Herb Alpert and Anita Huffington Exhibition to Run 1/25-4/16 at ACA Galleries
ACA Galleries has announced Totems & Deities: The Sculpture of Herb Alpert and Anita Huffington, an exhibition of two artists who found early success in music and dance. The exhibition pairs Alpert's abstract bronze sculptures, which can be compared to the freedom and spontaneity of his improvisational work as a jazz musician, with Huffington's figurative bronze work inspired by the fluidity and form of her experience as a ballet dancer.
Herb Alpert has spent more than half his life as a respected musician and artist. He began working on the Spirit Totem series in 2000, originally inspired by the totem poles of the indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Alpert's paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in museums in the United States: the Tennessee State Museum and Pasadena Museum of California Art, among others. His work is in the permanent collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles and the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville. In 2013, Alpert was awarded the National Medal of Art at the White House by President Barack Obama. Three of Alpert's monumental bronze sculptures, Spirit Totems, will be on public exhibit in Dante Park, NYC, from January 25 through April 16, 2014.
Since Alpert first introduced the Tijuana Brass with its signature sound, it has grown into a global phenomenon. Eight-time Grammy Winner, he was recently honored with a fresh Grammy nomination "Best Pop Instrumental Album" for his latest album Steppin' Out.
Anita Huffington's sculptures incorporate both classic and modern influences, returning to the most elemental of artistic subjects, the human body. Formerly a Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham dancer, Huffington is the recipient of the Jimmy Ernst Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1997) as well as the Governor's Arts Award for an individual artist (2005). Her work has been exhibited throughout the country and is in numerous public collections: Crystal Bridges Museum, AR; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Morris Museum of Art, GA, among others. A 287-page monograph on Huffington with an introduction by Townsend Wolfe is available (Ruder Finn Press, 2007).