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December Issue 2010

Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, SC, Offers Works by Merton D. Simpson

The Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, SC, just outside of Greenville, SC, is presenting the exhibit, Merton D. Simpson: Paintings from 1953-2001, on view through Dec. 31, 2010.

Simpson was born in Charleston, SC, in 1928. As a young child he developed a passion for painting. Under the tutelage of William Halsey, Simpson opened his first exhibition in his native city.

In 1948, Simpson arrived in New York City and studied at New York University and Copper Union. Supporting himself with work at a framing shop, he met important artists of the day such as abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell. Within a few years he was included in shows at the Metropolitan (1952) and the Guggenheim (1954), quickly establishing himself as a pioneer in the Abstract Expressionist movement.

In 1963, Simpson was part of the Spiral Group, African American artists responding to the civil unrest in America. Out of this period, came Simpson's pivotal Confrontation paintings. Always a consummate painter, Simpson is also celebrated as a forerunner in dealing in African sculpture and as a professional saxophone player.

From Nov. 24 through Mar. 13, 2011, the Greenville County Art Museum in Greenville, SC, is presenting the exhibit, Merton Simpson: Confrontations.

For further info check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 864/268-2771 or visit (www.hamptoniiigallery.com).


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