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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

BEN SHAHN born on this day in 1898

Ben Shahn (1898-1969) was born on September 12.

Below is his Head of a Welder from 1940. It is a gouache on paper cut to isolate the head. No doubt it was used to position the head properly in the making of a mural or large painting.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018


Art Processes: Drawings and More, with works by ABE BLASHKO, FANNIE HILLSMITH, LOUIS SCHANKER, and BEN SHAHN opens today, August 30, 2018, at the Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR.

The show, curated by Brian Young, runs through October 11.

This is the link:

Louis Schanker, Abstraction #31, 1944

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Saturday, August 25, 2018


Ceramics by Fannie Hillsmith now on view at the Gallery site. This is the link:

Fannie Hillsmith, The Couch, 2001, ceramic

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

National Senior Citzens Day

August 21 is National Senior Citizens Day.

Charles Keller, Saturday Siesta (Clayton, North Carolina), 1946

We honor our Seniors for their wisdom, their leadership, and their contributions.

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