Holly Gordon with Jim Spates at the #DoveBlockProject

Holly Gordon with Jim Spates Honorary Arthur Dove Chair

Here is Holly Gordon with Jim Spates Honorary Arthur Dove Chair
Professor of Sociology Emeritus: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY

Jim Spates is a retired professor of sociology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, and Vice President of the Dove Block Restoration Group. He taught at HWS for 43 years and has always been interested in modern art. He believes this chance to elevate the story of Arthur Dove’s history in Geneva and his importance in contemporary American art is a remarkable opportunity for the city; Jim is delighted to be part of this important project.

This is the link to their recent talk at the #DoveBlockProject in Geneva, NY.

That Holly Gordon and Ward Hooper inadvertently stumbled over a connection with the early 20th century abstract artists Arthur Dove and Helen Torr in 2014 became an integral part of their award-winning book Parallel Perspectives: The Brush/Lens Collaboration. Long Island is steeped in art history and their collaborative creative journey has connected them to Geneva, NY.

Dove broke from Picasso, Matisse, Miro, etc. to develop his own personal painting style and is considered by some historians to be America’s first 20th century abstract painter and Holly Gordon’s innovative photo-liminalism, described in Chapter 5 of the book, has become part of the 21st century international and social movement called Techspressionism. See https://techspressionism.com and doveblockproject.org for additional information.


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