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New York, NY 10022
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Forum Gallery was founded in New York City in 1961 by Bella Fishko, as a gallery of American figurative art. Among the first artists represented were Raphael Soyer, Chaim Gross, David Levine and Gregory Gillespie. The gallery is a founding member of the Art Dealers Association of America.  From inception, Forum Gallery’s contemporary exhibition program has been augmented by mounting curated, thematic exhibitions of historic importance, in keeping with the gallery’s focus on humanism.

Forum Gallery’s program expanded internationally in the 1980’s, and the gallery soon represented the American artists William Beckman and Robert Cottingham as well as the Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum. Today, Forum Gallery represents more than thirty American and European artists and estates, including Chilean born masters Claudio Bravo and Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Spanish realist Cesar Galicia, and Austrian painter Xenia Hausner. American artists whose work is now represented by Forum Gallery include Steven Assael, Linden Frederick, Alan Magee, Alyssa Monks, Clio Newton, Brian Rutenberg and Tula Telfair.
Artists Represented:
Steven Assael
Robert Bauer
William Beckman
Ellen Eagle
Al Farrow
Alan Feltus
Paul Fenniak
Linden Frederick
César Galicia
Rance Jones
Jane Lund
David Mach
Alan Magee
G. Daniel Massad
Craig McPherson
Anthony Mitri
Alyssa Monks
Guillermo Muñoz Vera
Clio Newton
Mark Podwal
Brian Rutenberg
Megan Rye
Wade Schuman
Tula Telfair
Maria Tomasula

ESTATES

Claudio Bravo [1936-2011]
Chaim Gross [1904–1991]
Susan Hauptman [1947-2015]
David Levine [1926–2009]
Hugo Robus [1885–1964]
Raphael Soyer [1899–1987]
Works Available By:
Davis Cone
Robert Cottingham
Gregory Gillespie
Michael Leonard
Odd Nerdrum

 

 
Forum Gallery Celebrates 55 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art (February 18 – March 18, 2017)
Tula Telfair, Between Acceptance and Desire, 2016, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 inches
Raphael Soyer, Waiting at the Station, 1941, oil on canvas, 18 x 14 inches
Maria Tomasula, Star Eater, 2017, oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches
Hugo Robus, The General, 1922, polished bronze, 19 x 19 1/2 x 7 3/8 inches, Edition 4/6
Brian Rutenberg, Corsair, 2017, oil on linen, 60 x 82 inches
Alyssa Monks, Synthesis, 2015, oil on linen, 56 x 84 inches
Linden Frederick, Rear Window, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches
Robert Cottingham, ME, 1972, oil on canvas, 78 x 78 inches
César Galicia, Bodegón con Radio Inter (Still Life with Radio Inter), 2014, mixed media on plaster and wood, 22 5/8 x 22 3/4 inches
Chaim Gross, Bareback Riders, 1960, bronze, 25 x 27 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, Edition of 6
Alan Magee, Surround (for Barry), 2015, acrylic on canvas, 43 x 64 inches
William Beckman, The Bull Series, #10, 2017, charcoal on paper, 66 x 127 inches
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Current Exhibition

William Beckman

William Beckman: Five Decades of Self Portraits



September 23, 2021 - November 6, 2021
New York, NY – From September 23 to November 6, 2021, Forum Gallery will celebrate William Beckman’s 50 years of self-portraiture with an exhibition of seventeen paintings and drawings made between 1976 and 2021. The exhibition, William Beckman: Five Decades of Self-Portraits, will present important examples from each decade beginning with 1976 and will include a group of current paintings, illuminating the Artist’s singular and ongoing contribution to the field. One of America’s foremost artists, William Beckman (b. 1942) is rightly known for the intimacy, communicative strength and emotional power of his figurative paintings and drawings. Working in larger-than-life and intimate scales, Beckman draws from life and memory to create compelling works that engage the viewer directly while penetrating the psyche of the individual subject. His self-portraits are uncompromising, analytic and layered portrayals of reality. The earliest work in the exhibition, Self-Portrait, 1976, oil on panel 11 x 9 ¼ inches, not only draws immediate parallels to Albrecht Dürer but reveals Beckman’s keen study of the masters of self-portraiture throughout art history. In his essay for the exhibition catalogue, David Ebony observes: “Self-portraits…from Rembrandt to Vincent van Gogh and Lucien Freud, have inspired Beckman over the years; but having mastered the technique of the Renaissance painters—creating oil-on-panel compositions with countless layers of pigment, glazing, and extremely labor-intensive detail—Beckman’s works are stylistically closer to Jan van Eyck and Hans Holbein.” In the monumental Overcoat with Plowed Field, 2018-2021, oil on canvas, 100 x 73 inches, the largest painting in the exhibition, William Beckman revisits the iconography of the “overcoat,” a symbol of survival for Beckman and a nod to the Russian writer, Nikolai Gogol, whose influential short story, “The Overcoat,” has long impressed the Artist. Characteristically, Beckman renders himself standing motionless, in fact immovable, with stoic demeanor against the farmland and granaries of his youth, evoking the work of Grant Wood, painter of American Gothic who, like Beckman, sprung from America’s heartland. Six recent small-scale self-portraits created over the past two years in the quiet solitude of his studio in upstate NY, unapologetically reflect the Artist’s aging features against fields of saturated color. Two self-portraits in charcoal on paper created in 1983 and 1997 reveal William Beckman’s masterful handling of this medium, honored by a retrospective exhibition in 2014 of William Beckman’s drawings organized by the Columbus Museum in Georgia (traveled to the Arkansas Art Museum in Little Rock). A Minnesota native, William Beckman first exhibited in New York in 1969 and joined Forum Gallery in 1993. In 2006, his portraits were the subject of a one-person exhibition at the opening of the newly-situated National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. His work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.), The Art Institute of Chicago (IL), Museum Moderne Kunst (Vienna, Austria), The Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA), Flint Institute of Arts (MI), Milwaukee Art Museum (WI), Columbus Museum (GA), Des Moines Art Center (IA) and Frye Art Museum (Seattle, WA). ### Forum Gallery is located at 475 Park Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY 10022. Forum Gallery is open to the public from Monday through Saturday, from 10am to 5:30pm. Please visit https://www.forumgallery.com/exhibitions/william-beckman-five-decades-of-self-portraits to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on September 23, 2021 and will be on view through November 6, 2021. A full color catalogue is available from the gallery. Forum Gallery is pleased to greet all vaccinated visitors during our public hours, and provides hand sanitizer and face coverings, on request. We comply with New York laws and the protocols recommended by the US CDC. For press inquiries, please contact Ambrose Monahan, 212-355-4545; ambrose@forumgallery.com. For sales inquiries, please contact Nicola Lorenz, Executive Director or Marjorie Van Cura, Associate Director, 212-355-4545; gallery@forumgallery.com.

 
Past Exhibitions

Group Show

That Eighties Show



July 15, 2021 - September 18, 2021
That Eighties Show July 15 – September 18, 2021 New York, NY – Forum Gallery presents That Eighties Show, a summer exhibition of thirty-five works created between 1980 and 1989, a decade of meteoric growth and accelerated modernization in economy and culture. The dedicated artists in the show responded in diverse ways to these heady, turbo-charged times that saw a dramatic return to figurative and representational means of expression. Following on from That Seventies Show, presented at Forum Gallery in the summer of 2011, That Eighties Show celebrates Forum Gallery’s sixtieth year since opening in 1961 and its dedication to figurative art. Reflecting the individual approaches to creative expression of artists working in the decade, That Eighties Show features magnetic yet intimate portraits and landscapes by Robert Bauer, Lucian Freud, Michael Leonard, David Levine and Joseph McNamara, as well as self-portraits by William Beckman, Francesco Clemente and Susan Hauptman that unapologetically confront the viewer. Sensitively rendered paintings and works on paper by Oleg Vassiliev and Alan Magee are counterpoints to the electric, Pop Art figuration in oil and Liquitex of Tom Wesselmann. Interior scenes by Claudio Bravo, Raphael Soyer and Alan Feltus, point to the ways in which artists working in the 1980s synthesized classical realism to create distinctive figurative compositions that simultaneously captured the fashion of the times. Alex Katz, well known for portraying his social circle, created a colorful, graphic suite of woodcuts portraying intimate pairings of ten couples, while a joyful large scale aquatint by Eric Fischl transports us to the beach in the work, Beach Balls. Gregory Gillespie and Wade Schuman injected Surrealist elements into their unique, narrative paintings, while Red Grooms incorporated Dada and Pop Art sensibilities into whimsical, humorous three-dimensional works of art that defy categorization. A linear wooden construction in French blue by Structurist artist Charles Biederman gracefully projects from the wall in a lyrical contrast to the conceptual sculpture dominant in the preceding decade. Turning their observations to the streets, precise works by Robert Cottingham interpret store facades of the decade in tightly cropped compositions while atmospheric, panoramic visions of New York City in the 1980s are offered by Craig McPherson and Frederick Brosen. A further testament to the endurance of American realism, That Eighties Show features two breathtaking watercolors in a grand scale by Andrew Wyeth. Created during this important decade in the Artist’s oeuvre, Sea Level is a coastal Maine landscape, and The Blonde Study depicts Wyeth’s muse, Helga Testorf wearing her classic, green Loden coat. ### Forum Gallery is located at 475 Park Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY 10022. Forum Gallery is open to the public from Monday through Saturday, from 10am to 5:30pm. Please visit https://www.forumgallery.com/exhibitions/that-eighties-show/ to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on July 15, 2021 and will be on view through September 18, 2021. For all inquiries, please contact Nicola Lorenz, Executive Director or Marjorie Van Cura, Associate Director, 212-355-4545; gallery@forumgallery.com.

Group Exhibition

Then and Now: American Social Realism



May 13, 2021 - July 2, 2021
New York, NY - Forum Gallery presents a group exhibition of American social realism featuring paintings, drawings, and sculpture dating from the first half of the Twentieth Century to today. Artists working in the years between the world wars and well known for their contributions are shown side by side with contemporary American Artists whose work continues the humanist legacy of social realism. American social realism took shape in the 1920s in the centers of commerce also home to artistic communities, like New York and Chicago. The cultural shift in the United States seen in the art of the social realists bridges the high modernist ideals of Europe and the struggle and very human drama evoked by the Great Depression and the political upheavals of the 1920s and 30s. Works in the current exhibition reflect and record the Nation’s fragile optimism of this time period. Highly emotional figuration, strong political content, and frank depiction of the common activities of daily life characterize the art of the social realists, demonstrated in this exhibition by masterworks in oil by Raphael Soyer, In The City Park, c. 1934, and Jack Levine, 1932 (In Memory of George Grosz), painted in 1959. The earliest paintings on view, dating from the 1920s, by Isabel Bishop and James H. Daugherty are joined by evocative works in oil by Philip Evergood, Wood Gaylor, William Gropper, Robert Gwathmey, Joseph Hirsch, Reginald Marsh, and Ben Shahn. Also on view is an exceptional New York scene in pastel by Everett Shinn, pencil drawings that shine a light on the working class by Aaron Bohrod and Charles White, rare lithographs of industrial and urban subjects by Louis Lozowick, and sculptures imbued with humanism by Chaim Gross, John Storrs, Harry Wickey and Mahonri Young. At a time when we again face political, social, and economic turbulence, Then and Now: American Social Realism presents paintings by five contemporary American artists whose emotive work shares with the early American social realists the impulse for humanist depiction. In the art of Steven Assael, Rance Jones and Alan Magee, that fragile optimism of the early Twentieth Century is observed again in contemporary works that raise the unglorified every day to symbols of hope and residual strength in troubled times. Linden Frederick’s singular hidden narratives pay tribute to working America with respect and empathy; while the inimitable political caricatures and heartfelt renderings in watercolor of immigrant garment workers created by the late David Levine combine the social and the political concerns of American social realist Artists, past and present. Concurrently, Forum Gallery presents at The American Art Fair, live online beginning May 8, 2021. Celebrating Spring 2021 American Art Week, May 15 – 22, 2021, participating galleries will host open houses on Saturday, May 15, 2021. We invite you to visit Forum Gallery on May 15th, 10am – 5:30pm, or anytime during our regular opening hours, to view the exhibition and the works featured in The American Art Fair. No appointment is necessary. Preview Then and Now: American Social Realism on our website: https://www.forumgallery.com/exhibitions/then-and-now-american-social-realism Visit Forum Gallery at The American Art Fair starting May 8, 2021: www.theamericanartfair.com. ### Forum Gallery is located at 475 Park Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY 10022. Forum Gallery is open to the public from Monday through Saturday, from 10am to 5:30pm. Please visit https://www.forumgallery.com/exhibitions/then-and-now-american-social-realism to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on May 13, 2021 and will be on view through July 2, 2021. For press inquiries, please contact Dan Pavsic, 212-355-4545; dan@forumgallery.com For sales inquiries, please contact Nicola Lorenz, Executive Director or Marjorie Van Cura, Associate Director, 212-355-4545; gallery@forumgallery.com

Group Show

Drawing inspiration



March 25, 2021 - May 8, 2021
New York, NY - Forum Gallery presents Drawing Inspiration, an exhibition of works on paper by twenty-eight artists who approach drawing from uniquely different perspectives. The exhibition opens on Thursday, March 25 and will be on view through Saturday, April 24, 2021. Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), whose artistic vision was largely expressed in works on paper, commented: “I love the quality of pencil. It helps me to get to the core of a thing.” John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) remarked: “You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh”; while Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) famously stated: “I draw like other people bite their nails.” Claudio Bravo’s (1936-2011) assessment was simple and direct: “Drawing is the basis of my art.” The works on view in Drawing Inspiration date from 1905 to the present. They highlight the diverse media implemented by artists to a common purpose of exploring chosen subjects in intimate and direct ways. The act of drawing may be cathartic or meditative, the approach precise or physical and gestural, but for both artist and viewer, works on paper are uniquely inspiring. Beyond technical virtuosity, the exhibition explores the universality of the human experience in the singular expressions of Steven Assael, Robert Bauer, William Beckman, Claudio Bravo, Rance Jones, Alan Magee, Alyssa Monks, Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Odd Nerdrum, Clio Newton and Maria Tomasula. Figurative drawings by Elie Nadelman, Pablo Picasso and John Singer Sargent highlight the distinctive drawing styles of these important Twentieth Century artists, while the exacting pastel drawings of G. Daniel Massad, charcoal drawings of Susan Hauptman, works in graphite by Michèle Fenniak, and lithography of Robert Cottingham breathe life into the inanimate. The natural landscape is the subject of Brian Rutenberg’s vibrant works on paper and nature confronts industry in the atmospheric charcoal drawings of Anthony Mitri and pastel over mezzotints of Craig McPherson. Oscar Bleumner, Carl Grossberg, Reginald Marsh, Morton Livingston Schamberg, Joseph Stella and Abraham Walkowitz addressed the rapidly changing world of the first half of the Twentieth Century with explosive color and line. In stark contrast is the personal and poetic vision Andrew Wyeth gave to his pencil drawings and watercolors, which stand alone in the history of American realist art.

Claudio Bravo

Claudio Bravo at Forum Gallery



January 14, 2021 - March 20, 2021
New York, NY – Opening January 14, 2021, Forum Gallery presents its first exhibition of works by Claudio Bravo (1936 – 2011), whose estate the Gallery now represents. The exhibition of paintings, pastels and drawings includes works exhibited publicly for the first time in the United States. In his catalogue essay, Art in America contributing editor David Ebony writes, “Gifted with technical virtuosity, Bravo commands a seemingly effortless sleight-of-hand to enthrall viewers in unexpected ways. Like a modern-day alchemist, he manages to transform everyday objects and ordinary subjects into something inimitable, rarified and extraordinary. Even his most austere and nearly abstract compositions can inspire awe in their transcendental allure”. Claudio Bravo was a painter of color and light. It was the extraordinary light of Morocco that drew Bravo to the country where he lived from 1972 until his passing in 2011. He used this light to propel his art, rendering, in his still life paintings, objects from his own collections and his everyday life that he carefully arranged in the light to focus on their enigmatic meaning. His gift for economy and nuance served his interest in evoking an emotional response rather than creating a mere depiction. In the Forum Gallery exhibition, Moroccan Fans, 1994; Ritual Stones, 1997; Camel and Lamb Skins, 2004; and Yellow Marjana, 2008; are imbued with the harmonious color and spectacular light that set Claudio Bravo’s still lifes apart. Inspired by the paintings of Mark Rothko and Antoni Tàpies, Claudio Bravo began painting the palpable textures and subtle colors of paper and fabric in the early 1960’s, and these subjects became the best-known of his works, remaining popular throughout the world during his lifetime and beyond. The exhibition includes Three Aluminum Papers, 2010, and Red Cloth, 2011, Claudio Bravo’s last completed painting, a majestic, luxurious work over six feet tall, to be exhibited for the first time. The earliest painting in the Forum Gallery exhibition is the haunting Nude Male Leaning on Column, 1979, recalling the Artist’s stay in New York City from 1969 to 1972. An important example of Bravo’s figurative mastery, the silent, ethereal drama in this work is emblematic of Claudio Bravo, who said he owed much to Velázquez. Often celebrated as a consummate draughtsman, Claudio Bravo worked on paper as well as canvas throughout his career, and his pastels and drawings are among his most sensitive works. The shimmering color of the pastels and the depth and beauty of the drawings in the exhibition are exemplified by the pastels Green Sofa, 1991, and Opening the Door, 1991, and the drawings Two Heads and Hands, 1983, and Said, 1995, as well as the rare still life drawing of Engines, 2008. Claudio Bravo was recognized with fourteen one-person museum exhibitions in the US, Chile, Mexico and France during his lifetime. His works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago; the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany, the Museum Boijmans Van Beurugen, Rotterdam, Netherlands; and many more throughout the world. Claudio Bravo was chosen to represent Chile in the Venice Biennale in 2007. ### Forum Gallery is located at 475 Park Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY 10022. Forum Gallery is open to the public from Monday through Saturday, from 10am to 5:30pm. Please visit https://www.forumgallery.com/exhibitions/claudio-bravo2 to view the entire exhibition online. The exhibition begins on November 27, 2020 and will be on view through January 9, 2021. A full color catalogue accompanies the exhibition. For press inquiries, please contact Dan Pavsic, 212-355-4545; dan@forumgallery.com For sales inquiries, please contact Nicola Lorenz, Executive Director or Marjorie Van Cura, Associate Director, 212-355-4545; gallery@forumgallery.com.

William Beckman | Alan Magee | Alyssa Monks

In Person



November 27, 2020 - January 9, 2021
New York, NY – Our recent series of online exhibitions featured new bodies of work by William Beckman, Alan Magee and Alyssa Monks. Now is your opportunity to view selected works from these online presentations in a new exhibition at Forum Gallery, In Person: William Beckman | Alan Magee | Alyssa Monks. Opening the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 27th, the exhibition will present 19 paintings and monotypes and remains on view through Saturday, January 9th, 2021. William Beckman’s compelling figurative paintings and self-portraits, expansive landscapes, and farm scenes reflect his Midwestern roots, his personal life, and his six decades creating Art. Our In Person exhibition will feature a wry self-portrait and five new landscape paintings from small scale to the impressive, panoramic, Montana, which at 104 inches wide is a sweeping vista, exemplary of the theme of the working farm that Beckman has returned to throughout his career. Feeling acutely the anxiety of our current times, Alan Magee has revisited subjects he has long explored in a new visual language that is a poignant metaphoric insight for today’s world. Our online exhibition, Alan Magee: Witness introduced nine captivating paintings of helmets, armor and weaponry that art scholar and author Eleanor Heartney describes as “works of mourning... (at) a moment in our life and in our time where there is great sadness.” For the exhibition In Person, we will present three examples of Magee’s helmet paintings alongside three monotypes, haunting works that speak to the human experience in troubled times. Alyssa Monks recently completed seven new paintings created entirely during the Covid-19 quarantine in New York City. "We have all been 'planting ourselves' wherever we are and staying put,” Monks remarks. The new, small scale paintings, with their intense but distorted color, portray the inner psychological experience of isolation for these female subjects as they interact with the "natural" world as it gets less and less certain or safe. In Person will offer you the opportunity to view all seven paintings together.

Rance Jones

Rance Jones: The Lingering Revolution



October 1, 2020 - November 21, 2020
New York, NY – Beginning October 1, 2020, Forum Gallery will proudly host the first New York exhibition for American watercolorist Rance Jones (b. 1965). Jones first visited Cuba in 2018, and was immediately inspired to begin his paintings of the current reality of life there. Making more visits from his native Texas, Jones fixed his eye on the people of Cuba and the music, commerce, dance, thought and history that informs their daily lives. In the twenty-six watercolors that comprise the exhibition, A Lingering Revolution, Jones explores children, farmers, workers, shoppers and tradespeople against the remarkable past/present landscape that is Cuba today. Venturing out from the city of Havana, the Artist explores the homes, workplaces and vistas that describe the unique environment that plays such a large part in defining Cuba. But his subject is human life, and the persistent hope, ambition and devotion that inspire the lives of the Cuban people. A child walking through the vegetable market has the bright gleam of anticipation in her eye; a laborer hauls his shouldered burden with strength and resolve; a woman reads the newspaper and is clearly absorbed. All are painted with the meticulous technical ability and knowing sense of color that enable Jones’ talent for revealing human emotion to emerge and prosper.

Group Show

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: New Works and New Acquisitions



August 6, 2020 - September 26, 2020
Forum Gallery is reopening to the public and to celebrate we are proud to present FIRST IMPRESSIONS: New Works and New Acquisitions, on view from August 6th through September 26, 2020. FIRST IMPRESSIONS: New Works and New Acquisitions is an exhibition of fresh paintings and drawings completed in recent months by our dedicated and talented gallery artists shown together with recently acquired works of historical importance. Most of these works have not been shown due to the pandemic, which caused the cancellation of gallery exhibitions we had planned and art fairs we attend. We are excited to share them with you now. Highlights among the 29 works on view include impressive paintings by Forum Gallery artists William Beckman, Paul Fenniak, Linden Frederick, Alan Magee, Daniel G. Massad, Alyssa Monks, Brian Rutenberg, Maria Tomasula, and Tula Telfair. New drawings and an oil on copper painting by Steven Assael will be included, as well as new large-scale charcoal drawings by Clio Newton, and a watercolor by Rance Jones from his series of works inspired by recent travels to Cuba. Of special interest is a rare 1979 figurative charcoal drawing by William Beckman of his wife Diana and daughter Deidra, a 1978 acrylic work on paper by Robert Cottingham that highlights the wordplay for which the artist is famous, an early 1930s oil on linoleum painting by Jackson Pollock that speaks to the artist's close relationship with his mentor, Thomas Hart Benton, and a playful Saul Steinberg ink and watercolor impression of Manhattan from the 1950s.

Brian Rutenberg

Brian Rutenberg: The Pond



February 27, 2020 - July 31, 2020
New York, NY – From February 27 through April 25, 2020, Forum Gallery, New York, will present The Pond, an exhibition of new abstract landscape paintings by Brian Rutenberg. For this exhibition, his seventh at Forum Gallery, Brian Rutenberg (b. 1965) has created twelve new paintings inspired by the heat, humidity and landscape of his native South Carolina lowcountry. About this latest body of work, Brian Rutenberg writes: "Humidity made me a painter. All of these new paintings are meditations on an imaginary pond as seen through veils of South Carolina Lowcountry heat. The oval has been a primary shape in my work for forty-five years; my first paintings were watercolors of a pond near my childhood home in Myrtle Beach, where I spent a lot of time because I had buck teeth and was horrible at sports. Little did I know, the directness and simplicity of those studies would provide me with a lifetime of imagery. Everything I’m trying to do in my paintings is embodied in the solitary act of viewing a pond. Foreground is close, my sneakers on the muddy bank. Middle ground is the protective gelatin of water. Background is far away. Content is a function of how near or far away things appear from your face. As I walk around to the other side, that which was hidden becomes visible. Likewise, a painting doesn’t reveal itself all at once, but in flecks of partial recognition. I love parades and processionals for this reason. A processional abandons its starting point. Travel eliminates its origins. We are where we go. I paint because I can never see enough places. So, I return to one. My movement becomes a pond, the pond becomes a thought, and the thought returns me to the wealth of humidity." In conjunction with this exhibition, Forum Gallery will release Brian Rutenberg’s new monograph, A Little Long Time. The second monograph of his paintings, this new book documents works completed since the publication of Brian Rutenberg (Radius Books) in 2008. A Little Long Time is a large-scale, hardcover book, with 152 pages, 129 color plates and a lively text by Rutenberg that draws on his life experience and what took him on his career path as a painter. The book will be available for purchase from Forum Gallery during the exhibition. Brian Rutenberg (born 1965, Charleston, SC) lives and works in New York City. He is a Fulbright scholar (1997) and a graduate of The College of Charleston and the School of Visual Arts (NY). Rutenberg’s paintings are collected throughout the United States and Europe and are in the permanent collections of museums including the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY; Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN; Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL; Ogden Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; and the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA. He has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at institutions across the country including the Cress Gallery of Art at The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN (2004); the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC (2009); the Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, MA (2014); and a retrospective at the Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI in 2017.

Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth: Five Decades



January 16, 2020 - February 22, 2020
New York, NY – From January 16 to February 22, 2020, Forum Gallery, New York, presents an exhibition of works by Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), who set the standard for American figurative art in the second half of the Twentieth Century.  Working in pencil, watercolor, egg tempera and his much-beloved personal medium of drybrush, Wyeth, throughout his life, was a resolute champion of the universal life force of each person he chose to paint, and of the unique, difficult, ever-changing rural American world in which he chose to live.  His art was controversial as it was popular, and he remains one of very few living artists to be celebrated by important single-person exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (1976) and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (1987). Andrew Wyeth: Five Decades at Forum Gallery features paintings dated from 1940 through 1994, including landscapes that imply personal struggle and portray great beauty; and provocative figurative works, including examples from The Helga Pictures. Image: Andrew Wyeth, Frozen Race, 1969, watercolor on paper, 20 1/4 x 29 1/4 inches © 2020 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Xenia Hausner



November 14, 2019 - January 11, 2020
New York, NY – Forum Gallery, New York will present the first exhibition in the US in a decade of paintings by Austrian artist Xenia Hausner from November 14, 2019 to January 11, 2020. Since her introduction to American audiences in 2000, Xenia Hausner has exhibited extensively in Europe and China as well as New York and Los Angeles. The current exhibition of twelve striking new paintings precedes a solo retrospective exhibition for the Artist to be presented by The Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria in April 2020.

Clio Newton

Venus



September 26, 2019 - November 9, 2019

Benny Andrews, Steven Assael, Bo Bartlett, Robert Bauer, William Beckman, Elaine de Kooning, Philip Evergood, Alan Feltus, Paul Fenniak, Walton Ford, Gregory Gillespie, Chaim Gross, Robert Gwathmey, Susan Hauptman, Xenia Hausner, Auguste Herbin, Bela Kadar, Jules Kirschenbaum, Kathe Kollwitz, David Levine, Reginald Marsh, Anthony Mitri, Alyssa Monks, Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Elie Nadelman, Clio Newton, Larry Rivers, Hugo Robus, Norman Rockwell, Brian Rutenberg, John Singer Sargent, Wade Schuman, Raphael Soyer, Ernst Thoms, Stephanie Wilde

Person to Person



June 6, 2019 - September 21, 2019
An exhibition of sculpture, paintings, and drawings that portray the human figure in narrative action.

Robert Bauer, Linden Frederick, Alan Magee, Alyssa Monks, Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Brian Rutenberg, Stephanie Wilde

Natural History



April 4, 2019 - May 18, 2019

Tula Telfair

Reverie



February 7, 2019 - March 30, 2019

Alexander Archipenko, Robert Cottingham, Elaine de Kooning, Gregory Gillespie, Arshile Gorky, Chaim Gross, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Elie Nadelman, Raphael Soyer, George Tooker

Landmarks of 20th Century American Art



November 8, 2018 - February 2, 2019

Alyssa Monks

Breaking Point



October 4, 2018 - November 3, 2018

Modern & Contemporary Collector's Opportunity



September 4, 2018 - September 29, 2018

There’s Still Life!



July 9, 2018 - August 24, 2018
Ivan Le Lorraine Albright, William Beckman, Ralston Crawford, James H. Daugherty, Charles Demuth, Preston Dickinson, Paul Fenniak, Edward Franklin Fisk, César Galicia, Raymond Han, Susan Hauptman, Bernard Karfiol, Walt Kuhn, Michael Leonard, Richard Hayley Lever, Louis Lozowick, Jane Lund, Alan Magee, Alfred H. Maurer, William Meyerowitz, Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Megan Rye, Joseph Stella, Paul Suttman, Max Weber, Stow Wengenroth, and Cybèle Young

Stephanie Wilde

Murder of Crows



May 31, 2018 - June 29, 2018

Guillermo Muñoz Vera

Analogies and Dichotomies



April 12, 2018 - May 25, 2018

Maria Tomasula

All the Breath We Can Hold



March 3, 2018 - April 7, 2018