Magazine article Southwest Art

Joshua Tobey & G. Russell Case

Magazine article Southwest Art

Joshua Tobey & G. Russell Case

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Astoria Fine Art, July 3-5

ASTORIA FINE Art's annual Fourth of July Showcase, which traditionally features Joshua Tobey, adds a second highly collected artist, G. Russell Case, to the show this year. "Putting those two artists together is a rare case of having two highly sought-after artists in one show," says managing partner Greg Fulton. For this weekend event, there's no opening reception; rather, the artists visit the gallery from 1 to 5 p.m. each day to speak with collectors. "It's like a three-day reception. People can come and go as they please," says Fulton.

The show features some 60 pieces of Tobey's work-ranging from tabletop to life-size-including eight new bronzes. On the walls Case showcases a dozen of his popular landscapes. "We wanted someone who matches Joshua's talents. You wouldn't think that contemporary wildlife sculpture would blend well with traditional southwestern painting, but within that room, it's a cohesive mix," says Fulton.

The collection of Tobey's new work includes several bear sculptures, a subject for which he's widely known. He also presents subject matter that he's never previously sculpted, including WISE GUY, a great horned owl; HITCHHIKER, a heron standing on the back of a turtle; and SIESTA, a snoozing rabbit. Water creatures and birds have increasingly drawn the Colorado artist's attention. "It's about shape and composition. The turtle, the heron, and the owl are fascinating because the nuances of those species are wonderful to sculpt," he says. Of course, Tobey imbues each sculpture with his trademarks: a unique and intuitively perceived personality, and an elegant patina. …

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