Singer Collection

The history of American museums is rooted in narratives of individual lives. “Loving Art: The William & Anna Singer Collection,” at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, tells the story of an American couple who amassed a collection of over 3,000 objects between 1900 and 1940. The exhibition draws on the four institutions that share the Singer collection: the... More »

Chase and Henri

“Painterly Controversy: William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri,” at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, juxtaposes the art and pedagogy of two successful turn-of-the-century painters, illuminating an important shift in American art. In 1902 Chase (1849–1916) hired Henri (1865–1929) to teach at the New York School of Art, which was originally known as the Chase School. The two artists,... More »

Daniel Graves

The contemporary figurative painting revival is a multifaceted phenomenon. This spring Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in New York Citypresented a solo exhibition of works by one of the true believers of classical realism, Daniel Graves (b. 1949). In 1991 Gravesfounded the Florence Academy of Art, predicated on a “return to discipline in art, to canons of beauty, and to the direct study of nature and... More »

Hudson River School

“Different Views in Hudson River School Painting,” an exhibition at the Babcock Galleries in New York City, organized by the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, has an interesting premise. Curator Judith Hansen O’Toole, director of the Westmoreland Museum, focuses on pairs, series and groupings of paintings as a way of exploring shared iconography and the intimacy between painters and specific... More »

San Francisco Galleries

During August Hackett-Freeman Gallery in San Francisco presented a selection of recent still-life paintings by James Aponovich, as part of the traveling exhibition “James Aponovich: A Retrospective,” organized by the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. Aponovich’s paintings combine saturated, vibrant color with an almost-Platonic vocabulary of forms. In search of what he calls “... More »

Harlem Studio of Art

The Harlem Studio of Art is located in an almost forgotten section of Manhattan, tucked between Jefferson Park, which runs two blocks along the East River Drive, and the Triborough Bridge complex of warehouses and small industrial sites. Until recently, this tiny Harlem neighborhood consisted of three- and four-story residential buildings clustered along four short city blocks known as Pleasant... More »