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Florine Stettheimer- A Life in Art by Parker Tyler

By Franklin Hill Perrell

Florine Stettheimer- A Life in Art by Parker Tyler
(Published 1963, Farrar, Strauss, and Company, Inc.)
Book designed by Patricia de Groot
“Prelude” by Carl Van Vechten

I had the good fortune to be given this book by my family when I was twelve years of age. The book was published in 1963, and this was three years after that. Looking at it now, I realize better what it meant to me. First, the introduction by Carl Van Vechten – famed as both a literary figure, critic and novelist, as well as photographer, created a link to the intellectual world of NY from the 30’s to the 50’s with reference spanning the Algonquin Round Table to the Harlem Renaissnce. Stettheimer’s collaboration with Virgil Thomson evoked a living figure who was enjoying then a vogue for his recordings; Gertrude Stein as well, the other collaborator (d. 1944), also was very much in style during the 60s, everyone having read Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

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Artists Among Friends: Florine Stettheimer at the Jewish Museum and Robert Rauschenberg at MoMA

By Franklin Hill Perrell

No one has yet observed that these two exhibitions address a number of parallel points: here are artists situated amidst a cultural ambience defined by their connections with musicians, composers, dancers, photographers, and fellow artists in relationships that became embodied in the spirit of their art- with Rauschenberg, specifically, of collaboration, and with Stettheimer (though a significant moment of actual collaboration did occur) , the relationship with other artists was overtly manifest through her famed salon and as the portrait subjects, often in groups, of her art. Only one person, however, significantly overlapped in contact with both artists, the notably long lived Marcel Duchamp.

Looking at either Rauschenberg or Stettheimer in this sense, a portrait of their eras emerges in respect to avant-grade figures and trends.

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Georgia O’Keeffe at the Brooklyn Museum

by Debbie Wells

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at the Brooklyn Museum
March 3-July 23, 2017

What happens when a museum takes the art of a celebrated American artist and combines it with female empowerment, fashion, creativity, geography, and history? The result is the blockbuster exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern. As part of their current long term project, A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism that began in October 2016, it is surely one of the highlights of the series.

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Hilla Rebay & The Museum of Non Objective Art: The Origin of the Guggenheim Museum

by Franklin Hill Perrell

Hilla Rebay & the Museum of Non Objective Art: The Origin
of the Guggenheim Museum Exhibition at Leila Heller Gallery

Out of a wealth of excellent exhibitions this month in Chelsea, this portrayal of a crucial episode in the introduction of modernism to America must not be missed. For anyone who cares to gain insight into the art of the 1950’s and the ultimate globalism of artistic endeavor, this is essential fare.

Hilla Rebay, Orange Cross, c. 1947, Oil on canvas, 44 1⁄8 x 37 in. (112.28 x 93.98 cm.) © 2017 The Hilla von Rebay Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Both Hilla Rebay, artist, curator, collector, and mentor to Solomon Guggenheim, and Guggenheim as a patron, present a fascinating story apart from the art itself. Rebay, born a German baroness, grew up in the atmosphere of a high ranking Prussian military family- under the old German empire- Wilhelmine Germany, comparable in stuffiness to the Victorian era of Britain, as unlikely a setting for the production of great innovative art as would be possible. She was driven to a fiercely independent viewpoint and art career that ultimately led her to NY as an artist in the 1920s, where she met Guggenheim, whose portrait she was commissioned to paint. Precisely what their relationship was, or became, is a source of endless speculation, but the inescapable fact was that he trusted her judgment supremely. Under her tutelage, he assembled the greatest 20th

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Seurat at the Met

By Franklin Hill Perrell

One show in NY not to be missed this season is Seurat. This artist, who died aged thirty one, created only six or seven truly major oils. Each marked a stage of his thinking or explored a different pictorial concept. Sunday Afternoon on the Grand Jatte marked the full fledged introduction of his pointillist style and grappled with a complex composition of urban figures in full sunlight.

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Did you spot the Osgemeos mural in Chelsea?


On one of our recent Artful Circle art gallery visits, we enjoyed saw a unique and colorful exhibition by Osgemeos at the Lehmann Maupin gallery in Chelsea. But, there’s more….This Brazilian artist duo also painted in their signature imaginative style just blocks a way on the building of P.S. 11-The William T. Harris School. The mural features a giant-size character that overlooks the urban playground setting!

The Vegas Art Challenge

by Debbie Wells 

Don’t underestimate the cultural side of Las Vegas. On a recent trip, I challenged myself to find fine art hidden amongst the glitz of the strip. This is what I found…

1-Take a tour of the Neon Boneyard where old signs from Las Vegas history come to rest and be restored in a junk-yard environment begging to be explored.

2-Look up at the ceiling to see the dazzling glass sculpture installation by Dale Chilhuly in the Bellagio lobby.

3-Stroll through Caesars to the Martin Lawrence Gallery with works by Andy Warhol, Vik Muniz, Erte and more..and the largest painting ever created by Salvadore Dali!

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The Gallery at Cadillac House

by Debbie Wells

The Gallery at Cadillac House
330 Hudson Street, NYC
Visonaire Presents ToiletPapers’s Paradis
February 9–April 12, 2017, M-F, 8am-7pm, Sat/Sun, 10am-5pm


It is truly astounding that there are so many hidden cultural gems in New York City to uncover.  Our latest discovery is the gallery at Cadillac House on Hudson Street in SOHO.  Cadillac House has a mission – to provide an exhibition venue where innovation and creativity are celebrated. Although Cadillac has history of over a hundred years as a leader of automotive technology and style, the company also strives beyond their traditional expertise by presenting multiple cultural disciplines through their own eyes. The result is inspirational as they successfully curate their space providing a cutting-edge aesthetic perspective.

Cadillac House is open to the public and functions simultaneously as an art gallery, retail space, coffee bar, lounge area and an exhibition area for their flagship vehicles. Many of New York’s finest companies are collaborators with Cadillac House, including Joe Coffee, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Visionaire magazine. This season, Cadillac House and Visionaire installed ToiletPaper Paradis, a non-traditional, interactive exhibition that is beyond wild. Visionaire founders Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos enlisted Italian artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari of the art magazine, ToiletPaper, to create this off-beat installation at Cadillac House after admiring their Maze of Quotes installation at Art Basel Miami Beach in December.

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Art League of Long Island – Library & Lectures


Debbie Wells of Artful Circle and Chair of the Art League of Long Island in Dix Hills ( presents a series of art lectures at the Art League of Long Island in support of their new art reference library. The 2016 series, “Dab of Paint” has covered everything from Art History 101 to “How Artists Capture Their Surroundings”, “American Female Artists” and more.

All information in the presentations are drawn from the comprehensive book collection at the Art League and is comprised of nearly two thousand high quality books and counting – mostly obtained from a generous donation from the late Lorraine Graves Grace. Read more about the library and its fundraising mural at this link:

One of Artful Circle and Art League of Long Island members, Karen Kirshner, wrote about us on her blog. See below for the link.


Next “Dab of Paint” lectures at the Art League of Long Island
Free Admission!

Monday, Oct 24 – come either at 11am or 7pm – “Artist Couples”

Monday, Nov. 21 – come either at 11am or 7pm – “Understanding Appropriation Art”