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Bert Gallery opens a new exhibit, Collecting Dean Richardson & more. A small pocket exhibit of twenty-one (21) paintings, the exhibit shows a collector’s lifelong assemblage of notable RISD painter and professor, Dean Richardson (b.1931) and other artists. The Dean Richardson paintings span a variety of subject matters to include his series of first generation baseball players, Native American leaders and the natural world animal kingdom. Early in his career, Richardson caught the attention of the Fulbright, Guggenheim and Max Becker foundations and was a Whitney Museum favorite as a young painter. His work does not disappoint despite the waning interest in the present day art world in painters versus video, photography, collage and other media artists.
Richardson’s reputation dominated the Rhode Island art scene in the 1990’s. A much-loved painter, he evolved out of an Abstract Expressionist style in his youth to a rich traditional painting style. Living in a generation surrounded by innovation, Richardson chose to look at the American past for his subject matter trying to capture the elusive American identity and meld his artistic vision of the subjects he explored. He commented “Americans define themselves in terms of a certain traditional Puritan ethic, even as we selectively revise and ‘modernize’ American history.”
Richardson has had museum exhibitions at the Butler Institute of American Art, Newport Art Museum, De Cordova Museum, Whitney Museum of Art, Corcoran Biennial, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. His work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, Brockton Art Museum, Baseball Hall of Fame, Newport Art Museum and Farnsworth Museum.
Born in Orange, New Jersey, Richardson studied at Rhode Island School of Design receiving his BFA in 1956, then onto the Brooklyn Museum Art School in 1956 – 1957. He taught at Rhode Island School of Design from 1959 – 1994, was Chief Critic in 1972-1973 and became Professor Emeritus in 1995.
Collecting Dean Richardson & more is on view for 6 weeks, opening July 9 through August 13, 2018. Hours are Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 4, rainy Saturdays and always by appointment.
Bert Gallery joins up with Marian Clark of Benefit Street Antiques & Roland Morgan Antiques to open up the summer exhibit Remix: Modern & Antique. The show features a mix of period furniture & decorative objects with paintings unrestricted by decade or design period. Inspired by a recent RAGO auction, the exhibit pays tribute to how people like to decorate their homes today without restriction to one art period or furniture style. Three veteran dealers of art and antiques come together to curate the exhibit at the gallery.
In this collaborative exhibit Benefit Street Antiques & Roland Morgan Antiques are providing an array of period furnishings and objects while Bert Gallery installs a compliment of modern and historic Providence school paintings that span the decades (1850 – 2018) and media (etchings, watercolor & oils). Stop by and see what combinations of antiques, decorative objects and fine art that the three seasoned dealers select. These three Rhode Island business owners have celebrated over 30 years each in business in the Wickenden Street area.
Marian Clark, Benefit Street Antiques, 401.751.9109, 243 Wickenden St, Prov, RI 02903 Hours: Monday – Friday 10 – 5. Owner Marian Clark imbues her antiques store with equal parts pragmatism and charm. Dedicated to selling antiques from historic New England, Benefit Street Antiques carries hand-woven linens, century-old silver and delicate British china.
Roland Morgan Antiques, Private Dealer Rhode Island. 401.683.3954. Appointment only. Roland Morgan has been a veteran Brimfield Antiques exhibitor and local legend for over 30 years. He is known for his acute understanding of the current trends in antiques.
Catherine Little Bert, Bert Gallery is a Providence-based gallery founded in 1985 to showcase and preserve the rich art tradition of Rhode Island and the region. The gallery concentrates on the rediscovery of historically significant artists reflecting major styles and movements in American Art.
Exhibit Hours are Tuesday – Friday, 12 -4, rainy Saturdays and always by appointment.
We continue at Bert Gallery to re-examine the significance of the oft-neglected Providence School of painters with feature topics. Postings will cover the topics: