Lot 155 View Catalog
Ship to Shore, 1994. oil on canvas with balloon 57 1/2 x 78 in. (146.1 x 198.1 cm) Signed "Malcolm Morley" lower left.
PROVENANCE Mary Boone Gallery, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1995
EXHIBITED New York, Mary Boone Gallery, Malcolm Morley, May 6-June 24, 1995
"Often times people say, 'What do you paint?' and I say, 'Adventure paintings,' and that ends it," - Malcolm Morley (Interview with James Chad Hanna, "Painting for Glory: Malcolm Morley on the World War II Origins of His High-Flying Art", ArtInfo, April 1, 2011) 'Malcolm Morley's images are brightened by an energy that flows directly from Futurism, through Expressionism and into Pop Art, creating a new sense of time. The purely subjective gaze collapses into a field of figurative elements: these collide and condense into an objective form, not prior to but during the very act of contemplation, right before our eyes. Malcolm Morley only paints in present tense: in his works time is not defined by exceptional events. It is rather the combination of quality and possibility that make his art and sense of time seem real. The very form of his paintings is shaped by a strong feeling of hospitality: his works are open to historical memories and geographical quotations. They accept allusions to natural landscapes as well as figures coming from a belligerent and colonial past. Ships sail through foamy seas, cutting them with analytical precision. A few inches above lay skies filled with the lightness of hot air balloons: trips through space and time -nautical and aerial prostheses to help the artist in his nomadic wanderings. Destination anywhere.' (A. B.Oliva, "Malcolm Morley: The Immanent and Yet Imminent", Sperone Westwater, New York, May 2003)
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