Ten American Painters, 1956
Wagner College Event Invite
Introduction from Tom Young
THE ART DEPARTMENT OF WAGNER COLLEGE
requests the honor of your presence at an exhibition of
TEN AMERICAN PAINTERS
with a gallery lecture by Budd Hopkins and a reception and tea
Sunday, March 11, 1956, 3:00 P.M., Beisler Lounge, Guild Hall
The painters -- Bell, Blaine, DeKooning, Diebenkorn, DeNiro, Heller, Pace, Kerkam, Resnick, and Skondovitch -- are members of a new school of American painting called abstract expressionism. All are well known contemporary painters; DeKooning, Kerkam, Diebenkorn, and Resnick are perhaps the most famous of our list and are international leaders in this school of painting.
Abstract expressionism is the outgrowth of the two now famous European schools of painting -- the French school of abstraction and the German school of expressionism. The only true American school of painting that has developed in out entire history is abstract expressionism.
Just as abstraction and expressionism developed fully in Europe shortly after the First World War, abstract expressionism has developed after the second World War to the point where today even popular periodicals such as Time, Look, and Life magazines are devoting many pages to explain the importance of this new school of painting. Many authorities believe that a new era of American leadership in art is developing.
For this reason -- this exhibition and lecture may be of special interest to you. I sincerely hope you will be able to attend.
Chairman, Department of Art
About the Artists
A LITTLE ABOUT THE ARTISTS AND GUEST LECTURER
Leland Bell -- works from the figure -- chosen by Art News as one of the 21 outstanding young American painters.
Nell Blaine -- oils, water colors from nature, a fresh and direct approach to painting -- another of the Art News' 21 outstanding painters.
William DeKooning -- one of the most important painters of recent times -- works owned by Museum of Modern Art, Whitney and Guggenheim Museums -- of international influence.
Robert DeNiro -- another of the Art News' 21 outstanding young painters -- strong virtuoso painter who works from nature
Richard Diebenkorn -- California abstract painter with an original incisive style -- selected by the Museum of Modern Art for exhibition in Rome as one of America's leading younger painters.
Dorothy Heller -- a painter whose style deserves from the late works of Cezanne -- a strong original painter of landscape, still life, and figure
Earl Kerkam -- one of the leading older American painters -- gave up a highly successful career as a commercial artist to become a serious painter with a refined and richly colored style.
Stephen Pace -- an important abstract painter -- one of Art News' 21 outstanding painters, whose abstractions have a rich landscape quality.
Milton Resnick -- an abstract expressionist -- his work is rich and violent, with an intensity approaching that of his friend William DeKooning -- one of Art News' 21 outstanding younger American painters.
Alfred Skondovitch -- his landscapes, some of which are very small and jewel-like, have the quality of a place not seen, but a place remembered after long absence.
Budd Hopkins -- studied painting and art history at Oberlin College, on the graduate level specialized in Renaissance and modern art at Columbia University with Meyer Shapiro -- lectured at the Museum of Modern Art with A.L. Chanin, Wagner College in the history of art -- also has done free-lance lecturing on art history. Now advisor and assistant at the Poindexter Gallery, New York City.
For immediate release:
Staten Island, N.Y., March - The third annual spring exhibition of the Art Department of Wagner College will present a showing of ten contemporary painters Sunday afternoon, March 11, in Guild Hall on the Grymes Hill campus.
Budd Hopkins, advisor and assistant at the Poindexter Gallery, New York City, will give the gallery lecture at a tea at 3 p.m.
The artists who will be exhibiting are: Leland Bell, Nell Blaine, William De Kooning, Robert DeNiro, Richard Diebenkorn, Dorothy Heller, Earl Kerkam, Stephen Pace, Miltor Reanick and Alfred Skondovitch.
For release FRIDAY. Mar. 9
A chance to view the work of ten outstanding contemporary painters who are leaders in the new school of American painting called abstract expressionism.will be given Sunday afternoon at the third annual Art Department Spring exhibition at Wagner College.
Budd Hopkins, advisor and assistant at the Poindexter Gallery, New York City, will give a gallery lecture at 3 p.m. in Beisler Lounge, Build Hall. In his talk, Mr. Hopkins will explain and comment on the importance of this school of painting which many authorities believe is the development of a new era of American leadership in art.
The most famous of the ten artists whose work will be shown are DeKooning, Kerkam, Diebenkorn, and Resnick, all of whom are international leaders in the school of painting which is the outgrowth of two European schools of painting--the French school of abstraction and the German school of expressionism.
Other artists whose work will be on exhibition are: Bell, Blaine, DeNiro, Heller, Pace and Skondovitch.
For release MONDAY, MAR 12:
One of the most successful Art Shows at Wagner College was held yesterday afternoon when the works of 10 outstanding contemporary American painters were viewed by approximately 300 people. Sponsored by the Art Department, under the direction of Prof. Thomas Young, chairman, 25 paintings in various mediums on display.
Budd Hopkins, advisor and assistant at the Poindexter Gallery, Manhattan, explained the works of the painters pointing out that there is a relationship between art and nature, a fact known to all painters.
The artists whose work was exhibited were: Leland Bell, Nell Blaine, William De Kooning, Robert DeNiro, Richard Diebenkorn, Dorothy Heller, Earl Kerkam, Stephen Pace, Miltor Reanick and Alfred Skondovitch.