Thursday, March 8, 2018


Virginia Bill, Seals in Central Park (NYC), about 1940

We’re back from San Antonio and now set up at ART ON PAPER -- the show runs though Sunday. It’s at Pier 36 at 299 South Street and the site and the building are terrific.

We are featuring:

• Atelier 17: Drawings and intaglios by Stanley William Hayter, as well as those of colleagues, Howard Daum, Sue Fuller, Fannie Hillsmith, Franz Kline, and Peter Grippe.

• American Surrealism: Unique works on paper by William Baziotes and Hugh Mesibov.

• Collection Highlights: Extremely scarce woodcuts by Virginia Bill (white-line), Anne Ryan (black-line) and Ansei Uchima, a collection of drawings by Peter Grippe, and drypoints by Peggy Bacon.

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Friday, March 2, 2018


Hugh Mesibov, Aspen Series #3, 1951, watercolor

We're nearly set up for the McNay Art Museum Fair. The reception is this evening and the fair is on tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.

We are featuring:
• American Surrealism: Prints and drawings by William Baziotes and Hugh Mesibov (with extremely rare material recently released by the Mesibov Estate).

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

• Collection Highlights: Extremely scarce white-line woodcuts by Virginia Bill, a collection of drawings and intaglios by Peter Grippe, a World War II drawing by Edward Laning of Joe Jones, just returned from the Joe Jones traveling exhibition in Missouri, engravings by
Sue Fuller, and drypoints by Peggy Bacon.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

GWYNETH LEECH: Construction Series

GWYNETH LEECH: Construction Series
On View February 15 through March 31,2018, at the Kaufman Arcade, 139 West 35th Street/132 West 36th Street, NYC.

This exhibition is presented by the Garment District Alliance.

When a new building began to obliterate her studio’s light and north view Gwyneth Leech began an entirely new project: The Construction Series. First she drew and painted views of that building, begun in 2015. I was there one day when the construction crew and artist waved to one another.

As it neared completion and more work was done inside, out of sight, Leech turned her attention to the near-by Hudson Yards, one of this country’s biggest construction projects. In particular she was intrigued by The Shed, a moveable performance site that tucks into a mixed residential and commercial building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and built by Sciame LLC, by The Vessel (an apparently wasp nest-inspired folly/park that brings Indian Step Wells to mind) designed by Thomas Heatherwick (sections were crafted in Italy), and by the scale and relationship of the buildings. The construction of another skyscraper on Ninth Avenue, One Manhattan West, utilizing the relatively new and still rarely used concrete core method of construction, also captured her interest as did two other midtown projects: 53 West 53rd Street near the Museum of Modern Art, and One Vanderbilt, an office building on 42nd Street adjacent to Grand Central.

Gwyneth Leech and Matin Hekmat, with Leech's painting, One Vanderbilt, Winter Afternoon, 2018

One of the visitors to the exhibition was Matin Hekmat, the Structural Project Manager for One Vanderbilt, for Tishman Construction. He toured the show with Leech and others who hung on his every word. Mr. Hekmat noted her amazing attention to detail (including the colorful and self-lifting cranes), and ability to keeping the picture fresh and even. One Vanderbilt is replacing five other buildings and is owned by SL Green, NYC’s largest commercial landlord.

Too bad that I missed an earlier visitor whose Instagram name is girl_on_steel. She was on the One Vanderbilt site as an iron worker.

The exhibition space at the Kaufman Arcade, 139 West 35th Street/132 West 36th Street, NYC, (a lobby pass-through beloved of New Yorkers looking for a shortcut, especially in cold and rainy weather) is open from 6AM to 9 PM on weekdays and 8AM to 6 PM on weekends. Also a major NYC landlord, the Kaufman Organization dates the 1910s when Samuel Kaufman needed space for his garment manufacturing business. Today Steve Kaufman is on the board of the Garment District Alliance.

Link to Leech page:

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

ANSEI UCHIMA at the Zimmerli Art Museum

Zimmerli Art Museum trip follow-up.
There were so many great shows at the Zimmerli when I visited that it was hard to get to them all, but Rutgers & Japan, A Historic Friendship was a wonderful surprise, especially because ANSEI UCHIMA (1921-2000) was among the featured printmakers. This is great timing because we have recently acquired several new subjects from the Estate of the Artist, and many are now up on the Gallery site.

This is a link to the artist’s page on our site:

Ansei Uchima, Water Mirror B, woodcut

Ansei Uchima, Window Nuance, 1978, woodcut

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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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