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A Brilliant, Once-in-a-Lifetime Legacy Collection of the Umlauf Family — On View at Austin’s Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery in April
The Art of Charles Umlauf and Four of His Children: Madelon, Lynn, Arthur and Karl
April 2 – 30, 2016
One Texas artist has become nearly synonymous with sculpture on a regional, and even national scale — Charles Umlauf (1911 – 1994). Austin residents are no doubt already familiar with the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, which showcases 51 pieces of his sculpture in verdant gardens among babbling brooks. However, most people are unaware that he had six children — four of whom became artists and have produced remarkable work that is building upon the already visually luxuriant Umlauf legacy. Consequently, it is with great pleasure that the Russell Collection announces a show comprised of the work of Charles Umlauf as well as that of his children: Arthur, Madelon, Lynn and Karl. All of the work displayed will be available for purchase.
Charles Umlauf was known for incorporating European Abstract influences into his work and a number of his pieces will be on display that are emblematic of his style and impeccable craftsmanship. Meanwhile, work by his son, Arthur, are varied with regard to technique and subject matter; they range from gouache and pastel to poured bronze and reflect his fascination with both the female form and religious iconography.
Madelon Umlauf states that she has an affinity for “round paintings because they are more the circularity of one’s visual field than are rectangular paintings.” She adds, “Although all of the paintings trace their origins to actual landscapes in nature, their color palettes are sometimes intentionally non-naturalistic.” Her twin sister, Lynn, has lived and worked in New York, Florence, Verona and Dusseldorf. She admits to “prowling the Italian countryside, making improvisatory drawings as inspiration, and larger paintings in the studio.” Additionally, her sculpture utilizes “wire, rubber, Plexiglas as well as electric motors and light.” If that’s not scintillating enough, she’s shown work at the Whitney Museum in New York.
Lastly, Karl Umlauf has artwork in more than 50 museums and public collections and has enjoyed over 75 solo exhibitions. His most recent work was shown in Houston and was described as “an incredible exhibition of industrial paintings and assemblages.” His work is included in (among others) the collections at The Museum of Modern Art (NY) and the Fogg Museum, Harvard University’s oldest art museum.
The Russell Collection is thrilled to present to the public a remarkable compendium of art representing a variety of media and diverse sensibilities. Moreover, they could not be more pleased that the Umlauf name continues to garner attention and accolades throughout the highest tiers of the artistic community.
Meet the artists at a reception on Saturday, April 2, 6-8 pm. Please RSVP at 512-478-4440. open to the public and an RSVP is requested. 512-478-4440.