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New York, NY 10075
212 570 4190
Barbara Mathes Gallery was founded in 1978 and specializes in paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by modern and contemporary masters. The gallery is known for its tightly focused one-person shows and for imaginative thematic exhibitions that present major modern and contemporary artists in new and illuminating contexts. The gallery is also dedicated to exhibiting the work of overlooked major masters in art historical contexts.
Works Available By:
Carla Accardi
Josef Albers
Carl Andre
Richard Artschwager
Milton Avery
John Baldessari
Giacomo Balla
Hannelore Baron
Tony Berlant
Oscar Bluemner
Agostino Bonalumi
Lee Bontecou
Louise Bourgeois
Alexander Calder
Pier Paolo Calzolari
Pizzi Cannella
Enrico Castellani
Vija Celmins
John Chamberlain
Bruce Conner
Joseph Cornell
Allan D'Arcangelo
Stuart Davis
Willem de Kooning
Jan Dibbets
Richard Diebenkorn
Arthur Dove
Jean Dubuffet
Patrick Faigenbaum
Lucio Fontana
Sam Francis
Anthony Fry
Alberto Giacometti
Joe Goode
Arshile Gorky
Adolph Gottlieb
Mark Grotjahn
Philip Guston
Marsden Hartley
Eva Hesse
Bernhard Hildebrandt
Damien Hirst
David Hockney
Neil Jenney
Donald Judd
Alex Katz
Ellsworth Kelly
Anselm Kiefer
Karen Kilimnik
Franz Kline
Karin Kneffel
Jeff Koons
Yayoi Kusama
Tadaaki Kuwayama
Fernand Léger
Sol LeWitt
Roy Lichtenstein
Robert Mangold
Brice Marden
John Marin
Agnes Martin
Henri Matisse
Fausto Melotti
Joan Mitchell
Piet Mondrian
Giorgio Morandi
Robert Moskowitz
Claes Oldenburg
Pablo Picasso
Michelangelo Pistoletto
Sigmar Polke
Robert Rauschenberg
Ad Reinhardt
Edda Renouf
Gerhard Richter
Bridget Riley
Ed Ruscha
Robert Ryman
Richard Serra
David Smith
Frank Stella
Hiroshi Sugimoto
Cy Twombly
Andy Warhol
Tom Wesselmann


The Art Show 2019

Past Exhibitions

Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock: The Experimental Works on Paper

April 29, 2021 - August 13, 2021
Barbara Mathes Gallery is pleased to announce Jackson Pollock: The Experimental Works on Paper, an exhibition of Pollock’s little-known engravings and silkscreens. Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) experimented with a variety of different media throughout his career and his works on paper frame the development of his style, illuminate the shifts in his work of the early 1950s, and attest to his range as an artist.

Fausto Melotti

Fausto Melotti: Ceramics

January 21, 2021 - April 23, 2021
Barbara Mathes Gallery is pleased to announce our first exhibition of 2021, Fausto Melotti: Ceramics. Since first introducing American audiences to Fausto Melotti (1901-1986) in 1995, the gallery has curated a series of exhibitions devoted to Melotti's work including Fausto Melotti: Works on Paper and Plaster (2013); Fausto Melotti: Sculpture and Ceramics (2014); Melotti and Morandi (2016); and Fausto Melotti: Rhythm and Form (2019). Fausto Melotti: Ceramics presents a selection of the artist's remarkable ceramic works from the postwar period. Although best known for the singular metal sculptures that he described as ‘drawing in space,’ Melotti belonged to a generation of Italian artists who viewed ceramics as an art form with ties to ancient Roman and Etruscan culture. Introduced to the form by architect, designer, writer, and ceramics enthusiast, Gio Ponti, Melotti’s most concentrated ceramic production came in the aftermath of the Second World War. Upon discovering that his studio had been destroyed in the bombing of Milan, the artist renewed his practice by renting out a kiln, thus initiating a fifteen-year period in which he only produced ceramics and terracotta sculptures. His work in these years ranged from small decorative objects of uncommon beauty to large, patterned tiles commissioned for architectural interiors.

Frank Bowling, Ed Clark, Sam Gilliam

Color and Shape: Frank Bowling, Ed Clark and Sam Gilliam

October 1, 2020 - December 22, 2020
Barbara Mathes Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by three major figures of postwar abstraction: Frank Bowling, Ed Clark and Sam Gilliam. Whether applying color with their hands, soaking pigment into their canvases, sweeping paint on with brooms, or draping their canvases from the walls and ceilings, these three artists dramatically transform their medium. Within their work Bowling, Clark and Gilliam do not shy away from politics—as Gilliam has argued, “the expressive act of making a mark and hanging it in space is always political”— while equally devoting their practice to radically rethinking the act of painting itself.