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475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
212 355 4545
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

Claudio Bravo

Claudio Bravo at Forum Gallery

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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.

 
Past Exhibitions

William Beckman | Alan Magee | Alyssa Monks

In Person

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

April 4, 2019 - May 18, 2019

Tula Telfair

Reverie

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

November 8, 2018 - February 2, 2019

Alyssa Monks

Breaking Point

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

October 4, 2018 - November 3, 2018

Modern & Contemporary Collector's Opportunity

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

September 4, 2018 - September 29, 2018

There’s Still Life!

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

May 31, 2018 - June 29, 2018

Guillermo Muñoz Vera

Analogies and Dichotomies

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

April 12, 2018 - May 25, 2018

Maria Tomasula

All the Breath We Can Hold

475 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

March 3, 2018 - April 7, 2018