ACT Presents "Bauer"

Posted Jun 29th, 2017 by Jeffrey Albright  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Actors Collaborative Toledo presents “Bauer” by Lauren Gunderson.

Gunderson’s play tells the compelling and controversial tale of world-renowned artist Rudolf Bauer, who was so driven to create, he sketched on scraps in a Nazi prison and yet eventually stopped painting forever when a feud erupted amongst himself, his patron and benefactor Solomon Guggenheim, and Bauer’s lifetime love, Baroness Hilla Rebay – one of Guggenheim’s most trusted curators.

The Guggenheim Museum, originally built to house Bauer’s works, opened without a single Bauer exhibited. The play presents a freshly imagined face-off between Bauer and the two women he loved most as they each confront the passions of his life and art.

July 21 & 22 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (1201 Madison Ave. Toledo, OH 43604)

Jeffrey Albright directs a cast starring John DuVall as Bauer, Anne Cross as his wife and former maid, Louise, and Cindy Bilby as his lifelong love, Hilla Rebay.

Rudolf Bauer is considered by many art historians and critics to have had a major impact on modern artists such as Jackson Pollock and William de Kooning, and yet his name and work mysteriously disappeared from the art world in the 1950s and many of his paintings remain banished to the basement of the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Bauer was also one of the originators of nonobjective painting, a genre commonly referred to as abstract or nonrepresentational art. His contemporaries include Piet Mondrian, Wasilly Kandinsky, and Paul Klee.
Bauer’s work was featured in the U.S. as early as 1933 and Solomon R. Guggenheim became his champion and patron, purchasing 300 works for his personal art collection. Guggenheim’s first museum, The Museum of Nonobjective Painting that opened in 1939 was dominated by Bauer’s artwork.

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