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 Gallery
116th Annual Exhibiting Artist Members Exhibition
March 4 - 29


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


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


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

 
Grand Gallery
HALSBAND PORTRAITS
March 30 - April 25


Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 2, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Michael Halsband has had his hand (and eye) on the pulse of American culture since the 1970’s. His 1985 iconic portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol in boxing gloves became such a staple of popular culture that its appropriation by contemporary visual artists and street artists continues thirty years on. This was an auspicious moment in a career that saw Halsband photographing a canon of 20th century artists, writers and musicians including James Brown, David Byrne, Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, and many more. Michael Halsband’s work has been featured internationally in publications from GQ to Vogue, ad campaigns for Calvin Klein and cover art for the top talent of his generation.
   This Grand Gallery exhibition will span over three decades of Halsband’s work and includes two never before exhibited works: a photograph from the 1985 Warhol/ Basquiat Boxing Gloves series and an up-close 35mm film of The Rolling Stones in live performance.
 
Gregg & Marquis Galleries
The National Arts Club: Will Barnet Student Show
April 1 - April 24


Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony:
Wednesday, April 1, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Over his rich lifetime Will Barnet dedicated himself to arts education. In 2014 The National Arts Club re-established its Annual Student Exhibition in honor of Barnet and created, through the generosity of its members, the Will Barnet First Prize. This year’s First Prize is a cash award and a space grant to mount a one-person show, during our next season here at the Club.
   The work of undergraduate students from nine prestigious New York area schools will be showcased in the Gregg and Marquis Galleries. We invite you to join us in welcoming these emerging artists to the NAC. Their fresh energy and imagination enhance and confirm Will Barnet’s legacy as a teacher and the Club’s commitment to arts education.
 
Trask Gallery
Glossy Bohemond: Heat Freak
April 1 - May 1


Opening Reception:
Wednesday, April 1, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


The National Arts Club is pleased to present last year’s Will Barnet First Prize winner, Glossy Bohemond, in a solo exhibition. A  2014  FIT graduate, Glossy creates a compelling and colorful exploration of self-discovery, identity and perception.
   “I am represented by this collection of work as a young, eager portrait painter who values the practice of consistent technique, but must satisfy my need for change as well. These past three years of my life have been formative, mostly measured by the coming and going of love in many forms. Presented in this space are self-portraits, portraits of individuals whose unique souls rang out as loudly as their appearance and images of my queer family in New York City that push me creatively and mentally forward in the wake of uninspired, emotional upheaval.”
   In conjunction with the Student Exhibition, Heat Freak enhances our celebration of new voices in art.