MASTERWORKS - The Provincetown Print - Past and Present
continues through August 3.
Heller Gallery is pleased to present the annual exhibition of Provincetown
Masterworks, an exclusive showing of prints created by the remarkable
group of artists associated with Provincetown,
past and present.Working in
a diversity of styles and mediums, these artists have played an important
role in the history of twentieth century American printmaking and continue
to influence its development.
extraordinary exhibition includes prints by Milton Avery, Peggy Bacon,
Bill Behnken, W. H. W. Bicknell, Varujan Boghosian, George Elmer Browne,
Oliver Chaffee, Ora Coltman, Morgan Dennis, Albert Edel, Emily Edwards,
John Evans, Louise Freedman, Ada Gilmore, Dorothy Lake Gregory, Michael
Hew Wing, Edna Boles Hopkins, Karl Knaths, Blanche Lazzell, Tod Lindenmuth,
Lucy L'Engle, Clare Leighton, Mildred McMillan, Lorraine Mainelli,
Leo Manso, Ethel Mars, Ross Moffett, Robert Motherwell, Ray Nolin,
B.J.O. Nordfeldt, Nick Patten, Willy Reddick, Flora Schoenfeld, Jack
Tworkov, Hope Voorhees Pfeiffer, Elizabeth B. Warren, Coulton Waugh,
Patrick Webb, Donald Witherstine, Karl Young, Marguerite and William
Zorach, and Patricia Zur.
collection includes examples of many different printmaking techniques
-- monotypes, lithographs, aquatints, mezzotints, etchings, serigraphs
and whiteline wood block prints, the latter a single-block color method,
the colors separated by slender grooves, which was developed in Provincetown
by a group known as the "Provincetown Printers," established
printmakers -- Ethel Mars, B.J.O. Nordfeldt, Ada Gilmore, Mildred McMillen. Maud
Hunt Squire, and Juliette Nichols -- are of particularly high interest
to collectors of Twentieth Century American art. The work of contemporary
whiteline printers Patricia Zur and Willy Reddick will be included
in the exhibit
Bill Behnken, exhibits
his, luminous, often nocturnal prints - cityscapes from his native New
York and nostalgic vistas and backstreets of Provincetown -
mostly in tones of black and white, and still lifes.Behnken in nationally renowned
as a printmaker and teacher of printing and the history of printmaking
at many prestigious institutions.He
teaches at the Art Students League and CityCollege in New
York in the winter, and
at the MuseumSchool of
the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in the summer.
is a wonderful collection of monotypes by Heather Bruce and John Evans.
Evans' work is an example of prints that were featured in Singular
Impressions: The Monotype in America,
at the National Museum of American Art.
Leighton has been called one of the leading contemporary masters of
woodcut and design in black and white.
only color print that Hans Hofmann ever made, Composition in Blue (1952), can be seen
in this exhibition.A serigraph
hand-touched with gouache, Hofmann's experimentation with this medium
retains the spontaneity and energy that drew so many young artists
to study with him both here in Provincetown and in New York, and ignited
the revolutionary move to Abstract Expressionism.
Chaffee taught Blanche Lazzell the whiteline color woodblock process.It
seemed the natural medium for this extraordinary abstract painter and
pioneer modernist. Her bold forms and strong colors were well suited
to this new technique.
self-taught, Milton Avery began making drypoints on the copper and
zinc scraps thrown out from a photoengraver's studio.These pieces, usually depicting more domestic
scenes of family and friends, would stand in contrast to the more fanciful
woodcuts done later in his life.
Motherwell is known for his masterful prints, his line, expansive form
and color, and, by some, as the 'organizer' of the abstract expressionist
movement. His innovative prints revolutionized the medium and have
been the subject of major retrospectives at the Museum of Modern
Art in New York.
stone and aluminum plates, Nick Patten creates lithographs of interior
spaces; then he hand colors them.His interest is in working out ways to elevate
common scenes, sometimes posing the ordinary - the living room window,
the reading chair -- or using light to heighten the tension found in
a familiar corner.
strong focus on light and shadow create an intimacy that is both timeless
and a single moment in time.
special annual exhibition which gathers the work of a stunning group
of historic and contemporary Provincetownprintmakers, is
testimony to the breadth and depth and significance of the collection
of the Julie Heller Gallery.
further details and photographs, Please call
Julie Heller Gallery,