Tuesday, May 15, 2012

American Art Works on Paper, 1800-Present

Thomas Hart Benton’s “Abe nosed the flatboat toward the shore,” created for a book he illustrated about Abraham Lincoln of 1953

Consisting of over ninety works, this exhibition, organized by the Spanierman Gallery, LLC, (45 East 58 Street | New York, NY 10022 | Phone: (212) 832-0208 | Fax: (212) 832-8114 Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) conveyed the diversity of American art over the course of more than two hundred years.

Among the selections are works by Thomas Hart Benton, Albert Bricher, , Alexander Calder, George Catlin, Jasper Cropsey, John Steuart Curry, Arthur B. Davies, Burgoyne Diller, Arthur Wesley Dow, George Grosz, Philip Leslie Hale, Martin Johnson Heade, Robert Henri, Daniel Huntington, Charles Bird King, George Luks, Reginald Marsh, Edward Potthast, William Trost Richards, Norman Rockwell, Edmund Tarbell, John Henry Twachtman, Andrew Wyeth, William Zorach, and many others.
Rendered during a trip to South America that he made on the commission of the gun merchant Samuel Colt, George Catlin’s Jaguar Hunting in Brazil (1852) is thought to feature the artist himself, his gun in hand as he paddles toward a shore where a wounded jaguar is watched over by its mate, the scene’s narrative left unexplained.
On a piece of printed stationery labeled “Ogunquit, Me,” Edward Potthast sketched in a scene of figures on the beach, revealing the way that such views of urban-goers actively indulging in the leisure life compelled the artist to draw them.

James Daugherty’s Hester Street, October 26, 1933 (1933), which conveys the congested nature of New York’s Lower East Side through his subject and composition.
Robert Henri’s Normandy Market (1902), a softly rendered blend of figures, street, and buildings.
George B. Luks, Figure Study, Paris, 1900-10