Monday, March 4, 2019


 It’s always terrific to visit the McNay Print Fair and this year it was all just lovely. The Museum planned it perfectly with a nice drizzle on Saturday and cool temperatures on Sunday, so attendance was great. Today, Monday, it’s colder in San Antonio than in New York City where there was a snow storm – how does that work?

There was strong interest in modernist pieces by Peter Grippe, Fannie Hillsmith, and Hugh Mesibov, and figurative work of the New Deal Era as well.

In the museum there were terrific exhibitions including American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings, on view through May 19. The Tucker Torpedo, 1948, is pictured here to the right of Theodore Stamos’s Brown-Gray, a painting of 1959. This particular car is the very last of the fifty Torpedos ever made. The company failed after ‘The Big Three’ conspired to put it out of business.

Also on view is curator Lyle Williams’ Van Gogh to Munch: Seduction and Anxiety, through May 5. Go for a stunning print show but pay special attention to the Rodolph Bresdin, Good Samaritan, 1861 and the four Paul Gauguins on view.

As always, many thanks to Lyle for sticking with the collectors and the dealers all the way though the weekend.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Peggy and Leo at The Met

Right now in the Metropolitan’s Print and Drawing Room, just to the left at the top of the Grand Staircase -- the best selection EVER.

Peggy Bacon, Country Dressmaking, 1925

At the center of the room, on the western wall, is an installation of six drypoints by Peggy Bacon dating from 1919 to 1927 and including both her large-figure, pushed to-the-front characters, as in the hard-working women in Help, 1927, and her amazingly complex crowd scenes such as Café de la Rotonde, 1921, in which she had to put the word ‘Cafe’ onto the plate backwards so it would read properly when the door is open and ‘Cafe de la Rotonde’onto the plate in the normal left-to-right direction so that it would read backwards as we see the words from the inside of the room. Phew!

Bacon was a wonderful printer and all the Met’s impressions are beautiful. But they didn’t leave it there. In the interest of gilding the lily they took this opportunity to recognize the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonard da Vinci on May 2. The most northern half of the room is given to an ‘In Focus’ presentation with four, FOUR drawings by Leonardo. These are actually on the east wall nearly opposite the Bacons. It goes without saying that they are worth a trip in themselves. Additionally there is a print by Giovanni Pietro da Birago -- the earliest surviving copy after Leonardo’s Last Supper. There are also works after Leonardo by Albrecht Durer, Wenceslaus Hollar, and my favorite, Martin Schongauer’s Griffin.

It’s not clear to me how long this installation will last, maybe until the end of March, but go NOW!

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Monday, February 18, 2019


Following up on the California fairs. 

The Los Angeles Fine Art Print Fair was at the Pasadena Convention Center February 1 and 2, Friday and Saturday, and the Inaugural Bay Area Fine Print Fair was at the KALA Art Institute in Berkeley is February 9 and 10, Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to all who braved rain, floods, and mudslides to visit the fairs.

Rudolph Ruzicka, Brooklyn Bridge, 1913

Throughout the days there was special interest in work by East Coast artists Hugh Mesibov, Rudolph Ruzicka, and Anne Ryan.

Pele DeLappe, Friday Night, Freeman Family, 1933
Of course we also saw the fascinating exhibition Gauguin, A Spiritual Journey, at the De Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and the amazing and expansive California Women Artists Emerge, 1860—1960, show at the Pasadena Museum of History, curated by Maurine St. Gaudens and Joseph Morsman. It was especially great to see a gouache by Pele DeLappe included with works by other wonderful artists, both known and unknown to us. 

Sea Lions, Pier 39, San Francisco, February, 2019

And the sea lions at Pier 39 in San Francisco were as fabulous as ever. Hard to imagine that at first they weren’t welcome.

Thursday, January 31, 2019



The Los Angeles Fine Art Print Fair at the Pasadena Convention Center is February 1 and 2, Friday and Saturday, and the Bay Area Fine Print Fair at the KALA Art Institute in Berkeley is February 9 and 10, Saturday and Sunday.

Rudolph Ruzicka, The Brooklyn Bridge, 1915

We are featuring:

• The City: Recent acquisition, Rudolph Ruzicka’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge, prints by Peggy Bacon, Angelo Pinto, Harry Sternberg, and Anthony Velonis, and California subjects by Victor DeWilde, Marguerite Redman Dorgeloh, Jennie Lewis, Claire Mahl Moore, and Millard Sheets.

• The New York Art Students League: Works by teachers and students Will Barnet, Thomas Hart Benton, Isabel Bishop, Pele de Lappe, Dorothy Dehner, Charles Keller, Reginald Marsh, Jan Matulka, and BenShahn.

• American Modernism: Prints and drawings by William Baziotes, Hugh Mesibov, Louis Schanker, Karl Schrag, and Ansei Uchima, and Atelier 17 intaglios by Howard Daum, Sue Fuller, Peter Grippe, Fannie Hillsmith, Kett, and Anne Ryan.

Link to Gallery site for California Fairs:

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Saturday, December 15, 2018


Another great INK Miami fair has come and gone! And this year we really did have exceptionally good weather – with the added bonus that it was a little too cool for the beach.

This year we were in Room 161 on the south side of the hotel, across the water feature from our previous room. Each of those suites is just slightly different from its neighbor so there some pre-fair anxiety as to fitting everything, but it worked out well and some of the small differences were even improvements, such as better lighting in the more interior room and easier-to-use shades. Some dealers had new furniture but fortunately we had the standard couch and always-admired-leopard-print chair that steals every shot it’s in.


Our main room with the leopard-print chair and Art Students League wall.

Our collection divided into three concentrations: The Art Students League (west) wall with work by WILL BARNET, THOMAS HART BENTON, ISABEL BISHOP, RIVA HELFOND, CLAIRE MAHL MOORE, and BEN SHAHN; the east wall with American Modernist drawings and prints by JOSEF ALBERS, WILLIAM BAZIOTES, HUGH MESIBOV, LOUIS SCHANKER and KARL SCHRAG; and the interior room (actually the bedroom of the apartment with the beds out) Atelier 17 intaglios by HOWARD DAUM, PETER GRIPPE, FANNIE HILLSMITH, and ANNE RYAN. 


Our 'Dance' Alcover with Curlee Raven Holton at left and William E. Smith at right.

In the dinette there were a drawing by CURLEE RAVEN HOLTON and a painting by WILLIAM E. SMITH – both dance subjects by African-American artists. And best of all, HOLTON visited the fair and saw the drawing! It was a busy moment and we didn’t get to talk but I was so glad to re-new a very old acquaintance. There was a ‘City’ group with works by ANGELO PINTO, RUDOLPH RUZICKA and ANTHONY VELONIS (our ‘I Spy’ selection), and two NYC Central Park Zoo scenes by PEGGY BACON and VIRGINIA BILL.

Rudolph Ruzicka, Brooklyn Bridge, 1915

The inventory is now back at our Mana Jersey City office. It was lovely while it lasted!

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Friday, November 30, 2018



Today, and tomorrow, December 1, 2018, are the last two days of the three-part extravaganza: The Masters: The Art Students League, Teachers and Their Students. It takes place at three New York City locations: The League, Gallery 511, and Hirschl & Adler.

Works by Peggy Bacon, Will Barnet, Thomas Hart Benton, Isabel Bishop, Dorothy Dehner, Ben Shahn, Harry Sternberg, and so many others are included. We were pleased to be able to play a small part.
Peggy Bacon, The Swiss Restaurant, 1918, drypoint

Bacon’s Swiss Restaurant, 1918, depicts a popular ‘hangout’ near the League. Judging by the coats and hats, it was a cold day, just a hundred years ago.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018



Booth 206

The River Pavilion, The Jacob K. Javits Center
11th Avenue at 35th Street, NYC

Anne Ryan, Capriccioso, 1945


Wednesday, October 24      6:30 to 9 PM
Public Hours:
Thursday, October 25           Noon to 8 PM
Friday, October 26               Noon to 8 PM
Saturday, October 27           Noon to 8 PM   
Sunday, October 28             Noon to 6 PM 

We will be featuring:
American Modernism: Works by Josef Albers, William Baziotes, Franz Kline, Dorothy Browdy Kushner, Louis Lozowick, Hugh Mesibov, Anne Ryan, Louis Schanker, and Ansei Uchima.

The Art Students League: Prints by Will Barnet, Thomas Hart Benton, Isabel Bishop, Pele de Lappe, Blanche Grambs, Riva Helfond, Charles Keller, Reginald Marsh, Claire Mahl Moore, and Harry Sternberg.

Atelier 17: Intaglios by Sue Fuller, Fred Becker, Howard Daum, Dorothy Dehner, Werner Drewes, Peter Grippe, Stanley William Hayter, Fannie Hillsmith, Kett, Armin Landeck, Alice Trumbull Mason, Bernard Rosenquit, and Karl Schrag.
The City: Drypoints by Peggy Bacon, woodcuts by Virginia Bill, Michael J. Gallagher, Betty Waldo Parish and Angelo Pinto, serigraphs by Anthony Velonis.