Tuesday, January 16, 2018

DAY TRIP: Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Serigraphy: The Rise of Screenprinting in America, is on view through February 11, 2018. In the Eisenberg Gallery, at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, the show includes works by ADOLF DEHN, HUGO GELLERT, MERVIN JULES, CHARLES KELLER, HUGH MESIBOV, and ANTHONY VELONIS.

As an aside, David and Ruth Eisenberg were New Jersey collectors who were an absolute pleasure to work with; it’s so great to know that pieces we poured over together have gone to the Zimmerli.

It was wonderful to go on a walk-through of the Serigraphy show with curator Nicole Simpson and if there’s still a chance to do that before the show closes, but all means make that most of that opportunity.

Anthony Velonis, Local Stop (NYC), 1939

Simpson recognized Anthony Velonis as a founder of the medium. While on the New Deal Works Progress Administration (WPA), it was Velonis who ran Serigraphy Workshop and developed methods and systems still used today. Further Simpson wrote that as the technique expanded in use “These prints showcase the diverse approaches of the artists and vividly demonstrate the remarkable flexibility of the medium from mimicking the thick impasto of oil paintings to capturing the flowing lines of drawings to producing flat, crisp surfaces in eye-popping colors.”

In several instances we are offering the exact subjects that are on view in the Zimmerli show – such as the Velonis shown here. This is the link to the Serigraph page on our site:

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Friday, December 29, 2017



December 29, 2017, would have been Hugh Mesibov’s 101st birthday.


Hugh Mesibov, Three Mechanical Figures, 1944


His work is currently on view at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in Serigraphy: The Rise of Screenprinting in America. In 2008 and 09 work by Mesibov was included in the landmark exhibition, The American Scene, at the British Museum. In 2012 it was shown in America @ Work, at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Connecticut College, New London, and in 2015, in WPA*Jobs, at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Connecticut. The one-artist exhibition, Hugh Mesibov, The Wartime Shipyard, Surrealist Works of 1942/45, Paintings and Drawings, was at the Susan Teller Gallery in 2010.

Recently the family released several unique pieces from the 1930s and 40s as well as a few extremely scarce prints from that period. Many have been added to the Gallery’s website. This is a link to the artist’s page:




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Saturday, December 23, 2017


This is Katharine McCollum Gallagher's drawing, The Dolls' New Home, from 1929. She was the wife of the WPA artist Michael J. Gallagher and she was also the Puppet Master of the City of Philadelphia. 
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Saturday, December 16, 2017


Pulp Party at INK Miami
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.
American Mural Studies at INK Miami
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.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

The Calligraphy of ANNA PINTO


30 Years of Snow: The Calligraphy of Anna Pinto is on view in the Upper Gallery of the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson Street, through December 31, 2017. The exhibition features holiday cards made by Pinto for family and close friends. They are mostly three-part creations: often a calligraphic interpretation of the word ‘snow’ (or a stencil or another mysterious method), an image evoking snow (sometimes combined with the word itself), and a few lines of text, often a haiku or poetry. The authors include Thoreau, Maya Angelou, and Wendy Wasserstein, and stretch back to the eighteenth century. The images are equally wide ranging and this year for the first time there is a photograph by the artist herself.

Anna Pinto

Amazingly labor intensive, these cards were produced in good years and troubled years such as 2012 after Hurricane Sandy strongly impacted Pinto, her family, and her neighbors.

Shown at the Museum in chronological order, the cards are accompanied by preparatory materials. There is the stencil used to make the word ‘snow’ and calligraphy that was later reproduced, as well as notes that explain the processes used in making the final versions. In one of my favorites the letters of ‘snow’ were written in small dashes that look a little like the holes on early computer punch cards – the artistic masquerading as the mechanical.

The show is mounted in vitrines that allow the viewer to stand within inches of the fine detail work. It’s an amazingly attractive and user-friendly installation and fits the space beautifully.

30 Years of Snow: The Calligraphy of Anna Pinto

On view on the first floor is World War I Centennial, 1917-2017, Heaven, Hell or Hoboken. The city was a ‘main point of embarkation’ for the US Expeditionary Forces headed for Europe. The exhibition explores the changes that the military brought as well as the experiences of one soldier, Hoboken-native Private First Class Peter G. Spinetto. His letters home, his uniform, and even his gas mask, are on view.

The gas mask with its case and a photograph of Private Spinetto.

There is also a wire chair with a piece of stone from the bridge that crossed the River Marne at Chateau Thierry. That bridge was destroyed on June 1, 1918, to prevent the German Army from crossing it. It was the beginning of the American forces taking an active part in the war and is considered a major turning point as the French and Americans held off the German advance less than fifty miles from Paris.

Chair with stone from the bridge over the River Marne at Chateau Thierry, France.

The Museum itself is housed in the Bethlehem Steel machine shop building. The oldest section dates to 1890 and was constructed by the W & A Fletcher Company. It was enlarged in 1906 and again in 1944 and was in use until 1984. This is, well was, ‘On the Waterfront’ country. Hoboken is thriving and fashionable and charming. Shouldn’t need to add, but I will, that the Frank Sinatra tribute lives on at the Museum.

Link to Pinto’s page at the Gallery site:

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

More on the New York Print Fair

This is a shot made at the Print Fair on October 26, 2017,  shortly after I presented the IFPDA Book Award to Antony Griffiths for The Print Before Photography, his groundbreaking tome that has hit the town by storm. He probably doesn’t remember this, but I was also the presenter of his IFPDA Achievement Award in, I think, 2007. 

At the NY Print Fair, Stephen Coppel, ST, Antony Griffiths, Hugo Chapman. Photo by Sari Goodfriend.

Those are Keepers of the British Museum with me: From left to right is Stephen Coppel, Assistant Keeper Modern Prints and Drawings After 1880, ST, Antony Griffths, former Keeper of Prints and Drawings, and Hugo Chapman, Keeper of Prints and Drawings. Coppel is the curator of the hugely successful 2008 “American Scene” show that featured JOSEF ALBERS, PEGGY BACON, DOROTHY DEHNER, HUGO GELLERT, BLANCHE GRAMBS, STANLEY WILLIAM HAYTER, RIVA HELFOND, CHARLES KELLER, FRANZ KLINE, LOUIS LOZOWICK, CLAIRE MAHL MOORE, ANNE RYAN, HARRY STERNBERG, GRACE MARTIN TAYLOR, and of course HUGH MESIBOV. At the time Hugh, one of only very few living artists in the show, did get to visit to see his color carborundum, Europa, on view.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM, November 11, 2017

Thought that this Harry Sternberg lithograph from 1937, Open Hearth, would be perfect to take to the Allentown Art Museum’s Cocktails & Collecting fundraiser today and there it is on the wall right across from our booth!  Thank you.

The event opens this evening at 5PM and goes to 9PM. Ticket price is based on entrance time.

Harry Sternberg, Open Hearth, 1937, lithograph 


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