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Gray's Presents Rediscovered Works by Helen Beling

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  • June 19, 2014

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Artist Helen Beling

The artist Helen Beling (New York, 1914-2001) was once prolific on the art scene, working with sculptors such as Jacques Lipchitz, exhibiting at the Metropolitan and Whitney Museums in New York, and finding home for her works in some of the most established collections in the country. She worked in a variety of media including clay, stone, bronze, stainless steel and a material she called Belplast, revolutionizing the medium with her forms and process.

“Remember some of the greatest geniuses in any field have broken all the rules to achieve their vision. But breaking rules isn’t what made them geniuses.” – Helen Beling

However, after her death, her works went into storage and without a champion to her name, her fame faded and her works all disappeared into the collections of private owners.

This past year has seen a resurgence in the Beling name, with the recent “re-discovery” of her works by the Gallery at Gray’s. The gallery, which is now working closely with the Beling family, represents the estate of the artist and is working vigorously to introduce her works to the 21st century art collector.

This year, works by Beling were featured in the 17th edition of the ArtPalmBeach fair in West Palm Beach where there were several successful private sales. She also made her first appearance at auction in two years this past month. Beling’s “Business is Bad,” a bronze from her early career, sold for $6,000 (including’s Buyer’s Premium) at Gray’s Auctioneers in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Gray’s Auctioneers will host the next auction of Helen’s work in early fall of 2014, featuring a group of large to life-sized works which were recently found by the Beling family in Beling’s storage unit in upstate New York.

For more information on the artist, sales and upcoming auctions, please contact Kate Stamm, Gallery Director, Gallery at Grays by email: or by phone: 216.226.3300.


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