Monday, November 20, 2017

The Calligraphy of ANNA PINTO

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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.


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Link to Pinto’s page at the Gallery site:
http://www.susantellergallery.com/cgi/STG_art.pl?artist=pinto_a



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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.


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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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Monday, October 30, 2017

NY FINE ART PRINT FAIR Review, 2017


The New York Print Fair was held at the River Pavilion Room of the Javits Center for the first time this year. It was a beautiful setting – open, spacious, and bright.
 

Susan Teller Gallery, Booth 508, NY Print Fair, 2017

We featured prints and drawings by American Masters Peggy Bacon, Will Barnet, William Baziotes, Edmond Casarella, Howard Daum, Michael J. Gallagher, Peter Grippe, Dorothy Browdy Kushner, Angelo Pinto, Anne Ryan, Louis Schanker, Karl Schrag, and Ansei Uchima.

An entire wall was dedicated to the work of Hugh Mesibov (1916-12016) who died last year. The Estate released extremely scarce WPA-era drypoints and carborundums, works from the Wartime Shipyard series of the 1940s, and modernist serigraphs from the 1950s.

Another wall was devoted to New York's Union Square, with etchings and lithographs by Clifford Addams, Isabel Bishop, Bernard Bryson Shahn, Reginald Marsh, Betty Waldo Parish, Saul Raskin, and Lynd Ward.



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Sunday, October 22, 2017

NEW YORK FINE ART PRINT FAIR opens this week!

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NEW YORK FINE ART PRINT FAIR
SUSAN TELLER GALLERY, BOOTH 508

New York Print Fair is at the Javits Center this year. We're in Booth 508, River Pavilion, 11th Avenue at 35th Street.
 
Thursday, October 26      Noon to 8 PM
Friday, October 27          Noon to 8 PM
Saturday, October 28      Noon to 8 PM   
Sunday, October 29        Noon to 6 PM

We will feature prints and drawings by American Masters Peggy Bacon, Will Barnet, William Baziotes, Edmond Casarella, Howard Daum, Michael J. Gallagher, Peter Grippe, Dorothy Browdy Kushner, Angelo Pinto, Anne Ryan, Louis Schanker, Karl Schrag, and Ansei Uchima.

An entire wall will be dedicated to the work of Hugh Mesibov who died last year. The Estate has released extremely scarce WPA-era drypoints and carborundums, works from the Wartime Shipyard series of the 1940s, and modernist serigraphs from the 1950s.

 
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Reginald Marsh, Union Square, 1933


Another wall be devoted to New York's Union Square, with etchings and lithographs by Clifford Addams, Isabel Bishop, Bernard Bryson Shahn, Reginald Marsh, Betty Waldo Parish, Saul Raskin, and Lynd Ward.

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We still have a few Day Passes so if you would like to attend contact us.

 

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

BEN SHAHN born on September 12, 1898.

On this day in 1898 BEN SHAHN was born. Below is a mural study, Head of a Welder, 1940.



Ben Shahn, Head of a Welder, 1940


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Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day, 2017


Riva Helfond, Curtain Factory, 1937


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 next two decades.






Recent Virtual Exhibitions:

Art About the Arts

Artists of Cape Cod
http://www.susantellergallery.com/cgi/STG_exh.pl?exh=exh_apr17





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