Sunday, April 24, 2016

Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934-2000

On Thursday, April 20th, the exhibition Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934-2000, opened at the Grey Art Gallery of NYU. The show, and the catalogue, that also has the AAA print list, are so welcome! Our thanks to Gail Windisch who started the ball rolling and who not only created the list of the AAA prints (begun by Meg Hausberg at AAA in the 1970s), but also researched and explained the complicated publishing, commissions, gallery sales-triangle that worked so well in the late 1930s and 1940s.

Liz Seaton, of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Jane Myers, formerly of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, and Gail Windisch, are the curators of the exhibition, which will run through July 9, 2016.

The exhibition focuses on the publishing side of the gallery and includes prints made into the 1970s, was well as examples of holiday cards, Stonelain Ceramics, and Riverdale Fabrics, created by AAA artists in the 1950s. (Maybe there was even wallpaper, but that didn’t make it into the show.)

Wall labels and examples of archival brochures address much of the history of the gallery, from its early days with founder Reeve Lewenthal, through his successor – my old boss, Sylvan Cole, Jr., who stayed through 1983.
Peggy Bacon, The Spirit of Rain, 1941, drypoint
Included are works by Peggy Bacon, Thomas Hart Benton, Douglas Gorsline, Joe Jones, Harry Sternberg, Georges Schreiber (not only by his 250 edition lithograph, From Arkansas, 1941, but also a watercolor, and amazing, a totally abstract patterned fabric), and many, many more artists. The catalogue and exhibition were about fifteen years in coming and they are both terrific.

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