With You I Want To Live. Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

Apr 18th, 2009 through Mar 22nd, 2010. Museum of Art Fort LauderdaleA great love of collecting the art of our time is shown in the private holdings of Gordon Locksley and Francie Bishop Good + David Horvitz. All three individuals are tireless collectors passionately engaged in the contemporary art scene. The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale has brought together over one hundred selected works from these two collections for this exhibition, With You I Want to Live, the title taken from a neon wall sculpture by Tracey Emin in the Locksley collection.

Gordon Locksley has amassed extraordinary holdings of contemporary art since 1960. He and business partner George Shea began their careers as art dealers, opening in 1964  the Locksley Shea Gallery in Minneapolis, representing artists who are now considered modern masters: Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, and Brice Marden. After leaving Minneapolis and living in Rome and Cannes, Gordon Locksley settled in Fort Lauderdale. He continues to actively collect and commission new work, some of monumental scale that will be on view for the first time in this exhibition.

The minimal art of the 1960s is a particularly strong suit of the Locksley collection. Gordon Locksley had a long association with Donald Judd, one of the twentieth century’s great artists. Other prominent artists associated with this movement and included in the exhibition are Dan Flavin, Joel Fisher, Brice Marden, Robert Mangold and Robert Morris.
The strong formalist approach is also seen in the canvases by Anselm Reyle and Peter Halley. The collection diverges stylistically with the bold Pop aesthetic of Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara; the graffiti artists Bansky, Nick Walker, Blek La Rat; and the Chinese artists Luo Weidong, Minjun Yue, and Wang Guangyi.

Tracey Emin’s eye-catching pink neon wall sculpture, With you I Want to Live, immediately was realized as the appropriate title for the exhibition. The title plays on a certain ambiguity, that is so much a part of Emin’s work, which is grounded within the feminist discourse that is very much the theme of the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz and includes two works by Tracey Emin.

Francie Bishop Good + David Horvitz Collection has as its special emphasis the contribution of women to the field of contemporary art, encompassing cutting edge visions from artists working in painting, drawing, photography and video from the 1960s to the present. The collection also features works by South Florida artists, and those who have a significant relationship with the burgeoning South Florida art scene.  Among these are Naomi Fisher, Jacin Giordano, Beatriz Monteavaro, Carol Prusa, and Betty Rosado.

Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
1 E Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
954.525.5500
www.moafl.org

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