In Honor of
Alan Groh '49

The Buzz Miller Collection of American Art

June 4 through
July 18, 1999





Andy Warhol, American, 1930-1987
To Buzz Miller, 1958,
Watercolor, ink, collage on paper, 19 1/2 x 13 3/4"
Collection Bayly Art Museum of the University of Virginia
Bequest of Buzz Miller. The Groh-Miller Collection.

The seminal years of American vanguard art reached national importance in the 1950s, and the New York gallery scene was the hub of this activity. The Stable Gallery, owned by Eleanor Ward and directed by Alan Groh, was in the forefront of identifying and exhibiting the work of talented, innovative artists. In his over-twenty years with the gallery, Groh and his partner Buzz Miller collected works of art by young artists who came to define this period. They acquired works by Abstract Expressionists James Brooks, Conrad Marca-Relli, and Joan Mitchell along with pieces by up-and-coming Pop artists Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol, and Escobar Marisol. These and many more friends of the gallery, like Isamu Noguchi and Joseph Cornell, are represented in the collection. Over sixty-five paintings drawings, prints, and sculpture in the exhibition are a tribute to the friendship and support given many artists by Alan Groh and Buzz Miller in those exciting years.

The collection itself is a bequest to the Museum, and the exhibition celebrates what would have been the 50th anniversary of Alan Groh's graduation from the University (Mr. Groh died in 1996). The exhibition has been organized by Jill Hartz and Suzanne Foley with generous time and assistance provided by Buzz Miller. An illustrated catalogue, with essays on the collectors and their art by Hartz and Foley, accompanies the exhibition.

Exhibition Reception and First Friday
Friday, June 4, 5:30-7:30pm
 in the Museum

 


Images and Text Copyright, 1999
The Rector and Visitors
of the University of Virginia
Charlottesville

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