The Park Avenue Cubists

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Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm & by appointment

22 East 80th Street, NY 10075, New York, United States
Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm & by appointment


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The Park Avenue Cubists

to Fri 4 Jun 2021

22 East 80th Street, NY 10075 The Park Avenue Cubists

Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm & by appointment


Menconi + Schoelkopf’s exhibition of The Park Avenue Cubists presents works by Albert E. Gallatin, George L. K. Morris, and Charles Green Shaw–artists on the vanguard of American modernism in the 1930s.

Artworks

Mannequin,

Oil on canvas
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41 1/4 x 29 1/2 inches 104.8 x 74.9 cm
Signed at upper left: Shaw

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Route 22, 1947

Oil on canvas
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31 x 25 inches 78.7 x 63.5 cm
Signed at lower right: Morris

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Bank in Depression, 1933

Oil and collage on canvas
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24 x 20 inches 61 x 50.8 cm
Signed at lower right: Morris; dated at lower left: 1933; also signed, titled and dated on verso: George L. K. Morris / Bank in Depression / 1933

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Down South, 1948

Watercolor, gouache, pencil and collage on paper
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11 x 9 inches 27.9 x 22.9 cm
Signed at lower right: Morris

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Labyrinth No. 1, 1955-1956

Oil on canvas
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25 x 18 1/4 inches 63.5 x 46.4 cm
Signed at lower right: Morris; signed, titled and dated on verso: George L. K. Morris / Labyrinth No. 1 / 1955-6

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Composition, 1949

Watercolor, gouache, pencil and collage on paper
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11 1/2 x 9 inches 29.2 x 22.9 cm
Signed at lower right: Morris; dated at lower left: 1949

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Still Life on Table, 1940

Oil on canvas
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9 x 12 inches 22.9 x 30.5 cm
Signed and dated on verso: A. E. Gallatin / Dec. 1940; inscribed on stretcher: A. A. A. / 1941

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After exhibiting with fellow abstractionist Suzy Frelinghuysen at Paul Reinhardt Galleries in 1937, this group of artists came to be known as the “Park Avenue Cubists” because of their privileged backgrounds and Upper East Side addresses. Despite the nickname, all were committed artists as well as passionate collectors who became leaders in the non-objective movement in America in the mid-1930s, a period of dueling artistic themes between the development of figuration and abstraction. The Park Avenue Cubists emerged out of the American Abstract Artists, a larger group dedicated to promoting abstraction of all kinds and included Morris and Shaw among its founding members. This stylistically diverse community of artists took on the establishment in the decade following the Depression and strongly opposed the prevailing taste for realism. Within this larger group of abstractionists, the Park Avenue Cubists did their part to advance innovations in non-objective painting. They considered themselves heirs to the European tradition of Cubism and its derivations while looking ahead to create an American aesthetic uniquely their own decades before abstract art would become synonymous with New York painting.


Courtesy of Menconi + Schoelkopf, New York


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