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Special Gallery Hours: 10 – 4, Wednesday – Saturday, by appointment off hours New!!! Saturday Morning Coffee & Treats At 10am
The Holiday catalogues are already out with an array of consumer goods to satisfy any gift giver. In the midst of this retail competition, Bert Gallery suggests you give a “The Gift of Art”, a simple personal gift of a painting, etching, photograph or sculpture that is not mass produced but unique, a creative visual treasure.
WHATS ON VIEW: Major works by artists of The Providence School dating back to the early 1850’s, a significant collection of antique paintings under $500 and portfolio packets of 5 – 10 unframed works for under $100.
THE Bert Gallery at Corliss Landing 24 BRIDGE STREET WINDOWS
December 4 - 21
WINDOW 1: Popular Attic Sale promotions will be in our window display and changed weekly or as items sell.
WINDOW 2: The demand for Carmel Vitullo black and white photographs of Federal Hill, Newport Jazz Festival, Oakland Beach and Italy is constant. A sampling of her images will be on view and for sale throughout the holiday season.
2019 The Gift of Art exhibition has a few new twists.
Saturday morning coffee to start your weekend off right at 10AM with coffee and RI bakery goods from the family run DeLouise Bakery. Yumm… last in before closing on Saturday takes home the remainder of goodies.
Past artistic talent is often crowded out and forgotten in the culturally rich and active capital city of Providence, RI. Post-War American painting is particularly overlooked and hence the subject of an online exhibit by Bert Gallery this Autumn/Winter season (www.bertgallery.com/blog). p>
On December 7, 1941 every American life changed with the attack on Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into World War II. Most American artists left art school or faculty positions to serve in the war and while many American artists adjusted to the disruption in their career, the war irrevocably transformed the art world. The post war art profession was convulsing with new ideas and approaches to painting. A variety of New England and Providence artists were transformed by the art currents of European modernists like Cezanne, Surrealists like Dali, Cubists like Braque, Abstract Expressionists like Pollock & De Kooning and Geometric Abstractionists like Albers. p>
Bert Gallery’s Autumn/Winter online exhibit documents the many fine examples of five artists and Post- War American paintings available at the gallery. Karl Knaths (1891-1971), a Provincetown summer resident, painted The Candle an early Cubist work exhibited at New York City’s Paul Rosenberg Gallery in 1945. Knaths “used multiple vantage points to fracture images into geometric forms.” (The Artstory.org) in his early work garnering the patronage of famed collector Duncan Phillips beginning in 1926. p>
In Providence, teaching at Rhode Island School of Design, Gordon Peers (1909 – 1988) evolved through the fantasy side of realism in a Surrealist phase and landed in the European modernist style of Paul Cezanne “building form with color” and using “thick layers of pigment often applied with a palette knife.”(Metmuseum.org) His wife Florence Leif (1913-1968) quickly transformed along with Peers but settled into an expressionist style – happy to source her work with realistic objects and locations using rich color and bold lines. p>
Artists such as Louise Marianetti (1916-2009) were attracted to the strangeness of Magic Realism, rejecting expressive styles and sources of the Freudian unconscious. In her hyper realistic egg tempera works she looks at the strangeness of outward experience. Her subjects speak to the “feelings of alienation and isolation felt in the modern era.” p>
In the Post War era Walter Feldman (1925 – 2017) was drawn to the Abstract Expressionists early in his career. Graduating from Yale under the tutelage of both Albers and de Kooning, Feldman was nurtured by the giants of American abstraction early in his career. WWII left Feldman battle scarred from an explosion and a witness to the Jewish genocide. War violence and Jewish heritage become recurrent themes that surface in his 1950’s and 60’s abstract works such as Ardennes Skirmish, Imperial Judgment and Sign in the Eastern Desert. p>