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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Saturday, August 12, 2017

LAST TWO DAYS: Making Space

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Works by DOROTHY DEHNER and ANNE RYAN are in Making Space: Women Artists and Post-War Abstraction at the Museum of Modern Art, NY. The exhibition ends tomorrow, Sunday, August 13, 2017. The paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, and drawings, date from the end of the Second World War, 1945, to the beginning of the Feminist Movement, 1968.
 
A work at the Gallery: Anne Ryan, Collage, 1951
A label for the show notes “Abstraction dominated artistic practice during these years, as many artists working in the aftermath of World War II sought an international language that might transcend national and regional narratives – and for women artists, additionally, those relating to gender.” One might add that the figure had become too banal to paint.

The nearly 100 works in many mediums by more than 50 artists (including women from Europe, the Americas, and Japan), form an ethereal and mesmerizing exhibition. Of course we were especially pleased to see both Dorothy Dehner and Anne Ryan included and then so intrigued to find them nearly side-by-side. Dehner is represented by a single piece of six bronze parts, Enounter, 1969; Ryan by four collages.


Link to our Dorothy Dehner page:
http://www.susantellergallery.com/cgi/STG_art.pl?artist=dehner

Linke to our Anne Ryan page:
http://www.susantellergallery.com/cgi/STG_art.pl?artist=ryan





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Saturday, July 29, 2017

National Dance Day

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Saturday, July 29

National Dance Day


Hugh Mesibov, Dancers, 1938

Hugh Mesibov’s lithograph Dancers, 1938, was made at the WPA Printmaking Shop in Philadelphia. It was agreed that he could make a print using several colors, but had to let a colleague make a black and white lithograph in between. Consequently it took several months to complete the image and when it was done ‘they’ (Michael J. Gallagher?) decided against publishing it.

Peggy Bacon, Promenade, 1935

Peggy Bacon would certainly been among the first to celebrate National Dance Day (established in 2010). This Woodstock, square dancing scene from about 1935 is a drawing destined for the Art About the Arts page but a quirk kept it from showing up. I’m not giving up, but today is a perfect chance to show it off.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

ANNE RYAN'S SPIDER


Right now The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a fascinating group of arachnidan images up in their Drawings and Prints Gallery, just to the left of the top of the Grand Staircase. We are suggesting yet another on this rarified theme: The Spider, Anne Ryan, 1944, intaglio, 9 x 7 inches.

 
Anne Ryan, The Spider, 1944



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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happpy Fourth of July!





 
Christina Blatt, Marco Sees the Statue of Liberty, 2009

 


This gouache drawing is from Christina Blatt’s book Marco Comes to New York.



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Friday, June 30, 2017

ANNA PINTO at the Grolier Club


A piece by ANNA PINTO is featured in The Calligraphy Revival, 1906-2016, at The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York City, on view May 17 through July 29, 2017.

Anna Pinto at The Calligraphy Revival show. Her piece is just to her left.

Pulling primarily from his own collection, the calligrapher and curator Jerry Kelly dated the exhibition to the publication of Edward Johnston’s manual, Writing & Illuminating, & Lettering, in 1906. Covering more than a century with only one work for each scribe Kelley was able to include pieces by Rudolf Koch from 1912, Johnston from 1916, an Eric Gill from 1923, and the Pinto from 2016.


Anna Pinto, An Alphabet, 1994

Most works are in Latin script and often honor the concept of the alphabet -- that Kelly recognizes as ‘One of the major accomplishments of mankind.' Usually on paper, there are also examples of Hebrew, Arabic, Japanese, and Tibetan, and carvings on wood, glass, and slate, as well as serigraphs, collages, and a stunning wood engraving by Leo Wyatt. If the Wyatt is an exercise in planning and control, Georgia Deaver’s lyric double study is a riot of color and gesture with brushstrokes that demand equally careful examination.


Anna Pinto, Collette IV 2012
Although most pieces are British or American, also included are works from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, and Italy. Kelly’s labels help connect teacher to student and sometimes recall ancient Rome and royal families. His own contribution is a wonder.

The Grolier Club is always worth visiting and this is the perfect summer show, for them and for us.

Link to Anna Pinto page on Gallery site:

Link to Grolier Club:
http://www.grolierclub.org/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=289912&ssid=169182&vnf=1


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