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"Pace Setters at Mid-Century: Three New York Art Galleries" Opens at the University of Virginia Art Museum

January 2, 2002--

WHAT: "Pace Setters at Mid-Century: Three New York Art Galleries"

WHEN: Jan. 12 through March 24 (The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m.)

WHERE: University of Virginia Art Museum

WHAT: Gallery Talk

WHO: Suzanne Foley, curator of the exhibit
WHEN:
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3
WHERE:
University of Virginia Art Museum

The 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.

When 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 museum’s permanent collection, shows the legacies of three such galleries.

Betty 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.

These 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.

Among 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 Stable Gallery.

Suzanne 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.

The 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.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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