Catalogue to the gallery exhibition of the same name, October 13–November 19, 2016
In September 1930, Everett Gee Jackson (1900–1995) published a short treatise on modern art. In “Modernism Without Apologies,” Jackson noted, “Form is the material of modernists. . . . It is the contention of the modernist that, by the arrangement of forms, colors and lines considered abstractly, one may possibly express objectively his emotional reaction to experiences with nature.” Jackson’s own path to modernism was steered and accelerated by traveling through Mexico on and off from 1923–27, and voraciously drawing inspiration from the work of Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Siqueiros, and other artists of the Syndicate of Technical Workers, Painters and Sculptors. Everett Gee Jackson: “Modernism Without Apologies” includes 20 figure paintings and landscapes from Jackson’s years in his native Texas, Mexico, and his adopted home of San Diego. A common DNA links most of the paintings in the exhibition to the distinctive modernism spawned by the muralists of 1920s Mexico City.
The catalogue is soft cover, 24 pages, fully illustrated in color.