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 steel 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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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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