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Thomas Hart Benton, The Race (also titled Homeward Bound), 1942

Depression-Era American Art at the Royal Academy

Posted: March 27, 2017 15:36 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Work by Thomas Hart Benton is featured in America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s, at The Royal Academy of Arts, London, through June 4.   Above is Benton’s lithograph The Race (also titled Homeward Bound), of 1942. In the Creekmore Fath print catalogue raisonné there's a note by Benton that horses galloped with steam engines but not with diesels. A member of Associated American Artists’ 'Triumvirate of American Regionalism' along with John Steuart Curry and Grant Wood, Benton was a painter, muralist, and printmaker. His America Today mural series of 1930-31 is at the Metro...


"The Budding Patriarch" 2009, ink on paper, 33 x 33 inches

Ways of drawing: philosopher Patrick Maynard and artist Dmitry Borshch in conversation on art

Posted: March 15, 2017 19:23 Last Updated: | Regina Khidekel, PhD

Patrick Maynard describes his work thus: "Most of my publications and talks concern the nature, function, and perception of pictorial representations and similar expressive forms. They are theoretical, but argued from 'real world' engagement with things that matter to people, from the prehistoric to our own times. These discussions not only feature a broad variety of illustrations, but, as 'substantive' philosophy, are typically based on them. They are of interest not only to philosophers but also to artists, art critics and historians." Dr. Maynard is the author of Drawing Distinctions (C...


"Koch – Mayor of the City of New York"

Fourth anniversary of Ed Koch's passing

Posted: March 15, 2017 18:15 Last Updated: | Regina Khidekel, PhD

"Ed Koch loved graphic art. He saw my drawings in May of 2011, invited me to his law office, Bryan Cave LLP, and posed for "Koch – Mayor of the City of New York". About four months later the portrait was finished and I invited him to look at it. He was pleased, "I love the blue lines! This drawing looks like me."" RACC artist Dmitry Borshch "Koch – Mayor of the City of New York" 2011, ink on paper, 50 x 27 inches http://archive.is/uPgcs


Ben Shahn, Four Freedoms, 1941

WEST COAST REVIEW

Posted: February 11, 2017 13:07 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

We’re back from the West Coast fairs. The Portland Fine Print Fair (January 28 and 29) coincided with the museum’s Constructing Identity show of African-American Art with work by Elizabeth Catlett. Of course, it’s wonderful to have a museum as a sponsor and the curators frequented the show: Mary Chapin included our collection in her Sunday tour and her Curator’s Choice was Peggy Bacon’s The Vain Pleasures; Sara Krajewski’s Choice was Ben Shahn’s Four Freedoms with Franklin Roosevelt. Traveling north to south, Portland was followed by the Los Angeles Fine Print Fair at Bonhams, February 4 a...


Charles Bullet Ohio River Valley watercolor.

Charles Bullet: Visions of Kentucky and Florida

Posted: January 31, 2017 11:40 Last Updated: | Warren Payne

Charles Bullet, an Ohio Valley School artist, was born in Cincinnati in 1860 but lived much of his life across the Ohio River in Campbell County, Kentucky.  He was a winter resident of the Fort Myers, Florida, area and is as well-known for his early Florida paintings as for his work along the Ohio in Kentucky and Indiana.   His father, Charles Bullett (the son dropped the last “t”), was a sculptor and stoneworker who worked in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati but eventually moved the family to Louisville, Kentucky, where he was  a partner in Muldoon, Bullett & Co. (the enterprise s...


Helen LaFrance's memory paintings document her life as an African-American woman.

Helen LaFrance: Insider outsider

Posted: January 27, 2017 10:37 Last Updated: | Warren Payne

Helen LaFrance (b. 1919) has been an artist since her childhood on her family’s farm in her native Graves County, Kentucky. She is considered a self-taught memory painter, a category in so-called naïve or outsider art, and she also makes quilts and other textiles, animal carvings and dolls. Her works are in the collections of media mogul Oprah Winfrey and artist Red Grooms, as well as many institutions including the Van Nelle collection of tobacco art in Holland. She has been exhibited all over the Commonwealth of Kentucky, from Mayfield to Murray to Owensboro to Bowling Green, and in N...


David Johnson (1827–1908) Roger’s Slide, New York, 1870 Oil on canvas 13⅜ x 21⅜ inches Monogrammed lower right: DJ 1870.  Available at Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York

WORTHY OF THE AGES: Important Hudson River School Paintings

Posted: January 27, 2017 10:34 Last Updated: | Louis M. Salerno, Owner

WORTHY OF THE AGES: Important Hudson River School Paintings An Exhibition and Sale   March 10–April 8, 2017   More than 125 works on view   Hours: Monday–Friday 10–6, Saturday 10–5 and by appointment   New York (January 26, 2017) – This spring, Questroyal Fine Art offers American art lovers the rare opportunity to view an exceptional, comprehensive exhibition of Hudson River School paintings. Over 125 works by leaders of the movement will be on view at 903 Park Avenue from March 10 through April 8 in Worthy of the Ages: Important Hudson River School Paintings. Although le...


Harry Sternberg, Subway Construction (NYC), 1927

CELEBRATING THE NEW SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY

Posted: January 03, 2017 09:51 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Ninety years after Harry Sternberg’s etching Subway Construction, 1927, the three new stations of New York City’s Second Avenue Subway opened to the public on January 1, 2017.   Bravo to the MTA for meeting the deadline. Its most northern stop, the 96th Street Station, is the turn-around point for the Q train.   The Abe Blashko drawing of the musicians at the Union Square Station always makes me wonder if that’s supposed to be me in the blue outfit. He knew waiting for a train with those guys would make me crazy.      


Dorothy Dehner, Skating, 1953

The Art of the Card, Holiday Designs by Artists

Posted: January 02, 2017 08:58 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

November 23 through February 5, 2017 The Art of the Card, Holiday Designs by Artists Allentown Art Museum Works by Dorothy Dehner, Sue Fuller, Wanda Gág, Stanley William Hayter, Fannie Hillsmith, Alicia Legg, and Betty Waldo Parish, are on view in The Art of the Card, Holiday Designs by Artists, at the Allentown Art Museum, through February 5, 2017. It’s a wonderful show. In an exhibition heavy on Atelier 17 inspired works (Hayter was a strong advocate of this tradition) the Hillsmiths are downright delightful! Dehner's Skating (and three or four other seasonal titles), is an eng...


On Park Avenue near 20th Street, Miami

Last Day at INK Miami

Posted: December 04, 2016 10:26 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

December 4, 2016: Last Day at INK Miami It’s been a terrific time with a steady stream of visitors, from eager and/or blasé high schoolers, to hard-core curators, to gallerists fueling their own habits. Peggy Bacon, Will Barnet, William Baziotes, Howard Daum, and Karl Schrag, all especially drew interest. The days began with coffee on the front porch of 156 as colleagues arrived to ‘open the shop.’ Maybe this is what small town main streets used to be like? Our back door lead to a corner store with exotic juices and hot lunches. No need to go into the fierce baby gecko encounte...


Review of Flint Trip

Posted: November 26, 2016 15:45 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

We’re just back from the Print Fair at the Flint Institute of Arts. Our thanks to all who made it a success, especially curator Tracee Glab, director John B. Henry, and registrar and resident problem-solver Peter Ott, and including museum guards, front desk, gift shop, and café staff as well. Flint is a fascinating and charming city on the nineteenth century Saginaw Trail, on the Flint River, about 65 miles northwest of Detroit. Beginning with fur trading in 1819, then lumber production, Flint became “Vehicle City” through the making of carriages. In 1908 General Motors was formed in h...


Dream Within a Dream Oil on panel 5⅛ x 8⅞ inches Available at Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York

Ralph Albert Blakelock: The Great Mad Genius Returns

Posted: October 13, 2016 11:22 Last Updated: | Louis M. Salerno, Owner

Ralph Albert Blakelock: The Great Mad Genius Returns November 11–December 10, 2016 A comprehensive, groundbreaking exhibition of over 125 works   One of the greatest artists America has produced. —The New York Times, 1942   He made a strong impression not only upon American art, but upon the art of the world. —New-York Tribune, 1916   [Among] a small group of about the strongest individualists in the history of art. —The New Yorker, 1947   Eleven years in the making, Questroyal Fine Art is proud to present Ralph Albert Blakelock: The Great Mad Genius Returns. A...


Stanley William Hayter, (Abstraction: Six Vignettes), 1944

SYRACUSE PRINT FAIR

Posted: September 22, 2016 10:35 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

This weekend: Syracuse University Print Fair in conjunction with the exhibition About Prints: The Legacy of STANLEY WILLIAM HAYTER   In addition to prints and drawings by HAYTER we’ll feature work by MINNA CITRON, HOWARD DAUM, DOROTHY DEHNER, SUE FULLER, PETER GRIPPE, FANNIE HILLSMITH, KETT, FRANZ KLINE, ALICE TRUMBULL MASON, ANNE RYAN, LOUIS SCHANKER, and KARL SCHRAG.   Shaffer Art Building Syracuse University, Main Campus   Friday, September 23, Noon to 6 PM Saturday: September 24, Noon to 6 PM Sunday, September 25, Noon to 4 PM   There will also be a Sy...


Important American Paintings, Volume XVII: Enduring Hardbound, 108 pages, 42 color plates

Important American Paintings, Volume XVII: Enduring

Posted: September 13, 2016 08:29 Last Updated: | Louis M. Salerno, Owner

Important American Paintings, Volume XVII: Enduring Hardbound, 108 pages, 42 color plates   New York (September 7, 2016) - Questroyal Fine Art’s anticipated Important American Paintings, Volume XVII: Enduring is now available by request. This hardcover, 108-page catalogue features forty-two color plates by some of the most important nineteenth- and twentieth-century painters, with examples ranging from masterpieces of the Hudson River School to American modernism. But as gallery owner Louis M. Salerno assures, “You do not have to be an expert to appreciate these paintings; in fact, y...


An 1882 Botto oil of the Venetian lagoon.

Botto's up

Posted: September 06, 2016 12:42 Last Updated: | Warren Payne

Louisville, Kentucky, native John Bartholomew Botto (1842-1910) was one of the earliest Ohio Valley Tonalists. His works are few and far between, even in his native state. We know the Speed Art Museum has four, including two of the best we’ve seen, and Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, in Lexington, Kentucky, has at least two. We’ve seen a large riverscape in a private collection –  and we once saw a small harbor painting loose on the market. Not many Louisville artists die in their country home outside Paris, leaving an estate of $150,000 to $200,000 ($4,000,000 in current cash) – and a b...


Marion Kavanaugh Wachtel "Indian Summer" SOLD

The Secret Life of Marion Kavanaugh Wachtel

Posted: July 08, 2016 16:17 Last Updated: | The Editorial Staff at William A. Karges Fine Art

“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” - Francis Bacon The curse of the art historian is to be forever asking questions. Where? When? How? But every so often (and generally at the most frustrating moment), we find ourselves faced with an informational hollow, a query to which there are no search results. Such it is with the enigmatic painter whom the world has come to know as Marion Kavanagh Wachtel. Records on the artist’s exhibition history, educational background, family, and ouvre are fairly extensive; information on her personal life, however, is not. W...


“Pets We Love 2” in support of the ASPCA

Posted: June 01, 2016 08:16 Last Updated: | Edward Burke

“Pets We Love 2” Art-Competition.net: Announces a call for entries for “Pets We Love 2” for a second year supporting the ASPCA. Up to 18 artists will be selected for a group exhibit, “Pets We Love 2” at Gallery 25N's online gallery. We are proud to present “Pets We Love 2” for a second year in support of the ASPCA and its mission to save lives. To learn more, visit: aspca.org. Theme: "Pets We Love” - Pets are an important part of life for many individuals and families, and are caring companions that we love, and can range from the exotic to the domestic. Their relationship to us is ...


This work, entitled Two Women, is part of de Koonings important Clam Diggers series.  The piece reveals his distinctive style, which embraced the figural yet bordered on abstraction.

The Cutting Edge: Abstract Expressionist Paintings by Willem de Kooning

Posted: May 23, 2016 16:03 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

At once dominant and liberating, the work of Dutch-American artist Willem de Kooning has no equal. A leader and founding member of the Abstract Expressionist movement, de Kooning created art that stemmed from the subconscious, focusing on the spontaneous, often intense, creative process, expressing an untamed energy never before seen, or since equaled.   De Kooning avoided being boxed into a particular movement or style, preferring rather to focus upon the raw emotions and subjective. Upon examination, the artist’s women-centric works truly defy classification, conveying everything fro...


Farshid Razavi, Moments of Life, Light in Family Room, Acrylic on Canvas, 48''x 36''

Collective Creativity at Agora Gallery

Posted: May 16, 2016 12:36 Last Updated: | Olga Ku

This May Agora Gallery presents a slate of exhibitions probing faraway lands. Metamorphosis: Banjerd Lekkong a Solo Exhibition is a collection of work from accomplished Thai artist Banjerd Lekkong, whose intricate metal sculptures offer an updated interpretation of Hinduism and the possibilities of its artistic aesthetic. Out From Down Under & Beyond: Fine Art from Australia & New Zealand is a unique platform for some of the most daring contemporary painters and photographers working in those countries today. No fewer than eighteen artists are represented in Elixir of Nature from a...


Call For Entries, "Flowers"

Posted: May 13, 2016 13:52 Last Updated: | Edward Burke

Call For Entries, "Flowers" $8,025 in Cash & Art Marketing Art-Competition.net is proud to announce the Art Call "Flowers". There will be 7 winners and 10 honorable mentions. This competition is open to all artists/photographers worldwide. The participant must be 18 years of age or older working in any still art medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, photography, digital art, fiber art, etc. Full Perspectus Theme: "Flowers" - Flowers have inspired fine artists and photographers to create some of their most beautiful, emotional and memorable works of art. Throughout hi...


Wall sign at Art for Every Home show, Grey Art Gallery, NYC.

On Thursday, April Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934-2000, now at Grey Art Gallery of NYU.

Posted: April 23, 2016 17:35 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

On Thursday, April 20th, the exhibition Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934-2000, opened at the Grey Art Gallery of NYU. The show, and the catalogue, that also has the AAA print list, are so welcome! Our thanks to Gail Windisch who started the ball rolling and who not only created the list of the AAA prints (begun by Meg Hausberg at AAA in the 1970s), but also researched and explained the complicated publishing, commissions, gallery sales-triangle that worked so well in the late 1930s and 1940s.   Liz Seaton, of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Jane Myers, fo...


Call To Artists, "Land & Seascapes"

Posted: February 24, 2016 17:42 Last Updated: | Edward Burke

"Land & Seascapes" Art-Competition.net announces the art call "Land & Seascapes", Deadline: March 21, 2016 (Midnight EST). There will be 7 winners and 10 honorable mentions. This competition is open to all artists/photographers worldwide. The participants must be 18 years of age or older working in any still art medium: painting, drawing, collage, photography, digital art, fiber art, etc. "The cash prizes, art marketing prizes and the number of winners have all been increased." Awards: $8,025 in Cash and Art Marketing Prizes. Link To Art Call: "Land & Seascapes"


LA Fine Print Fair, 2016

CALIFORNIA REPORT, JANUARY 2016

Posted: February 05, 2016 11:09 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Los Angeles in January was as terrific as ever – OK a little cool and some much-needed rain – but still GREAT. At LACMA it was just lovely to see the Frank Gehry show (there’s never enough time!) and find the William Baziotes painting, Congo, 1954.   First there was the Los Angeles Fine Print Fair at Bonhams on Sunset Boulevard and then the Los Angeles Art Show at the Convention Center.   Fortunately we were able to start hanging at Bonhams on Thursday because we had much too much to install if everything had to be done on Friday, the day of the reception. The dark walls made every...


Future President by George Hughes, September 25, 1948 Saturday Evening Post cover

America, Illustrated: An Exhibition of Saturday Evening Post Cover Illustrations

Posted: December 17, 2015 12:38 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The great illustrators of the 20th century captured American history unlike any artist before, and the famed Saturday Evening Post carried their images to millions of Americans, into their hearts and homes. At M.S. Rau Antiques, we are exploring the nation’s rich story as told by six decades of original Post illustrations in our current exhibition, America, Illustrated. Featuring original Post covers by Norman Rockwell and his contemporaries, including J.C. Leyendecker, Stevan Dohanos, Maxfield Parrish, John Philip Falter, and more, the exhibition offers a nostalgic look into a bygone age....


Pencil portrait titled "Gentile's Daughter" ...a colored pencil drawing on parchment paper.

Artist To Artist Interview...The why of becoming an artist

Posted: December 17, 2015 07:39 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

For nearly fifty years, my mind and hands raced to create pieces that stirred the imagination of my viewers. It was never an accident that the skills I possessed were given to gloat over what I could or could not do; but to find clarity in this strange journey while creating subject matter that brought about the quest of -why? Every artist has a story or account relative to their existance. No two paths are alike. And yet, in the journey that's taken, there seem to be explosive egos that dictate the formalities of the creator. I found this to be perplexed during my early years because th...


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