Sedona City Hall Art Rotation
September through December 2019
The City Hall Art Rotation program customarily rotates two artists every four months.
On rare occasions there may be a solo exhibit.
The exhibit is displayed in the Council Chambers and Vultee Conference Room at 102 Roadrunner Dr.
To make an appointment for best viewing time, please call Arts & Culture Coordinator,
Nancy Lattanzi at 928-203-5078 or email NLattanzi@SedonaAZ.gov
Next Artist Reception
Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
Council Chambers + Vultee Conference Room
4:00 -6:00 pm
Proud to feature the abstract paintings created by Mark Rownd, with additional work from his Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning collection. Also featured Five Decades of paintings created by Harold Schifman. See press releases below for more information.
Jass Guitarist Tony DiMito
Mark Rownd's Abstract Exhibit,
Plus His Collection of Max Ernst & Dorothea Tanning Art
Photo by Blake Vadasy
View Mark Rownd and Max Ernst Exhibit at City Hall
From now through the end of December Mark Rownd’s abstract paintings will be on display at City Hall. Rownd has a collection of work by Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning also on display. Concurrently abstract painter Harold Schifman is exhibiting Five Decades of Art. Please save the date to meet Rownd and Schifman at their reception on Wednesday, October 30th from 4-6pm in the Council Chambers. Jazz guitarist Tony DiMito will be the musical guest.
Rownd's formative years as an abstract painter began decades ago as an art student in college. The abstract expressionist movement was a major influence on his early understanding of formal elements of color, form and scale. At the same time he pursued an interest in music and expanded his musical studies to include tonal percussion and piano. The intersection of those early beginnings has continued to inform his art and music to this day.
“After moving here, the local art history of Sedona became a serious interest and I began researching in earnest the local history of the famous surrealists Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning who lived and created art in Sedona in the 1940s and 50s,” states Rownd. To teach others about this time period in Sedona's past, he has helped organize several exhibitions with examples of their artwork from his own collection.
The shimmering landscape of Sedona has a little known place in the history of the twentieth century modern art movement in America. When Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning retreated from New York to the remote outpost of Sedona in 1946 to build a small home and studio among the red rocks, it sparked a very productive creative period in both of their artistic careers. Max and Dorothea traveled by car from Sedona to New York eight times over the ensuing years, towing a trailer filled with artworks bound for exhibition. The art they created here was shown in prominent galleries and museums on the east coast, and continues to be shown in important museums around the world to this day. In 2018 a retrospective of Max's artwork was held at the Museum of Modern Art and in 2019 a major retrospective of Dorothea's art was held at the Tate Modern in London.
Beyond the recognition of the artworks themselves, many prominent artists and friends of Max and Dorothea from around the globe traveled to the tiny community of Sedona to visit them during the time they lived here. Artist friends who journeyed here included Marcel Duchamp, Dylan Thomas, Man Ray, Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Copley, Sonja Sekula, Yves Tanguy and Kay Sage, Frederick Sommer and others.
Among the first pieces Max created after moving to Sedona in 1946 was a series of miniscule paintings he called microbes. Examples of artwork by Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning presented by Mark Rownd are on display at Sedona City Hall, including numerous examples of Max's microbes that were published in Life Magazine in January 1952, which brought national attention to his artworks from Sedona. Additionally, several abstract paintings by Mark Rownd will also be on display.
Arts and culture coordinator Nancy Lattanzi adds, “Many who know Mark in this community, know he has a strong passion and an expansive knowledge for the work of Ernst and Tanning. Beyond that, he has incredible stories he shares about where specific artworks have been exhibited in the past and the prices their artworks now command at auction. He recently discovered that Max and Dorothea were at Rice University to see Max's retrospective entitled, Inside the Sight, the same year Mark began art school there in 1973. Astonishingly, Mark discovered that Max exhibited Forest and Sun (56) at Sedona Art Center’s opening exhibit of the Art Barn in 1961 which was the piece Mark had featured in his exhibition of their artwork in the same Art Barn at SAC in 2014! All this is not to overshadow Mark as a skilled abstract painter himself with his work on display as well. I hope the public will join us at this unique reception on Oct 30th to meet Mark and view the work he has collected over the years created by Max and Dorothea.”
Max Ernst Microbe: de cruelle verdures, 1953
Max Ernst Microbe: QUOTIDIENNE, 1953
Photo by Vinh Chung
View Harold Schifman's Retrospective Paintings: Five Decades at City Hall
From now through the end of December Harold Schifman’s impressionistic abstract paintings entitled Five Decades, is on display at City Hall. Mark Rownd is also exhibiting his abstract work, along with his collection of art by Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning. Please save the date to meet Schifman and Rownd at their reception on Wednesday, October 30th from 4-6pm in the Council Chambers. Jazz guitarist Tony DiMito will be the musical guest.
This exhibition highlights Schifman's evolution through 16 paintings and artist embellished, limited edition giclees from his private collection. Schifman was classically trained at the Kansas City Art Institute, like fellow artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jackson Pollock. Initially he worked in New York City alongside the likes of Andy Warhol as a commercial artist and illustrator in the 1970's. He later expanded working in New York's industrial and fashion design industries.
Schifman gained international acclaim in 1987 when he relocated to Tucson and purchased The Larson Company. His remarkable career revolutionized architectural themed experiences globally. Some of these works include: the Mars futuristic simulation for the Smithsonian Museum, a 150-foot nineteenth century shipwreck for Disney and an artificial environment for the world's largest aquarium in Osaka, Japan. He also created fantasy characters at the Forum Shops in Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, including a 40 foot tall Trojan horse carved out of wood.
While at the helm of The Larson Company, Schifman’s travels greatly influenced his aesthetics. He studied Asian design for ten years in Japan. The minimalist simplicity of form and color is evident in some of his paintings today. His use of metallic pigments reflect his building work in the Middle East.
Recently, Schifman established a second residence and art studio in Sedona, Arizona. He draws inspiration from the spiritual energy found amidst Sedona's majestic red rocks. “Living here has been transformative,” said Schifman, “I'm a different person in Sedona, I'm a different artist.”
Arts and culture coordinator Nancy Lattanzi states, “In one of those synchronous Sedona moments, Harold happened to be sitting at the next table to me in a restaurant with Donna Chesler, who introduced us. Learning he was a new painter to Sedona and after seeing his work, I knew his large captivating pieces would be a good fit for the City exhibit. I am happy to connect Harold to our creative community and hope the public will take time to meet someone with an intriguingly incredible background and welcome him to Sedona.”