Sunday, April 16, 2017


Collages by Anne Ryan (1889-1954) date from the last five or six years of her short artistic career and for that matter, of her life. Right now they are having a moment.

The piece shown here, dated 1951 and made on Douglas Howell paper, is currently on view at Rutgers University’s Zimmerli Art Museum in Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17, through May 31.

Anne Ryan, Collage, 1951

It is more cubist grid than expressionist composition like those on view in the Museum of Modern Art’s Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, on view through August 13. In his New York Times review of Friday, April 14, Holland Cotter wrote that “the exquisite, centrifugally spinning collages … were inspired as much by life as by other art.” Speaking of the show as a whole he decries the absence of many of these works from the permanent collection galleries where they would hang with those of male colleagues. 

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Sunday, April 9, 2017


Down the Road: Wellfleet Printmakers from the 20th Century is on view at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA, from April 7 through May 21, 2017. It’s a wide reaching show with exceptional examples of work by Clare Leighton and including many of the actual woodblocks for her 1954 book, Where Land Meets Sea – The Enduring Cape Cod, jewels in themselves. Leighton’s print of the Oyster Houses, 1948 (and my new favorite of hers), is paired with a related preparatory drawing, as well as Peggy Bacon’s Low Tide, 1952, Albert Edel’s extremely scarce Oyster Shacks, and even Stow Wengenroth’s Oyster Shacks. Thanks to Thomas Broker for going through this with me and putting it together in the first place.

Clare Leighton, wood engravings with blocks for Where Land Meets Sea

For Bacon there are nearly all her Wellfleet subjects including early and final states for several, including High Brows, and some such as Priceless Find shown both in lithograph and drypoint versions, one with extensive state and printing notations by Bacon.

Peggy Bacon, Low Tide, 1952, drypoint

Thomas R. Broker and Arthur N. Gilbert are the curators of the exhibition. They both have a deep knowledge of the material and appreciation for the contributions made by the artists.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, April, 2017
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum was founded in 1914. A renovation in 2005 and 06 expanded the square footage to 19,500. It is the most visited art museum on Cape Cod. Our thanks go to Christine McCarthy, Executive Director, for recognizing the national importance of the locally titled Wellfleet Printmakers.

A list on the STG site also features Truro artists JUDITH SHAHN and her father BEN SHAHN, Provincetown artists MARY SINCLAIR, BETTY WALDO PARISH, and sister and brother DOROTHY GREGORY and JOHN GREGORY. Cape Cod subjects are used for many, but especially for artists who may have been more casual visitors such as HOWARD DAUM who would have been visiting his NYC teacher Hans Hofmann, PETER GRIPPE, and HUGH MESIBOV.

Link to our page:

link to PAAM’s exhibition page:

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#alexanderbrook #downtheroad #WellfleetPrintmakers

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Monday, March 27, 2017

American Art of the Depression Era at the Royal Academy

Work by Thomas Hart Benton is featured in America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s, at The Royal Academy of Arts, London, through June 4.

Below is Benton’s lithograph The Race (also titled Homeward Bound), of 1942. In the Creekmore Fath print catalogue raisonné there's a note by Benton that horses galloped with steam engines but not with diesels.
Thomas Hart Benton, The Race (also titled Homeward Bound), 1942       

A member of Associated American Artists’ 'Triumvirate of American Regionalism' along with John Steuart Curry and Grant Wood, Benton (1889-1975) was a painter, muralist, and printmaker. His America Today mural series of 1930-31 is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; A Social History of the State of Missouri, 1936, is in the Missouri State House, Jefferson City, and is NOT TO MISSED!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Celebrate International Women's Day, today, March 8.

Sue Fuller, Umbrella Makers, Japan, 1953


#internationalwomensday #internationalwomen'sday #Suefuller #Umbrellamakers #Japan

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Read Across America Day

March 2 is Read Across America Day sponsored by the National Education Association. This is Peggy Bacon’s Lunch at the League, 1918. In this print Bacon shows colleague Doris Rosenthal, the woman in the foreground. Peggy herself is at left with the glasses and Dorothy Varian is next to her.

Peggy Bacon, Lunch at the League, 1918, drypoint

#Readacrossamerica #NEA #peggybacon #dorothyvarian #dorisrosenthal #ASL #artstudentsleague #theleague

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Sunday, February 26, 2017


Karl Schrag, Last Glow in the Woods, 1957

Getting ready to head to San Antonio for the last fair of  the season.

Saturday, March 4                     10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, March 5                       Noon to 5 PM

We are featuring:
• Atelier 17: Intaglios by Stanley William Hayter, as well as those of colleagues,
Howard Daum, Dorothy Dehner, Sue Fuller, Fannie Hillsmith, Peter Grippe,
Alice Trumbull Mason, Anne Ryan, and Louis Schanker.

• Works by African-Americans Emma Bourne, Elizabeth Catlett, Curlee Raven Holton,
Lawrence A. Jones, and William E. Smith.

• Collection Highlights: An extremely scarce prints by the WPA-Era California artists
Pele DeLappe and Victor DeWilde, lithographs by Zygmund Jankowski, an archive of
etchings and lithographs by Karl Schrag, as well as works by Mark Tobey and
Marguerite Zorach.

Link to WINTER FAIR on Gallery Site:

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Sunday, February 19, 2017


Abstraction Expressionism is now on view at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Wish we could be there to see the show and especially the William Baziotes Mariner, 1960-01. Below is his Young Clown, 1943-46, a pictograph image, 14 x 18 inches, made after the surreaiist pieces and before the larger, more abstract works.

William Baziotes, Young Clown, 1943-46

This is the link for the Guggenheim's page on the show. There's a great picture of 'The Irascibles' showing Baziotes and all his pals.

The Guggenheim exhibition runs from February 3 though June 4, 2017.

#Guggenheim #Bilbao #Baziotes #AbstractExpressionism #Surrealism #Irascibles
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Saturday, February 11, 2017



We’re back from the West Coast fairs. The Portland Fine Print Fair (January 28 and 29) coincided with the museum’s Constructing Identity show of African-American Art with work by Elizabeth Catlett. Of course, it’s wonderful to have a museum as a sponsor and the curators frequented the show: Mary Chapin included our collection in her Sunday tour and her Curator’s Choice was Peggy Bacon’s The Vain Pleasures; Sara Krajewski’s Choice was Ben Shahn’s Four Freedoms with Franklin Roosevelt. Traveling north to south, Portland was followed by the Los Angeles Fine Print Fair at Bonhams, February 4 and 5. Both venues were extremely well attended and were fortunate to have cool, misty days – great print fair weather!
Curator Mary Chapin at Portland Fair
Interest was strong in the Atelier 17 group with Sue Fuller, Peter Grippe, Jacob Kainen, Armin Landeck, Karl Schrag, and of course, Stanley William Hayter himself. The extremely scarce Victor DeWilde San Francisco scenes were popular and as were the artists featured in the St. Gaudens publication, Emerging from the Shadows, especially Dorothy Dehner and Claire Mahl Moore. And best of all, Maurine St. Gaudens, author extraordinaire, stopped by for a visit.

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Peggy Bacon, The Vain Pleasures of the World Attracted Her, 1933

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Sunday, January 22, 2017



Claire Mahl Moore, The Demonstration, 1936,
Featured in: Emerging From the Shadows by Maurine St. Gaudens

Fields Ballroom, Portland Art Museum
1219  SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR  98194
Saturday, January 28           10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, January 29              11 AM to 5 PM

7601 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90046
Saturday, February 4            10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, February 5               Noon to 6 PM

We are featuring:
• Atelier 17: Intaglios by Stanley William Hayter, as well as those of colleagues, Howard Daum, Worden Day, Sue Fuller, Fannie Hillsmith, Peter Grippe, Franz Kline, Alice Trumbull Mason, Anne Ryan, Louis Schanker, and an archive of prints by Karl Schrag.

• In honor of the publication of Emerging from the Shadows by Maurine St. Gaudens we are presenting prints and drawings by California artists Dorothy Dehner, Pele DeLappe, Kett, Claire Mahl Moore, Dorothy Brody Kushner, Doris Rosenthal, Burr Singer, and Marguerite Zorach.

• Works by African-Americans Elizabeth Catlett, Lawrence A. Jones, and William E. Smith.

• West Coast Connections: An extremely scarce collection of drypoints by the WPA-Era San Francisco artist Victor DeWilde, lithographs by Zygmund Jankowski, as well as works by Harry Sternberg, Mark Tobey, Edward Buk Ulreich, and Joseph Zirker.

Link to WEST COAST PREVIEW on Gallery Site:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Innovation and Abstraction now at the Zimmerly

Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17 opened at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, on January 17th and is on view through May 31, 2017.

The Anne Ryan, Collage, 1951, was added to the show for the Zimmerly venue.

Anne Ryan, Collage, 1951

The curator, Dr. Christina Weyl, selected eight artists to feature from the more than ninety women who worked at the New York facility between 1940 and 1955. For each she selected intaglio prints indicative of their Atelier experience as well as an additional piece in another medium: paintings for MINNA CITRON and ALICE TRUMBULL MASON, string construction for SUE FULLER, sculptures for WORDEN DAY and DOROTHY DEHNER, and woodcut and collage for ANNE RYAN. Works by Louise Bourgeois and Louise Nevelson are also included.

Link to Weyl’s essay and checklist;

STG listing for Women of Atelier 17

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

EXTENDED: Hugh Mesibov's Book of Job.

EXTENDED, Out of the Whirlwind: Hugh Mesibov's Book of Job.
Originally scheduled to close  
--> in January, this show is now on view through March 12, 2017.

This mural was commissioned in 1969 and completed and installed in 1972 at the Temple Beth El in Spring Valley, Rockland County, New York.

Mesibov was a modernist but his goal was to illustrate the biblical narrative in a figurative format. The result is a highly expressive, even baroque exploration of the suffering and the redemption of Job.

In 2016 the synagogue donated this monumental painting to the Yeshiva University Museum, 15 West 16th Street, NY, NY. It is on view in the Popper Gallery through March 12, 2017, and not to be missed.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Ninety years after Harry Sternberg’s etching Subway Construction, 1927, the three new stations of New York City’s Second Avenue Subway opened to the public on January 1, 2017.
Harry Sternberg, Subway Construction (NYC), 1927
Bravo to the MTA for meeting the deadline. Its most northern stop, the 96th Street Station, is the turn-around point for the Q train.
Abe Blashko, Subway Combo (Union Square, NYC), 2006
The Abe Blashko drawing of the musicians at the Union Square Station always makes me wonder if that’s supposed to be me in the blue outfit. He knew waiting for a train with those guys would make me crazy.

Louis Lozowick, Subway Station (NYC), 1936

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Sunday, January 1, 2017



January 1, 2017

Today is the last day of Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933-1957, at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH. Works by JOSEF ALBERS, PETER GRIPPE, FANNIE HILLSMITH, FRANZ KLINE, and BEN SHAHN, are in the show.
From 70 years ago, this is Grippe’s Negative/Positive, 1947

Peter Grippe, Negative/Positive, 1947

And of course it’s also the first day of 2017.
Here’s Stanley William Hayter’s combination Holiday Card and Birth Announcement, Augy’s Footprint, 1940.

Stanley William Hayter, Augy's Footprint, 1940

Best wishes for the New Year to all.