Annual Small Works of Art Exhibition - November 20 - December 7, 2017
A holiday tradition at the Harmon-Meek Gallery is the annual “Small Works of Art Exhibition”. This year’s version opens on Monday, November 20 and continues through Dec. 8. Hours are 10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday at 599 Ninth Street North (Tamiami Trail at 6th Avenue North in downtown Naples). Closed Thanksgiving.
Harmon-Meek Gallery represents nearly forty master American artists. William Meek, gallery director, states that “Often artists put more effort into making a successful small work, than a larger work. To accomplish strong composition, color balance, and interesting design or subject matter in a small format is extremely difficult.” The obvious advantage to acquiring such works is that one can collect more distinguished master artists within a smaller budget and without worrying about finding space in your home!
Some of the artists featured are sculptors: Lorrie Goulet, Barbara Lekberg, Anita Huffington and Milton Hebald. Painters include: Darrel Austin, Robert Vickrey, Gary Bukovnik, Jessica Daryl Winer*, Ellie Barnet, Richard Segalman*, Aaron Bohrod, Jimmy Ernst, Tobi Kahn*, Will Barnet, Adolf Dehn, Jon Corbino, Byron Browne, Joan Konkel*, Balcomb Greene, John Falato, Richard Haas, Robert Kipniss, and Hunt Slonem*. * indicates artists that also will be having a special solo exhibition this season.
In particular the exhibition will feature: Adolf Dehn, Robert Vickrey, and Darrel Austin.
Adolf Dehn (1895-1968), master painter and lithographer, is the subject of a new book by the prestigious Artist Book Foundation, “Adolf Dehn: Midcentury Manhattan” by Dr. Philip Eliasoph and Henry Adams, which comes out in late October 2017.
Dehn was included in every Whitney Museum of American Art "Annual" and "Biennial" invitational exhibitions from the opening of the museum in the 1930's and into the early 1960's, still holding the record for being in more of these prestigious shows than any other American artist. He is represented in the permanent collections of more than eighty museums. More than twenty museums have in excess of two hundred works in their respective collections and another thirty museums have in excess of fifty works. His estate has been represented by this gallery since 1970 where he has had several exhibitions since 1981 including a major retrospective.
Robert Vickrey (1926-2011) became one of America's most notable "Magic Realist" artists and rose to prominence as a master of the egg tempera medium in the mid-century. Generally accepted as the single artist who has done the most for the egg tempera medium in an era of abstraction - including writing two books on the subject many years ago, Vickrey has 60 of his portraits (80 total used on the cover of TIME from 1957 to 1968) in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute's National Portrait Gallery. Vickrey was represented by a major New York gallery for fifty years. We have shown his work since 1970 and have represented him since 1981, displaying solo shows annually until his death.
Darrel Austin (1907-1994) his death in 1994, was represented by Perls Galleries in New York City starting in 1940 and Harmon-Meek Gallery since 1964. Austin's paintings are in the permanent collections of many great museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Among contemporary American artists Darrel Austin has often been thought of as a loner in the sense that his work is unlike any art movement either during his lifetime or since. Austin has created a unique world, separate but similar to ours with its own particular landscape, its own sun and moon, its own beasts, and its own race of whimsical humanoid inhabitants.
The exhibition will run November 20 through December 7th with hours of 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday at 599 Ninth Street North in Naples. Free.
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