Sunday, April 16, 2017


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.

Anne Ryan, Collage, 1951

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 of Friday, April 14, Holland Cotter wrote that “the exquisite, centrifugally spinning collages … were inspired as much by life as by other art.” Speaking of the show as a whole he decries the absence of many of these works from the permanent collection galleries where they would hang with those of male colleagues. 

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Sunday, April 9, 2017


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 even Stow Wengenroth’s Oyster Shacks. Thanks to Thomas Broker for going through this with me and putting it together in the first place.

Clare Leighton, wood engravings with blocks for Where Land Meets Sea

For Bacon there are nearly all her Wellfleet subjects including early and final states for several, including High Brows, and some such as Priceless Find shown both in lithograph and drypoint versions, one with extensive state and printing notations by Bacon.

Peggy Bacon, Low Tide, 1952, drypoint

Thomas R. Broker and Arthur N. Gilbert are the curators of the exhibition. They both have a deep knowledge of the material and appreciation for the contributions made by the artists.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, April, 2017
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum was founded in 1914. A renovation in 2005 and 06 expanded the square footage to 19,500. It is the most visited art museum on Cape Cod. Our thanks go to Christine McCarthy, Executive Director, for recognizing the national importance of the locally titled Wellfleet Printmakers.

A list on the STG site also features Truro artists JUDITH SHAHN and her father BEN SHAHN, Provincetown artists MARY SINCLAIR, BETTY WALDO PARISH, and sister and brother DOROTHY GREGORY and JOHN GREGORY. Cape Cod subjects are used for many, but especially for artists who may have been more casual visitors such as HOWARD DAUM who would have been visiting his NYC teacher Hans Hofmann, PETER GRIPPE, and HUGH MESIBOV.

Link to our page:

link to PAAM’s exhibition page:

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Monday, March 27, 2017

American Art of the Depression Era at the Royal Academy

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.

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

A member of Associated American Artists’ 'Triumvirate of American Regionalism' along with John Steuart Curry and Grant Wood, Benton (1889-1975) was a painter, muralist, and printmaker. His America Today mural series of 1930-31 is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; A Social History of the State of Missouri, 1936, is in the Missouri State House, Jefferson City, and is NOT TO MISSED!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Celebrate International Women's Day, today, March 8.

Sue Fuller, Umbrella Makers, Japan, 1953


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Read Across America Day

March 2 is Read Across America Day sponsored by the National Education Association. This is Peggy Bacon’s Lunch at the League, 1918. In this print Bacon shows colleague Doris Rosenthal, the woman in the foreground. Peggy herself is at left with the glasses and Dorothy Varian is next to her.

Peggy Bacon, Lunch at the League, 1918, drypoint

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Sunday, February 26, 2017


Karl Schrag, Last Glow in the Woods, 1957

Getting ready to head to San Antonio for the last fair of  the season.

Saturday, March 4                     10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, March 5                       Noon to 5 PM

We are featuring:
• Atelier 17: Intaglios by Stanley William Hayter, as well as those of colleagues,
Howard Daum, Dorothy Dehner, Sue Fuller, Fannie Hillsmith, Peter Grippe,
Alice Trumbull Mason, Anne Ryan, and Louis Schanker.

• Works by African-Americans Emma Bourne, Elizabeth Catlett, Curlee Raven Holton,
Lawrence A. Jones, and William E. Smith.

• Collection Highlights: An extremely scarce prints by the WPA-Era California artists
Pele DeLappe and Victor DeWilde, lithographs by Zygmund Jankowski, an archive of
etchings and lithographs by Karl Schrag, as well as works by Mark Tobey and
Marguerite Zorach.

Link to WINTER FAIR on Gallery Site:

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Sunday, February 19, 2017


Abstraction Expressionism is now on view at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Wish we could be there to see the show and especially the William Baziotes Mariner, 1960-01. Below is his Young Clown, 1943-46, a pictograph image, 14 x 18 inches, made after the surreaiist pieces and before the larger, more abstract works.

William Baziotes, Young Clown, 1943-46

This is the link for the Guggenheim's page on the show. There's a great picture of 'The Irascibles' showing Baziotes and all his pals.

The Guggenheim exhibition runs from February 3 though June 4, 2017.

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