OCTOBER ART WEEK | ART WALK

Juan Simón Gutiérrez  (Medina-Sidonia 1643 – 1718 Seville)  The Child Virgin Spinning  ( La Virgen niña hilando ) Oil on canvas, 30 ¼ x 22 ¾ inches (76.8 x 57.7 cm.)

Juan Simón Gutiérrez (Medina-Sidonia 1643 – 1718 Seville)
The Child Virgin Spinning (La Virgen niña hilando)
Oil on canvas, 30 ¼ x 22 ¾ inches (76.8 x 57.7 cm.)

Thursday, October 30, 2019
5 - 9pm

Robert Simon Fine Art
22 East 80th Street, Fourth Floor
New York, NY 10075

We are excited to again participate
in the October Art Week Art Walk!

Please stop by the gallery and enjoy refreshments
while perusing our exhibition.

For more information on the event, please visit: www.octoberartweek.com

Classic Art Week Open House

Join us for an Upper East Side Open House.
Wednesday, May 1st from 5:30 - 8:30pm

Open to the public, refreshments will be served.

Michele Rocca, The Temptation of Adam and Eve. Oil on canvas.

Participating Galleries:
Robert Simon Fine Art (22 East 80th St., 4th Floor)
Driscoll Babcock Galleries (22 East 80th St., 2nd Floor)
Barbara Mathes Gallery (22 East 80th St., 3rd Floor)
Leigh Morse Fine Arts (22 East 80th St., 5th Floor)
Jill Newhouse Gallery (4 E 81st St )
Ambrose Naumann Fine Art (74 E 79th St #1D)

INTRODUCING ANTHONY BAUS : After the Antique

Anthony Baus (b. 1981)   Gabriel (Youth Approaching a Well),  2018 Sepia wash and pen with white gouache on toned paper, 18 x 25 inches

Anthony Baus (b. 1981)
Gabriel (Youth Approaching a Well), 2018
Sepia wash and pen with white gouache on toned paper, 18 x 25 inches

INTRODUCING ANTHONY BAUS
After the Antique 

January 26 – February 22, 2019

Preview, as part of MASTER DRAWINGS NEW YORK
Friday, January 25th, 4-8 pm

 

Drawings and paintings by the American artist Anthony Baus (b. 1981) will be featured in an exhibition opening on January 26th at Robert Simon Fine Art, 22 East 80th Street, in Manhattan.  As the title indicates, the exhibition is intended to introduce the artist’s work to a new audience.  The timing of the exhibition, during New York’s Master Drawings week, will permit collectors of both contemporary art and Old Masters to experience Baus’s unique vision, which mines the world of antiquity as source material for contemporary issues, expressed through an astonishing graphic facility derived from intense study of Italian baroque drawing.

The phrase “After the Antique” has two associations.  The first is conventional cataloguing terminology that describes a work of art derived or copied from an ancient model or source.  The second is purely chronological: “after” in time.  Anthony Baus’s work meets both criteria, but his references from the ancient world are never literal; rather they are romantic, meditative, and original.  His impressive technique does not reflect the mind of a copyist.  The style of Old Master drawings that Baus has embraced is his preferred language of expression, but his content is entirely personal.  Baus has described it as “romantically inspired narratives created on scaffolding of ancient architecture, richly imbued with symbolism and mystery.”

For the artist the present exhibition began as a meditation on time.  Months spent in Rome drew Baus into study of and contemplation on the Mithraic Mysteries, the cult religion practiced there from the 1st to the 4th centuries A.D.  The characters that inform Mithraism provide the starting point for Baus’s rumination on thought and the position of man in the universe, expressed through symbolism both historical and fantastical.

Baus’s works can be savored as intricate compositions of great beauty and finesse. They are also complex and sophisticated allegories on weighty themes.  However appreciated or approached, they provide an introduction to a visionary artist of earnest intent and expansive imagination.

Anthony Baus is an alumnus and faculty member of the Grand Central Atelier in Long Island City, New York.

During the exhibition, a group of selected Old Master drawings will be on view concurrently.

A conversation between Robert Simon and Anthony Baus will take place at the gallery
on Thursday, February 7th at 6pm.  Space is limited and reservations are required.
To RSVP, please email Lydia Melamed Johnson at lmj@robertsimon.com

 

Anthony Baus  (b. 1981),  Time (Ruins of the Mithraic Mysteries),  2018 Sepia wash and pen with white gouache on toned paper, 15 x 17 inches

Anthony Baus (b. 1981), Time (Ruins of the Mithraic Mysteries), 2018
Sepia wash and pen with white gouache on toned paper, 15 x 17 inches

For further information, contact:
Lydia Melamed Johnson
Gallery Director, Robert Simon Fine Art
lmj@robertsimon.com 212.288.9712
www.robertsimon.com

The Artist in Conversation - Pamela Talese

PAINTING THE THIRD ROME

A Conversation with Pamela Talese, Robert Simon, and Luigi Ballerini
December 12, 2019

PAMELA TALESE has been painting the urban landscape in New York since 2000, and in 2012, began making annual visits to Rome. THE THIRD ROME: Allegorical Landscapes of the Modern City is the first exhibition in an ongoing project exploring the rioni of Rome outside the “centro storico” — those areas reflecting the dynamic growth and transformation of the city in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. THE THIRD ROME complements the artist’s work in the outer boroughs of New York City, which treat similar issues, though manifested in disparate visual and cultural environments.

ROBERT SIMON is an art historian, art dealer, and lover of Rome. THE THIRD ROME is the first solo exhibition by a contemporary artist at Robert Simon Fine Art, although one which extends to the present day the tradition born in the Renaissance of using Rome as both subject and inspiration.

LUIGI BALLERINI is Emeritus Professor UCLA, Distinguished poet, translator, food historian, and critic, and author of the essay “The Foro Mussolini and The Marble Boys of Yesteryear” that accompanies the photographs by George Mott's FORO ITALICO (PowerHouse Books 2003).

PAMELA TALESE : The Third Rome

Pamela Talese exhibition announcement

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THE THIRD ROME
Allegorical Landscapes of the Modern City

November 7 - December 15, 2018
Opening Reception, Wednesday, November 7th, 6-9pm

Hours: Monday - Friday, 10am - 5:30pm
Also Open Saturday December 1st, 8th and 15th from 11 - 5pm

*As featured in The New Criterion’s Critic’s Notebook!

Paintings of modern Rome by New York artist Pamela Talese will be featured in an exhibition opening November 7th at Robert Simon Fine Art at 22 East 80th Street. The group of small-scale oils reflects the painter’s multi-year exploration of late nineteenth century and twentieth- century sites and neighborhoods of the city overlooked by tourists but vibrant with the energy of contemporary life and redolent of their fraught twentieth-century past.

THE THIRD ROME takes its title from Italian nationalist Giuseppe Mazzini’s celebrated dictum that “After the Rome of the emperors, after the Rome of the Popes, there will come the Rome of the people.” This became a cultural mantra for Mussolini during his regime (1922-1943) – and one that was manifested by the massive transformation of the architectural and civic landscape of the city. Many of the buildings and monuments of the Fascist era remain, accompanied by the long shadow of pseudo-populism.

This is the first solo exhibition by a contemporary artist at Robert Simon Fine Art, which specializes in Old Master paintings. Robert Simon comments, “This is not the Rome of Panini or Piranesi, but one unvarnished, so to speak, and one which reveals the tragedy as well as the triumph of the city’s history. The contrasts of the brutal elegance of the modern structures, both appealing and unnerving, with the older architecture creates a dialogue that raises issues that resonate today: the transience of political power, the tragedy of demagogic populism, and the vitality of the individual.”

Many of the paintings were completed on site during Talese’s annual visits to Rome, which began in 2012. Nearly half were done around the Foro Italico (formerly Foro Mussolini) in Rome’s northern section. Built between 1928 and 1938, the Foro Italico was a sports complex intended for the Olympic Games --as well as a school where young boys trained in aggressive combat sports which, Mussolini believed, would develop the qualities of good soldiers. Throughout the park, the giant figures of Carrara marble stand naked and posed – each holding the implement of his sport. Talese’s re-imagined interpretation of their classical style portrays both the visible and invisible, past and present, experience and evidence, of these ordinary people, civic leaders, tyrants, and of course, defeated heroes.

“Benito Mussolini was the Robert Moses of Rome, both ‘master builders’ with megalomaniacal views of what their city should look like regardless of the people who lived in it,” notes Pamela Talese. “Mussolini’s Third Rome was one of constant and remorseless demolitions in the city center which outpaced the building of new neighborhoods on the periphery. By the early 1930’s, this propaganda-driven planning left at least 25,000 Romans homeless.”

The themes of Talese’s previous exhibitions “718,” focusing on sites in New York’s outer boroughs, through “Rust Never Sleeps,” an essay on industrial decay, find new life in this ancient city.

For more images from the exhibition, including installation views,
please click through to our contemporary page:

CONTEMPORARY

Image: Marble Athlete With Club from the Province of Lecce. Oil on panel, 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 in

The Unbroken Line: Old and New Masters Exhibition

(Clockwise from top left)  Simon Vouet  (Paris 1590-1649)  Portrait of a Young Man , oil on canvas, 16 ¾ x 13 ⅝ inches;   Anthony Baus,   Self-Portrait , 2017, ink and wash on paper, 11 x 15 inches;  Colleen Barry,   Black Hat , 2018, oil on wood, 12 x 12 inches;  Donato Creti  (Cremona 1671 – Bologna 1749)  Study of a Young Man , black chalk with white heightening on paper, 16 ½ x 12 inches. All images are details.

The exhibition has been extended until June 8th.

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE AVAILABLE HERE 

 

The Unbroken Line: Old and New Masters
May 11 – June 8, 2018
Hours: Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 5:00pm


Robert Simon Fine Art and Grand Central Atelier present an exhibition of contemporary paintings and drawings alongside old masters works, revealing the unbroken line of fine art into the 21st Century.

Art historian and art dealer Robert Simon will curate a selection of Old Master paintings and drawings paired with new works by New York-based painters, Jacob Collins, Colleen Barry, Anthony Baus, Will St. John, Edward Minoff and Justin Wood, who are all principle instructors at Grand Central Atelier, one of the world’s premier ateliers training artists in the classical tradition of drawing, painting and sculpture. Included are select works by recent graduates Rachel Li, Savannah Tate Cuff and Dale Zinkowski.

These 21st Century atelier artists are carefully attuned to the idea that in order to evince this language with roots in the ancient world, one must first be a humble observer of nature and bear witness to its nuance and sensitivity. When fully realized through years of serious commitment to study, this language possesses great power to communicate the human condition with limitless beauty and endless variation.

 

(Clockwise from top left)
Simon Vouet (Paris 1590-1649) Portrait of a Young Man, oil on canvas, 16 ¾ x 13 ⅝ inches; 
Anthony Baus, Self-Portrait, 2017, ink and wash on paper, 11 x 15 inches;
Colleen Barry, Black Hat, 2018, oil on wood, 12 x 12 inches;
Donato Creti (Cremona 1671 – Bologna 1749) Study of a Young Man, black chalk with white heightening on paper, 16 ½ x 12 inches.
All images are details.

Winter Antiques 2018

Robert Simon Fine Art is proud to be exhibiting at the 2018 Winter Antiques Show. JANUARY 19 - 28, 2018 Booth 56   Debuting a collaboration between the artist Vera Lutter and Robert Simon Fine Art! For more information on the artist: http://veralutter.net/   HOURS: OPEN DAILY : 12 PM–8 PM SUNDAYS & THURSDAY : 12 PM–6 PM TUESDAY :  12 PM–4:30 PM   SPECIAL EVENTS: •    OPENING NIGHT PARTY -  January 18, 2018 (Purchase tickets here ) •    MUSEUM NIGHT PARTY* -  January 19, 2018       *Please note that an institutional email address is required for registration. RSVP here. •    YOUNG COLLECTORS' NIGHT PARTY - January 25, 2018 (Purchase tickets here)   Daily entry tickets available to our clients and colleagues upon request.

Robert Simon Fine Art is proud to be exhibiting at the 2018 Winter Antiques Show.
JANUARY 19 - 28, 2018
Booth 56
 
Debuting a collaboration between the artist Vera Lutter and Robert Simon Fine Art!
For more information on the artist: http://veralutter.net/
 
HOURS:
OPEN DAILY : 12 PM–8 PM
SUNDAYS & THURSDAY : 12 PM–6 PM
TUESDAY :  12 PM–4:30 PM
 
SPECIAL EVENTS:
•    OPENING NIGHT PARTY -  January 18, 2018 (
Purchase tickets here )
•    MUSEUM NIGHT PARTY* -  January 19, 2018
      *Please note that an institutional email address is required for registration. 
RSVP here.
•    YOUNG COLLECTORS' NIGHT PARTY - January 25, 2018 (
Purchase tickets here)
 
Daily entry tickets available to our clients and colleagues upon request
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MFA Boston's "Made in the Americas"

We were pleased to see that one of our alumni is included in the exhibition, an eighteenth-century Peruvian painting in an extraordinary shell encrusted frame, acquired from us by the Hispanic Society of America.  It appears in the center of this view of one corner of the exhibition.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has opened a superb exhibition “Made in the Americas; The New World Discovers Asia.”  It is a brilliant exploration of the international trade and influence of Asian works of art in the Colonial periods in  both North and South America – a story that could only be told through the decorative arts.

We were pleased to see that one of our alumni is included in the exhibition, an eighteenth-century Peruvian painting in an extraordinary shell encrusted frame, acquired from us by the Hispanic Society of America.  It appears in the center of this view of one corner of the exhibition.

The exhibition is on view until February 15, 2016.

“Made in the Americas” will then travel to Winterthur, where it can be seen from March 26, 2016 until January 8,  2017.

Podcast Interview

Artists and Interviewers Tony Curanaj and Edward Minoff

Robert Simon was the featured guest
on Episode 21 of the podcast

SUGGESTED DONATION

Robert talks with artists Tony Curanaj and Edward Minoff about Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

More About the Suggested Donation Podcast:

Suggested Donation is a podcast devoted to the arts in all forms. Hosted by two contemporary painters, Tony Curanaj and Edward Minoff, the conversations provide an insight into the creative mind. By speaking with both traditional and non-traditional artists and craftsmen, curators and restorers, we create a dialog through which we discover common ground across disciplines and spaces united by a love of and deep devotion to skill.

Our guests will range from curators to chefs, tattoo and graffiti artists to an artisanal bicycle maker. As many of these craftspeople frequently use painting as a metaphor for excellence in their own sphere, our conversations will explore this link in the interest of restoring a broader devotion to skill in the arts. We aim to alter the very landscape of the contemporary art world one conversation at a time, including discussions with other contemporary artists who place a lesser value on craft, even outsourcing the production of their art, to explore the foundations and legitimacy of that phenomenon. In our talks with artists in our own vein, we will delve into the fine distinctions that define each of us as individuals and promote connoisseurship amongst our listeners.

LACMA

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We are pleased to announce the sale of a highly important painting by the Mexican master Miguel Cabrera to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

This lost work was one of two canvasses missing from Cabrera’s celebrated series of sixteen casta paintings.  It is undoubtedly the best preserved of the set and the only example still retaining its original scroll format. We are proud to have established its identity and honored to have represented the painting’s owner in securing its acquisition by the museum – a discovery described by the Los Angeles Times as “a major event in the art world.”

On View at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
from April 10th, 2015
 

Our thanks and congratulations to LACMA, to curator Ilona Katzew, and to Christina Jones Janssen.