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Hollis Taggart Galleries

Harry Bertschmann: The 1950s

  • Harry Bertschmann
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    Harry Bertschmann, Untitled (Magnolia Series), 1956

Press for Harry Bertschmann: The 1950s

Current Exhibitions at Hollis Taggart Galleries


Look Again: A Survey of Contemporary Painting

  • Andre Hemer,
  • Bethany Czarnecki,
  • Bill Scott,
  • Devin Troy Strother,
  • Dana James,
  • Elizabeth Cooper,
  • Hiroya Kurata,
  • Kenichi Hoshine,
  • John Knuth,
  • Leah Guadagnoli,
  • Matt Phillips,
  • Suchitra Mattai,
  • William Buchina,
  • Opens: Aug. 15, 2020
  • Closes: Sep. 10, 2020
  • Reception: Aug. 15, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Perceived Realities

  • Margaux Ogden,
  • Matt Mignanelli,
  • Alexandros Vasmoulakis,
  • Opens: Jun. 24, 2020
  • Closes: Jul. 25, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bill Scott: A Prolonged Moment

  • Bill Scott,
  • Opens: Jun. 15, 2020
  • Closes: Jul. 31, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Taggart Times 7

  • William Buchina,
  • Leah Guadagnoli,
  • André Hemer,
  • Kenichi Hoshine,
  • John Knuth,
  • Dana James,
  • Knox Martin,
  • Opens: May. 29, 2020
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Michael West: We Come Alive and Dream


  • Michael West,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2020
  • Closes: May. 23, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

History Reclaimed: Suchitra Mattai and Adrienne Elise Tarver

  • Suchitra Mattai and Adrienne Elise Tarver,
  • Opens: Mar. 05, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 11, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Norman Bluhm: Space Time Continuum, 1950s to 1990s

  • Norman Bluhm,
  • Opens: Feb. 20, 2020
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Of Folly, Fortune, Glory, Ruin: William Buchina and Christina Nicodema

  • William Buchina,
  • Christina Nicodema,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 22, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kenichi Hoshine: The Magician and the Thief

  • Kenichi Hoshine,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Closes: Jan. 15, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Space Poetry : The Action Paintings of Michael West

  • Michael West,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 04, 2020
  • Reception: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thresholds of Perceptibility: The Color Field Paintings of Leon Berkowitz

  • Leon Berkowitz,
  • Opens: Oct. 03, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 2 - 4pm
  • Admission: free

Alex Kanevsky: Liberation and Disorientation

  • Alex Kanevsky,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Sep. 28, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sven Lukin: Objects in Space

  • Sven Lukin,
  • Opens: Jun. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 12, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 06, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

HOLLIS HEICHEMER: HAPPENSTANCE

  • Hollis Heichemer,
  • Opens: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Closes: May. 04, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Harry Bertschmann: The 1950s

  • Harry Bertschmann
  • Opens: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 30, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Norman Bluhm: The '70s

  • Norman Bluhm,
  • Opens: Mar. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Highlights: Chelsea

  • Various Artists,
  • Opens: Oct. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Andrew Balkin: Spatial Constructs

  • Andrew Balkin,
  • Opens: Jun. 07, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 07, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gallery Selections

  • Various Artists,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Clive Head: Zoetic-Realism, New Paintings, Drawings and Prints

  • Clive Head,
  • Opens: Nov. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Between Tachisme and Abstract Expressionism: Bluhm, Francis, Jenkins

  • Norman Bluhm,
  • Paul Jenkins,
  • Sam Francis,
  • Opens: Oct. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New York Nocturnes

  • Alan Wolfson,
  • Opens: Nov. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 17, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Poet in Space

  • Alexis Portilla,
  • Opens: Jun. 01, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 01, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sculpting Motion

  • Martin Willing,
  • Opens: Jun. 01, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 01, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Irene Monat Stern

  • Irene Monat Stern,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 06, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

George Vranesh

  • George Vranesh,
  • Opens: Dec. 20, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Imagining the Actual

  • William Scharf,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Some Paintings In No Particular Style

  • Alex Kanevsky,
  • Opens: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Highlight: Summer One

  • William Buchina,
  • Elizabeth Cooper,
  • Ted Gahl,
  • John Knuth,
  • Matt Mignanelli,
  • Eric Shaw,
  • Devin Troy Strother,
  • Opens: Jul. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Sep. 02, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In the Absence of Color: Artists Working in Black and White

  • Pablo Atchugarry,
  • Will Barnet,
  • Joseph Cornell,
  • Ralston Crawford,
  • Allan D'Arcangelo,
  • Audrey Flack,
  • Frederick Carl Frieseke,
  • Daniel Garber,
  • John D. Graham,
  • Alex Kanevsky,
  • Mark Leithauser,
  • Conrad Marca-Relli,
  • Louise Nevelson,
  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Richard Pousette-Dart,
  • Mark Tobey,
  • Julius Tobias,
  • Jack Tworkov,
  • Andy Warhol,
  • Michael (Corinne) West,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2017
  • Reception: May. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Master Drawings from Crivelli to Pollock

  • Audrey Flack,
  • Opens: Apr. 20, 2017
  • Closes: May. 26, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 20, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Color Harmonies: New Paintings by Chloë Lamb

  • Chloë Lamb,
  • Opens: Jul. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 30, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

George Vranesh: Kaleidoscopic Modernism

  • George Vranesh,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Mar 07 - Mar 30, 2019

  • Reception: Mar 07, 6 - 8pm

Where

Hollis Taggart Galleries

  • 521 West 26th Street, Floor 1, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.628.4000

About

On March 7, Hollis Taggart will open Harry Bertschmann: The 1950s, an exhibition that sheds new light on the little-known Abstract Expressionist painter Harry Bertschmann. The exhibition will feature works from two of Bertschmann’s early series, The Magnolia Series and The Stuttgart Series, both of which were last publicly on view more than sixty years ago. Inspired by the artist’s travels in rural Iowa and his time spent serving at the U.S. Army base in Stuttgart, respectively, the two series capture Bertschmann’s dynamic use of color and line to create sensations of texture and subtle shifts in light within the surface plane. Bertschmann has remained a prolific painter, continuing to produce new works today, with The Magnolia and Stuttgart series serving as the foundation of his artistic output over the last seven decades. Harry Bertschmann: The 1950s will be on view at Hollis Taggart’s Project Space at 507 W. 27th Street through March 30, 2019.

Bertschmann attained success early in his career, with his paintings and drawings featured in wide range of solo and group exhibitions during the 1950s. In 1958, the jury of the prestigious Carnegie International selected him as its youngest exhibitor—and one of his large canvases hung beside those by Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Barnet Newman, Philip Guston, and Robert Motherwell. During that decade he was represented by the Howard Wise Gallery in Cleveland and New York City, where in 1961 his solo exhibition followed one for Elaine de Kooning. After settling in Greenwich Village in 1962, however, Bertschmann began to drift from the gallery scene and to explore opportunities in graphic design.

Having trained at the famous Basel School of Design, Bertschmann quickly found success in developing commercial logos and packaging. Indeed, many well-recognized logos and package designs, including those for Kent and Newport cigarettes, Nestle’s, and Bufferin, were created by Bertschmann. With his career in graphic design well established, Bertschmann became increasingly separated from the fine art circles of New York and other arts epicenters. Despite this, Bertschmann was resolute in painting every day. In 1997, the artist was honored with a retrospective in Basel, Switzerland—his home city. In June 2018, Bertschmann was honored with the rarely-bestowed Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the President of the Fashion Institute of Technology at commencement exercises at Radio City Music Hall.

The exhibition at Hollis Taggart provides a new opportunity to experience and re-examine the work of this gifted artist. It has been curated by Peter Hastings Falk, an art historian and the editor of the online magazine Discoveries in American Art. Professor Robert C. Morgan, an art historian and member of the Curatorial Board for Discoveries in American Art, described Bertschmann’s vision as “abstract gestural signs that suggest a language.” He added, “Bertschmann is essentially an art world outsider looking inward. He is a seasoned artist, a highly creative artist, an articulate individual, and a nearly obsessive worker—always willing to stand back and examine what he does before moving ahead. He is also an exemplary draughtsman…His atelier is a phenomenon to behold.”

About Hollis Taggart
Founded in 1979, Hollis Taggart—formerly known as Hollis Taggart Galleries—presents significant works of American art, showcasing the trajectory of American art movements from the Hudson River School to American Modernism and Post-War and Contemporary eras. Its program is characterized by a deep commitment to scholarship and bringing to the fore the work of under-recognized artists. The gallery has sponsored several catalogue raisonné projects, most recently for Surrealist artist Kay Sage, and has been instrumental in advancing knowledge of such compelling artists as Alfred Maurer, Arthur B. Carles, and more recently, Theodoros Stamos, Marjorie Strider and Michael (Corinne) West. In summer 2015, the gallery moved its primary location from the Upper East Side to Chelsea. In fall 2018, it opened a newly renovated street-level location on W. 26th Street, a private viewing and storage annex across the street, and a project space at the High Line. With 40 years of experience, Hollis Taggart is widely recognized by collectors and curators for its leadership, expertise, and openness, on matters of art history, and market trends and opportunities.


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