Choate Rosemary Hall
333 CHRISTIAN STREET
Wallingford, CT 06492
9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013
Galleries | Art
The Paul Mellon Arts Center will stage an exhibition of works by artist Emilio Sanchez ’39 and Japanese woodblock prints from the collection of Ted Marks ’60 from January 9 through February 24. The Arts Center is located on the campus of Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. when school is in session, and is free of charge.
Internationally renowned artist Emilio Sanchez (1921-1999) was born in Cuba. He was a member of The Choate School’s Class of 1939 and began his artistic training at the Art Students League in 1944 when he moved to New York City. His early works of the 1950s are stylized and figurative, depicting views of New York and the tropical landscapes of his native Cuba.
In the 1960s his works became significantly more abstract and he began to develop his well-known paintings of houses and architectural themes. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s he further explored architectural themes by traveling to countries around the Mediterranean.
In the 1990s Sanchez’s attention focused more on New York urban scenes of storefronts, garages and skyscrapers. An artist with an independent voice and international acclaim, Sanchez has had over 60 solo exhibitions and has been included in numerous group shows in museums and galleries in the United States, Latin America and Europe. The Paul Mellon Arts Center staged an exhibition of Sanchez’s work in May 2004.
His art is well represented in private and public collections including over 30 museums such as the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Ted Marks, Class of 1960, and his wife, Marcia Regnier Marks, were avid collectors of the 20th century Japanese school of art called sosaku-hanga (literally creative woodblock prints). The couple lived in Asia from 1970-1980, spending seven years in Japan where Ted was a foreign correspondent for United Press International (UPI). In 2010, Marks and his wife donated these prints to Choate Rosemary Hall.
The leading artists in this movement, whose works are represented in this exhibition, are Koshiro Onchi (1891-1955) and Gen Yamaguchi (1896-1976). They were instrumental in moving the Japanese art world from Ukiuyo-e (floating world) prints to a more creative style of art.