Category Archives: Art Galleries & Museums

“The Palette Reveals the Artist” Lecture

“The Palette Reveals the Artist” Lecture with Alexander Katlan
Sunday, December 13th at 2pm
at the Art League of Long Island (107 East Deer Park Rd, Dix Hills, NY, 631-462-5400)www.artleagueli.org

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Esteemed art conservator Alex Katlan will present an informative art talk based on his book “The Palette Reveals the Artist: The Grumbacher Artist Palette Collection and the Salmagundi Club Palette Collection”.

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The palette collection of the historic Salmagundi Club represents a piece of art history. Many well-known artists of the past 140 years such as William Merrit Chase and George Inness, Jr. have participated in the club tradition of leaving their palettes for display at the iconic brownstone in Greenwich Village.

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Artful Circle in the Hamptons: The Dan Flavin Art Institute

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by Debbie Wells

There are so many famous artists that have Long Island roots and it is always a treat to see them showcased in their hometowns. Everyone knows that artists such as Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner called the Hamptons home, but did you know that contemporary artist Dan Flavin (1933-1996) was a resident of Wainscott, a village nearby the resort town of Bridgehampton? The Dan Flavin Art Institute is a gem of a museum, located in the heart of the main street area and perfect for a delightful break from the usual Hamptons activities.

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Dan Flavin: The Artist of Light

Born in New York City in 1933, he studied art history at the New School for Social Research and Columbia University. His first work with electric light was shown at the Judson Gallery in New York in 1961. He also exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the National Gallery of Canada in the 1960’s. Continue reading Artful Circle in the Hamptons: The Dan Flavin Art Institute

Art-Themed Exhibit at the Jewish Museum

The Steerage on view September 25, 2015 – February 14, 2016
By Debbie Wells

Attending the Press Preview

On September 21st, I was invited to a media/press preview of the latest exhibits at the Jewish Museum to report my observations on our Artful Circle on-publication, Artful Observer. I hadn’t been to the Jewish Museum iIMG_1502n a long while, but was quickly reminded of its beauty as I approached its stately home on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street directly across from Central Park. Housed in the elegant Warburg Mansion on Museum Mile since 1944, the building was designed in French Gothic chateau-style by architect Charles P.H. Gilbert in 1908.

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Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946), The Steerage, 1907, photogravure, 15 7/8 × 11 1/8 in. (40.4 × 28.1 cm). The Jewish Museum, NY, purchase: Mr. and Mrs. George Jaffin Fund, 2000-6

The Deputy Director Jans Hoffmann and the museum curatorial staff presented all its newest exhibits to the press and then encouraged us to explore the galleries for a few hours on our own before the museum opened to the public. I was immediately attracted to an exhibition that I thought would be of interest to our Artful Circle members. Many times, our groups have enjoyed the work of Alfred Steiglitz and his wife, famous artist Georgia O’Keefe at art galleries and museums. This exhibit at the Jewish Museum centers around a single photograuvre by Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) entitled, The Steerage which the artist considered the greatest of his career. He even stated later in his life, “If all my photographs were lost, and I’d be represented by just one, The Steerage, I’d be satisfied.”

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I met with Rebecca Shaykin, Leon Levy Assistant Curator, for a close-up look at the exhibit. First, she explained the concept behind their popular Masterpieces & Curiosities series, in which The Steerage is the fifth exhibit. The series showcases individual works in the Jewish Museum’s world-renowned collection.

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Perrell is featured in the New York Times!

Artful Circle’s Franklin Hill Perrell is featured in this New York Times article as he explains his role in The Moderns art exhibition currently at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, New York.

Click Here to read the article       http://nyti.ms/1G5prIx

“The Moderns: Chagall, Degas, Léger, Miró, Picasso and More…” continues at the Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor, through Nov. 8.  nassaumuseum.org.

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Above: Promotional Material by Nassau County Museum of Art

Experience the New Whitney Museum

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From the moment you arrive at the new Whitney Museum of American Art, you can tell that this is unlike any museum you’ve previously visited. The new building looks like a gigantic twisted ship- container ship or ocean liner variously, berthed in the Meat Packing District. The nautical theme is no accident:

Renzo Piano was commenting not only the site itself and its splendid river exposure and views, but also the old sail makers lofts that dominated the area in the days when Herman Melville earned his living as a scrivener in the customs house.

Outstanding Architecture and NYC Locale

The location is serendipitous: the area- at the edge of the historic row houses of the west village and centered in its own milieu of dramatically re-purposed nineteenth century warehouses and wholesale butchers, which exudes unexpected charm, with cobble stone streets, the Standard Hotel (like a leisure-themed version of Le Corbusier’s UN) and its outdoor dining under the Pergola, and the Highline itself, whose very base is the Whitney’s plaza. Serendipitous as well, the proximity to Chelsea doubles the potential action.

630_006_800When you arrive at the Whitney, you see a plaza occupying almost half the block and an open expanse westward toward the Hudson River. The first floor is see-through, and Renzo Piano’s concept is that this space would be like an Italian city square enabling potential engagement for all. Continue reading Experience the New Whitney Museum

Art Exhibit at the Harness Racing Museum

by Franklin Hill Perrell

If you are traveling from New York City to points north, the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, Orange County, NY, is worth a visit. Presently, they are featuring an exhibition of works by American artist Lumen Martin Winter. Winter (1908-1982), an artist of considerable renown, during his lifetime, is presently the focus of renewed interest. His art flourished in the period following the WPA when he began his career as a muralist, later exhibiting paintings and drawings at an impressive array of museums and galleries.

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“The Spirit of the Horse” is the theme aptly chosen for this venue where a selection of Lumen Winter’s works (representing only one chapter of his oeuvre) exemplifies his verve of execution. In lively

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Beyond the Museum – Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Studio on Long Island

By Debbie Wells

The Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan opened its new building to rave reviews and much excitement. To honor its founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, an enchanting portrait adorns the entrance of one of the main floor galleries. Mrs. Whitney commissioned this work in 1916 from her friend Robert Henri. When Henri’s painting was finished, Harry Payne Whitney refused to allow her to hang it in their grand Fifth Avenue town house. The plaque in the museum explains: He didn’t want his friends to see a picture of his wife, as he put it, “in pants.” She is portrayed as a vibrant and stylish, yet forward-thinking – clearly someone ahead of her time. The painting intrigued me, so I decided to delve and learn more about her.

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Robert Henri, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Oil on Canvas, 1916, Whitney Museum of American Art, Gift of Flora Whitney Miller, Courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art

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Artful Circle Visits Madison Avenue

 by Franklin Hill Perrell

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Our recent visits to Madison Avenue galleries commenced at Skarstedt on E. 79th for the exhibition of Georg Baselitz’s series of Orange Eaters and Glass Drinkers from 1981-83. These dozen quite masterful neo-expressionist paintings are from the series that made the German contemporary artist famous in America, portraits in his typical palette of vivid colors and scumbled rich paint handling. Everything appears upside down: perhaps a comment on the state of world affairs but certainly a strategy for keeping a painting midway between abstraction and reality. It’s lively, engaging, and historic, and the work looks fresh, spontaneous, and relevant. Skarstedt, 20 E. 79 St., Georg Baselitz: Drinkers and Orange Eaters. Closes June 27.

Next door, we visited the ever wonderful Acquavella. Their exhibition, entitled Off Canvas, featured works in media other than paint-on-canvas, thus watercolor, pastel, pencil, pen and ink, and so on. Characteristic of the museum-like aura of this gallery, included are a dazzling array of major 20th century artists, from Picasso to Thiebaud: Matisse, Arshile Gorky, Sam Francis, Lucien Freud, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and more. It begins with Toulouse-Lautrec’s exquisitely rendered 1899 drawing of a circus equestrian. This piece is notable for its detailed depictions of spectators who could have stepped out of Moulin Rouge.
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The point of this show is not only to portray significant stylistic statements but to provide a glimpse of studio practice. Works on paper reveal the most direct expression of the artists’ immediate thinking and intent, whereas paintings in oil typically require a number of intervening technical stages.
Acquavella, 18 E. 79 St., Off Canvas. Closes June 12.

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Spirit of the Horse – Lumen Martin Winter

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by Alexander Katlan The Spirit of the Horse- Lumen Martin Winter (1908-1982) – Selected Horse Studies An Exhibition of artist Lumen Martin Winter (1906-1982) artworks at The Harness Racing Museum & Hall Of Fame 240 Main Street, Goshen New York Opening June 1, 2015 to May 31, 1916

Lumen Martin Winter (1908-1982) is an artist almost unknown today. The rediscovery of this artist is not as uncommon as one first thinks, with artists who have spent a large part of their careers as muralists. In this exhibition at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame Goshen, NY from June 1 2015 to May 31, 2015, The Spirit of the Horse, one sees drawings and watercolors that Lumen Winter created in Santa Fe New Mexico. Continue reading Spirit of the Horse – Lumen Martin Winter

Artful Circle Visits Yayoi Kusama exhibit at David Zwirner Gallery

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Give me dots, dots and more dots is the theme of the “Give Me Love” exhibit at David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea. Pop artist Yayoi Kusama’s lifelong obsession with circles is evident in this triple-threat of an exhibition. Her iconic polka dot art is displayed in three parts – colorful paintings, whimsical sculptures and a show stopping one-of-a-kind art installation. Kusama is now acknowledged as one of the most important living artists of Japan.

Who is Yayoi Kusama?

It is hard to believe that this exhibition consists of new work done by the artist, who is now in her eighties. It has the freshness and energy of a person much younger, but as one learns about the life of Kusama, it becomes clear her vibrant art is reflective of her age-defying personal character and the universal love of pop art, color and shape that transcends time.

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