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Important American Paintings, Volume XVIII: Be Uncool

Posted: September 09, 2017 12:17 Last Updated: | Louis M. Salerno, Owner

New York (August 11, 2017) – Collectors of American art may now request Questroyal Fine Art’s anticipated Important American Paintings, Volume XVIII: Be Uncool, available in October. The hardcover, ninety-six-page catalogue features thirty-seven color plates of paintings by some of the most important nineteenth- and twentieth-century American artists, with examples ranging from masterpieces of the Hudson River School to American Modernism. In keeping with Questroyal’s philosophy, Be Uncool celebrates masterworks of American art that are sometimes overlooked by collectors in favor of what i...


Henry Martin Gasser (1909–1981) December Morning Watercolor and gouache on paper 18⅞ x 23⅞ inches (sight size) Signed lower right: H.  GASSER

BOUND FOR POSTERITY: Henry Martin Gasser (1909–1981)

Posted: September 09, 2017 12:17 Last Updated: | Louis M. Salerno, Owner

An artist distinguished by one hundred awards nationwide and included in sixty museum collections, Henry Martin Gasser is the sleeping giant of the twentieth century. He was a prolific artist and active leader of the Newark art school, heading the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts and authoring seven instructional art books. This exhibition of forty works will showcase the artist’s skill as both an oil painter and watercolorist and demonstrate the full range of his talent, including industrial scenes, city views, New England harbor towns, and snow-covered villages. Private Open...


Riva Helfond, The Curtain Factory, 1937

Labor Day, 2017

Posted: September 04, 2017 14:45 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

  In the 1930s Riva Helfond had a studio in New York’s Garment District.   From her window she could look across the street and see women working in a sweatshop with lots of billowing white and pastel-colored fabrics. It piqued her curiosity because she couldn’t figure out what they were making. Her first thought was formal wear or wedding and bridesmaids dresses but the material seemed wrong for the styles of the day.   Finally, one day Helfond crossed the street and walked up the stairs to find a curtain factory. In one form or another seamstresses appeared in her work over the...


Granville Redmond "Poppies and Lupine in a Landscape" 20 x 30

Granville Redmond: Color and Silence

Posted: August 22, 2017 15:35 Last Updated: | The Editorial Staff at William A. Karges Fine Art

On March 9th, 1871, Charles and Elizabeth Redmond gave birth to healthy baby boy, whom they named Grenville Richard Seymour Redmond. Sadly – though perhaps from an art historical perspective, felicitously – young Grenville contracted scarlet fever at the age of two, rendering him completely and irreparably deaf. As a result, Redmond never developed the ability to speak. In 1874, the Redmond family moved to the Bay Area, eventually enrolling their son in the California School for the Deaf in Berkeley, one of the nation's most renowned institutions for the hearing impaired. Redmond exce...


Anne Ryan, Collage, 1951

Last Two Days: Making Space

Posted: August 12, 2017 13:37 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Works by DOROTHY DEHNER and ANNE RYAN are in Making Space: Women Artists and Post-War Abstraction at the Museum of Modern Art, NY. The exhibition ends tomorrow, Sunday, August 13, 2017.   The paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, and drawings, date from the end of the Second World War, 1945, to the beginning of the Feminist Movement, 1968.   A label for the show notes “Abstraction dominated artistic practice during these years, as many artists working in the aftermath of World War II sought an international language that might transcend national and regional narratives – and for ...


Anne Ryan, The Spider, 1944, intaglio, 9 x 7 inches

ANNE RYAN'S SPIDER

Posted: July 16, 2017 16:49 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Right now The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a fascinating group of arachnidan images up in their Drawings and Prints Gallery, just to the left of the top of the Grand Staircase. We are suggesting yet another on this rarified theme: The Spider, Anne Ryan, 1944, intaglio, 9 x 7 inches.    


Anna Pinto at the Grolier Club, for The Calligraphy Revival exhibition.

The Calligraphy Revival, 1906-2016

Posted: June 30, 2017 16:43 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

A piece by ANNA PINTO is featured in The Calligraphy Revival, 1906-2016, at The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York City, on view May 17 through July 29, 2017.   Pulling primarily from his own collection, the calligrapher and curator Jerry Kelly dated the exhibition to the publication of Edward Johnston’s manual, Writing & Illuminating, & Lettering, in 1906. Covering more than a century with only one work for each scribe Kelley was able to include pieces by Rudolf Koch from 1912, Johnston from 1916, an Eric Gill from 1923, and the Pinto from 2016.   Most works are d...


"Wildbirds Among Branches" 2008, ink on paper, 15 x 20 inches

Inigo Online

Posted: June 09, 2017 17:28 Last Updated: | Regina Khidekel, PhD

https://inigoonline.com/ https://inigoonline.com/2017/04/20/featured-artist-dmitry-borshch/ The drawings belong to two related series, first of which I describe thus, "'Exiled from Truth: Nine Allegories by Dmitry Borshch' is the title under which some allegorical pictures are collected, possibly more than nine: the series continues to develop. They are united by color, style, and technique, so I view them as a homogeneous collection of drawings. Allegory, drawn or written, is a product of that mind which regards truth as existing-in-absence: it does exist yet is absent from our view. A...


Pilgrimage: Ink and White Space

Posted: June 09, 2017 17:06 Last Updated: | Regina Khidekel, PhD

http://archive.is/trz8f A little over three years ago, I attended an ekphrastic workshop at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. It was organized by Letras Latinas and inspired by the exhibit, “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.” The exhibit and workshop traveled to other cities, letting the poets study, view, and then write poems inspired by the art, which went on to be published in several literary magazines. Fred Arroyo’s “Patio Dreams” is a product of this workshop and the collaborative spirit that brought together different communities and writers across the country. Eve...


Anne Ryan, The Quest, 1945, woodcut on black paper

CLOSING THIS WEEK: INNOVATION AND ABSTRACTION

Posted: May 28, 2017 13:07 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

CLOSING WEDNESDAY, MAY 31. Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17 is on view at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, through Wednesday, May 31. This exhibition was shown at the Pollock-Krasner House, East Hampton, NY, in 2016. Dr. Christina Weyl, selected eight artists from the more than ninety women who worked at the New York Atelier 17 between 1940 and 1955. For each she selected intaglio prints indicative of their Atelier experience as well as an additional piece in another medium: paintings for MINNA CITRON and ALICE TRUMBULL MASON, stri...


Howard Daum, Combat, 1947, intaglio, final state

The Bombing of Guernica, 1937

Posted: April 26, 2017 12:13 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

It would have been market day eighty years ago today in the small Basque town of Guernica when it was bombed by the German Luftwaffe and the Italian Aeronautica Militare. It was the first deliberate targeting of civilians by a military air force in the history of the world.   The number of dead was probably around 300 with scores of people, and as Picasso reminded us, animals, horribly injured, and the town destroyed. Within three months Pablo Picasso made a monumental work that continues to haunt us today.   Picasso’s painting, while under the protection of the Museum of Modern Ar...


Anne Ryan, Collage, 1951

ANNE RYAN COLLAGE WEEK!

Posted: April 16, 2017 11:49 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Collages by Anne Ryan (1889-1954) date from the last five or six years of her short artistic career and for that matter, of her life. Right now they are having a moment. The piece shown here, dated 1951 and made on Douglas Howell paper, is currently on view at Rutgers University’s Zimmerli Art Museum in Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17, through May 31. It is more cubist grid than expressionist composition like those on view in the Museum of Modern Art’s Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, on view through August 13. In his New York Times review o...


Mary DeNeale Morgan (1868 - 1948) "Cypress Trees, Carmel" Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches AVAILABLE NOW

Early California Painters of the Monterey Peninsula

Posted: April 13, 2017 15:08 Last Updated: | The Editorial Staff at William A. Karges Fine Art

By Rob Pierce, Associate Director, William A. Karges Fine Art, Santa Monica Since the beginning of the 20th century, the climactic landscape of the Monterey Peninsula has attracted artists from around the world, eager to try their hand at capturing the spirit of the dramatic shoreline. Over the ensuing century, hundreds of artists produced thousands of works, each a unique interpretation of the region’s natural beauty. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the region was inundated with musicians, writers, painters and other artists who established an artist colony after th...


COMMENTS ON THE ART MARKET - Volume 196

Posted: April 10, 2017 09:48 Last Updated: | Alyssa Rehs

COMMENTS ON THE ART MARKET April 1, 2017 Volume 196   Upcoming Exhibitions San Francisco Rehs Contemporary will be exhibiting at the 7th edition of Art Market San Francisco.  On view will be a robust selection of work by many of our artists. The VIP preview is: Thursday, April 27 from 6 – 10 pm. General Show hours are: Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00 pm. We have several VIP passes … please email us if you would like one, or two! New York City Our gallery exhibition – Skin & Tonic – will open on Thursday, May 4th, from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.  ...


Peggy Bacon, Low Tide (Wellfleet, MA)

PEGGY BACON AND CLARE LEIGHTON FEATURED IN PROVINCETOWN

Posted: April 09, 2017 16:17 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

 Down the Road: Wellfleet Printmakers from the 20th Century is on view at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA, from April 7 through May 21, 2017. It’s a wide reaching show with exceptional examples of work by Clare Leighton and including many of the actual woodblocks for her 1954 book, Where Land Meets Sea – The Enduring Cape Cod, jewels in themselves. Leighton’s print of the Oyster Houses, 1948 (and my new favorite of hers), is paired with a related preparatory drawing, as well as Peggy Bacon’s Low Tide, 1952, Albert Edel’s extremely scarce Oyster Shacks, and eve...


"Bush-Maliki News Conference.  Baghdad, December 2008" 2009, ink on paper, 42 x 26 inches

Literary scholar John Maynard and artist Dmitry Borshch in conversation on art

Posted: March 29, 2017 18:43 Last Updated: | Regina Khidekel, PhD

Scholar of English literature John Maynard, PhD, is the author of Browning's Youth (Harvard University Press, 1976), Charlotte Bronte and Sexuality (Cambridge University Press, 1984), Victorian Discourses on Sexuality and Religion (Cambridge University Press, 1993), Browning Re-Viewed (Peter Lang, 1998), Literary Intention, Literary Interpretation, and Readers (Broadview Press, 2009), and other works. Here are 4 questions and answers from his conversation with Dmitry Borshch: One more on theme: "The Good Arab?" seems to me both a stereotype and an attempt to rethink a stereotype. Do yo...


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...


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...


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