Press Release

Alfred Jensen
Paintings from the 70's

September 14 - October 23, 2004

Texas Gallery
2012 Peden Street
Houston, TX 77019

The Texas Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of the late paintings of Alfred Jensen (1903-1981). A truly international artist, Jensen, of Danish parents, was born in Guatemala and settled in New York City in 1951. His life was a continuous exploration and quest in pursuit of a unified theory of painting in his own terms. Traveling extensively in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, he found correspondences for his theory in ancient architectural sites and in various ancient numbering systems, especially those of the Maya, as well as in the color theories of Goethe. The exhibition at the Texas Gallery focuses on the work from several series of paintings made in the 1970’s. The jewel like qualities and overall exuberance of the paintings with their thick impasto and columns of numbers and signs overtake the theoretical underpinnings to produce a mesmerizing expansion of abstract painting. Included in the show are two major works that were included in the recent exhibition devoted to Jensen’s work – Concordance – at the Dia Center for the Arts in 2002.

From the writings of Alfred Jensen:
Concretely rendered my art is composed by color and form (numbers) structured in the terms of the pyramid builders’ concepts…
My travel moments observed from an airplane, when I saw a landscape from many sides at once, are similar in structure to planetary time counts, experienced…in the various landscapes of Central America.
My art represents a wholeness, a freed time and space structure, a color and form realization equal to a vision beyond verbal explanation.
(from “The Aperspective Structure of a Square”, 1970).

For further information, please contact Nancy Douthey.
Texas Gallery
2012 Peden
Houston, TX 77019
713.524.1593 (tel)
713.524.0534 (fax)