Curtain I is one of three pieces by Marko Spalatin that was collected by Louis. Curtain I is viewed next to Horizon.
Good, some very minor surface oil that can be restored prior to sale. Has been stored in a temperature controlled space. Video to be uploaded soon. Please inquire if you'd like to see it prior to upload.
The following artist information has been incorporated from Marko Spalatin's website. For a full list of his solo and group exhibitions, please visit his website.
1945 b. Born in Zagreb, Croatia
1963 Immigrated to United States
1968 B.S. in Art, University of Wisconsin — Madison
1971 M.F.A., University of Wisconsin — Madison
"My work represents a continuous involvement with abstract geometric forms defined by careful manipulation of color and light. The relationship between form and color within the pictorial field demands a visually symbiotic presence. The challenge revolves around the selection of a form as a vehicle for color, as well as choosing appropriate color and light for that form. This interplay creates a primary spatial illusion, along with secondary effects. I find that precisely defined areas of color, when placed against each other, compete for dominance. This activity, when further accentuated by tonal structure, produces multiple levels of perception. A given area of uniformly applied pigment loses its flat character through simultaneous contrast with the surrounding colors. In many cases, the positive and negative spaces within the field become interchangeable. In more complex paintings, when the substructure is a series of repetitive modules, the color-light interplay reveals its polyphonic character.
In general, my compositions remain formal and symmetrical in order to be set in motion by unexpected mutations of color and light. In some cases, the careful placement of small areas of saturated color against a backdrop of transitional grays creates an illusion of suspended particles. There is no doubt that in these images in particular, my sense of color and light is subconsciously influenced and sustained by many years of scuba diving in the waters of the Adriatic Sea and the Caribbean. I am intrigued by the relativity of color and by the mystery of light, and I am constantly challenged to explore their potentials. Every painting becomes a self-imposed visual problem, subjectively resolved in search of an objective truth."
Musée d'Art Moderne — Paris, France
Museum of Modern Art — New York, New York
Tate Gallery — London, England
Bibliothèque National — Paris, France
Victoria & Albert Museum — London, England
Library of Congress — Washington, D.C.
Museum of Contemporary Art — Chicago, Illinois
Metropolitan Museum — Manila, Philippines
Philadelphia Museum of Art — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Butler Institute of American Art — Youngstown, Ohio
Museum of Modern Art — Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Milwaukee Art Museum — Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Brooklyn Museum — Brooklyn, New York
Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cleveland Museum of Art — Cleveland, Ohio
Elvehjem Museum of Art — Madison, Wisconsin
Akron Art Institute — Akron, Ohio
Museum of Modern Art — Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
Madison Art Center — Madison, Wisconsin
New York Public Library — New York, New York
Oklahoma Art Center — Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Masur Museum of Art — Monroe, Louisiana
National Arts Club — New York, New York
Albrecht Museum — St. Joseph, Missouri
Billings Art Center — Billings, Montana
National & University Library — Zagreb, Croatia
Rochester Museum of Art — Rochester, New York
Museum of Modern Art — Ljubljana, Slovenia