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.


 
Trask Gallery
Peter Baryshnikov
EXTENDED through November 1


Peter Baryshnikov is a photographer with a social conscience. His work addresses social conditions and records them in his silver gelatin prints. As a contrast, he creates personal and observant portraits of the people living in these difficult conditions. This exhibit juxtaposes these striking views and contrasts landscape and humanity within the exhibition.
  Peter came to photography early through his godfather, Howard Gilman, a major collector of early photography and a socially concerned philanthropist. Mr. Baryshnikov emulates Mr. Gilman’s compassion for humanity as well, referring to his work as “more than photo journalism,” his desire is to advocate for those living in harsh circumstances as well.
Peter studied photography at the Art Institute of Boston where he earned a B.A. After graduating, Mr. Baryshnikov traveled to Central America and photographed the “trash pickers” in Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico leading to his series, “Guajeros.” He is currently photographing and exploring many of the Land Art sites in the Western U.S.


Marquis Gallery
From The Permanent Collection: Casey McKee - Corporate Warfare
September 29 - November 1


Born in  Phoenix, Arizona, photographer Casey McKee has spent most of his professional career in Berlin where his unique process of combining photographic emulsion with oil painting has been received enthusiastically by critics and collectors. Mainly self-taught, McKee has developed into a master technician, allowing his method to effortlessly enhance subject and feeling.
   The National Arts Club is fortunate to hold thirteen original prints from McKees’s best known series, Corporate Warfare (2005). Using the business suit as a costume, McKee’s images juxtapose violence with professional deportment to portray the brutal psychological warfare of the corporate world.
  Provocative and humorous, McKee’s images are compelling in both their execution and contemporary narrative.

 
Grand Gallery
Edvard Munch - Master Prints
October 6 - 25


The great Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863 - 1944) created some of the most visually arresting and psychologically powerful images in the history of art. Though today his fame rests largely on one painting, Munch was an experimental printmaker of astonishing daring and virtuosity. With these works Munch has made a lasting contribution to the Modernist movement exploring themes like isolation and existentialism in a radical and original way. Though his paintings are striking, it is his work in the graphic arts that fully conveys his exploration of the interior world of human feelings.
   Also on view will be works from the NAC Permanent Collection of American artists who were Munch’s contemporaries. Paintings by Max Bohm, Bolton Brown, Frank DuMond and Birge Harrison will be among the masterworks featured.
   The National Arts Club is pleased to collaborate again with the John Szoke Gallery in presenting this unique and important exhibition.

 
Gregg Gallery
Papercut
October 13 - 25

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, October 15, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Papercut, featuring recent work by Tony Ingrisano and Adam Fowler, explores the use of paper as principal medium. Though their approach to abstract representation and non-objective gesture differs, their styles converge through remarkably complex compositions that are simultaneously linear and sculptural.
   The work of Tony Ingrisano is informed by a variety of systems: aerial city views, power grids, and variations in river circuits. Drawings start with a simple mark and then grow into larger, more complex configurations, as he layers ink, graphite, watercolor, and collaged elements to create the final composition.
   Adam Fowler creates gestural drawings with graphite pencil, each finished drawing consisting of a number of drawn sheets stacked together. His methodic approach to his work is impressive, but what’s far more interesting is the rhythm created with every composition. Even though he characterizes the drawing process as highly stressful – he prefers cutting the paper – Fowler’s gestures are confident and fluid.
 
Gregg Gallery
New York Society of Etchers (NYSE)
October 27 - November 8

Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 30, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

This year’s exhibition is a joint venture coordinated by the Etcher’s Society with two of Australia’s top curators. The format of this cultural collaboration is an urban theme that will showcase contrasting views and styles from important printmakers working in major cities on opposite sides of the world. Dianna Gold and Carmel Wallace, PhD of Melbourne, Australia commissioned a collection of prints by important local artists such as Rona Green, and Marco Luccio for their portion of the project. Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York curated the New York area contributions on behalf of the NYSE from a talented pool if artists working in the tri-state region.
   The New York Society of Etchers, Inc. is an artist run not-for-profit printmakers group which focuses on organizing exhibitions of intaglio prints nationally and internationally, directly or through collaborations; and with public institutions.   For more info, visit www.nysetchers.org.
 

Grand Gallery
Selections from our Permanent Collection
October 27 - November 1


Enjoy a peek at The National Arts Club's renowned Permanent Collection.
   The existing collection of diploma paintings is especially strong in Impressionism, featuring key examples by the likes of Daniel Putnam Brinley, Charles Courtney Curran, Daniel Garber, Philip Leslie Hale, Gari Melchers, William McGregor Paxton, Robert Spencer, Robert Vonnoh, Everett Longley Warner and many others. The early twentieth-century Realist tradition is represented by painters such as Robert Henri, Homer Boss, F. Luis Mora and Eugene Speicher, while Regional Realism of the 1930s and 40s is exemplified in the work of Jerry Farnsworth and Lamarr Dodd.
   Since 1950, The National Arts Club has greatly expanded its holdings through gifts and acquisitions, acquiring paintings, sculptures and works on paper by contemporary American artists such as Will Barnet, Chen Chi, Peter Cox, Gary Erbe, Diana Kan, Everett Raymond Kinstler and Greg Wyatt, among others.
 
Grand Gallery
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
November 3 - 29

Opening Reception:
Monday, November 3, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

ARTnews named Ilya Kabakov one of the world’s 10 greatest artists. He and his wife Emilia, work together and are widely recognized as the most important Russian artists to have emerged in the late 20th century.
   This exhibit includes drawings of realized installations and models of the same, as well as projects which include the construction of complex artistic objects. These integrated installations complement and correspond to their specific geographic location.  The idea of freedom and the expansion of social societies is present in each project.  No matter how unrealistic they may appear, the inherent dream and hope found in them, encourage the viewer to return time and again to analyze their own opinion of a perfect utopian society.
   Audiences and critics hail their exhibitions in leading museums around the world.  In 2008, they were awarded the Praemium Imperiale, a global art prize established by the Emporer of Japan to honor fields that the Nobel Prize does not cover. 

 
Marquis Gallery
Kiki Valdes: Riding Dualism
November 3 - 30

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, November 19, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The National Arts Club is pleased to present Kiki Valdes in a preview of his upcoming appearance at Art Basel/Miami.
   Through a new series of complex paintings, Valdes explores questions of identity, lineage, and politics. Born in Miami in 1981, Valdes’ paintings constantly battle between thoughts of abstraction and familiar memories of American life and childhood cartoon elements. Combining this with the rodeo culture of his heritage, the artist’s striking imagery translates into a fusion of composition and color that playfully reminds us of the duality shadowing one’s own path. The multifaceted figures in his works are often shown being aggressively thrown off horses and bulls, leaving us to wonder which of the individual beasts is really in control.
 
Trask Gallery
Society of Scribes
November 3 - 29

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, November 4, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Society of Scribes’ Annual Members Exhibition of calligraphy, “Linear Language”, will be held in the Trask Gallery at the NAC from November 3 through 22, with a reception on Tuesday, November 4th, from 6 to 8 p.m., at which the presenter will be the U.K.-based calligrapher, Paul Antonio, displaying and speaking on paleography. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in New York this season, the SoS includes among its members many of the most distinguished practitioners of the calligraphic arts in several Western and non-Western languages and writing styles, as well as students, aficionados and devotees of this beautiful, hand-written art.
   The SoS offers a wide range of classes and workshops in different styles and forms of calligraphy, as well as special programs and activities. This year’s Annual Fair, to be held on November 16, from 11am to 4pm at the Brotherhood Synagogue on Gramercy Park. The fair will feature demonstrations of writing in Chinese, Arabic and Hebrew as well as a number of Latinate alphabets, and even Braille. There is no admission charge.
 
Gregg Gallery
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
November 10 - 29

Opening Reception:
Monday, November 10, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Complementing the exhibit in the Grand Gallery, we also present a collection of models hand selected by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.
   Included in the collection is The Ship of Tolerance. The mission of The Ship of Tolerance is to educate and connect youth of different continents, cultures, and identities through the language of art. It is a conceptual piece that is meant to reflect how divergent cultures interpret tolerance and how these interpretations overlap. The ship’s sails are stitched together from paintings by hundreds of local schoolchildren from different ethnic and social backgrounds, and will convey a message of tolerance and hope.
   In September 2013, The Ship of Tolerance was launched in NYC. A selection of 150 public school students’ (age 5-13) paintings were sewn together to create its sail. Five previous interpretations of this project have taken place in Siwa, Egypt; Venice, Italy; San Moritz, Switzerland, and Sharjah, UAE.
   Enjoy this model and several other major pieces including The Cupola, How to Meet an Angel and The Red Vagon. This is a rare opportunity to see this finely curated exhibition of models.