Celebrate “The Masters” of the Art Students League of New York

Celebrate “The Masters” of the Art Students League of New York

For two more weeks, The Masters, a collection of 75 never- or rarely-publicly-viewed artworks by 50 major artists, is on view in NYC.

Hirschl & Adler Galleries—the upscale Upper East Side venue hosting predominately 18th- to 20th-century American and European art and 1800s decorative art—511 Projects—a curtatorial-based, salon-style project space in Chelsea—and the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery at The Art Students League of New York—one of the oldest and most important art schools in America—have teamed up to curate this installation through the month of November, since October 28th. 


The Masters exhibition presents artworks by major artists who studied and/or taught at the Art Students League, including early leaders at the school such as Frank Vincent DuMond and Robert Henri. Early students of the Art Students League whose works are on view include Georgia O'Keefe, George Bellows, Normal Rockwell, Guy Pène du Bois, Reginald Marsh and Yasuo Kuniyoshi. More recent artists whose works can be found at these three venues include Isabel Bishop, Fairfield Porter, David Smith, Adolph Giottlieb, Hans Hofmann, Lee Krasner, Stuart Davis, Philip Guston, Paul Jenkins, Will Barnet, James Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg, Knox Martin and Norman Lewis.

Norman Lewis, No. 3, 1973

This exhibition celebrates the uniqueness of this Art Students League of New York institution, which began as a studio-based school in the early 1900s diverging from traditional American art academies and serving as a safe haven for immigrant artists—both students and teachers—from countries in turmoil, oppressive regimes and impoverished conditions. Mark Rothko is among these artists, and his painting "subway series" is on view; as is "Stations of the Cross" by George Tucker, the bronze sculpture "Titanic Memorial" by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and "Modiste" by Robert Henri—all works by superb, major artists who put in time at this storied institution. 

Mark Rothko, Subway, ca. 1937

A scholarly full-color catalog will accompany this exhibition, further detailing the students and teachers who are central to the Art Students League of New York's history and impact on art-making, art history and the American tradition of openness and acceptance of diversity. 

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