Frederic Remington at the Met
July 23, 2017 - January 2, 2018
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases its holdings of the works of western artist Frederic Remington, through January 2, 2018. The Met describes its show:
The legacy of the enduringly popular American artist Frederic Remington (1861–1909), chronicler par excellence of the American West, will be presented through some 20 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and illustrated books from the late 1880s until his death. Although he lived and worked on the East Coast, Remington traveled extensively. His insightful depictions of trappers, Native Americans, cavalry, scouts, and, above all, his archetypal cowboys are some of the most iconic images of the Old West.More info
Louise Bourgeois at MoMA
September 24, 2017–January 28, 2018
September 24 sees the opening of a major retrospective on Louise Bourgeois at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. MoMA describes the show:
Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait explores the prints, books, and creative process of the celebrated sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010). Bourgeois’s printed oeuvre, a little-known aspect of her work, is vast in scope and comprises some 1,200 printed compositions, created primarily in the last two decades of her life but also at the beginning of her career, in the 1940s. The Museum of Modern Art has a prized archive of this material, and the exhibition will highlight works from the collection along with rarely seen loans. A special installation will fill the Museum’s Marron Atrium.
Grant Wood at the Whitney in 2018
March 2 - June 10, 2018
In 2018, the Whitney Museum of American Art shines a new light on the Regionalist master, Grant Wood.
The Whitney describes the show, which opens in March:
Grant Wood’s American Gothic—the double portrait of a pitchfork-wielding farmer and a woman commonly presumed to be his wife—is perhaps the most recognizable painting in 20th century American art, an indelible icon of Americana, and certainly Wood’s most famous art work. But Wood’s career consists of far more than one single painting. Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fablesbrings together the full range of his art, from his early Arts and Crafts decorative objects and Impressionist oils through his mature paintings, murals, and book illustrations. What the exhibition reveals is a complex, sophisticated artist whose image as a farmer-painter was as mythical as the fables he depicted in his art. Wood sought pictorially to fashion a world of harmony and prosperity that would answer America’s need for reassurance at a time of economic and social upheaval occasioned by the Depression. Yet underneath its bucolic exterior, his art reflects the anxiety of being an artist and a closeted gay man in the Midwest in the 1930s. By depicting his subconscious anxieties through populist images of rural America, Wood crafted images that speak both to American identity and to the estrangement and isolation of modern life.
This exhibition is organized by Barbara Haskell, curator, Whitney Museum of American Art.More info
Praise for Sanford Gifford at Cole House
September 6, 2017
The Magazine Antiques ran an effusive article reviewing the Thomas Cole House exhibition of Sanford Robinson Gifford’s paintings of the Adirondacks. Bruce Weber writes:
“Among members of the Hudson River School of painting, Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823–1880) has long been considered one of the most brilliant painters of light and air. His art is the subject of the intimate, beautifully curated exhibition Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills on view through October 29th at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York. Kevin J. Avery, a major specialist in the art of the Hudson River School, curated this showing of eighteen paintings of the region dating from 1846–1878, which range from Gifford’s earliest extant painting, a view of the famous Kaaterskill Falls in the Kaaterskill Clove gorge to View Near Kauterskill [sic, per the nineteenth-century spelling of the name], painted in 1878 when he was nearing the end of his life and adopted a looser and more painterly style. The exhibition purports to be the largest showing of Gifford’s work to be held so close to his childhood home in Hudson, the recently revitalized city laying directly across the Hudson River from Catskill, the home of pioneering landscape painter and dean of the Hudson River School Thomas Cole from 1825–1847.”More info
Gilded Age Drawings at the Met
August 21 - December 10, 2017
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases its holdings of works on paper from the Gilded Age, through December 10, 2017. The Met describes its show:
This exhibition features more than three dozen rarely seen treasures from The Met’s collection of late 19th-century American works on paper. Created during America’s so-called Gilded Age—which began shortly after the Museum was founded in 1870 and flourished through the 1890s—many of these innovative drawings in watercolor, pastel, and charcoal were acquired during the artists’ lifetimes and became the cornerstone of The Met’s important holdings in this art form. On view are iconic works by some of the leading American artists of the time, including Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as several new acquisitions. Three recently promised gifts to The Met are a highlight of the exhibition—works by Cecilia Beaux, John La Farge, and Sargent.More info
Charles Biederman (1906-2004)
September 20 - October 6, 2017
Menconi + Schoelkopf is pleased to present a group of works by American painter and sculptor Charles Biederman (1906-2004). Born in Cleveland in 1906, the painter became an early and powerful proponent of radical abstraction in the 1930s. By mid-decade, he was showing with Alexander Calder and A. E. Gallatin, working in a mature style that combined non-objective surrealism with an increasing interest in geometric abstraction. In a sudden and decisive break, he gave up painting in 1938, in favor sculpture and wall relief. While he abandoned canvas as a dead art form, the architectonic forms he devised in oil profoundly influenced his relief work, and remain a fascinating document of an important turning point in modern art. The rest of his career—which continued until his death in the early twenty-first century—would see his tireless reinterpretation of de Stijl-inspired constructions. Menconi + Schoelkopf presents a concise survey of Biederman’s oils and constructions from across his career. September 20 through October 7, 2017.
John Graham at the Parrish Museum
May 7 - July 30, 2017
John Graham: Maverick Modernist is a comprehensive survey of significant scope and scholarship, exploring how the artist became an influential figure in the development of a distinctly American approach to art-making in the first half of the twentieth century, and in what ways Graham’s own self-reinvention as an artist mirrors the resourcefulness and ambition of American artists defining a new direction. The exhibition is organized by Alicia G. Longwell, the Parrish’s Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, Art and Education, along with guest co-curator Karen Wilkin, independent curator, scholar, and critic, and consulting curator William C. Agee, Evelyn Kranes Kossak Professor of Art History Emeritus, Hunter College, City University of New York. Featuring approximately 65 paintings and a selection of important works on paper from the entire expanse of Graham’s four decade career, the exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated, 150-page catalogue with interpretive essays by the curators.
“This show comes as a timely reminder that there is no reason why an artist cannot do many different things in a career. Perhaps, for that reason, it will lead to a thorough reconsideration of Graham’s status. More than simply the intermediary between Picasso and Pollock, he is a pretty significant artist in his own right.”More info
Just Off Madison, Spring, 2017
May 22, 2017
Please join us Monday, May 22, 2017, from 4-7 PM, for this year’s spring installment of Just Off Madison.
Just Off Madison is a select group of American Art dealers who host a collective open house during New York’s American Art week. With locations spanning a dozen blocks of Madison Avenue, the walkabout provides an opportunity for clients and colleagues to stroll leisurely along the Avenue, visit our galleries and view our quality offerings in intimate spaces.More info
Florine Stettheimer at the Jewish Museum
May 5 through September 24, 2017
Opening May 5th at the Jewish Museum, Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry presents over 50 paintings and drawings. This exhibition offers an important survey of the work of the modernist painter, designer, and poet Florine Stettheimer. Through September 24, 2017.More info
Sanford Robinson Gifford at the Thomas Cole House
April 30, 2017
A new exhibition at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York, opens at the end of April, examining Sanford Robinson Gifford’s work in the Catskills.
Join Dr. Kevin Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and curator of the Thomas Cole Site 2017 exhibition “Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills,” to discuss the exhibition featuring paintings by 19th-Century landscape painter Sanford Gifford, whose work was Inspired by Cole. The exhibition will be presented in the New Studio gallery at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and will be open to the public from 11am to 12pm on Sunday, April 30th.
The lecture will take place at 2pm at the Temple Israel located at 220 Spring Street, Catskill, NY 12414. The Temple is adjacent to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site located at 218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY 12414.More info
Joseph Stella on View Now
April 11 - 28, 2017
On view now, a group of newly available works by Joseph Stella. Stella was an American modernist of Italian birth who worked in a variety of styles and media. You may know his most famous work– the five-panel Voice of the City Interpreted, including perhaps the most famous rendering of the Brooklyn Bridge (Newark Museum of Art, New Jersey). Orange Bars (left) is a study for one of the panels in that masterpiece, executed in pastel as a dazzling abstract view of Broadway around 1920.
Stella’s work before and after the Brooklyn Bridge is extraordinarily varied and rich, from the “Ashcan” realism he produced in Pennsylvania from 1908-1918, to frenetic lines of Futurist Abstraction c. 1913-1918. His later work was just as rich, embracing a deeply personal symbolic narrative in brightly-colored scenes of figures and animals in glowing landscapes. The swan became a personal emblem, a symbol of the creative powers of the arts. In the pastels of his years in the Bronx, one can read a precursor to Milton Avery’s flat planes of color.
Madison Avenue Gallery Walk
Saturday, April 29th, 2017
This year, Menconi + Schoelkopf will participate in ArtNews’s Madison Avenue Gallery Walk. On the Saturday preceding Frieze New York and the TEFAF New York fairs, the Madison Avenue Gallery Walk will give the public time and space to visit the over 100 galleries that span Madison Avenue and its adjacent side streets from East 57th St. up to East 86th St.More info
Marsden Hartley at Met|Breuer
March 15 - June 18, 2017
An important part of Marsden Hartley’s career is getting its moment under the microscope as Marsden Hartley’s Maine opens at the Met | Breuer building. Not only will there be some brilliant works by Hartley, the Met promises to fulfill the contextualizing mission of the Breuer building by presenting relevant works by other artists, including Cezanne, Winslow Homer, and even the Japanese master, Katsushika Hokusai. Opens March 15th, on view through June 18th, before travelling to co-organizer Colby College Museum of Art.More info
Around Town: “Inventing Downtown” at the Grey Art Gallery
January 10 - April 1, 2017
For those interested in mid-century New York art outside of Abstract Expressionism, sure to visit NYU’s Grey Art Gallery before April 1, 2017. Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965 explores the often chaotic art produced in that creatively-fertile setting. Seemingly without the constraints of the market, artists from Yoko Ono to Mark Di Suvero did pioneering work in sculpture, installation, performance and conceptual art — along with advancing the state of painting and more conventional forms. Inventing Downtown is curated by Melissa Rachleff, clinical associate professor in NYU’s Steinhardt School.More info
Around Town: Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at the Brooklyn Museum
March 3 - July 23, 2017
Collectors and enthusiasts of American modernism, take note: Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern opens at the Brooklyn Museum March 3, 2017. Organized by guest curator Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History, Stanford University, and coordinated by Lisa Small, Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, Brooklyn Museum.More info
M+S at The ADAA Art Show
March 1 - 5, 2017
Menconi + Schoelkopf’s 2017 booth (A25) at the ADAA Art Show will present American modernism, from its first explosion around the 1913 Armory Show to the early Post-War years. Important modernist examples by Alfred Maurer will be on view, with mature abstract works by Stuart Davis representing the end of that continuum. Other paintings and works on paper will represent the Stieglitz Circle and the American Abstract Artists group, alongside seldom-seen works by other luminaries like Joseph Stella and Ralston Crawford. Opens March 1, through March 5, 2017.
Gallery Exhibition of American Impressionism on view at Menconi + Schoelkopf
January 9 – January 31, 2017
On view through the end of the month, Menconi + Schoelkopf presents American Impressionism. The exhibition spans the late nineteenth century into the twentieth century including several jewel-like watercolors by Maurice Brazil Prendergast, a masterwork in oil by Everett Shinn, and an important garden landscape by John Singer Sargent, among others.
We hope you will join us here at the gallery to see these exceptional works of art.
Booth views from Art Basel | Miami Beach
December 1 -4 2016
For those who missed us at Art Basel | Miami Beach, take a quick glance at our booth, featuring masterworks by Georgia O’Keeffe, Ralston Crawford, Stuart Davis, and Oscar Bluemner.
The Art Newspaper Highlight Stuart Davis at M+S Miami | Basel
December 2, 2016
The National Gallery’s Harry Cooper guided The Art Newspaper’s Pac Pobric through Art Basel | Miami Beach. The Expert Eye took time to linger on an early work by Stuart Davis Menconi + Schoelkopf’s booth, remarking:
Early in his career, Stuart Davis was enthralled by Vincent van Gogh, “but it wasn’t just a phase”, Cooper says. The US painter’s early interest in the Dutch post-Impressionist never deserted him, partly because Davis was a landscape and still-life painter. “But he worked even more quickly—there’s a lot of wet-on-wet technique in this painting—whereas Van Gogh made most of his paintings more deliberately.” Although this work speaks to Davis’s burgeoning self-confidence, it left significant room for growth. “This one is still a little immature,” Cooper says. “The yellow/purple complementarity is straight out of a textbook, and that warm brown chimney is more naturalist, an anomaly, as if out of a painting by Robert Henri [one of Davis’s teachers].”More info
Observer Praises M+S at TEFAF | New York
October 25, 2016
The New York Observer’s review of the maiden voyage of the fair’s New York edition took time to praise Menconi + Schoelkopf’s booth. Andrew Schoelkopf was quoted praising the sophistication of the fair’s presentation:
“They did a great job setting up the fair,” said Andrew Schoelkopf, co-owner of Menconi + Schoelkopf Fine Art, a private dealer based in New York that had a booth showing American painting. “One of the most elegant ever in New York and so far the feedback is that people are delighted by it.”
Susan Menconi noted the high-level of connoisseurship in the fair’s vetting:
“We’re one of four dealers in American art,” added Schoelkopf’s partner, Susan Menconi.”More info
Ralston Crawford on view in “Horizon Lines” at Amon Carter Museum
November 2, 2016 - February 26, 2017
For enthusiasts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the Amon Carter Museum presents a group exhibition of artists whose work centers on the horizon line. Among these is Ralston Crawford, whose important lithograph Overseas Highway, uses a sleek set of converging lines to move through space. If you’re in the area, stop in for a visit.
Through February 26, 2017.More info
Views of our booth at Art Basel | Miami Beach
December 1 -4 2016
Thanks to everyone who made this year’s Art Basel | Miami Beach a huge success.
Just Off Madison: Fall Edition
November 21, 2016
Join us for the autumn edition of Just Off Madison, a neighborhood-wide open-house of art dealers and galleries near Madison Avenue on New York’s Upper East Side. Our doors will be open to the public between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, Monday, November 21st.More info
The American Art Fair
November 18-21, 2016
Join us at the American Art Fair, the premier art fair devoted to American art. The show runs from November 18 through 21 at the Bohemian National Hall at 321 East 73rd Street. Our booth will present some of the finest works of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.More info
Praise for our booth at TEFAF | New York
November 2, 2016
The inaugural New York edition of Maastricht’s TEFAF closed last week, but the reviews are still pouring in. One reviewer, more accustomed to the European fair, cited our booth at the top of the review:
“Most exhibitors are regulars of the Maastricht Fair, but there were also newcomers, particularly in American art. Thus the New York gallery Menconi + Schoelkopf Fine Art showed many paintings of the nineteenth century including a beautiful landscape of Frederic Church ( Fig . 1).”More info
Menconi + Schoelkopf at Art Basel | Miami Beach
Dec. 1-4, 2016
The centerpiece of the Miami Beach art fair week, Art Basel | Miami Beach presents a unique opportunity for visitors and galleries to meet at a crossroads of the Americas under the auspices of one of Europe’s most important art fairs. Menconi + Schoelkopf will present a group exhibition of American modernism, including important early works by Stuart Davis, a major canvas by Georgia O’Keeffe, and important paintings by Oscar Bluemner. Art Basel | Miami Beach runs December 1 – 4, 2016, at the Convention Center.
Menconi + Schoelkopf at The American Art Fair
Nov. 18 - 22, 2016
New York’s preeminent art fair devoted to American art opens once more in late November at the Bohemian National Hall (at 321 E 73rd St, New York), and Menconi + Schoelkopf will be there with a booth of late 19th-century paintings alongside works of American impressionism and works from the early 20th century. The American Art Fair, in contrast to the extravaganzas at the piers and the Park Avenue Armory, is a more intimate setting: a highly-curated fair focusing exclusively on specialists in American art, expect an elegant affair with the highest levels of connoisseurship.
The American Art Fair runs from November 18 through November 22, 2016.
TEFAF | New York
October 22 - 26, 2016
Menconi + Schoelkopf is proud to participate in the inaugural run of the New York edition of TEFAF. TEFAF’s fair in Maastricht is among the world’s most celebrated art fairs, and October 2016 will see the expansion of its famously high standards of connoisseurship to New York.
Menconi + Schoelkopf specializes in the finest works of American art from the nineteenth century to the early post-war years of the twentieth. For TEFAF’s inaugural New York fair we will focus on American painting of the late nineteenth century. This was an incredibly fertile period in American art, with both the flowering of uniquely American expressions as well as a pollination of the latest techniques of European painting. Our TEFAF exhibition explores these hybrid developments, presenting certain of the finest works of the late Hudson River School alongside advanced works of American impressionism. The American tradition of landscape arguably reached its highest point in the western paintings of Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran—signal works by each of these tremendous painters will hang alongside an important painting by Frederic Edwin Church, the most celebrated painter of his generation. The exhibition will also showcase an extraordinary canvas by Mary Cassatt—a woman who was instrumental in shaping the development of impressionism in both Europe and America. The influence of advanced European painting will be further evidenced by important paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing and an exceptional cityscape by Childe Hassam, a pivotal work that looked ahead to the advent of modernism.More info
New Yorker Magazine Hails the Whitney’s Stuart Davis “In Full Swing”
The New Yorker’s Peter Schjeldahl praised the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new Stuart Davis retrospective, writing:
“The ebullient paintings of Stuart Davis, surveyed in a retrospective aptly titled “In Full Swing,” at the Whitney Museum, rank either at the peak of American modern art or a bit to the side of it, depending on how you construe ‘American’ and ‘modern.'”
Read the whole review here — Stuart Davis In Full Swing is on view on Gansevoort Street through September 25th, before travelling to the National Gallery of Art.More info
Stuart Davis at Menconi + Schoelkopf
June 1 - July 1, 2016
Stuart Davis (1892-1964) is a compact retrospective of one of the twentieth-century’s most celebrated visionaries. Stuart Davis’s career traces the growth of American art from turn-of-the-century Ashcan School to mid-century abstraction. His reinterpretation of cubism in the forties, fifties, and sixties—hard-edged planes of bright, cool colors and proto-pop distillations of consumer culture—have been so fully absorbed into popular consciousness that they seem inseparable from their era. This sophisticated vision was the product of decades of careful synthesis as Davis grappled with the meanings and means of modernism.
Stuart Davis remained active until the end of his life in 1964, helping to usher in a total transformation of American art. He was one of the youngest painters to be represented at the pivotal 1913 Armory Show, and was included in the Whitney Studio Club’s 1918 “Indigenous” American show. By 1964, New York had taken its place as the center of the art world, and the brisk abstraction Davis had helped invent was dominant. His embrace of consumer culture and graphic design anticipated Pop Art and its progeny, from Andy Warhol to Jean Michel Basquiat. As early as 1921, he was using the “Ben-Day” dots that would make Roy Lichtenstein famous, while his calligraphic black line can be found even in Keith Haring’s work. The soul of his work remains the carefully resolved picture: the balance of color, line, plane, and icon that tethers back to the early days of American modernism with persistent relevance today.
Menconi + Schoelkopf presents signal works in various media from each stage of Davis’s career, including little-seen masterworks from 1916 and germinal works from the Ashcan period. Davis turned his refocused his practice on drawing around 1930: works on canvas and paper will demonstrate his synthesis of line and plane. Also on view, works on canvas and paper from the last stage of Davis’s career, during which time he devoted himself to the interpretation of “the glamour of packaging,” developing his own lexicon of forms and pictograms to express the commercial landscape.More info
Around Town: Stuart Davis: In Full Swing at the Whitney
June 10, 2016
Fans of Stuart Davis, take note: The Whitney Museum of American Art, lately of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, will open a major show of paintings and works on paper by Stuart Davis on June 10th, 2016. The show’s focus is the painter’s practice of returning to themes and forms of his work from decades past; In Full Swing will be unique in major exhibitions of Davis’s work in its presentation of later works side by side with early works they re-interpret. Through September 25 at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
American Fine Art Magazine Previews Just off Madison
May 18, 2016
The most recent issue of American Fine Art Magazine (No. 27, May/June 2016) features an extensive preview of Just Off Madison. Just Off Madison, a neighborhood-wide open-house, is on from 10 AM to 2 PM on Wednesday, May 18th at a dozen galleries and private dealers’ offices. American Fine Arts Magazine quotes M+S’s Jonathan Spies:
“The market feedback we’ve been receiving in 2016 has been very positive: strong interest in American Modernism leads a healthy appetite for the finest 19th century paintings. But that doesn’t capture the interests and anxieties of new collectors and prospective collectors just at the edge of the field. There are substantial barriers to entry into the art market – not just price tag, but also information gaps and connoisseurship hurdles. We are eager to begin the discussion with those “wallflowers”: What’s keeping you from collecting, and how can we help make the art market less a thorny maze and more of a sunlit garden? Just Off Madison is always a great gateway for both sides of that discussion.”
The magazine’s coverage includes previews of several dealers’ offerings for JOM, as well as a helpful map of the participants.
Just Off Madison, Spring of 2016
May 18th, 2016
Join us for Spring of 2016’s installment of Just Off Madison, a neighborhood-spanning open-house featuring some of the art world’s top private dealers. Wednesday, May 18, from 10 AM to 2 PM, Menconi + Schoelkopf will open our doors along with a dozen other galleries dotting Madison Avenue to any and all who would like to pop in. We generally encourage our clients to make appointments, but during Just Off Madison, we hope you will pop in as you like, see what’s on the walls, and let us know how we can best help you, whatever your collecting needs. Whether you are considering starting a collection or have been collecting for many years, we look forward to meeting you or refreshing our acquaintance over a cup of coffee during this morning-afternoon session of Just Off Madison.
PAFA Acquires David Johnson’s “The Hudson River from Fort Montgomery”
March 16, 2016
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has announced their acquisition, along with some thirty other works, of David Johnson‘s The Hudson River from Fort Montgomery, which was included in our most recent catalogue.
Stephan Salisbury reported for Philly.com:
“The Johnson painting, The Hudson River from Fort Montgomery, measures more than 3 by 5 feet and presents a grand landscape view looking out toward the river, where sailboats and a steamer ply the waters. In the foreground are sheep and two leisurely travelers chatting on a path while a dog patiently waits.
“Brigham and Anna Marley, academy curator of historical American art, said the painting, now on view, is in very fine shape.
“‘Johnson is only known to have painted six paintings at this scale,’ added Marley.”
Menconi + Schoelkopf congratulates the Academy on the acquisition of a tremendous and tremendously important painting.More info
Menconi + Schoelkopf at the ADAA Art Show 2016
March 1, 2016
2016’s installment of the ADAA Art Show found Menconi + Schoelkopf with an impressive array of American modernist pictures, ranging from Stieglitz-circle painters like Oscar Bluemner and Georgia O’Keeffe to Ashcan School, Precisionism, and the post-war collages of Romare Bearden. Thanks to all who stopped by and helped make this the tremendously successful outing that it was.
Visit Menconi + Schoelkopf at the ADAA Art Show
March 2-6, 2016
This year’s ADAA Art Show opens Wednesday, March 2nd at the Park Avenue Armory, through Sunday, March 6. We are putting the finishing touches on our booth. Our exhibition will encompass various strands of American Modernism, including the early van Gogh-esque paintings of Stuart Davis, Ashcan work by Reginald Marsh, and on to Post-War collages of Romare Bearden. Visit us at Booth C9, through Sunday, March 6, 2016.More info
On View: Important American Art from a Distinguished Private Collection
January 19 – February 5, 2016
Now on view in the gallery: Masterworks of American art from a Distinguished Private Collection. We have recently taken on a collection of American paintings from the late-19th to early-20th century. The collection focuses on Hudson River School masters, but includes still life painters as well as American impressionists. This extraordinary collection is presented in a new catalogue, available now. The very finest works from the group are on view at the gallery, including works by Albert Bierstadt, Martin Johnson Heade, Winslow Homer, and Childe Hassam.
On view through February 5th, 2016.
Important American Art from a Distinguished Private Collection: E-Catalogue Available Now!
We are pleased to announce the release of a new publication, Important American Art from a Distinguished Private Collection. The catalogue chronicles the very finest works from an extraordinary collection of American paintings from the second half of the nineteenth century. Forty-eight pages of richly illustrated, fully study sixteen important works, including paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, and Martin Johnson Heade. Copies are available at the gallery, and an e-catalogue is available here.
Lecture at the Art Students League: Painters in Providence
Tuesday, January 19
Aficionados of American Modernism might enjoy a lecture at the Art Students League of New York:
Tuesday, January 19
Via Provincetown: The American Avant-Garde on Cape Cod, 1913–1966
Melissa Renn, PhD, Collection Manager, Art and Artifacts Collection, Harvard Business School
Sanford Robinson Gifford E-catalogue
We have recently made available ten works by Sanford Robinson Gifford, luminary of the Hudson River School. In celebration of this group of works, we have produced a handsome catalogue which may be arriving in your mailbox soon! (If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, sign up here!) In the meantime, feast your eyes on the e-catalogue, which you can read through the web-portal or download for your personal device by clicking here.
The American Art Fair
On November 15, Menconi + Schoelkopf will present a booth at The American Art Fair. The American Art Fair features seventeen of the leading dealers in American art, spanning from the nineteenth century to the Post War period. Our booth will have a group of works by the Hudson River School master Sanford Robinson Gifford, early Modernist masterpieces, Precisionist gems and high-abstraction works from 1930s. The fairs runs through the 18th at the Bohemian National Hall at 321 East 73rd Street.
Hard copies of the catalogue for our current Biederman show are arriving this week, but you can see it immediately as an e-catalogue. Biographical notes and analysis by Susan C. Larsen and over thirty works illustrated in color– and sign up for our mailing list for more. Charles Biederman is on view through November 6, 2015.
Charles Biederman on view at Menconi + Schoelkopf
October 13 - November 6, 2015
October is Biederman month at Menconi + Schoelkopf. From October 13-November 6th, Menconi + Schoelkopf will present a selection of Biederman’s finest work in many media. There will be a sampling of his studies on paper for both his paintings and constructions of the mid 1930s. Some of these studies were realized in large-scale canvases—several of which will be on view—while others found expression in three-dimensional sculptures and low-relief wall hangings. Biederman gave up painting in 1937 in favor of his deepening interest in reliefs, and several examples of these works, which would occupy his attention for the next fifty years, will be on view as well. The show’s centerpiece may be a unique sculpture in the round completed in the early 1940s. Its high-design joining of plexiglas and brass echoes de Stijl and the Bauhaus while signaling new directions in abstraction both for the artist and American art in the post-war era. This and thirty other works by Biederman will be illustrated in an upcoming catalogue with critical essay by noted Biederman scholar Susan C. Larsen.
“The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement” at The Art Students League
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
In October, considering stopping by the Art Students League of New York on 57th St. on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 for Anna Marley’s lecture on American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920. Marley is Curator of Historical American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The talk is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP to GalleryRSVP@artstudentsleague.org.More info
E-catalogues On the Way
We’re going to press with no fewer than three catalogues, arriving in mailboxes beginning in October–but we will release each of these as an e-catalogue, available here at msfineart.com, on the day that they go to press, so you don’t have to wait around for a visit from Mr. Postman. The first of these three– monograph on the strange and wonderful career of Charles Biederman–will drop on October 13, 2015. As a sort of appetizer, we are beta-testing the e-catalogue technology by releasing our recent catalogues as e-books. First in line is our most recent catalogue, released in March of 2015. Peruse the e-version here, and let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fitz Henry Lane at Princeton
A beautiful Fitz Henry Lane is joining the collection of Princeton University Art Museum. This masterpiece of Luminism was unveiled in a press release and reported by ArtFixDaily. As reported in Princeton’s press release, said Karl Kusserow, the Museum’s John Wilmerding Curator of American Art described the work:
“In certain great works of his late career, Lane gravitated away from portrayal of the crystalline light that served as an essential feature of his early maturity and toward an exploration of more complex atmospheric conditions, such as fog. Although Ship in Fog portrays a relatively modest scene—a variety of ordinary craft in a sizable but not major port at the end of a late-summer day—what makes the painting extraordinary is Lane’s ability, unsurpassed in American art, to impart a resonant grandeur to such moments, as if to impress them both in time and for all time.”
We congratulate Princeton on their extraordinary acquisition.More info
Charles Biederman Catalogue Goes to Print
We’ve been working all summer on a brand new catalogue of works by Charles Biederman (1906-2004), and it’s off to the printers! The 40-page catalogue illustrates in color some 33 works by the artist, ranging from works on paper to free-standing sculptures in the round. The painter was hugely prolific in the mid thirties, showing with Albert Gallatin and Alexander Calder, and his breathtaking output is testament to an immensely fertile creativity. The works on paper are remarkably finished, but they are often studies in preparation for fully finished canvases or even gestures at large outdoor sculpture. Members of all three of these groups are presented, with critical essay by noted Biederman scholar, Susan C. Larsen. By 1937, Biederman abandoned — or at least claimed to abandon — painting, stepping past two-dimensional art for the third dimension. He would work, in the same fever of creation, for the next fifty years almost exclusively on wall-hung reliefs — several of these later works are reproduced as well. We are proud to present the most extensive publication on the artist in years — look for it in your mailbox in October, or drop us a line and we’ll add you to our mailing list.
Just Off Madison: Morning Edition
November 18, 2015
This fall’s installment of Just Off Madison will be strictly for the early birds: instead of our usual evening open-house along Madison Avenue, JOM this fall will begin at 9 AM. Come by for a cup of coffee and a pastry, take a look at what’s on the walls, and talk to us about how we can assist in your collecting needs. On November 18th, from 9:00 to 12:00 noon, Menconi + Schoelkopf, along with ten other private dealers along Madison Avenue, will open our doors for a peek behind the curtain.More info
American Fine Art Magazine on JOM
American Fine Art Magazine mentioned Menconi + Schoelkopf in an article about Just Off Madison in its most recent issue.
Otis Kaye at Menconi + Schoelkopf
Otis Kaye‘s life is shrouded in mystery, his work filled with riddles and wry satire. Working mainly in Chicago in the mid-twentieth century, Kaye insinuated himself into the lineage of the largely dormant trompe l’oeil style of painting, along with significant works on paper, updating the art form by filling his work with emblems of his favorite themes: money, markets, and chance. Wealth and value are invoked through reproduced money, but also present in Kaye’s work is the theme of risk. A device that may be unique to Kaye’s work is his tracing the lines of stock charts, as in the bit of stock ticker tape traces the plunge referred to in the title of But Abe, I Told You to Buy Low. While trompe l’oeil’s popularity has waned since the turn of the twentieth century, Kaye’s art looks almost prophetic today. Many nineteenth-century illusion painters used reproductions of bills in their work, but in Kaye’s work the illusion often amounts to a riddle or joke. The imaginative conversation, across centuries, between Kaye, Rembrandt, and Karl Marx, in Checks and Balances is a masterful example. We are delighted to have a group of more than one dozen works by the artist, including large-scale oils and works on paper. Make an appointment to visit, or email for information on individual works.More info
M+S’s Jonathan Spies to Speak at the Annual American Art Conference
The 20th Annual American Art Conference is this weekend May 15-17th at the CUNY Graduate Center. This year’s theme is “Insight and Inclusion: Expanding Visions of American Art,” with a goal to shine a light on artists and movements that have been overlooked in recent years. Jonathan Spies of Menconi + Schoelkopf will speak on the career of Henry Augustus Ferguson, a Hudson River School painter who was well regarded in his day, but largely forgotten by the mid-twentieth century. Jonathan’s talk begins at 2:00 on Friday, May 15th at 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street), but the conference runs through the weekend beginning Friday morning. See a complete list of speakers here, and register for the conference here, and use the promo code “early reg” for $100 off the registration fee of $350.More info
Basel’s “yearbook” for 2014
Art Basel | Year 45 — Basel’s “yearbook” for 2014 — has just hit the stands, and Menconi + Schoelkopf is proud to be included in its pages. This year’s edition, chronicling the participants in the organizations three fairs, asked participants questions on more informal topics. Pick up a copy to find out what our colleagues would do if they weren’t art dealers.
Spring E-catalogue has arrived!
Those on our mailing list and who joined us at the ADAA Art Show last week have already seen our new catalogue, but for those who’d prefer to do their browsing electronically, you can find it as a PDF here: Menconi and Schoelkopf Winter 2015 Catalogue
ArtFix Daily Features the Alfred Maurer at our booth at the ADAA Art Show
ArtFixDaily.com featured a painting from our booth at the very top of their coverage of the ADAA Art Show, writing:
“This year’s fair also featured masterworks of American Modernism, including Alfred Maurer‘s Still Life with Pears and Indian Bowl, c. 1928, at the booth of Menconi + Schoelkopf. Maurer will soon be riding a wave of renewed interest. The first comprehensive examination of the artist’s work will go on view at Addison Gallery, in Andover, Mass., this Spring. A new book on Maurer from Yale University Press (released March 10) accompanies the exhibition.”
Read the full coverage here.
M+S’s Winter/Spring 2015 Catalogue is out!
It’s our biggest catalogue yet: 64 pages of in-depth description and analysis of some 25 works, ranging from maritime painting of the 19th century– Fitz Henry Lane, Mary Blood Mellon, and Robert Salmon– to Ashcan (Everett Shinn, George Bellows) to modernism (Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Konrad Cramer) and beyond. Pick up a copy at our booth at the ADAA Art Show, March 4-8, at the Park Avenue Armory, or send us an email if you would like to be added to our mailing list.
The cover presents a detail of an early Synchromist canvas by Konrad Cramer
Improvisation, c. 1911-13
Oil on board laid down on board
15 3/4 x 18 3/4 inches
Inscribed on the reverse by the artist’s daughter: Painted by my father between 1911-1913. Aileen B.
Join us at the ADAA Art Show, March 3-8
Join us at the Park Avenue Armory (Park Ave. at 66th Street) for this year’s ADAA Art Show. Not to be confused with “The Armory Show” (which is over on the west side piers), the Art Show is New York’s longest-running and most esteemed art fair. Menconi + Schoelkopf has exhibited there for several years, and this year’s booth will be our most exciting yet. (more…)
Ralston Crawford, “The Artist’s Eye”
In conjunction with an extensive retrospective last year, the University of Wyoming produced an excellent video on Ralston Crawford.
Vernissage TV catches Menconi + Schoelkopf at The Art Show 2014
Just in time to whet your appetite for the ADAA Art Show, opening March 4th at the Park Avenue Armory, we’ve located some video of last year’s opening. You can catch a glimpse of the our booth, with masterpieces by Joseph Stella and Ralston Crawford at 3:19.
Menconi + Scholkopf featured on ADAA Inside Stories
The ADAA’s Tumblr Inside Stories ran a feature on Early American Modernism. Given that our booth at 2015’s Art Show will present Ashcan and early modernism, we were a perfect fit. Click here to see more.
American Fine Art Magazine Reports on Just Off Madison
American Fine Art Magazine’s latest issue features a report on the most recent Just Off Madison. Just Off Madison is the twice-annually open-house event hosted by the private art dealers in the immediate vicinity of upper Madison Avenue. (more…)
Art Basel | Miami Beach Checklist
Our design team published an illustrated checklist for our multi-media exhibition at Art Basel | Miami Beach last week.View the basic listing of works here:
The Financial Times mentioned M+S’s booth at Art Basel | Miami Beach
“Art Basel in Miami Beach has a challenging new element called ‘Survey.’ An ‘art-historical’ section, it contains just 13 shows, some solo and some thematic. Displaying names both strange and familiar, from places as far-flung as Uruguay and Tokyo, it aims to provide mid-20th-century context to the contemporary work on view elsewhere: many of these artists, as Art Basel director Marc Spiegler explains, were models and mentors to today’s better-known names.
“If its aim is to boost the academic quotient, in the midst of the selling frenzy of the rest of the fair, it succeeds: the lists contain enough ‘-ists’ and ‘-isms’ to satisfy any academic. ‘Precisionism,’ anyone? That is, as if you didn’t know, ‘a uniquely American Modernist movement,’ and celebrated chez Menconi + Schoelkopf with work by Canadian artist Ralston Crawford….”More info
Just Off Madison
November 19, 2014
On Wednesday, November 19, from 5-8 PM, Menconi + Schoelkopf, along with a dozen other private dealers situated near Madison Avenue, will open our doors in a neighborhood-wide open house of private dealers. We hope you’ll join us for this fun evening, or stop by another time to see what we have up.More info
The American Art Fair
November 16-19, 2014
Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street
New York, NY 10021
Art Basel | Miami Beach
December 4-7, 2014
We’re pleased to announce that for the first time Menconi + Schoelkopf has been invited to exhibit at the prestigious Art Basel | Miami Beach fair in December, and we’re already putting together our booth. The fair has opened a new section this year called “Survey,” showcasing historically-themed booths, and we will present a monographic retrospective of the American Precisionist Ralston Crawford. Primarily a painter, Crawford also worked extensively in photography. A variety of works will be on view, from the mid-century canvases that made his name, to drawings and photographs that elaborate on the abstraction process of this visionary Modernist. Visit us at booth S01.More info
Just Off Madison
May 21, 2014
We are participating once more in the twice-annual Just Off Madison. On Wednesday, May 21st, from 5-8 PM, Menconi + Schoelkopf, along with a dozen other private dealers situated near Madison Avenue, will open our doors in a neighborhood-wide open house of private dealers. We hope you’ll join us for this fun evening, or stop by another time to see what we have up.More info
The American Art Conference
May 16, 2014
Andrew Schoelkopf will be participating in a panel at the 19th Annual Art Initiatives American Art Conference. This year’s conference will be held at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets).More info
Artnet.com has redesigned their website, and we have taken the opportunity to entirely revamp our page there. Take a look to see their fresh design.More info
Spring Masters New York
May 1-4, 2014
Park Avenue Armory Park Avenue at 67th Street New York CityMore info
Menconi + Schoelkopf in the Financial Times
April 18, 2014
The Financial Times mentioned Menconi + Schoelkopf in their wrap-up of the art market this week, highlighting the George Bellows Portrait of Florence Budd that will be featured at the upcoming Spring Masters fair.More info
Menconi + Schoelkopf in Bloomberg News
April 9, 2014
Bloomberg News interviewed Menconi + Schoelkopf’s Jonathan Spies for a piece on artists whom the market may be undervaluing. Reporter Katya Kazakina focused on Charles Biederman, whose work is being discovered by a new generation of collectors and curators.More info
ADAA – The Art Show
March 5–9, 2014
Park Avenue Armory
Park Avenue at 67th Street
New York City