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The Fuller Building
41 East 57th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10022
New York, NY
212 535 8810
Hirschl & Adler Modern, founded in 1981, specializes in art from 1913 to the present, with a strong emphasis on American Modernism and the post-war period. It also represents a select group of established and mid-career contemporary artists who are featured regularly through scheduled solo and group exhibitions in its gallery space in the Fuller Building, at the corner of 57th Street and Madison Avenue in New York City. Its parent company Hirschl & Adler Galleries, founded in 1952, has been specializing in important American and European art of all periods throughout its 70 year history and shares the space with Hirschl & Adler Modern. 

Led for over 50 years by President and Director, Stuart P. Feld, and joined in 1999 by his daughter Elizabeth Feld, Hirschl & Adler mounts about 8 to 10 special exhibitions per year, most accompanied by scholarly publications. Both the contemporary and historical presentations have received critical acclaim and have resulted in the placement of works into major private collections around the world, as well as the finest American and international museums.
Artists Represented:
ARTISTS
Frederick Brosen
Lily Cox-Richard
Randall Exon
Maria Elena Gonzalez
David Ligare
John Moore
Stone Roberts
Marc Trujillo
Elizabeth Turk
David Zeldis
 
ESTATES
Louisa Chase
Edward James Deeds Jr. [The Electric Pencil]
Robert Natkin
Honore Sharrer
Stanley Twardowicz
Frank Walter
Works Available By:
William Bailey
Angela Fraleigh
Robert Henri
Edward Hopper
Diana Horowitz
Colin Hunt
Andy Mister
Robert Minervini
Georgia O'Keeffe
Fairfield Porter
Winold Reiss
Kay Sage
Bill Traylor
Amy Weiskopf
Christopher Wilmarth
Paul Wonner

 

 
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Online Programming

Jeanne Brousseau, Edward Deeds, Bill Traylor, Frank Walter, Purvis Young, David Zeldis

Self-taught Art



Self-taught Art (also known as "Outsider Art") rejects convention. In that spirit, we have taken a different approach in this e-catalogue, which is presented as a dialogue instead of a list of works with short essays. Frequently asked questions about this often perplexing field are answered by Tom Parker, a Director at Hirschl & Adler and a well-respected authority and lecturer on the subject. Our hope is that this format will provide an easy-to-understand introduction to an area of the market that is often confusing and difficult to approach. Better yet, we hope that it might introduce some to an exciting field that is still in the process of gestation and discovery. History is being made, right now, by the legacy of these works, and the collectors, curators, and scholars that are moved by their visionary and emotional content. For biographical information on the artists presented here, please click through the links that are embedded in the text.

Rachel Granofsky, Kirk Hayes, Colin Hunt, Meredith James

Every Lie to Truth



Trompe l’oeil, at its best, subverts our expectations. When pushed beyond pure verisimilitude, it forces us to shift our perspective both intellectually and physically. "Every Lie to Truth" brings together four artists whose work has this rare ability. For them, trompe l’oeil is a strategy to engage the viewer in the deeper discussions with which they are concerned. Truth, futility, loss, and fallibility are the subjects here, operating beneath the illusory surfaces so skillfully composed. Rachel Granofsky, Kirk Hayes, Colin Hunt, and Meredith James urge us to question what it is that we are looking at and why. In doing so, we accept every lie in order to arrive at the truth behind it. Please use the provided link to view the exhibition's e-catalog. You may also visit the gallery's website to see installation images and to learn more about the artists.

 
Current Exhibition

James Castle

Seeing



October 14, 2021 - November 19, 2021
A solo presentation of the self-taught artist James Castle of Idaho featuring examples from his major bodies of work: paper constructions, drawings, and hand-made books. Born profoundly deaf, Castle did not speak, read or write in any conventional way. Cut off from many sensory experiences and from most social interaction, the artist pursued a deeply personal examination of the rich visual world that extended no further than the back fence of his family’s small farm.

 
Past Exhibitions

Sarah Braman, Louisa Chase, Lily Cox-Richard, Angela Fraleigh, María Elena González, Jenny Morgan, Howardena Pindell, Zoe Pettijohn Schade, Elizabeth Turk

Our Secret Fire



September 9, 2021 - October 8, 2021
Much more than “lead into gold,” alchemy is the pursuit of new understanding and new ideas through the manipulation of what already exists. This pursuit resonates strongly in "Our Secret Fire," a group exhibition dedicated to nine artists whose work purposefully exists between states of being, caught in the act of metamorphosis. These artists utilize the shiftiness of the liminal state to explore ideas like domesticity, production and commodification, perception, and phenomenology.

Colin Hunt

So Much Remains to Be



March 18, 2021 - April 23, 2021
Looking at a painting by Colin Hunt is like watching someone pass through a hole in our consciousness. As the landscape refracts through the sitter’s absence and fills that emptiness, the world remakes itself in the image of what has been lost. For the artist, these human-shaped portals operate between here and the hereafter, providing sublime solace in the shared human experience of grief. In "So Much Remains to Be," his debut solo exhibition with Hirschl & Adler Modern, Hunt collapses the concepts of sitter and likeness, space and time by connecting the formal traditions of portraiture and American landscape painting. The resulting panels explore a collective intuition enveloping memory, humanity and the afterlife. These themes may be heavy, but Hunt’s paintings are tender and optimistic. The people we love and lose are always with us, absorbed and refreshed in the spaces we inhabit. As the exhibition title suggests, there is so much about here and the hereafter still to be realized.

Angela Fraleigh

Fluttering still



February 10, 2021 - March 12, 2021
Is it discomfort, or excitement, that you feel when you watch these women languidly roust, or subtly drift asleep? Do you happily play the voyeur, seduced by their beauty and the opulence of their surroundings? Do you feel that nagging tug from your mind that you are being watched, as well? Angela Fraleigh has spent her career exploring narrative art’s hierarchical patterns. Keenly observing how images and roles from Western art history intersect with contemporary representation and attitudes, Fraleigh uncovers why certain tropes remain relevant, who they benefit, and how. Hirschl & Adler Modern is proud to present "Fluttering still," the artist’s debut solo exhibition with the gallery. In these ten new paintings, Fraleigh depicts women in liminal states between wakefulness and sleep to perfectly encapsulate today’s social and political dynamics. The women in "Fluttering still" are not here to satisfy any outdated notion of their role nor the viewer’s predatory desire. Fraleigh has awoken them within a new context, wherein their agency exists for their own, and each other’s, sake. In rearranging the images of the past, the artist changes how we see ourselves in the present. Fraleigh, deftly and subtly, empowers her subjects through a variety of strategies. Removing the original art historical context from these figures removes any “traditional” value-based judgments of femininity. In the void, Fraleigh injects additional conceptual layers. In "Shaking to sound the silent skies" and "A pang of livid light," the swirling, abstract patterning surrounding the figures comes from the fin de siècle illustrations rendered by Gerda Wegener and Ethel Reed, two female design pioneers who upended the social norms of their era. Their graphics offer Fraleigh’s figures a haven as well as a lineage. Another key element to Fraleigh’s paintings is her depiction of women together. The “sleeping woman” trope has always been about power, existing to satisfy the voyeuristic viewer. Fraleigh subverts this motif by rendering one woman noticing the other either through her gaze or through contact. This interaction closes a loop wherein there is no room for the viewer. These women are here for each other, and as a result they hold the power. Even routine formal decisions benefit the artist’s concept. While the paintings included in "Fluttering still" range from the intimate (24 x 18 inches) to the grand (90 x 66 inches), Fraleigh’s figures are always life-sized or larger. Treated this way, no woman is diminished.

Elizabeth Turk

Tipping Point—Echoes of Extinction



October 1, 2020 - December 11, 2020
As we celebrate 20 years representing Elizabeth Turk, Hirschl & Adler Modern is proud to present an exciting new project, "Tipping Point– Echoes of Extinction," the latest body of work by the internationally-recognized sculptor. While furthering her exploration into the overlap of art and nature, Turk confronts a globally important issue: Extinction. "Tipping Point" employs sculpture, sound, and technology to ask: what role can humans play in the preservation of a species, including our own? Are we at a tipping point?

Rachel Granofsky, Kirk Hayes, Colin Hunt, Meredith James

Every Lie to Truth



March 12, 2020 - April 10, 2020
Trompe l’oeil, at its best, subverts our expectations. When pushed beyond pure verisimilitude, it forces us to shift our perspective both intellectually and physically. "Every Lie to Truth" brings together four artists whose work has this rare ability. For them, trompe l’oeil is a strategy to engage the viewer in the deeper discussions with which they are concerned. Truth, futility, loss, and fallibility are the subjects here, operating beneath the illusory surfaces so skillfully composed. Rachel Granofsky, Kirk Hayes, Colin Hunt, and Meredith James urge us to question what it is that we are looking at and why. In doing so, we accept every lie in order to arrive at the truth behind it.

Frederick Brosen

Recent Watercolor Paintings



February 6, 2020 - March 6, 2020
From the Upper West Side to SOHO and out to Coney Island, Frederick Brosen paints the honest and over-looked splendor of New York City’s rainy street corners and gritty façades. Fourteen watercolor paintings, ranging in scale from 10 x 9 inches to 45 x 32 inches, celebrate the city which has served as the artist’s career-long muse and lifelong home. These paintings offer quiet moments of reflection amidst the bustle of NYC, and their skilled-handling demonstrates that Brosen is a true master of watercolor.

Louisa Chase

Force Field



September 12, 2019 - October 18, 2019

Reinventing the Reel



June 12, 2019 - August 2, 2019

Honoré Sharrer

Claws Sheathed in Velvet



April 25, 2019 - June 7, 2019

Andy Mister

On a Classic Nitrogen Afternoon



March 14, 2019 - April 20, 2019

Robert Minervini

New Monuments



March 14, 2019 - April 20, 2019

Augmenting the Canon: Recent Acquisitions of American Neo-Classical Decorative Arts



December 13, 2018 - February 6, 2019

The Masters: Art Students League Teachers and their Students



October 18, 2018 - December 1, 2018

David Ligare

Still Life



September 12, 2018 - October 13, 2018

Vis-á-Vis



June 18, 2018 - August 17, 2018

Winold Reiss Will Not Be Classified.



April 12, 2018 - June 8, 2018

Bread & Salt



March 1, 2018 - April 7, 2018