It was wonderful to be at INK Miami at the Dorchester on Collins Avenue, Miami Beach! And with the glaring exception of rain-by-the-bucket on Saturday morning, we had one beautiful Florida day after another.
In our favorite Room 156 we arranged several concentrated overviews. These small exhibitions began with American Mural Studies by MORDI GASSNER, AXEL HORN, DOROTHY BROWDY KUSHNER, BEN SHAHN, and with an enormous proposal for the St. Louis Post Office, The Miner’s Life by HUGH MESIBOV.
Work by MESIBOV will also figured in an installation of paintings, drawings, and prints, all relating to The Wartime Shipyard project. This body of surrealist material was produced from 1942 to 1945 while MESIBOV was employed at Cramp & Sons Shipyard in Philadelphia. Dating to 1830 Cramp’s was shut down after World War One but re-activated to build ships for the Second World War. It closed again in 1945.
A group of etchings and lithographs by ISABEL BISHOP, BERNARDA BRYSON SHAHN, REGINALD MARSH, LYND WARD, related to New York City’s Union Square; American Master Prints and Drawings featured work by PEGGY BACON, WILL BARNET, WILLIAM BAZIOTES, ANNE RYAN, LOUIS SCHANKER and KARL SCHRAG; and there was an Atelier 17 group with, of course, STANLEY WILLIAM HAYTER, as well as SUE FULLER, FANNIE HILLSMITH, and KETT.
It’s great to go and it’s great to come home. Everything is now safely back at our Mana Jersey City digs.