John Urbain Selections
October 6, 2017 to November 24, 2017

Yvette Torres Fine Art to Show Black Mountain College Artist, John Urbain




 Selections from the work of John Urbain will be shown at Yvette Torres Fine Art October 6 through October 28, 2017. The opening reception will be held Friday, October 6 from 5 - 8pm,

Rockland’s First Friday Artwalk.


Returning from service in Europe during WWII, Urbain attended Black Mountain College, near Asheville, North Carolina, using the G.I. Bill. Black Mountain College was an experimental school founded in the middle of the 20th century on the principles of balancing academics, arts, and manual labor within a democratic, communal society to create "complete" people. The environment was so conducive to interdisciplinary work and experimentation that it proved to be one of the most important settings for 20th century artists in their quest to revolutionize modern art. It was while at Black Mountain College that Urbain met and studied under Josef Albers, who would prove to be a major influence on the artist. His exploration of line, space, color, materials,  surfaces, and the manner in which each affects the other became the dominant perspective from which Urbain would approach the making of art throughout his life.

His work was always more important than commercial success. He was continually excited by the process and had a way of making his work personal, almost magical, without being sentimental.


Urbain’s works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Detroit Museum of Art, the Houston Art Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, The Asheville Art Museum, and numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad.


Yvette Torres Fine Art is located at 464 Main Street, Rockland, three blocks north of the Farnsworth on the second floor. Gallery hours in the fall are Thursday through Sunday, 12 to 4 and by chance or appointment. For more information, call 207-332-4014 or visit the website,