURPHY - HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: December 2, 2005 – January 14, 2006,

 RICHARD THOMPSON - Mindful Wading: October 22 – November 26, 2005

 JOHN HOLT SMITH - Work by Tarrant County artists: June 25 – August 6, 2005

 JOURNEYS: PUBLIC & PRIVATE - SEQUENCE: THE LIGHT WE REMEMBER TO SEE, FOR BILL: September 10 - October 15, 2005

 KEVIN TOLMAN - PAINTINGS + DRAWINGS: May 14 – June 18, 2005

 SEVAN MELIKYAN - ‘AFTER’ SERIES II: April 2 – May 2, 2005

 A FOCUSED VISION - Group Exhibition: February 11 – March 26, 2005

 SCOTTIE PARSONS - NEW PAINTINGS: December 3, 2004 – January 8, 2005

 J.T. GRANT - BÊTE NOIRE: September 18 – October 23, 2004

 SURFACE - Group Exhibition: June 19 – September 4, 2004

 JUDY YOUNGBLOOD - NEW WORK: May 1 - June 5, 2004



William Campbell Contemporary Art
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William Campbell Contemporary Art
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday – Friday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday
and by appointment
 
Gallery One Frames
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday


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