Coral Springs Museum of Art Exhibits the Powerful Sculptures of Rainer Lagemann and Mixed Media Works by James Verbicky
The Art of Pop & Comics On Display in East Gallery; Show Runs March 5 – May 23, 2015
By: Chris Brunner:
Coral Springs Museum of Art, which focuses on highlighting present day, nationally recognized and Florida artists who create traditional, modern and postmodern art, shines the spotlight on artists Rainer Lagemann and James Verbicky. The exhibits are curated by art writer and editor Bruce Helander, formerly of The Art Economist.
Fascinated by the human body, Rainer Lagemann’s Shaping the Square sculptures capture the body in motion. Lagemann uses hollow metal squares to sculpt the human form, creating works that elicit both the strength and delicacy of the body. The sculptures are both ethereal and concrete.
In James Verbicky’s Iconicity, the three-dimensional surfaces transcend traditional painting and venture into the realm of sculpture while utilizing vintage media and graphics, advertisements, and obsolete branding materials. His works are at once deeply conceptual and hauntingly beautiful: their abstraction capturing both forgotten and persisting icons of media and reminding us that we are constantly being influenced.
Running in conjunction with Verbicky’s Iconicity and Lagemann’s Shaping the Square, is The Art of Pop & Comics showcase. Curated by Boca Raton art dealer and consultant Lenore Stern Morris, the exhibit features over thirty works by Jose Delbo, Nelson De La Nuez, Charles Fazzino, Marvin Gralnick, and Al Razza.
Jose Delbo is best known for penciling the adventures of Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, The Transformers and The Thundercats for DC and Marvel Comics, and has also set his pen to the paper for Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, Little Mermaid, and the Mighty Ducks.
Nelson De La Nuez has earned his title as the King of Pop Art with his unique juxtaposition of pop culture and surrealism in works rich with American history and culture. His distinctive style is known as “Art on the Edge” and he is featured on the “Who’s Who List of the Most Collected Artists of Our Time.”
Known as a pop culture historian, Charles Fazzino is one of the most popular and highly collected pop artists of all time. His colorful and playful depictions of cityscapes and their energies are included in hundreds of museums and galleries across the world.
Inspired by the works of Picasso and Basquiat, Marvin Gralnick fuses political satire with mixed media materials to create works critical of western pop culture.
Former Coral Springs Museum of Art instructor Al Razza’s works are inspired by early American pin-ups, pulp fiction, dime novels and film noir from Hollywood’s golden age.
Artist Reception: March 5, 6–8:00 p.m.
Exhibits on display March 5 – May 23, 2015
Coral Springs Museum of Art
2855 Coral Springs Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Museum members can view the exhibits for free.“Future” member prices are $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students with school ID, and free for children 5 and under. Admission to the Artist Reception is $10 for “Future” members and complimentary for members. The first Wednesday of every month is free.