at Mid-Century: Three New York Art Galleries" Opens
at the University of Virginia Art Museum
Setters at Mid-Century: Three New York Art Galleries"
12 through March 24 (The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5
of Virginia Art Museum
Foley, curator of the exhibit
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3
WHERE: University of Virginia Art Museum
special exhibition "Pace Setters at Mid-Century: Three New York
Art Galleries" opens Saturday, Jan. 12 and runs through Sunday,
March 24 at the University of Virginia Art Museum.
American art achieved national and international recognition in
the 1940s, the commercial gallery scene in New York changed accordingly.
By the 1950s, more than a dozen galleries had opened to represent
younger artists working in a diversity of stylistic approaches to
abstractionism. This exhibition, featuring works from the museums
permanent collection, shows the legacies of three such galleries.
Parsons and Samuel Kootz opened galleries in mid-town Manhattan
in the 1940s; Eleanor Ward hosted artist-organized exhibitions in
her Stable Gallery beginning in 1953 before introducing artists
in one-person shows.
dealers offered an important support system for young artists, showing
their work and buying their pieces at crucial moments in their careers.
This exhibition reveals some of that personal contact, so necessary
in the creation of a dynamic, influential art scene.
the artists featured are Thomas George and Paul Terrance Feeley
of the Betty Parsons Gallery, Ray Parker and Conrad Marca Relli
of the Kootz Gallery, and Jack Tworkov and Joan Mitchell of the
Foley, curator of the exhibition, will give a gallery talk on the
mid-century necessity of the dealer/artist relationship at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 3 at the museum.
University of Virginia Art Museum is open without charge Tuesday
through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call (434) 924-3592
or visit the museum Web site at www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298