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Works of Anthony Quinn at Bannister Gallery, Nov. 4-24


Anthony Quinn. "Jubilation."
Bannister Gallery will present a body of sculptural work by the late actor and artist Anthony Quinn from Nov. 4-24. The opening reception for the exhibition will be on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 5-8 p.m. in the gallery.

“A Modernist Vision, A Focus Exhibition,” brings pieces inspired by Quinn’s lifelong fascination and passion for the desert during his years of filming that represent modernist traditions speaking in a singular voice. Influenced by artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Henry Moore and Alexander Archipenko, he wanted to explore modernism as a narrative going beyond the material.

The exhibition will consist of 12-14 sculptures and 20 framed pieces that are primarily drawings, most of which are untitled.

Born Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn in 1915 during the revolutionary war in Mexico, he began sculpting at the age of nine, and when he was a junior in high school won a contest with the prize being the opportunity to study and work with the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.


Anthony Quinn. "Untitled."
Wright encouraged him to improve his diction and eventually led him into acting in over 200 films and plays and receiving two Academy Awards and six nominations.

Quinn seamlessly moved through life as either an actor who made art, or artist who made films, never forgetting his Mexican roots.

The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Anthony Quinn Foundation and is curated by James Montford, director of Bannister Gallery.


Gallery hours during exhibits are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Accessible to persons with disabilities. For information on event dates and exhibit opening receptions, check the website at www.ric.edu/Bannister or call (401) 456-9765.