Monday, December 6, 2010

Report from Miami

Susan Teller Gallery at Art Miami, A-85

Hugh Mesibov, Dialogue in Armor, 1944

We are still in Florida but heading back to NYC tomorrow. The fairs seemed like a success all around. Art Miami was great with an attendance of more than 40,000. Visitors seemed happy to be there and were very complimentary of the show.  In particular we had interest in works by Hugh Mesibov, Fred Shane, and Lynd Ward.

It’s just beautiful here today although with a projected high in the 60s it isn’t beach weather.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Art Miami, Booth A-85

Fred Shane, Portrait of Man in Orange Shirt, 1940.

Art Miami is in full swing. At our booth, A 85 in the north tent, Hugh Mesibov’s Siege (Leningrad), 1944, and Fred Shane’s Portrait of Man with Orange Shirt, 1940, are highlights.  The New York section features James Daugherty, Riva Helfond, Anne Ryan, and Louis Schanker.  Lynd Ward wood engravings, Peggy Bacon prints and drawings, and modernist works by Fannie Hillsmith, Peter Grippe, and Bernard Rosenquit, round out the collection. 

The Big Storm of '10 came through yesterday afternoon and rattled the tent; no rain to speak of but the temperature dropped into the 60s. Today is just beautiful.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Peter Grippe: Prints and Drawings


The City, 1934, drawing, 14x12 inches

Grippe (1912-2002) was born in Buffalo, NY. He studied at the Albright-Knox Art School and the Art Institute of Buffalo. A member of the American Abstract Artists group, in the early 1940s he studied with Stanley William Hayter at the New York intaglio printmaking workshop, Atelier 17; he later served as director. In the summer of 1948 he taught sculpture at Black Mountain College and later taught at the Pratt Institute and Smith College. He was the first professor of sculpture and graphics at Brandeis University. In 2010 the Allentown Art Museum showed: Peter Grippe: A Personal Vocabulary. His work is in permanent collections throughout the country.
through November 27, 2010
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to  5 PM


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

LYND WARD, New Edition of Woodcut Novels

 Lynd Ward, Sanctuary, 1939, wood engraving, 7 x 5 inches

    Edited by Art Spiegelman, LYND WARD, SIX NOVELS IN WOODCUTS, was released by The Library of America on October 14.  This handsome publication features, in additional to all the prints for the Novels (dating from 1929 to 1937), nine essays by Ward, and an appreciation by Spiegelman, author of Maus.

The Susan Teller Gallery represents the work of Lynd Ward. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

FRED SHANE, Paintings, 1928-1990

Fred Shane
Climax, Colorado, 1943-44 

On view:
October 1 through 30, 2010

Fred Shane (1906-1990) was a regionalist, surrealist, muralist, and long-time teacher at the University of Missouri. Widely admired for early down-to-earth portraits of his all too human mid-western neighbors, his landscapes of Colorado and California ranged from awe-inspiring to affectionate views of tourist foibles. His surrealist pieces are among the strongest produced in post-war America. 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

HELLUVA TOWN through Thursday, August 19

Bernard Rosenquit, Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, 1960

Great city bridges and harbor scenes by Jolan Bettelheim, James Daughtery, Richard Haas, Jack Henderson, Bernard Rosenquit, Anne Ryan, Bernard Sanders, Ben Shahn.

Central Park, Washington Square, and Union Square, by Isabel Bishop, Minna Citron, Howard Daum, Betty Waldo Parish, James Penney

City children by Will Barnet, Pele deLappe, Blanche Grambs, Riva Helfond

Times Square and city views by Don Freeman, Fannie Hillsmith, Hugh Mesibov, Clare Romano, Louis Schanker, Anton Schutz, Fred Shane, Lynd Ward.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Bernard Rosenquit, Washington Square Fountain, 1950.

On view through August 19.  HELLUVA TOWN has great Washington Square Park scenes by James Daugherty, Kitty Leech, Betty Waldo Parish, Bernard Rosenquit, and Harry Sholker.

Also, Union Square by Isabel Bishop, Minna Citron, Jack Henderson, and his mentor, Edward Laning.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

HELLUVA TOWN, New York City, 1910 to 2009

Anne Ryan, New York Harbor, 1940

Cooling New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty views by Christina Blatt, Sydney Engelberg, Blanche Grambs, Jack Henderson, Louis Lozowick, Claire Mahl Moore, Bernard Rosenquit, Anne Ryan, Ben Shahn, Alfred Stiegliz.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

HELLUVA TOWN now has 99 years of pictures on view

Great news. With the addition of a Stiegliz, HELLUVA TOWN show now has 99 years of pictures on the wall, with works by Louis Schanker, and Ben Shahn, and with Harry Sternberg's Self Portrait, 1932.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

HELLUVA TOWN now has cooling harbor views

James Daugherty, Brooklyn Bridge, 1919

90 Years of New York City Paintings and Works on Paper, 1919 to 2009

BROOKLYN BRIDGE VIEWS by James Daugherty, Richard Haas, James Henderson, Charles Locke, Bernard Rosenquit 

QUEENSBORO BRIDGE by Jolan Bettelheim

NEW YORK HARBOR AND STATUE OF LIBERTY by Christina Blatt, Sydney Engelberg, Blanche Grambs, Louis Lozowick, Anne Ryan, Ben Shahn.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


                                           Minna Citron, Grist for the Mill, 1934

New York City in Paintings and Works on Paper spanning 90 years, 1919 to 2009.

Works by over 30 artists including Will Barnet, Fred Becker, Isabel Bishop, Abe Blashko, Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Edmond Casarella, Minna Citron, Howard Cook, James Daughery, Howard Daum, Pele deLappe, Philip Evergood, Sue Fuller, Blanche Grambs, Riva Helfond, Jack Henderson, Fannie Hillsmith, Dorothy Browdy Kushner, Edward Laning, Louis Lozowick, Hugh Mesibov, Betty Waldo Parish, James Penney, Albert Potter, Anne Ryan, Louis Schanker, Ben Shahn, Fred Shane, Harry Sternberg, Lynd Ward, and Harry Wickey.

Some of the themes explored are the Brooklyn Bridge, New York Harbor with the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, Washington Square, Union Square, Subways, Tenements, and Immigration.

Monday, July 19, 2010

HELLUVA TOWN now on view

90 Years of New York City Paintings and Works on Paper, 1919-2009 

Great images by Philip Evegood, Riva Helfond, Edward Laning, Harry Sternberg and 30 others.      
 James Daugherty, Beside the Golden Door, about 1950   

Sunday, July 18, 2010


90 Years of New York City Paintings and Works on Paper, 1919-2009
Work by 30 artists including Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Howard Cook, Howard Daum, Henry Glintenkamp, Blanche Grambs, Edward Laning, Margaret Lowengrund, Louis Lozowick, Bernard Rosenquit, Anne Ryan, Louis Schanker,  Ben Shahn, Harry Sternberg

Anton Schutz, Times Square, 1929

Thursday, July 15, 2010

HELLUVA TOWN now on view

               Anne Ryan, New York Harbor, about 1940, 12 x 16 inches

90 Years of New York City Paintings and Works on Paper, 1919-2009
Work by 30 artists including James Daugherty, Howard Daum, Sue Fuller, Henry Glintenkamp.
Themes include Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Union Square, Tenements, Immigration, and Political Action.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

HELLUVA TOWN now on view

New York City, 1919-2009. Work by 30 artists including James Daugherty, Howard Daum, Sue Fuller. Themes include Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Union Square, Tenements, Immigration.
Albert Potter, Modern Music, 1933

Monday, July 12, 2010

HELLUVA TOWN now on view

90 Years of New York City Paintings and Works on Paper, 1919-2009. Work by forty artists including Isabel Bishop, Anne Ryan, Louis Schanker

Themes include the Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Union Square, Tenements, Immigration, and Political Action.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


                                                                JAMES DAUGHERTY, BESIDE THE GOLDEN DOOR, 1950



An extensive summer exhibition of images of New York City
Will Barnet
Fred Becker
Isabel Bishop
Bernarda Bryson Shahn
James Daugherty
Howard Daum
Don Freeman 
Richard Haas     
Riva Helfond
Fannie Hillsmith
Edward Laning
Hugh Mesibov
Betty Waldo Parish
James Penney
Albert Potter
Bernard Rosenquit
Anne Ryan
Louis Schanker
Ben Shahn
Fred Shane
Harry Sternberg
Lynd Ward
And others


Subway Changes

NYC Subway Changes:  There are no more W or V trains. 
To come to the Gallery:
For the Broadway/Prince Street stop the R still works and N is back! (Think never and rarely.)
For the Broadway/Lafayette station the F still runs, and now there is also the M on weekdays.

Friday, June 25, 2010


Last two days: The Abe Blashko show ends tomorrow, Saturday.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Changes to Website

Harry Sternberg, Miners' Lamps, 1937
Some works by FRED BECKER, ISABEL BISHOP, MINNA CITRON, DOROTHY DEHNER, CHARLES KELLER, and HARRY STERNBERG have moved from Recent Additions to individual their artists’ pages. There is now a listing for GUY PENE DU BOIS under Artists with three drawings. Several single images by WILLIAM ASHBY McCLOY, HARRY SHOULBERG, HARRY WICKEY and others have moved to Additional Artists.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Helluva Town Dates Set

                                          Will Barnet, City Child, 1938
Dates set for Summer Show: Helluva Town: July 8 through August 19, 2010.  An extensive group show of New York City scenes. Preview:

Saturday, June 12, 2010

New Recent Additions

                 Louis Schanker, Sketch for a Woodcut, 1932, gouache, 7 x 7 inches
New works added to Recent Additions (on the Artists page): JAMES DAUGHERTY, MICHAEL J. GALLAGHER, MARY LIGHTFOOT, HARRY STERNBERG, and a group of drawings and prints by MITCHELL SIPORIN.  This follows an earlier group: EDMOND CASARELLA, PELE DeLAPPE, WERNER DREWES, FANNIE HILLSMITH, FRANCISCO MORA, LOUIS SCHANKER, BEN SHAHN, and FRED SHANE.  They will stay for three to four weeks before being rotated to either an individual artist’s page or the Additional Artists category.

Friday, June 4, 2010


Abe Blashko, Subway Combo, 2006

June 4, 2010

Abe Blashko: A Ninetieth Birthday Celebration
A Seventy-Five Year Retrospective of Works on Paper,
1934 to 2008,
now on view through June 26.

Reception for the Artist: Tomorrow, Saturday, June 5, 4 to 6 PM

Link to images:

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

                                Guy Pene du Bois, Young Woman with Hat, about 1925
June 2, 2010
More works have been added to the “Recent Additions” listing on our website: Charles Keller, Alice Trumbull Mason, Georges Schreiber, Harry Shoulberg, Edward Buk Ulreich, and others. Of special interest are three charcoal drawings by Guy Pene du Bois.

The Abe Blashko show is in final preparations.  Will be up in the gallery tomorrow, June 3, and runs through Saturday, June 26.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Recent Additions to Website

                                             Pele deLappe, Friday Night at the Freeman Family, 1933

New works have been added to the website's “Recent Additions” listing: Edmond Casarella, Pele deLappe, Werner Drewes, Fannie Hillsmith, Douglas Gorsline, Louis Schanker, Ben Shan, Fred Shane, Francisco Mora, and others. They will stay for three to four weeks before being rotated to either an individual artist’s page or the Additional Artists category.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Last Day for Hugh Mesibov Show

Today, Thursday, May 27, is the last day of the Hugh Mesibov show, Wartime Shipyard.

                                          The Aviator, 1943, oil on canvas, 25 x 34 inches

Monday, May 24, 2010

Recent Additions Added to Website

                                  Harry Sternberg, Subway Construction, 1928, 8x10

New listing added to the Website. Under “Artists,” at end of third column, there is now a listing for “Recent Additions.” This currently has works by Isabel Bishop, Minna Citron, Dorothy Dehner, Michael J. Gallagher, William Ashby McCloy, James Penney, Harry Sternberg, and several others. Eventually these works will be rotated out of this listing, and new works added.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

St. Louis Fair, Blanche Grambs Memorial

Fred Shane, Happy Stump, 1938

Back in the Gallery from St. Louis.  The Mercantile Library fair was wonderful. In spite of the rain the event was amazingly well attended. In particular there was interest in work by Michael J. Gallagher, Joe Jones, and Fred Shane.

Yesterday, May 19, was the Memorial for Blanche Grambs at the National Arts Club. It was a lovely tribute. It is still incredible that she was able to help curate our show, and even to insist on the title: Blanche Grambs and Her Fellow Artists

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

St. Louis

Tomorrow is travel day to Missouri for the St. Louis Mercantile Library 4th Annual Fine Print, Rare Book, and Paper Arts Fair.  Preview Gala: Friday, May 14, 6 to 9. Weekend hours: Saturday, May 15, 10 to 7, and Sunday, May 16, 11 to 5. 

In addition Missouri artists Fred Becker and Fred Shane, we are featuring works by Minna Citron, Howard Daum, Blanche Grambs, Riva Helfond, Fannie Hillsmith, Hugh Mesibov, Bernard Rosenquit, Anne Ryan, Louis Schanker, Ben Shane, and Harry Sternberg.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mesibov Show Extended !!!

The Hugh Mesibov, Wartime Shipyard show has been extended through May 27.

                                 The Aviator, 1943, oil on canvas, 25 x 34 inches

Entire show may be seen at 
Go to Exhibitions or Current

Friday, May 7, 2010

Hugh Mesibov Reception

MAY 7, 2010
Hugh Mesibov, at the reception, May 1, 2010, with his painting, The Siege, Leningrad, 1943, 54 x 61 inches.


 A work on paper from the show: Dialogue, 1942, egg tempera, 11 x 15 inches


Shots of the gallery installation have been up-loaded:

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Hugh Mesibov Reception

Yesterday, Saturday, May 1, at 4 PM, an immigrant rights demonstration marched down Broadway. It added a bit of drama to the reception for Hugh Mesibov. His show, The Wartime Shipyard, Surrealist Works of 1942/45, Paintings and Drawings, runs through Saturday, May 22.

Among the guests were Kitty and Gwyneth Leech, granddaughters of Mesibov’s Philadelphia, WPA Printmaking Workshop supervisor, Michael J. Gallagher.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hugh Mesibov: The Wartime Shipyard, Surrealist Works of 1942/45

Opens Saturday:
Hugh Mesibov
The Wartime Shipyard, Surrealist Works of 1942/45
Paintings and Drawings

Reception for the Artist: Saturday May 1, 4 to 6 PM
On View: May 1 through 22, 2010

The entire exhibition my be seen on the site:
Go to Exhibitions.

During World War II Hugh Mesibov (born 1916) was a First Class Ship Fitter --- one of more than 18,000 workers employed at the historic William Cramp & Son Shipbuilding Company in Philadelphia. Cramp’s, founded in 1830, had been closed since 1927, but was re-opened in 1941; the USS Miami, a Navy cruiser, was built there. On the last day, when the job ended in 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to the site. Mesibov remembers him waving to the crowd. Roosevelt died later that year, on April 12, 1945.

That day-to-day experience, combined with horrific wartime news, led Mesibov into a surrealist period. These paintings have smooth surfaces and solid blocks of pure color. In desolate and unstable landscapes shifting plots of land threaten to drift into space. They are littered with sharp, twisted shards of metal, and inhabited by grotesque machine-like creatures. These are dangerous post-industrial wastelands.

This work reflects the extremely difficult working conditions of the shipyard. There were real dangers; while there Mesibov received a shattered elbow and suffered severe hearing loss.

However, there were lighter moments as well. Once, when confronted by a new, blank bulkhead of the ship under construction he took the initiative. First he caged paint from the welders – they all had different colors so that their welds could be marked and then counted up; they were paid by the number of welds. With paints at hand and an empty surface Mesibov painted a 40-foot nude on the side of the bulk-head. When he was finished a supervisor came and asked, “Did you do that?” Nervous, but unable to deny his work, he admitted he had. “Good job” said the supervisor.

A work by Mesibov from this period was included in the landmark exhibition, Surrealism USA, at the National Academy of Design Museum, NY, 2005.