Gallery Calendar

All four galleries of The National Arts Club are open to the public and can be visited Monday to Friday between 10 AM and 5 PM (hours are subject to change). There is no admission fee.


 
Grand Galler
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Dali: The Golden Years - Drawings and Prints of Salvador Dali, 1930s-70s
February 2 - 28


Described as “one of the most significant and instructive graphical displays of Dali’s genius,” Dali: The Golden Years arrives at The National Arts Club after a triumphant showing at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana. The exhibition offers nearly one hundred images drawn from the four major graphic series of Dali’s career: “Les Chants Maldoror” (1934), “Currier and Ives” (1971), “Memories of Surrealism” (1971) and “The Twelve Tribes of Israel” (1973). Enhancing the showing will be a series of early drawings and prints from the 1930s rarely seen by the public.
   No consideration of his legacy is complete without taking into account the work he produced as a graphic artist. His bold experimentation with printmaking techniques allowed the artist to explore even further his landscape of dreams.
   This unique show allows us to revisit the importance of this twentieth century giant and to celebrate the compelling quality of his imagination.

Pictured above: Salvador Dali, Landscape, Fruit and Flowers (after Currier and Ives), 1971 (Detail), Lithograph with gouache and collage
 
Gregg Gallery
New and Vintage: Frank Gimpaya - Photography
February 2 - 21


“Like sculptors who are said to draw in space, Mr. Gimpaya seems to paint with light...” - Vivien Raynor, The New York Times
   In a career that spans nearly forty years, Frank Gimpaya continues to explore the creative possibilities of capturing the human experience with a camera. A master of light and space, Mr. Gimpaya’s images are enhanced by an evocative sense of time suspended. This profound sense of stillness offers the viewer a rare place of contemplation and dream. Included will be works from two of his most renowned series: Nocturnes and The Pedestal.
   Frank Gimpaya has been awarded the CAPS Award from the New York State Council of the Arts, the Pace/Promise Award and a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of En Foco.

Pictured above: Peanut Dream, 1995
 
Marquis Gallery
Portraits of Ancient Linen: Gail Rothschild - Recent Works
February 2 - 21


Her capacious Portraits of Ancient Linen series marks the sculptor Gail Rothschild ‘s return to painting. Rothschild began the series in response to years of creating site-specific installations - most of which were destroyed.
   In these paintings, Rothschild magnifies fragile, archaic fragments of textile into a heroic scale. The iconic sculptural shapes reveal that what is woven will eventually unravel and that which grows will eventually decay. The artist represents her source material, humble remnants of cloth uncovered in archeological digs, as worthy subjects of portraiture. In a culture of disposable images, Rothschild’s subject is time and the elusiveness of permanence.
   Born in New York City, Gail Rothschild graduated from Yale with a BA (cum laude). Shown at museums internationally, her work has been exhibited at MOMA, PS1, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the University of South Wales.

Pictured above: A Selvedge Was Preserved, 2014, Acrylic on canvas
 

Trask Gallery
Outside The Lines: Modernist Drawings

Extended Through March 1


Drawings have for centuries offered viewers the most immediate and intimate glimpse of an artist’s perception and sensitivity. From the great preparatory outlines of Renaissance masters  such as Raphael and Andrea del Sarto to the most intimate sketches of the English Romantics, drawings have exerted a great appeal to collectors and art historians. Since the early 20th century, artists have made the argument that drawings can possess inherent qualities that make them a major art form in their own right. By the 1950s, artists were challenging ideas of line and space through the use of unconventional media, energizing the power of drawing itself.
   This intimate yet forceful exhibition presents an eclectic group of artists who have abandoned (or intensified) pen and pencil to create powerful expressions through line. Included are works by Keith Haring, Paul Manes, Will Barnet, Ilya Kabakov, Joan Thorne and Andy Warhol.

Pictured above: Keith Haring (1958-1990), UNTITLED (Subway Drawing), 1984, Chalk on black paper
 
Grand Gallery
116th Annual Exhibiting Artist Members Exhibition
March 4 - 29


IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE!
Please note the new date for the Reception & Awards Ceremony:
Friday, March 13, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


In 1906 The National Arts Club celebrated its new headquarters on Gramercy Park with an exhibition of American paintings belonging to member and collector William T. Evans. A successful businessman and renowned collector, Evans, as the Club’s Art Committee chair, was instrumental in creating the Artist Life Membership Program and establishing the annual exhibition we now know as the Exhibiting Artist Members Exhibition.

Pictured above: The NAC 2014 First Prize Winner, Hope Herman Wurmfeld’s “Vermeer Redux.”
 
Marquis Galler
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Mad for Plaid: Postcards
March 3 - 28


Opening Reception:
Wednesday, March 4, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


The National Arts Club celebrates New York City’s “Mad for Plaid” month with a very special exhibition, Plaid Postcards. The Marquis Gallery will be filled with over one hundred postcards  from artists around the Club and around the world celebrating the theme.
   Enhancing the collecting spirit of Through Your Eyes in the Gregg and Trask Galleries, Plaid Postcards will give you the special chance to purchase an original work of art to add to your collection. Surprises from masters to emerging artists await your eyes. Each postcard will be sold for $50.00 with all proceeds benefiting “The National Arts Club - Will Barnet Student Show.”
   Please join us in supporting this most special and important cause of aiding future, up-and-coming artists.
 
Gregg & Trask Galleries
Through Your Eyes: The National Arts Club Collects
March 3 - 28


Opening Reception:
Tuesday, March 3, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


When setting out objectives for establishing The National Arts Club in 1898, Charles de Kay made special note of the potential contributions connoisseurs and collectors could make in promoting the fine arts in America. Although the core of the NAC’s Permanent Collection came to the Club as a result of the Artist Life Membership Program many works were generous gifts from the private collections of members. The Club’s early roll of charter members included Benjamin Altman and Henry Clay Frick.
   To celebrate the joys of collecting and connoisseurship, the Club is excited to mount this unique, first time exhibition featuring works from the personal art collections of our members. From Whistler to Warhol, our downstairs galleries will be filled with paintings, works on paper and sculpture that will give the NAC family the opportunity to share interests and treasures.

Pictured above: Honore Daumier, The Connoisseur, 1865