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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Francisco de Goya y Lucientes: Los Caprichos
January 5 - 31


Goya’s Los Caprichos are major masterworks from the Age of Enlightenment. Published in 1799, the album of eighty prints in etching and aquatint is Goya’s critical testament to the wave of ignorance, superstition and common prejudice that enveloped Spanish society of his time. Goya’s original visions of monsters, specters and elegance gone mad are bizarre and disturbing yet often humorous and compelling.
   As both prints and images, the pages of Los Caprichos are a groundbreaking  experiment in modernism, establishing Goya as a precursor to the later movements of Post-Impressionism, Symbolism and Surrealism.
   The prints in this exhibition were recently discovered in a bound and miscatalogued album which was part of the Robert Henri Art Library gifted to The National Arts Club by Janet Le Clair in 1994.

Pictured above: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters,” 1799, Etching and Aquatint
The National Arts Club Permanent Collection

 

Gregg & Trask Galleries
Outside The Lines: Modernist Drawings
January 5 - 31


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
 
Marquis Galleries
From The Permanent Collection: Focus on Walter Elmer Schofield
Now Extended Through March 1


Reception & Gallery Talk:
Monday, January 26, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Walter Elmer Schofield (1867-1944) was one of the foremost members of the Pennsylvania School of landscape painting in the early twentieth century. He was also among the many Americans associated with the St. Ives art colony on England’s Cornish seacoast, where he depicted harbors, coastlines and rural villages. The National Arts Club is fortunate to hold an impressive and important work from Schofield’s years in Cornwall, Ebb Tide (1912).
   Ebb Tide will be the centerpiece of a special focus exhibition celebrating this National Arts Club Medal of Honor recipient (1913). Also on view will be works by Schofield’s American colleagues associated with the Pennsylvania School and the St. Ives colony.
   Art historian and great grandson of Schofield, James Church, will visit the exhibition on January 26 and present a gallery talk on the art and life of the artist and his modern legacy.

Pictured above: Walter Elmer Schofield (1867-1944)“Ebb Tide.” 1912, Oil on canvas
The National Arts Club Permanent Collection

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


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


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


Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 5, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


“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


Opening Reception:
Monday, February 2, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


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
 

Grand Galler
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SAVE THE DATE
116th Annual Exhibiting Artist Members Exhibition
March 4 - 29


Reception & Awards Ceremony:
Thursday, March 5, 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.”