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William Glackens: The French Impressionist Influence

2019-03-11T09:31:55-04:00 March 8th, 2019|

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

2019-03-05T09:18:55-05:00 March 5th, 2019|

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 February 28th, 2019|

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 February 21st, 2019|

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

2019-02-18T08:57:48-05:00 February 14th, 2019|

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 February 12th, 2019|

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

2019-02-25T09:45:22-05:00 February 7th, 2019|

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

2019-01-28T12:44:11-05:00 January 24th, 2019|

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

2021-05-27T11:28:31-04:00 January 17th, 2019|

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.

Walton Ford: La Historia Me Absolverá

2021-05-27T11:27:01-04:00 December 25th, 2018|

There are few human figures in the works of Walton Ford, yet his works reflect the relationship between humans and animals and how, most often, that interaction has been devastating for the animals.

Stephen Scott Young Watercolors at Surovek Gallery

2021-03-18T17:16:26-04:00 December 14th, 2018|

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

2021-03-18T17:16:33-04:00 December 5th, 2018|

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

2018-11-30T11:32:34-05:00 November 29th, 2018|

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.

William Glackens and Renoir Exhibit in Fort Lauderdale

2021-03-18T17:14:09-04:00 November 22nd, 2018|

William GlackensSelf Portrait, c.1935National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. William Glackens was known as "the American Renoir."  After spending a year in Paris in 1895, Glackens became fascinated by the work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Glackens returned to New York and brought with him an understanding of, and appreciation for, the art of the French Impressionists. His style, [...]

Norman Rockwell: Father and Son and JFK

2021-03-18T17:21:27-04:00 November 8th, 2018|

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.

Alex Katz Sculptures and Fine Art Prints at Surovek Gallery

2021-06-01T15:16:42-04:00 October 24th, 2018|

Alex Katz works out first thing every morning before he begins to paint. “I used to do two hundred sit-ups, three hundred pushups, and a hundred chins,” he said in a recent interview in The New Yorker.“I can’t do as many now.” Katz turned ninety-one in July. Lotte Museum of ART : Alex Katz Photo: Aaron Yoo [...]

Works by Robert Indiana at Surovek Gallery

2021-06-01T15:39:20-04:00 October 17th, 2018|

Robert Indiana died on May 19, at age 89, at his home in Vinalhaven, Maine, where he had lived for forty years. The house itself has been neglected, with holes in the roof, buckets collecting water and pigeons living inside. Robert Indiana's dream was to turn the 12-room mansion into a museum, where his artwork could be [...]

KAWS for Christmas

2021-03-18T17:21:33-04:00 October 4th, 2018|

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

2021-03-18T17:21:39-04:00 September 26th, 2018|

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 September 11th, 2018|

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.

The Radiant Colors of Wolf Kahn’s Landscapes

2018-09-07T08:46:22-04:00 September 6th, 2018|

Wolf Kahn began using intense colors in his landscapes, in the late 1960s, while on vacation in Deer Isle, Maine. The sweep of the fog, the sea and the sky led him to move away from the monochromatic tones he had been using, to the swaths of radiant colors that he has been using for the last fifty years.

Marc Chagall Original Work From His Later Years

2021-06-01T16:02:57-04:00 August 21st, 2018|

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 Marc Chagall Museum, Nice, France, July 18, 2009Photo: Aapo Haapanen, (CC BY 2.0) The oldest of nine children, Marc Chagall experienced poverty, prejudice and the [...]

Watercolors by American Masters at the Surovek Gallery

2018-08-31T13:44:06-04:00 August 16th, 2018|

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

2021-06-01T16:09:13-04:00 August 9th, 2018|

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 August 2nd, 2018|

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 [...]

Palm Beach Art Galleries

2021-03-18T17:17:05-04:00 July 26th, 2018|

Palm Beach is home to some of the finest and most distinctive art galleries in the world. Each art gallery in Palm Beach has its own unique focus and style, reflecting  the interest and passions of gallery owners and staff. Here is a look at the Surovek Gallery and some of the other art galleries in Palm Beach that make it a fabulous destination for art lovers and collectors.

Joan Miró: The Power of the Sol de Miró

2018-07-23T11:16:29-04:00 July 22nd, 2018|

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 [...]

Wyeth: The life of Andrew Wyeth in bold strokes

2021-03-18T17:16:56-04:00 July 17th, 2018|

The works of Andrew Wyeth have always garnered public adoration. His original works are coveted by art collectors. Wyeth's exhibits routinely broke attendance records. What the artist often failed to get, was the support of art critics, who often slammed him for sticking to his own style during a time when Modernism and avant-garde movements were sweeping [...]

Backwoods Aristocrat Thomas Hart Benton

2021-03-18T17:21:52-04:00 July 13th, 2018|

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

2021-03-18T17:21:58-04:00 June 28th, 2018|

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.

Jasper Johns: No Explanation Needed

2021-06-01T16:13:34-04:00 June 21st, 2018|

At age 88, Jasper Johns has remained one of America's most prominent living artists. He lives, and works, in his home in Sharon, Connecticut. Target, 1961, Jasper Johns, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto: Ken Lund, July 14, 2018 (CC BY-SA 2.0) Johns has been making his mark on the art world for more than [...]

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

2021-03-18T17:24:03-04:00 June 6th, 2018|

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

2021-03-18T17:24:03-04:00 May 29th, 2018|

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.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Au Moulin de la Galette

2021-03-18T17:24:03-04:00 May 24th, 2018|

Some of Renoir's most beautiful, and well-known works were of Paris life at the Moulin da la Galette. His use of color and composition made his Impressionist works a bridge between the Renaissance and Baroque artists who came before him and the modern artists who followed.

Wolf Kahn Oil Paintings at Surovek Gallery

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 April 5th, 2018|

Kahn was born in Germany in 1927. His father was a well-known conductor with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. The family had to leave Germany when Hitler came to power. Kahn emigrated to New York when he was thirteen. Khan's artistic ability was recognized and encouraged when he was as young as four.

The Masterful Works of Scott Kelley

2018-03-23T08:12:14-04:00 March 22nd, 2018|

Kelley began working in watercolors when he was a child and continued to work in this most difficult medium while attending the Cooper Union School of Art, the Slade School of Fine Art in London and then as a fellow at the Glassell School of Art in Houston. His mastery of watercolor is apparent in all of his work.

Roy Lichtenstein: Brushstrokes

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 February 23rd, 2018|

In 1965, Lichtenstein began working on the Brushstroke Series. His inspiration was a comic book cell, done by Dick Giordano. Giordano's work depicted an artist who emotionally drained after completing a painting. Lichtenstien's first Brushstroke painting was very similar to the work of Giordano but Lichtenstien continued to use the brushstroke in varying ways for the rest of his career.

Norman Rockwell: The Tour and the Controversy

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 February 5th, 2018|

Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms spoke to a nation in turmoil during World War ll. The paintings were created in response to President Roosevelt's State of the Union address in 1941, in which he said that all people have the right to four fundamental freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

Marc Chagall’s Works Set New Record

2018-01-19T09:39:14-05:00 January 18th, 2018|

New Auction Highs for Marc Chagall Paintings Two of Marc Chagall's paintings sold for over the estimated price at November's Sotheby's Auction. Le Grand cirque, a ten-foot wide painting, that Chagall did in 1956, was sold to a bidder at Sotheby's Asia for $16 million. The estimate price for Le Grand cirque was $15 million. Marc Chagall Le Grand Cirque, [...]

Wolf Kahn: More Vibrant Than Ever

2017-12-22T10:08:03-05:00 December 21st, 2017|

Wolf Kahn has been awarded the 2017 U.S. State Department’s International Medal of Arts. Kahn's work has been part of the State Department's Art in Embassies program, which loans work to diplomatic bureaus around the world. Wolf Kahn received the 2017 U.S. State Department’s International Medal of Arts. Photo by Melany Kahn At age 90, [...]

The Elegant Watercolors of Winslow Homer

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 December 8th, 2017|

Winslow Homer was in his forties when he began to create some of the most beautiful watercolor paintings the world has ever seen. Homer’s mother, Henrietta, was a talented watercolorist who painted nature studies and whose works were the only paintings by another artist he ever collected and hung in his studio in Prouts Neck, Maine.

Orville Bulman and William Glackens: Exceeding Expectations

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 November 16th, 2017|

Orville Bulman The works of Orville Bulman have long been a favorite of collectors. During his lifetime he sold more than 2000 paintings and exhibited in more than forty solo shows. Bulman took some art classes, but was mostly self-taught and the popularity of his paintings surprised even him. When given his first solo show in Palm [...]

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