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Dale Nichols: Seeing the Light

2019-09-18T09:08:38-04:00

What is most interesting about Nichols' work is the way he himself executed and perceived it. Nichols was born on a farm in David City, Nebraska in 1904. He did chores, walked two miles to school and, eventually left the rural environment for Chicago to pursue a career in art. He became a very successful illustrator, who was able to create both sophisticated graphics and comforting landscapes.

Frank Stella in 3-D at 83

2019-09-06T09:22:14-04:00

A recent exhibit at the Whitney Museum focused on the exuberant colors that pivotal artists used during the psychedelic 1960s. Included in the show was Frank Stella's Gran Cairo, part of the Whitney's permanent collection, one of the first paintings that Stella did after the Black Series that brought him instant acclaim in the art world when he was barely twenty-five. The exhibit, called Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s magnified the varied styles and focus of the mid-century artists.

William Glackens: Advancing Art in America

2019-08-12T09:15:42-04:00

William Glackens was one of the best reporter-artist-illustrators of his time, rendering fast, accurate and compassionate drawings for the Philadelphia Record, and the New York Herald. When the half-tone printing process was finally successfully engineered, so that it was good enough for commercial use (around 1898), illustrators, like Glackens, were replaced by photographers.

Richard Diebenkorn: Notes to Myself

2019-07-12T13:43:49-04:00

Richard Diebenkorn, 1993. (c) Leo Holub Richard Diebenkorn's painting, Ocean Park #126, sold at Christie's last year for $22,587,500, making it one of the top fifty artworks sold at auction in 2018. Richard DiebenkornOcean Park #126, 1984 The Ocean Park Series of paintings were inspired by his move from a dark, windowless studio to a [...]

Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1875

2019-07-08T09:49:46-04:00

Pierre-Auguste RenoirSelf portrait, 1876 In 1875, Pierre-Auguste Renoir was 34 years old, and beginning to have some success as a painter. The year before, in Paris, he had teamed up with fellow impressionists, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley and Frederic Bazille to present the first Impressionist exhibition. The exhibit was not popular with art critics of [...]

George Bellows at Surovek Gallery

2019-07-12T13:45:40-04:00

George Bellows painted his final masterpiece, Dempsey and Firpo, in 1924. On January 8, 1925, Bellows died from a ruptured appendix. He was just 42 years old. Writer Sherwood Anderson said that Bellows's last paintings "keep telling you things. They are telling you that Mr. George Bellows died too young. They are telling you that he was after something, that he was always after it.”

Joan Miró’s The Reaper: A Political Education

2019-05-24T10:16:30-04:00

The world looked to Spain. The Spanish Civil War had begun in 1936 when Francisco Franco and the fascists attempted to overthrow the Republic under Manuel Azaña. Spain’s great artists collected in Paris in 1937 to display solidarity behind Azaña and the Republicans. Joan Miró, till then a mostly apolitical spectator, put The Reaper on the wall of the Spanish Pavilion at the Paris World Fair, publicly declaring his loyalty to the Republican cause.

Milton Avery: Summer with the Averys

2019-05-13T12:47:15-04:00

Milton Avery and his family went on a summer vacation every year, even when money was tight and it was difficult to make ends meet. Avery, his wife, Sally, and daughter, March, would leave their home in New York City and head to more scenic sites, like Gloucester, Massachusetts, where the couple met during a summer art program. Sally was twenty-two when they met, Avery nearly twenty years older, and he, initially, lied about his age. They were married in 1926...a marriage that lasted until 1965, when Avery died.

Jasper Johns: 2020 Retrospective at The Whitney

2019-05-06T08:52:36-04:00

One of the things that set Jasper Johns apart from his contemporaries like Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstien was Johns' lack of art training, and even the absence of exposure to art as a child. Abandoned by his parents after their divorce, he was raised by his Aunt Gladys in rural South Carolina. "In the place where I was a child, there were no artists and there was no art, so I really didn't know what that meant. I think I thought it meant that I would be in a situation different than the one that I was in."

Marc Chagall’s View of the Notre Dame Cathedral

2019-04-22T11:08:53-04:00

As the world watched the Notre Dame Cathedral burn last Monday, it evoked memories for those who have visited, or even just passed by, the iconic structure.For Marc Chagall, who first visited Paris in 1910, the city was a captivating place, filled with artists, poets and writers and galleries and museums that fueled his passion for painting.

Keith Haring Signed Growing Series at the Surovek Gallery

2019-04-22T11:07:59-04:00

Young Keith Haring in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school,  Keith Haring left his family home in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, and spent just two semesters at the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, before dropping out and heading for New York. He was an artist. He'd been drawing from a very early age, taught by his [...]

Dale Nichols Paintings at Surovek

2019-04-06T10:50:05-04:00

The wistful paintings of Dale Nichols belie the unique story of the artist himself. He is considered a Regionalist artist. His paintings reflect his nostalgia for the red barn of his  childhood home in Nebraska, although he was also able to evoke the same gentle feelings for Arizona, Alaska, Guatemala  and the many other places to which he traveled.

Richard Diebenkorn and the Bay Area Figurative School

2019-04-01T10:29:15-04:00

Because Richard Diebenkorn’s spare, abstract works are what brought him distinction as an artist, his early works are often overlooked. A traveling exhibit, currently at Pepperdine University’s Frederick R.Weisman Museum of Art, focuses on the Richard Diebenkorn’s early works, most of which have never before been seen in a public exhibit.

Frank Stella Culling His Collection at Christie’s

2019-03-25T10:00:15-04:00

At age 82, Stella is ready to part with some of the works he's collected, and some of his own works, which he says are piled up in his Hudson Valley studio in upstate New York. Some of the artwork, his and the work of other artists, are being auctioned at Christie's London and New York, for an expected return of more than $25 million.

Tom Wesselmann’s Work in New York and the Netherlands

2019-04-01T10:24:14-04:00

I find sometimes I get so excited working, especially when starting new ideas; I get so excited that I get uncomfortable. It almost feels dangerous, like I'm flirting with something dangerous. - Tom Wesselmann Tom Wesselmann's Work at TEFAF Maastricht Tom WesselmanGirl Eating a Banana, 1967-1968Oil on canvas51 1/2 x 75 inchesAlmine Rech Gallery One [...]

William Glackens: The French Impressionist Influence

2019-03-11T09:31:55-04:00

Glackens painted scenes of twentieth century New York with the sensibility of the French Impressionist painters he had admired in Paris, and his work helped to popularize American Impressionism and modernize art in America. Through his work with the Ashcan School and the Society of Independent Artists, Glackens helped to plan, and take part in, exhibits that introduced modern American artists to U.S. and European audiences and introduce European audiences to American art.

Surovek Gallery Show Exposes Benton’s Modernist Roots

2019-03-05T09:18:55-04:00

Clay Surovek of Surovek Gallery organized Thomas Hart Benton: Mechanics of Form in collaboration with Lester-Thompson Fine Art. Behind him is the show’s most prominent painting, the 1926 oil Going West. The exhibition runs through March 31. [Damon Higgins/palmbeachdailynews.com] This article By Jan Sjostrom originally posted on palmbeachdailynews.com In Thomas Hart Benton’s painting “Going West,” [...]

Marc Chagall: Exceeds Expectations at Christie’s London

2019-03-11T10:30:09-04:00

Marc Chagall: Top Lot at Christie's A rare painting by Marc Chagall, that was part of a private Swiss collection, was auctioned at Christie's London on February 28, and sold for more than GBP 671,250 (USD 888,000), above estimated sale price. Marc ChagallL'été, Les moissonneuses (Les quatres saisons), 1974Tempera, gouache, watercolor and pastel on paper29 ¾ x [...]

Scott Kelley Ink, Watercolor and Gouache Works at the Surovek Gallery

2019-03-11T10:22:14-04:00

Like Dr. Seuss, Kelley has written and beautifully illustrated a children's book about the environment. I Am Birch is not just about respect for the natural world, it's also about facing fear. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the I Am Birch Foundation, which gives mini-grants to traditional Wabanaki artisans, a group of Native American tribes living in and around Maine, for the purchase of materials and supplies to enable them to continue making their art.

The Influence of Jackson Pollock on Neil Welliver

2019-02-18T08:57:48-04:00

The thing about Pollock that excited me, and still does, is accepting the physical fact of the canvas. Acknowledging the physical fact of the canvas. Acknowledging the fact of the painting. Pollock’s aggression about the fact of the painting and so on. I like that. I feel I come much more from that than I do from anywhere else. - Neil Welliver

Thomas Hart Benton: Mechanics of Form

2019-03-14T19:12:47-04:00

The Surovek Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida, is presenting a new exhibition of around 65 works by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), the famed Regionalist painter known for chronicling the beauty, joys and sorrows of everyday life in America. On view from February 7 to March 15 March 31, 2019, "Thomas Hart Benton: Mechanics of Form," the second [...]

Winslow Homer and the Camera

2019-02-25T09:45:22-04:00

Winslow Homer with “The Gulf Stream” in his studio, ca. 1900, gelatin silver print, by an unidentified photographer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art Winslow Homer began his career as a freelance illustrator for Harper's Weekly and other major publications of the day. His drawings, etchings and lithographs, especially during the Civil War, were the equivalent of [...]

Guy Wiggins Winter Scenes at Surovek Gallery

2019-01-28T12:44:11-04:00

Although Wiggins preferred to paint in the countryside, he saw the beauty of winter in the city and was able to capture it on canvas. In a 1924 interview, Wiggins told the story of how he painted his first snow scene in 1912. "One cold, blustering, snowy winter day," he said,  "I was in my New York studio trying to paint a summer landscape ....

Frank Stella: 1977 Screenprints at the Surovek Gallery

2019-01-23T11:49:49-04:00

When Frank Stella moved to New York in 1958, at age 22, he had graduated from Princeton and just wanted to to paint. "I wasn’t thinking of becoming an artist." he said,  "I just wanted to make things and paint for a while." That "while" has continued for the past sixty years, with Stella's work continually evolving, even today.

Stephen Scott Young Watercolors at Surovek Gallery

2018-12-17T20:15:30-04:00

Stephen Scott Young is one of America's most preeminent watercolor and drypoint artists. His meticulous method of preparing careful studies for each work, and applying colors in layers...often using just primary colors, red, yellow and blue...is labor intensive, resulting in just twenty or so finished works each year.

Keith Haring’s Growing Series at Surovek

2018-12-11T09:23:52-04:00

Keith Haring brought underground urban art into the avant-garde New York art scene and into the mainstream. Just in his twenties, when he moved from Pennsylvania to New York, Haring would do chalk drawings on empty advertisement boards at subway stations, much to the delight of the public and the consternation of the police.

Robert Indiana: Retrospective in Tampa

2018-11-30T11:32:34-04:00

The recent death of Robert Indiana has inspired museums and galleries in New York, Hong Kong, Berlin and other major cities to honor the artist with retrospectives of his work. A current exhibit, in Tampa, Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective contains many of the artists' early works and work that has never before been in a public exhibit.

Norman Rockwell: Father and Son and JFK

2018-11-09T09:02:55-04:00

Norman Rockwell was a great story teller. He had the remarkable ability to capture a single moment and make it relatable, poignant and often humorous. His talent for reaching an audience with such clarity has made him a favorite of filmmakers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, just two of Rockwell's most avid collectors.

KAWS for Christmas

2018-10-05T14:42:38-04:00

For more than fifty years the Museum of Modern Art has been commissioning artists to create designs for its annual Christmas Card. Picasso, Joseph Cornell, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana and Alexander Calder are among the great modern artists whose designs have graced the cards. This year, MoMA has commissioned artist Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS, to design the 2018 Christmas Card.

Joan Miro, Hemmingway and The Farm in Paris

2018-09-28T09:17:00-04:00

Miro and Hemmingway, both in their twenties, became friends. Miro was having difficulty selling his paintings and Hemmingway was piling up rejections slips from publishers. Miro would return from Paris each summer to his family's farm in the village of Montroig, and even took Hemmingway on a visit to the farm.

The Joyful Works of Orville Bulman

2018-09-14T08:52:52-04:00

Orville Bulman had to put his art career on hold for decades in order to help run the family business in his home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He didn't give up painting and, eventually, exhibited at New York's Society of Independent Artists in 1937 and at the Woodstock Art Colony in 1948, but it wasn't until he was in his forties that he discovered his muse and hit his stride.

Marc Chagall Original Work From His Later Years

2018-08-28T14:40:23-04:00

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. - Marc Chagall The oldest of nine children, Marc Chagall experienced poverty, prejudice and the limitations put on Jews in his home country of Russia. He was witness to the [...]

Watercolors by American Masters at the Surovek Gallery

2018-08-31T13:44:06-04:00

Our focus at Surovek Gallery is on the acquisition and sale of works by American masters. Most of the artists in our gallery are known for their works in oils, and not as well-known for their watercolors. Watercolors, made from ochre and other minerals mixed with water, were used by the first artists to paint their cave walls and Ancient Egyptians to paint their tombs and temples. With the advancement of paper making in Italy in the thirteenth century, artists were able to use watercolors to produce major works.

Roy Lichtenstein Works Going to The Smithsonian and The Whitney

2018-08-10T09:01:38-04:00

The Whitney will be establishing the The Roy Lichtenstein Study Collection, with the Foundation's donation of  more than four hundred works created by Lichtenstein during his long career. The works, made from 1940 until his death in 1997, include paintings, drawings, prints, collages, sculptures, maquettes, models, study photographs and drawings, with additional work to be donated in the future.

Grant Wood’s Deceptive Overalls

2018-08-05T14:52:18-04:00

Grant Wood The Whitney Museum show Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables, the most extensive retrospective of Wood's work ever presented,  has just ended, and still the questions remain about both the artist and his art. American Gothic is one of America's most recognizable paintings, but Wood's large body of work and his life story, are unfamiliar [...]

Joan Miró: The Power of the Sol de Miró

2018-07-23T11:16:29-04:00

Joan Miró spent his life in both his birthplace of Barcelona and his adopted home of Paris. He lived in turbulent times and saw his country ravaged by civil war, the fascist Franco regime and World War ll. He lived long enough to see Spain become a constitutional monarchy and to see himself become a national treasure, but [...]

Backwoods Aristocrat Thomas Hart Benton

2018-07-16T10:06:53-04:00

After studying in Paris, Benton returned to New York in the early 1920's and said that his time in Europe  had made him  an "enemy of modernism", ironically, the art movement that his teaching generated. Benton taught at the Art Students League of New York from 1926 to 1935. Jackson Pollock, one of the leading figures in the Abstract Expressionist movement, was one of Benton's favorite students. They traveled through the West together in the 1930s, and Benton had a profound effect on Pollock's work and life.

Keith Haring Mural Uncovered in Amsterdam After Thirty Years Under Wraps

2018-07-09T19:20:57-04:00

Haring had his first solo museum exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1986. He painted a mural for the exhibit inside the museum, and then asked the museum curators if he could paint a public mural outside as a gift to the city. The curators let Haring paint one of the brick walls of a museum warehouse. Haring painted one of his distinctive figures riding a giant sea creature.

Maurice Prendergast’s Work Helped to Set New Record at Christie’s

2018-06-08T12:46:23-04:00

Maurice Prendergast brought modernism from Europe to America, around the turn of the twentieth century, while still maintaining his own unique style. Last month, Christie's New York auctioned American art from the Peggy and David Rockefeller collection. Maurice Prendergast's Steps of Santa Maria d'Aracoeli, Rome was expected to go for $1,500,000 to $2,500,000 and realized $3,372,500.

Frank Stella Fine Art Prints at Surovek Gallery

2018-06-01T08:43:22-04:00

The 1970s was a time when critics began to talk about, “the death of painting.” Frank Stella rejuvenated both painting and fine art printmaking by pushing the limits of both. In the middle of the 1970s, Stella’s work became more lavish and unrestrained. He began to use French Curves and other technical drafting tools to create sweeping and sinuous lines and new materials to give his paintings and extra dimensions.

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