22 East 80th Street
New York, NY 10075
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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:
Pier Paolo Calzolari
Willem de Kooning
Alexander Calder, Jan Dibbets, Sam Francis, Yayoi Kusama, Fausto Melotti, and Edda Renouf
Post-War and Contemporary Art
February 24, 2022 - April 15, 2022
Barbara Mathes Gallery is pleased to present Post-War and Contemporary Art, an exhibition featuring works by Alexander Calder, Jan Dibbets, Sam Francis, Yayoi Kusama, Fausto Melotti, and Edda Renouf.
Karen Wilberding Diefenbach, Bernhard Hildebrandt, Fausto Melotti and Giulio Paolini
January 6, 2022 - February 18, 2022
Barbara Mathes Gallery is pleased to announce Viva Italia, an exhibition of sculpture, photography and ceramics. The exhibition will pair works by twentieth-century Italian masters Fausto Melotti and Giulio Paolini with contemporary artists Bernhard Hildebrandt and Karen Wilberding Diefenbach who consider Italy’s rich artistic history as subject matter.
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: 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.