Wally Findlay Galleries hosts author Paul Goldberger for Salon Talk »
Goldberger discusses his critical biography “Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry”
Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry by Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize winning architectural critic and educator and Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at Parsons, is an engaging, nuanced exploration of the life and work of Frank Gehry, undoubtedly the most famous architect of our time. This first full-fledged critical biography presents and evaluates the work of a man who has almost single-handedly transformed contemporary architecture in his innovative use of materials, design, and form, and who is among the very few architects in history to be both respected by critics as a creative, cutting-edge force and embraced by the general public as a popular figure.
Paul Goldberger is a Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at Parsons School of Design. From 1997 through 2011, he served as the architecture critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated Sky Line column. He began his career at The New York Times, where, in 1984, he earned the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. He is formerly dean of the Parsons.
On Tuesday, March 1st, Wally Findlay Galleries with Alumni Relations, The New School/Parsons proudly hosted a cocktail reception and salon talk featuring the author Paul Goldberger, as a guest speaker, along with Joel Towers, Executive Dean, Parsons.
James R. Borynack, Chairmen and CEO of Wally Findlay Galleries is an alumni and dedicated partner of Parsons School of Design and was a co-founder with Marvin Traub, CEO of Federated Department Stores, of the prestigious Parsons Table Award and Program.
Wally Findlay Galleries supports Blenheim Palace with benefit exhibition »
“Blenheim and the Churchill Family” gives an insider look into the private lives of the English Aristocratic family
“Blenheim and the Churchill Family,” written by Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, founder of the Blenheim Foundation and daughter of the eleventh Duke of Marlborough, is the first book ever written by a family member of England’s well-known dynasty. The book gives a unique perspective into the private lives of an English Aristocratic family, with an extensive history of the great house. Showcasing the private photographs, paintings and family papers and letters, it gives a glimpse into Lady Spencer-Churchill’s ancestors’ personal lives from 1700 to today, and explores the rich history of the Palace as is one of Europe’s most important pieces of Baroque architecture and a World Heritage site.
In mid February Wally Findlay Galleries will be exhibiting a commissioned collection of paintings by British Contemporary Charles Neal of Blenheim Palace. The Palace was the gift of Queen Anne and a grateful nation to the 1st Duke of Marlborough for his great victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. The exhibition followed by a private fundraising dinner will benefit The Blenheim Foundation as they work to restore the Palace for future generations.
Sue Roe writes about the “Private Lives of the Impressionists” »
An intimate look into private lives of the creative geniuses
“The Private Lives of the Impressionists” by Sue Roe gives a unique perspective into the lives of Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Cézanne, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Morisot and Cassatt. The researched biography follows the Impressionists through their everyday lives, revealing light on the society of genius colleagues who transformed the art world forever.
Roe meticulously researched the lives of the artists, to tell the narrative of how they lived and worked together, and argues that their mutual drive for success was a strong unifying factor among the diverse group. Publishers Weekly states, “Roe’s nuanced portraits of these artists include personal details both small… and significant.. The result is a comprehensive and revealing group portrait, superbly contextualized within the period’s volatile political, socioeconomic and artistic shifts.” This group portrait of these great artists appeals to both art and social historians as well as to the general reader, touching on themes such as artistic bliss, profound friendships and transcendent love, and bringing to life the war, tragedy and familiar conflicts that these artists also endured.
Wally Findlay Galleries is considered one of the foremost authorities on the French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists and has an esteemed gallery collection of Impressionist related works. The galleries’ current collection includes works by Pierre Bonnard, Edgar Degas, Jean-Baptise Armand Guillaumin, Henri le Sidaner, Gustave Loiseau, Henri Jean Guillaume Martin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Louis Valtat, and the American Impressionists Theodore Earl Butler and Childe Hassam.
Featured Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Arbres au bord de l’Eau – from Wally Findlay Galleries Collection (134373)
Art Newspaper Interviews Frank Stella »
A conversation with the American painter and printmaker
The Art Newspaper conducted an interview with American painter and printmaker Frank Stella in light of his retrospective opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The retrospective showcases the artist’s works from the mid-1950s to the present with over 100 works. The exhibition features Stella’s best-known works alongside rarely seen examples drawn from collections around the world. Accompanied by a scholarly publication, the exhibition fills the Whitney’s entire fifth floor, an 18,000-square-foot gallery that is the Museum’s largest space for temporary exhibitions.
The interview gives a relaxed view of Stella, describing him as a straight talker, with no anxieties, chatty and at ease about the show. His most favorite quote about his work “What you see is what you see” came from a 1964 interview with Bruce Glaser, but is still relevant to the artist’s attitude today.
The Art Newspaper’s interview covers everything from organizing an exhibition, how and why Stella convinced the curators to arrange the show achronologically, crises in his work, and musical and literary influences.
Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to host a collection of prints by Frank Stella which can be seen at the Palm Beach and New York galleries.
Featured Image: Frank Stella: Sinjerli Variation, 1a, 1977 – From Wally Findlay Galleries Collection (134315)
Drawing People: the Human Figure in Contemporary Art »
New book provides refreshing addition to art books
Literature on contemporary drawings is relatively sparse, making “Drawing People: the Human Figure in Contemporary Art” a refreshing addition to art books. In the book Robert Malbert provides a thoughtful and beautifully illustrated survey of inventive drawings of the human form. The book is divided into five chapters: Body, Self, Personal Lives, Social Reality, and Fictions – and explores the style, approach, medium, narratives and inspirations throughout each category.
Malbert selects artists that are known and unknown throughout the world. Focusing on the global reinvestment in the human figure as a source of political, psychological and satirical commentary, he establishes that the fascination with the human figure is not confined by national boundaries.
Amongst the many styles of art represented by Wally Findlay Galleries, the gallery is proud to boast a collection of contemporary drawings of the human figure from around the world. Works by leading British Romantic artist Hugo Grenville feature figure subjects expressing joy in life, light and color. His fascination with pattern and color place him in the tradition of Henri Matisse. Columbian Ervin Van Muriel captures the subtle characteristics of his subject’s personalities, becoming more and more expressive as the viewer gets lost in the subject’s expressions. Belarusian Dimitry Gerrman, although known for his sculpture, also has an impressive series of figure drawings. Although simplistic in style the drawings capture raw emotions and details revealed in the human face. Visit Wally Findlay Galleries to see works by these artists.
Featured Image: Hugo Grenville: Arabella, Reclining Nude – From Wally Findlay Galleries Collection (134909)
PR Weeks names David Finn into 2015 Hall of Fame »
David Finn recognized as pioneer in public relations, as well as for work as photographer, artist and author
David Finn, pioneer of the public relations industry and co-founder of Ruder Finn agency, has been a leader in exploring the ethical and philosophical dimensions of public relations. PR week has recently named David Finn into their 2015 Hall of Fame. The award, which originated in 2013, honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the communications industry,
Finn and business partner Bill Ruder started the agency in the linen closet of the Lombardi Hotel on East 56th Street in New York in 1948. The firm would grow into one of the largest PR firms in the world, helping to establish the model for the modern PR agency. Clients of the agency include Perry Como, John D. Rockefeller III and President John F. Kennedy.
In addition to success in the PR agency, Finn has established himself as a writer, photographer and artist. His photographs of sculpture have gained him worldwide renown, and he has published more than 100 books on sculpture from ancient Egypt through contemporary masters. His detailed photographs – today an archive of more than 10,000 negatives and chromes – provide scholars and students with an irreplaceable resource. His series of paintings, illustrating some of his favorite poetry, include T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, W. B. Yeats’ Byzantium, Keats’ Endymion and Francis Thompson’s The Hound of Heaven. He has been working most recently on images inspired by Dante’s Paradiso.
Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to exclusively represent of Finn’s watercolors in their collection. Focused on the branches and leaves of the trees that surround his Westchester home, through the changing seasons, they display an impressive array of styles. From bold colors and strong lines, to delicate, almost Asian compositions, to crisp abstracts, all express his mastery of the technique.
Featured Image: David Finn: DF 10-31-04 – From Wally Findlay Galleries Collection (135978)
Wilfredo Lam draws inspiration from Poets and Writers»
Wilfredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds explores the influence of poets, authors and artists on Lam
Artist’s draw inspiration for their works from many sources; emotions, places, muses and other artists often inspire a composition. However, one source that is less frequently explored is the relationship between artworks and literature. Elizabeth T. Goizueta of the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College explored this very topic with the retrospective exhibition Wilfredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds. Goizueta is a consultant in Spanish literature, culture and language, and wanted to show the connections that Lam had to writers and poets.
Wilfredo Lam was a Cuban artist who portrayed and helped to revive the enduring Afro-Cuban spirit and culture, working with sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and predominantly painting. Lam was of mixed-race ancestry, and at a young age was exposed to the practice of Catholicism alongside African traditions, largely influencing his style. Hybrid figures are prominent among his works, the stylized figures possess emotional intensity defined by angular outlines and the synthesis of bodies.
The exhibition reveals the imprint on Lam’s hybrid style of surrealism, magic realism, modernism, postmodernism, and the syncretic religion of Santería practiced in the Caribbean and West Africa and the influence of Spanish baroque poets and Spanish, French, and Latin American avant-garde artists and writers like Pablo Picasso, André Breton, Federico García Lorca, Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel García Márquez, and Aimé Césaire. The exploration of Lam’s relationship to these poets and writers truly makes this a unique and interesting exhibition.
Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to host a collection of lithographs, etchings and aquatints by Wilfredo Lam, many of which are on display for the summer exhibition at the Palm Beach Gallery.
Featured Image: Wilfredo Lam: El Ultimo Viaje del Buqye Fantasma, 54/99, 1976 – From Wally Findlay Galleries Collection (132320)
Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass Inspires Met Exhibition »
China: Through the Looking Glass – On View May 7 – August 16
Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass” is celebrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 Spring Exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass. Carroll’s novel, written in 1871 as a sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, follows another Alice as she enters a fantastical world by climbing through a mirror. The Met’s exhibition features a trippy, multi-story, maze-like design which pays homage to the Carroll’s work, while providing a mirror into the fantastical world of Chinese culture, dress, and history, as it is represented in western culture.
“In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, his character Alice enters an imaginary, alternative world by climbing through a mirror,” said Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute. “In this world, everything is topsy-turvy, and back–to-front. Real life roles are reversed. “Like Alice’s make believe world, the exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass presents an image of China that is a fabulous invention, a fictional universe that embraces an alternate reality with a dreamlike object,” he said. “This fictional universe reveals itself through a series of carefully curated juxtapositions of western fashion and Chinese costumes and decorative arts.”
Presented in the Museum’s Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, the exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.
Wally Findlay Galleries, which hosts Chinese Art Exhibitions regularly, is proud to see the recognition of this great culture and its art. In 1980, Wally Findlay Galleries was the First Gallery in America to represent Contemporary Chinese Artists. Today, the gallery supports the Museum of China in America as a sponsor for their annual awards dinner. In addition, the gallery acknowledges the importance of fashion in the arts as an avid supporter of the Parsons Fashion Awards Dinner. This support is recognized by the President of the New School, who hosts a private reception and dinner for Wally Findlay Galleries Chairman and CEO James Borynack.
Graphic Novel puts spin on historical biographies »
“Pablo”presents a visual tour of Pablo Picasso life
Historic biographies are undergoing a unique transformation this month with the release of the award-winning graphic biography of Pablo Picasso. Released by British publisher SelfMadeHero, the graphic novel Pablo puts a spin on the classic biography format, by using visual storytelling to follow Picasso’s artistic career.
The book, written by Julie Birmant and Clement Oubrerie, is a visual tour of the influences and influencers in the artist’s life and career, created by reading the memoirs of one of Picasso’s closest confidences, his former lover and muse Fernande Olivier. Writings by Picasso’s other confidents, such as Max Jacob, Guillaume Apollinaire and Gertrude Stein, also influenced the novel. The authors don’t try to emulate Picasso’s artistic style, rather use his works as a basis for inspiration, creating a style uniquely their own.
The book focuses on his how Picasso’s style developed in response to his friendships and rivalries, exploring the themes and obsessions that drove Picasso to express himself. Picasso’s turbulent relationship with Fernande, and the lifelong competition with Henri Matisse play major roles in the story. Over the rich exceptional history of the Findlay Galleries, both Picasso and Matisse have had a unique associations through many sales of their works during their different periods.
Pablo is part of a larger series, which will explores many of art history’s greatest with work by some of the industry’s top artists. Vincent Van Gogh was the first of the series, released just last month, and Salvador Dali and Edvard Munch are expected to be next.
Leaders Magazine interviews Frederick S. Clark »
Vice President and Director of Wally Findlay Galleries
Leader’s Magazine featured Wally Findlay Galleries as “An Approachable Gallery” in their Winter issue, with an exclusive interview with Frederick S. Clark, Vice President and Director of Wally Findlay Galleries.
Leaders magazine is a quarterly forum for those select individuals who, by their position of leadership, exercise inherent influence and commanding authority over the allocation of the world’s human and material resources. The magazine strives to deal with the broad range of leadership thoughts and visions of the world’s most influential people.
Leaders represents a forum of ideas and opinions on the major issues of change, aimed at presenting thoughts by those recognized as being at the top of their respective fields. Mr. Clark is no exception to this, with his impressive resume including President and Founder of MiMedia, Inc., Associate Publisher and Founder of Forbes Life Mountain Time magazine. He has also been Director at Digital Convergence Corporation, Vice President at W.P. Carey & Co, Inc., Equity Research Associate for ING Baring Furman Selz LLC, and an independent consultant. He received his M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University and his B.S. in Finance from University of Maryland College Park.
Leaders interview with Mr. Clark focused on Wally Findlay’s service component, web presence, marketing programs and the addition of new artists.
Acclaimed novelist Warren Adler gives salon talk at Wally Findlay Galleries »
Wednesday, February 18th – Adler discusses his novel “Mourning Glory”
Acclaimed Novelist Warren Adler, well-known for his iconic novel turned box-office hit, The War of the Roses, starring Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, and Danny DeVito, appeared at Wally Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach on February 18th at 6pm to discuss his novel Mourning Glory. He announced the novel’s confirmed film development which is set to be adapted by award-winning director, writer, and producer Karen Leigh Hopkins, well known for the Golden Globe-nominated Stepmom, and Because I Said So.
Mourning Glory is set entirely in Palm Beach and was written by Adler in 2001 as a comedy about a recently unemployed single mother seeking a rich husband by attending the funerals of wealthy widowers and posing as a friend of the deceased. In the discussion Adler will talk about what inspired him to write the novel, his expectation of the film of the movie development, and his long history with Palm Beach.
Mourning Glory is just one of a number of Warren Adler’s novels in various stages of development by motion picture, television development and production company Grey Eagle Films, founded by Warren Adler’s son Jonathan Adler. Other projects include The War of the Roses: The Children, the long-awaited sequel to the original film, being co-produced with David Permut of Permut Presentations, and screenplay by Alex McAulay; Target Churchill, co-developed by Solution Entertainment Group, Cult, to be adapted by Alex McAulay and Capital Crimes, a TV series based on Warren Adler’s Fiona Fitzgerald mystery series, co-developed by Sennet Entertainment, and Golden Globe winner Eric Overmyer as showrunner.
Adler says, “All I want to do now is preserve my authorial name. The reason you see my profile rising now is because I’m trying to create a legacy. I’m an anomaly; I only write what I want [and] I don’t write for money — I’ve done it that way from the beginning. My profile is going up and up deliberately, because if they forget your name, you’re dead. And all the major writers that I know, people are starting to forget who they are.”
Remembering art historian and author Sam Hunter »
Author of “Leonard Nelson” – a biography of the colorfield masters life and career
On January 5th, in celebration of what would have been his 92nd birthday, Wally Findlay Galleries remembers Sam Hunter. Hunter was an art historian, museum director, curator, art critic, and art advisor. However, for Wally Findlay Galleries, Hunter’s greatest contribution was his writings on colorfield master Leonard Nelson, whose artist estate is solely represented by Wally Findlay Galleries since 2008.
In the 2001 book “Leonard Nelson” Hunter documents the artist’s career as an artist with an influential art education. Nelson is considered a leader of the Philadelphia School of Art. His aesthetic influenced Philadelphia painters such as Warren Rohrer, Murray Dessner, and Stephen Estock. Nelson’s tonal, atmospheric, and perceptual qualities are all hallmarks of the Philadelphia School.
“Leonard Nelson” follows the life and career of the artist, from his pioneering, mid-century figurative studies through his progression to luminous color-field canvases. Hunter says, “Nelson left an extensive body of work in paintings and printmaking, proving how prescient his early vision and stylistic impulses have been, and what a quiet, yet formidable, force he became in the evolution of twentieth century American art.”
Wally Findlay Galleries is proud to represent such an influential and talented artist, and feels that Hunter’s biography of the master only reinforces the quality of the work.
The Brilliant History of Color Named Number One Art Book of 2014 »
Wally Findlay Galleries hosts exhibition of Master Colorfield Works
As 2014 ends, The Huffington Post named the “Best Art Books of 2014.” The list, which covers publications on paintings, works on paper, sculpture and more, named Victoria Finlay’s The Brilliant History of Color in Art number one.
The Brilliant History of Color explores the extensive history of color through human civilization and scientific discovery. It takes readers around the world over many centuries, exploring the brilliant history of color as she strives to uncover the origins and science behind the subject. Finlay, a writer and journalist, is also the author of Color: A Natural History of the Palette and Jewels: A Secret History. She was formerly arts editor at the South China Morning Post.
The publication of the book, November 2014, coincided with Wally Findlay Galleries 20th Century Colorfield Masters Exhibition. The Palm Beach exhibition features works by Simeon Braguin and Leonard Nelson, highlighting the artists’ masterful use of color which defines the canvases.
Braguin’s early canvases were defined by washes of white injected with bright colors appearing in unpredictable places. Later, in the 1980s, he transitioned into his now trademark use of pastel color fields. For the most part, these fall into the gentler rubric of Abstract Expressionism, with vast, soft-edged pastel swatches overlapping and drifting past each other in seemingly accidental harmony.
Nelson, from his pioneering, mid-century figurative studies, progressed to his luminous color-field canvases. By the sixties his works had evolved into highly original and varied color expression often in large scale that broke new ground. His work was constantly evolving in keeping with his openness to novel areas, techniques and mediums.
Every Hour of the Light: The Art of Mary Sipp Green published November, 2014 »
The first substantial monograph of the American Contemporary Landscape Painter – Published by the Artist Book Foundation
Every Hour of the Light: The Art of Mary Sipp Green is a 160 page hardcover book devoted to the work of Wally Findlay Galleries contemporary artist Mary Sipp-Green. The book, which was published in November 2014, is the first substantial monograph on Sipp-Green’s remarkable oeuvre. Spanning the American landscape painter’s career to date, Every Hour of the Light highlights Sipp-Green’s ability to draw the viewer into her atmospheric landscapes and seascapes.
Sipp-Green’s work is distinguished by her trademark skies, which have a perception beyond the merely visible. Her intensely saturated colors create an ethereal world, constructing an intimate tableau. The mood and atmosphere of her landscapes feels tangible, like a softly-washed memory. In a statement, Mary describes the appeal of a life in painting: “to be always and everywhere involved in the mysterious dimensions of the everyday, in the extraordinary way in which the visible world can articulate something meaningful through the medium of paint.”
The monograph is published by the Artist Book Foundation, an organization dedicated to offering the richest visual presentations and most informed narratives of artists’ lives and works. It contains an essay by Beth Venn an independent curator and art historian, and a foreward by Dr. Louis Zona, Executive Director and Chief Curator at The Butler Institute of American Art.
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