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LAUREN SANSARICQ (B.  1990) - The Top of Kaaterskill Falls, 2011 - Oil on panel - 12 x 16 inches

The Studio of Nature

Posted: November 16, 2011 17:13 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

For the Hudson River School artists there was no more sacred place than Kaaterskill Clove, the rocky, forested nave into which Thomas Cole and successive aspirants trekked and clambered, paint box and umbrella in hand. The artists rarely came alone. Working in twos or threes outdoors in nature, they probably talked art, shared tips and encouragement, or sometimes just painted together in silence, listening to what William Cullen Bryant referred to as the "still voice" coming from "Earth and her waters, and the depths of air." Today that "still voice" speaks to a new generation of young ...

Anne Ryan, The Argument, 1946

New York Times review of Anne Ryan: The Black-Line Woodcuts

Posted: November 16, 2011 08:17 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

In her New York Times review of November 4, 2011, Roberta Smith wrote: (Ryan’s) subjects include bathers, reclining nudes, still lifes and juggling clowns. Most are implicitly nocturnal, which is especially effective in stark images of apartment buildings and in two examples of “The Argument.” Here two scrawled figures confront each other against a cragged, gray background that, suggesting an urban wall, recasts them as giant graffiti. These are physically obstreperous works, shot through with unsettling emotions.   Link to entire article:

George Ames Aldrich, E.  Gloucester Docks, 48"x48"

George Ames Aldrich – A Cape Ann Masterpiece

Posted: November 08, 2011 10:47 Last Updated: | James Puzinas

Every once in a while, a painting comes into our gallery that just knocks you off your feet. Painted in luscious colors, this large scale 48" x 48" work is a masterpiece of composition and execution. Created around 1919, at the height of the popularity of American Impressionism, George Ames Aldrich (1872-1941), pushes the envelope to produce a thoroughly modernist image of a traditional Cape Ann theme, the busy docks of Gloucester harbor. The influence of the European modernists first seen by many American artists at the famous Armory Show of 1913, ushered in one of the most creative pe...

Woman in a Veil

Maurice Prendergast Paris Scene Oil Painting Unearthed at Clarke Auction

Posted: October 18, 2011 09:16 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

While sifting through a large box lot of art dropped off at the Larchmont, NY gallery by what is known in the trade as a “picker,” Nelia Moore, Art Specialist/Auctioneer at Clarke Auction spotted a beautifully executed but very dirty painting on panel of a woman in a veil. After dusting it off and studying the painting she spotted the Prendergast Paris signature on the lower right of the panel. The quality and style of the small oil lead both Mr. Clarke, auction owner, and Ms. Moore to believe they had made a very important discovery, especially relevant in a time of economic gloom.  Thou...

Interior Scene, signed with monogram in an amazing frame

Art is Back - Gee, I Didn't Know It Went Somewhere

Posted: October 14, 2011 21:07 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

I heard that the other day.  "Art is back".  It was said so matter of factly that I nodded my head as if to say, "Yes".  But really, where did it go?  Or maybe the question is not where but for whom.  It appears that the New York interior designer crowd are discovering or re-discovering painting.  They are touting the benefits of owning art.  How a painting can complete the room.  And this is pushing sales.   I've always thought that a painting can make the room.  It sets the tone and gives you something to work with in designing the remainder of the space.  But more than that, it gi...

Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) - Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California - 64 1/2 x 96 1/2 in

Lives of a Painting

Posted: October 02, 2011 11:28 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

From one owner to another, from exhibition to auction, through years of adulation and years of neglect, a painting can endure a life of its own. Some lives are more exciting than others. Such is the case with Albert Bierstadt’s Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California, a monumental work measuring over five feet by eight feet in the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art. How it arrived at the Alabama museum is a story involving shady finances, public charity, and a historic escape from destruction. Bierstadt painted Looking Down Yosemite Valley in 1865 toward the end of the Civil War. I...

Judith Shahn, Beach Cabanas, 1951

Judith Shahn, The Early Work

Posted: September 18, 2011 14:19 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Judith Shahn (1929-2009) was born in Paris to the artist Ben Shahn and his wife, Tillie Goldstein. She lived in New York City and spent summers in Truro, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  As a small child Shahn painted alongside her father and as a young artist she took life classes with the painter Moses Soyer. She attended Olivet College, Michigan, and graduated from Mexico City College in 1949. She was a painter, draughtsman, printmaker, and graphic artist. Her drawings appeared in The New Yorker magazine from 1958 to1992, as well as in Harpers, The Nation, Gourmet, and others.  Starting wit...

Edward Laning, Tissie, 1930

Whitney's Breaking Ground Show closes September 18

Posted: September 05, 2011 14:13 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

The show is such a stunner -- everything looks wonderful. The Edward Laning 1931 painting of 14th Street is an entire universe.  The Alexander Brook and the Isabel Bishop are just beautiful -- both are in the fabulous Salon Gallery. (Bishop's Nude, 1934, is modern before she was consciously modern.) Peggy Bacon, Arthur B. Davies, Ernest Fiene, Katherine Schmidt, Arthur B. Davies, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Georgina Klitgaard  (Mrs. Kai Klitgaard), Katherine Schmidt, Marguerite Zorach, and Max Weber, are just a few of the others in the show.  

Stephen Pace, abstract Circa 1952

My Kid Could Paint That...

Posted: August 25, 2011 20:45 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

Have you ever heard that?  Have you ever said that?  Well, we won't be taking names, so don't worry.  Maybe you've asked yourself, "what is abstract art?".  Here's my take on it.  It is emotional.  It is strong.  It is powerful.  Abstract art is more than splashes of color, squiggly lines and paint splatters.  It is spontaneity.  It is the raw emotion of the artist presented for all who dare to look.  It is the visual representation of a feeling, or mix of feelings.  An artist strives to represent something without external likenesses.  The thing is not represented in realistic terms, but ...

Sanford Robinson Gifford, "Whiteface Mountain from Lake Placid," 1866.  Oil on canvas, 11 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.

An August Invitation

Posted: August 24, 2011 13:10 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

"My dear McEntee…"On August 28, 1863, Sanford Robinson Gifford wrote to Jervis McEntee from a book shop at Saratoga Spa in northern New York State (the original letter is digitized on the Smithsonian Archives of American Art website). Gifford had recently returned from his final tour of duty with the New York Seventh Regiment in the Civil War. He was attempting to gather his friends, including artists Richard William Hubbard and Worthington Whittredge, for a sketching tour of northern New York.  His letter is a revealing glimpse of the affection and humor that characterized the close relati...

The Woman and the Soldier

A Civil War Ghost Story Mystery

Posted: August 10, 2011 20:41 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

Have I mentioned that I am quite good at buying unsigned paintings?  Yes?  Oh, wonderful then you know already.  For those of you who are new to my blog, here's a little backstory: I am always buying things that I know very little about.  There.  I said it.  It's part challenge and part gamble.  It's what makes the antiques business fun.  Reaching out and trying your hand at something new.  This painting is no different.  Actually, it is different.  Very different... So, I had just given birth to our second child a week earlier.  A dealer friend of mine had called to see how we were all...

Peggy Bacon, Lunch at the League, 1918

New York Times review of Peggy Bacon & Her Circle show

Posted: August 07, 2011 16:38 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

  In Holland Cotter’s August 5th New York Times review of our Peggy Bacon & Her Circle show, he referred to the “distinctly geeky male students lurking in the background” of Bacon’s 1918 drypoint, Lunch at the League. Bacon puts herself and two friends, Dorothy Varian and Doris Rosenthal, in the print as well. Actually, he began “Historically, one of the most ephemeral aspects of art is the social environment that generates it, the networks of artists coming together and drifting apart.” Three of the League’s (and Bacon’s) teachers are represented: George Bellows, Kenneth Hayes Miller...

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Robert Cook, Lane at age 31, 1835, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts

Fitz Henry Lane’s Personal Life

Posted: July 28, 2011 20:14 Last Updated: | James A. Craig

Given the enormous interest Fitz Henry (formerly Hugh) Lane’s artwork has generated over the years, it is perhaps only natural that little attention has been paid by scholars on Lane’s personal life. Further complicating matters is the fact that Lane left few artifacts beyond his artwork by which his daily life could be understood and “fleshed out.” With only a handful of private letters, newspaper clippings and reminiscences with which to guide us, an image of Lane has formed over time, one of a man who was dour, taciturn and lonesome. Contemporary quotes describing him as “nervous, quic...

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Peggy Bacon, Bad News, 1919


Posted: July 27, 2011 07:50 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

JULY 13 THROUGH AUGUST 18, 2011 Peggy Bacon & Her Circle is on view at the Susan Teller Gallery from July 13 through August 18, 2011. There are paintings and works on paper from 1918 to 1952. Bacon attended the Art Students League from 1915 to 1920. It was there she met Alexander Brook; they were married from 1920 to 1940. Two major works by Brook are in the show, including his portrait of Rosalie Hook, wife of the artist Robert Gwathmey. Bacon studied with George Bellows, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and John Sloan. Bacon taught at the League in 1935-36 and from 1948 to 1952. Sloan's print, H...

John Frederick Kensett, "Shrewsbury River, New Jersey," 1859

Kensett's Keepsakes

Posted: July 06, 2011 14:55 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

In the 1850s through 1860, John Frederick Kensett painted a series of at least five landscapes of the "Shrewsbury River" (now the Navesink River) along the New Jersey shore. The paintings are striking in their design and yet convey an atmosphere of translucent calm, for which they are justifiably renowned.A splendid example is included in "Painting the American Vision," an exhibition of Hudson River School landscapes from the New York Historical Society, on view at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts starting July 30. The exhibition travels to the Columbia Museum of Art in Colu...

John Storrs, Figure Under a Tree, 1918-20

John Storrs: Machine Age Modernist

Posted: June 22, 2011 09:14 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

John Storrs: Machine-Age Modernist, is on view at the Grey Art Gallery of New York University, April 12 through July 9, 2011. There is a wonderful range of sculpture -- from cubist but still clearly figurative works, to stripped down, architectural-motif columns. There are several drawings, including some preparatory to commissions. As we were reminded in March, no visit to Chicago is complete without seeing Storr's Ceres, 1929, at the top of the Chicago Board of Trade Building. Reclining Figure Under a Tree, 1918-20 Wood engraving, 6 x 6 inches Unpublished illustration for Walt Whitman’...

Peggy Bacon, Djuna Barnes, about 1940

DJuna Barnes in Midnight in Paris

Posted: June 12, 2011 07:38 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Peggy Bacon would have been so pleased to see her pal Djuna Barnes featured in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.  Now showing, the film opened May 11 in Cannes, of course.  Barnes (1892-1982), the American modernist writer, was part of Bacon's Greenwich Village crowd, and figures in Bacon's Off with Their Heads, published 1934. Link to Peggy Bacon show images: Link to site:   WWW.SUSANTELLERGALLERY.COM    

John S.  Jameson, "River and Mountains," circa 1860

The Prodigy

Posted: May 30, 2011 10:25 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

Sometimes a small painting can tell a big story. Such is the case with a six-by-nine-inch landscape by John S. Jameson. The painting is on display at the Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, New York, in the new exhibition, "Rally 'Round the Flag: Frederic Edwin Church and the Civil War.”Born in 1842 in Hartford, John S. Jameson was a rising young star among the New York painters at the time of the Civil War. The patriotic tug of duty, however, changed his course.A prodigy in both art and music, Jameson attracted attention in the 1850s while just barely a teenager. His father was the organi...

Detail of an oil painting by Kazuo Shiraga

Anatomy of an Auction

Posted: May 24, 2011 15:25 Last Updated: | Bill Roland

As co-founders of Roland Auctions, Manhattan's newest auction house, my brother Rob and I face a recurring challenge. As soon as the property in the monthly auction is picked up, we have to start filling the gallery again.  It often takes weeks of intense appraisals and negotiations before we are able to offer high caliber fine art, antiques and decorations from Manhattan's premier apartments and estates. That's why I say we're in the business of building relationships. For instance, it required strong relationship building and negotiation skills to bring three exceptional collections to ...

Dorothy Browdy Kushner, Callas, 1978

Last Saturday, show ends Wednesday, May 25

Posted: May 20, 2011 11:52 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

  On View through Wednesday, May 25     DOROTHY BROWDY KUSHNER & ROBERT KUSHNER: RECONFIGURED FLORA   Mother and Son: Paintings, fabric pieces, and drawings -- from the 1930s to the 1970s   for Dorothy and from the 1970s to 2000 for Robert. Dorothy Browdy Kushner (1909-2000) and Robert Kushner (born 1949), mother and son, painted side by side, sharing a deep interest in the natural world. This show explores areas in which interest, methods, and styles, travel from parent to child and then occasionally back to parent.      The entire show may be seen under Exhibitions at   WWW.SU...

Harbor Sunset

The Joy and Peril of Self Promotion, or "The outdoor weekend show".

Posted: May 16, 2011 16:58 Last Updated: | Robin Wethe Altman

Definition of PERIL 1: exposure to the risk of being injured, destroyed, or lost. and this is the definition of the word "joy: a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. As an artist, I have found that if I want to have a chance at success, good fortune or the prospect of possessing what I desire, I have to risk the possibility of being injured, destroyed or lost. An artist's life is not one of hiding in solitude and indulging in self expression. An artist's life demands that I must expose myself, my he...

Oh Happy Day

Finding my Niche

Posted: May 16, 2011 12:09 Last Updated: | Robin Wethe Altman

As a younger artist I envisoned myself in prestigious galleries, accepting awards from people "on high". I soon lost patience with that. I found that what I love most is to create exactly the kind of art that my heart desires. I've had no problem finding people who love my work and buy it, and as far as I'm concerned, that's all that matters to me. I've always had a childlike quality to what I do. I used to try to "overcome" that, but now I embrace it. I am childlike. I love to see the world through my own lens, in the way I want to see it. My worst critics in life where all in my head. The...

"She Dreams of San Francisco

Finding Myself, the "She" Series.

Posted: May 16, 2011 12:09 Last Updated: | Robin Wethe Altman

It took me many years to find a better sense of security. Not just years, but pain. Pain is a good thing. It tells you that something isn’t right. I did all sorts of things to avoid the pain, but until I stepped forward and claimed myself, I didn’t get my release. On a spiritual level it’s about “self-realization”. I love that term because it signifies that what transformation is about is the realization! The realization of who you really are. It’s not about becoming something “else”. It’s about peeling off a skin that doesn’t fit you anymore. What’s underneath has always been there. One wo...

She's An Artist


Posted: May 16, 2011 12:09 Last Updated: | Robin Wethe Altman

I have overcome a lot of insecurities in the last 10 years. I don't know what the future holds, but I feel confident that I will be just fine. I love my life!

Morning Coffee at the Beach House

East Coast Beach Life

Posted: May 16, 2011 12:09 Last Updated: | Robin Wethe Altman

   I grew up in an art colony by the sea and I have a fondness for the mentality of "beach people". Beach people value relaxation. I've painted Laguna Beach for years since it is my home. I've also traveled to Hawaii several times and painted Island seascapes. Now I'm enjoying the experience of the East Coast beaches. What I like about them is the subtlety of the colors there and the openness of the beaches. There's a Zen feeling on the East Coast beaches. There are fewer colors available, so these paintings are more restful. In this series I'm accentuating the delicious feeling of solitude...