HERB ALPERT: WHISPERED CONVERSATIONS
Heather James Fine Art is proud to announce our new exhibition with Herb Alpert titled Whispered Conversations. The exhibition includes all new paintings and sculptures by the artist. While Alpert’s paintings are abstract, the selection includes works that relate to the body and each painting and sculpture will be in dialogue with each other.
Since 2018, we have been proud to showcase another facet of one of America’s cultural and musical touchstones. From his coffee paintings to his towering bronze totems, Alpert has stretched himself not just in his music but also in his visual artistic practice. Whispered Conversations is another step in that artistic evolution. These new paintings demonstrate Alpert’s continued conversation with Abstract Expressionism filtered through his own personal lens as well as his experience as one of the leaders of Jazz in America. It is the free-spiritedness of Jazz and Abstract Expressionism that brings a potency to Alpert’s work.
Since 1969, Alpert has imbued his music and art with an expressionist freedom of movement. It was during his worldwide tours with his band, the Tijuana Brass, that he was confronted with the most modern artworks in museums. His works have been exhibited nationally and internationally including the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, and the inaugural Art Macao in 2019 in Wynn Macau’s Garden of Earthly Delight.
Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
Despite the upheaval of the last few years, Alpert has remained creatively vital. He released his latest album, Sunny Side of the Street, in September 2022 and the premiere of his official documentary, Herb Alpert Is…, dropped in October 2020. This exhibition, coinciding with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall’s tour, is another endeavor that exemplifies Alpert’s continued creativity.
Alpert’s importance has reached far beyond his music and his art. He is a co-founder of the legendary A&M Records and a philanthropist supporting the power of arts education to young people.
Herb Alpert once noted the power of arts education in an interview when he was one of the recipients of the 2012 National Medal of Arts:
I just think it’s a real important ingredient for all kids to have. I mean, I think there’s a myth that not everyone is creative, but I think it’s a matter of learning. It’s like learning… the English language, and well, you spend time doing it. And it doesn’t mean kids need to be a professional, but I think by working in the arts—whether it’s music, dance, poetry, wanting to be an actor—the beauty of it is, for me, that you get to be in the moment of your life when you’re doing it.
The exhibition opens on Wednesday, March 8 at Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert, California, and coincides with Alpert’s performance at the McCollum Theater on March 9. Come and see and hear all the art of Herb Alpert.