Jack Bilbo, Trianugneophilio (Triangular Love), 1948, ink on paper, 17 1/2 × 13".

Jack Bilbo

David Zwirner | London

Jack Bilbo, Trianugneophilio (Triangular Love), 1948, ink on paper, 17 1/2 × 13".

Hugo Baruch was born in 1907 in Berlin, where he died sixty years later; in 1922, he became “Jack Bilbo,” and it was time spent in England from 1933 to 1948 that saw the genesis of his creative life. Entirely self-educated as an artist, Bilbo described himself in the subtitle of his autobiography as an “Artist, Author, Sculptor, Art Dealer, Philosopher, Psychologist, Traveller and a Modernist Fighter for Humanity.” Like William Copley in Hollywood, he was an engaging, entrepreneurial, self-taught artist who ran a gallery first: The Modern Art Gallery, located in central London, mixed the work of European refugees (including his friend Kurt Schwitters) with local youngsters.

A large portion of the forty-six works on paper, six paintings, and various pieces of memorabilia (including his doorstop autobiography) in this show were created before Bilbo’s departure for France in 1948,

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