Monday, February 18, 2013

Glackens, Henri, Luks: NY Winter Antiques Show Dealers

Jonathan Boos

Jonathan Boos specializes in American paintings, drawings, and sculpture created between 1850 and 1950, with a particular focus on works of the Ashcan School, American Scene painting, and the Stieglitz Group, including such varied artists as Stuart Davis, Ben Shahn, George Bellows, Milton Avery, Jacob Lawrence, Marsden Hartley, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

Boos brings singular experience to his work as a private art dealer and consultant. His father owned and operated the respected Frank H. Boos Gallery in Troy, Michigan, for 40 years. Jonathan started working in the family auction house at age eight and was employed there full time for six years after receiving his degree from Michigan State University.

In 1994 Boos began working as curator and adviser to Richard Manoogian and the Masco Corporation Collection in Taylor, Michigan — a role he continues today. Boos has helped build the Manoogian and Masco collections into one of the finest private ensembles of American art in the world, acquiring notable works by Frederic Church, Sanford Gifford, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, and Edward Hopper, among others. He has helped organize exhibitions of the Manoogian and Masco collections presented at the Vero Beach Museum of Art; the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan; and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee, among many other institutions.

This background underlines the unique strengths of Jonathan Boos as a private art dealer: deep knowledge of the field and its participants and a reputation for discrete, transparent transactions. He started this service in 2008, with bases in New York and Bloomfield Village, Michigan, and has quickly attracted clients — private collectors and great museums — who are among the most discriminating and visionary in the world.

Robert Henri

American, 1865–1929

Volendam Boy with Cigarette, 1910
Oil on canvas
26¼ x 20¼ inches

Signed, inscribed, and dated lower right: “To Miss Lauter — This sketch in memory of a pleasant visit to her studio in Volendam / July 1910, Robert Henri”

A charismatic teacher and founder of the group of artists known as the Eight, Henri was one of the most influential painters of his day. Over the course of his career, Henri traveled frequently, visiting Holland, Spain, Ireland, Maine, California, and New Mexico. He produced numerous paintings during these sojourns, focusing particular attention on portraits of local children. Volendam Boy with Cigarette was painted during Henri’s trip to Holland in 1910, when he spent June and July in Haarlem and July and August in Volendam. It displays the spirited brushwork and vivid palette characteristic of Henri’s work of this period. Here, as in all his portraits, he sought to express the essential vitality and humanity of his subject. The artist’s estate account book listed the work as having been given to Flora Lauter, an American artist living and working in Volendam.

The John H. Surovek Gallery

The John H. Surovek gallery specializes in American paintings, drawings, watercolors and prints of the 19th and 20th centuries. In the gallery’s thirty year history, many significant and important works of art have been either acquired, or placed with us for research and valuation. The acquisition and sale of American works of art is our foremost goal; it is what we love to do, and do well. America's most distinguished collectors and museums have come to associate the Surovek Gallery with scholarship and experience.

We serve on occasion as guest curator, visiting lecturer and offer expert services in appraising a single work, or an entire collection. We also offer advice on conservation and framing. The Surovek Gallery has represented the estate of Robert Henri, and currently represents the estates of William Glackens and Anthony Thieme.

Robert Henri Skipper Mick (1924)
Oil on Canvas - Signed (l.l.), inscribed with title and numbered M193 on reverse
Image size: 24 x 20 inches

Hillside Near Le Ciotat 1930
Oil on Canvas
26 1/2 x 32 1/2 inches
Signed: W. Glackens (l.r.)

William Glackens (1870 - 1938)

Born in Philadelphia, William Glackens became an Impressionist painter who modified the style by retaining delineation of figures. But early in his career, he was an active Social Realist when the 'Ash Can' approach to painting was being promoted by Glackens' good friend, Robert Henri. However, Glackens eschewed subjects of the seamier side of society and adopted more refined depictions such as upper class persons strolling in parks, sitting in cafes, and studio posed still lifes and figures.

Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services

Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services is a private gallery specializing in rare masterpieces of American paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Encompassing the poetic and sublime landscapes of the Hudson River School, the vibrant and colorful en plein air works of American Impressionism, and the dynamic and energized expressions of American Modernism, Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services offers exemplary works from this period.

For over twenty years Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services has provided expert consultation and has helped build and enrich some of the most esteemed collections of art in both private and public holdings.

In addition to placing fine art in both public and private collections, Michael Altman Fine Art is interested in acquiring works through purchase or consignment.

While the gallery’s inventory is ever changing, several artists frequently represented include Frederic Edwin Church, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Martin Johnson Heade, John Frederick Kensett, William Bradford, Thomas Moran, John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Maurice Brazil Prendergast, George Bellows, George Luks, Everett Shinn, John Sloan, Oscar Bluemner, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Milton Avery and Andrew Wyeth, among many others. On occasion the gallery also deals with European paintings by artists such as Henri Matisse, Gustave Courbet, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Eugene Boudin and Pablo Picasso, to name a few.

George Luks
The Breaker Boys, circa 1925
Oil on canvas, 50 x 60 inches

Menconi & Schoelkopf Fine Art

Founded in 2001, Menconi & Schoelkopf Fine Art offers a full range of American art, from the early nineteenth century through the mid twentieth. The two partners – Susan E. Menconi and Andrew L. Schoelkopf – bring to the business decades of experience in handling American paintings, drawings, watercolors, and sculpture.

Andy was raised in a family of art dealers, being the son of Robert and Jane Schoelkopf, who ran the prestigious Robert Schoelkopf Gallery in New York until the elder’s untimely death in 1990. Having worked at the gallery until its close in 1991, Andy then went on to Christie’s, where he rose to be head of the American Paintings Department. Andy currently sits on the board of the Private Art Dealers Association, of which the gallery is a member.

Susan began her art dealing career at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, where she was founding director of the of American Sculpture Department. She later became Executive Vice President of the Richard York Gallery. Susan too was immersed in art from the beginning. Her late father, Ralph J. Menconi, was an accomplished professional sculptor, as was his father before him. For the past several years, Susan has served on the Art Advisory Panel of the Internal Revenue Service. She also serves on the American board of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, Hamilton, Bermuda.

Menconi & Schoelkopf offers the finest works available on the market today. We are uncompromising when it comes to quality and condition. Whether it is a small luminous Hudson River School picture or a fullblown flower painting by the major American modernist Georgia O’Keeffe, we study each work with a sharply critical eye before even thinking of offering it for sale. Often, this involves overseeing museum standard conservation and framing with a fine period frame.

Our primary activities are, of course, the acquisition and selling of art to collectors, museums, and corporations. Among the museums to which we have sold works of art are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. We have developed strong relationships with a number of individuals and institutions, where we act as the exclusive representatives, building or disposing of entire collections. We offer appraisal services and advice on conservation and framing.