Mark Moore Fine Art


Dear Pop,

 

Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to present “Mark Bennett: Dream Houses – The Blueprint Drawings 1992-2017” an exclusive online ARTSY exhibition focusing on the Mark Bennett unique original “SitCom” drawings of the last two decades just recently released from the artist studio.

 

Concurrent with this presentation, I am very pleased to announce the release of six brand new print editions related to this body of work. For the past 25 years, Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bennett has made art firmly rooted in the collective American experience of television. His drawings and lithographs are “blueprints” of famous television houses from such classic sitcoms as The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Brady Bunch, and Perry Mason. Drawing these fictional dwellings from memory, Bennett documents the minutiae of the characters’ lives by constructing their environments with a painstaking level of detail. His floor plans narrate the American Dream, charting not only the architecture, but also the subtext of our culturally accepted models
for living.

 

You can view this exclusive ARTSY online exhibition of the original drawings that remain available from this body of work now by clicking on the following link below:

 

https://www.artsy.net/show/mark-moore-fine-art-mark-bennett-dream-houses-the-blueprint-drawings-1992-2017

MARK BENNETT
Home of Jim & Margaret Anderson, 2017
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper
24 × 36 in (61 × 91.4 cm)
Edition of 10

$4000.

 


Mark Bennett’s (b. 1956, Tennessee) whimsical works engage with pop culture and celebrity to an extreme degree. His blueprint lithographs of Baby Boom era sitcoms and popular television series depict the ultimate pairing of flight of fancy and stoical logic; the purely imaginary floor plans grounded by the dry format of an architect’s design. His works are both pleasingly nostalgic and vaguely disconcerting in their premonition of a society obsessed by television and celebrity culture.

 

The Home of Jim & Margaret Anderson, most will remember this home on 607 South Maple Street in Springfield from the TV Sitcom “Father Knows Best” that starred Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, and Lauren Chapin. The series, which first began on radio in 1949, aired for six seasons with a total of 203 episodes. The series debuted on CBS in October 1954. It ran for one season and was canceled the following year. NBC picked up the series where it remained for three seasons. After a second cancellation in 1958, CBS picked up the series yet again where it aired until May 1960.

MARK BENNETT

Home of James West (The Wild, Wild West), 2017

Lithograph on Rives BFK paper
24 1/4 × 36 1/4 in (61.6 × 92.1 cm)
Edition of 10
$4000.

 

 

The Wild Wild West is an American television series that ran on the CBS television network for four seasons (104 episodes) from September 17, 1965 to April 4, 1969. Two television movies were made with the original cast in 1979 and 1980, and the series was adapted for a motion picture in 1999.

 

Developed at a time when the television western was losing ground to the spy genre, this show was conceived by its creator, Michael Garrison, as “James Bond on horseback.”. Set during the administration of President Ulysses Grant (1869–77), the series followed Secret Service agents James West (Robert Conrad) and Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin) as they solved crimes, protected the President, and foiled the plans of megalomaniacal villains to take over all or part of the United States.

 

NOTE: There is a superb feature posted on ARTSY about this body of work for your reference titled Artist’s ‘Tv Sets’ Are A Blueprint For FameArtist’s ‘TV Sets’ Are A Blueprint For Fame By Jonathan Welsh (Wall Street Journal)

MARK BENNETT

Home of Victoria Barkley (The Big Valley), 2017
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper
24 1/4 × 36 1/4 in (61.6 × 92.1 cm)
Edition of 10
$4000.

 

The Big Valley is an American Western television series which ran on ABC from September 15, 1965, to May 19, 1969, starring Barbara Stanwyck, as the widow of a wealthy 19th-century California rancher and Richard Long, Lee Majors, Peter Breck and Linda Evans as her family. The series was created by A. I. Bezzerides and Louis F. Edelman and produced by Levy-Gardner-Laven for Four Star Television.

MARK BENNETT

Home of Oliver & Lisa Douglas (Green Acres), 2017
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper
24 1/4 × 36 1/4 in (61.6 × 92.1 cm)
Edition of 10
$4000.

 

Green Acres is an American sitcom starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a couple who move from New York City to a country farm. Produced by Filmways as a sister show to Petticoat Junction, the series was first broadcast on CBS, from September 15, 1965, to April 27, 1971.

 

Receiving solid ratings during its six-year run, Green Acres was cancelled in 1971 as part of the “rural purge” by CBS. The sitcom has been in syndication and is available in DVD and VHS releases. In 1997 the two-part episode “A Star Named Arnold is Born” was ranked #59 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.

MARK BENNETT
Home of Wilbur and Carol Post (Mr. Ed), 2017
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper
24 1/4 × 36 1/4 in (61.6 × 92.1 cm)
Edition of 10
$4000.

 

 

Mister Ed is an American television sitcom produced by Filmways which originally aired in syndication from January 5 to July 2, 1961, and then on CBS from October 1, 1961, to February 6, 1966. The show’s title character – a talking horse – originally appeared in short stories by Walter R. Brooks.


Mark Bennett has been included in over 3 dozen major museum and gallery group exhibitions, including a major show at the Corcoran Gallery Of Art, Washington, D.C. (titled “Mark Bennett: TV Sets and The Suburban Dream”; which travelled To Cleveland Center For Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio; and the Aldrich Museum Of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut.

 

Since his induction into the gallery in 1995, Bennett has been included in over three dozen significant museum and group exhibitions, including those at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (D.C.), Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (CT), Walker Art Center (MN) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA). His work has been acquired for the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art (NY), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA); Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.);  The Honolulu Museum of Art (Hawaii); Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach, CA); The West Collection (Oaks, PA); and the Portland Art Museum (OR), among others. Earning reverence from both critics and collectors alike, Bennett has been coined a master of nostalgia and social evaluation, acting as “the most earnest of his generation of West Coast artists drawing
on popular culture”
(Grady T. Turner, Art in America).

MARK BENNETT
Home of Sherriff Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show), 2017
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper
24 1/4 × 36 1/4 in (61.6 × 92.1 cm)
Edition of 10
$4000.

 

 

The Andy Griffith Show is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from October 3, 1960, to April 1, 1968, with a total of 249 half-hour episodes spanning over eight seasons, first in black and white and then in color, which partially originated from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show. It stars Andy Griffith in the role of Andy Taylor, the widowed sheriff of the fictional small community of Mayberry, North Carolina. Other major characters include Andy’s inept but well-meaning deputy, Barney Fife (Don Knotts); Andy’s spinster aunt and housekeeper, “Aunt” Bee Taylor (Frances Bavier), and Andy’s precocious young son, Opie (Ron Howard). Eccentric townspeople and temperamental girlfriends complete the cast. Regarding the tone of the show, Griffith said that despite a contemporary setting, the show evoked nostalgia, stating in a Today Show interview: “Well, though we
never said it, and though it was shot in the ’60s, it had a feeling of the ’30s. It was, when we were doing it, of a time gone by.”

 

About The Artist:

 

Born in 1956 in Chattanooga, Mark Bennett was a self-described “television addict” as a youth, watching and re-watching episodes until he had memorized the details of more than 45 situation comedies. The instant familiarity inspired in viewers who see these imagined spaces — “homes” where many Americans of the television generation, in effect, “grew up” — reflects the penetrating influence of this medium into our own private houses from the 1950s onward.

 

Unlike American Pop artists of the 1960s such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, who appropriated images from mass media as subjects for their work, Bennett has reconstructed spaces that were intended only to flicker on the screen. In labeling his seemingly straightforward blueprints with colorful details about the interiors, architecture, and inhabitants, he reflects on the idealized and stereotyped notions of American life as perpetuated by mass culture. He also makes us realize how often that these ideas are, in turn, mirrored in our own domestic architecture.

 

 

I have taken the liberty of placing all the available original drawings and limited edition prints remaining by Mark Bennett on his artist page of our ARTSY website for your reference. To view these works, go to the following special link I have set up for you here:

 

https://www.artsy.net/mark-moore-gallery/artist/mark-bennett

 

Images, biography, reviews, and general information on MARK BENNETT and his work can be found on our website for your reference here:

 

http://www.markmoorefineart.com/artists/mark-bennett

 

This work is all available subject to a prior sale. Shipping, customs (if applicable), and/or viewing expenses, if any, would be additional.

 

Please call me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,


Mark Moore

 

Mark Moore Fine Art


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