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Introducing... Craig Calderwood
Introducing... Craig Calderwood

We are pleased to be showing paintings and drawings by San Francisco-based artist Craig Calderwood, as part of our exhibition "Shapeshifters" opening October 28th. In advance of the exhibition, Craig spoke to us about their use of textiles and other materials, influences from video game illustrations to PBS docu-series, and how "genderless-ness" manifests in their work.

On H. C. Westermann
On H. C. Westermann
Exploring the man, the artist and his legacy October 2021

In conjunction with our current exhibition of works on paper by H. C. Westermann: Le Bandeur, we spoke to a range of people who knew Westermann in life or through his work, about who he was as a person, an artist and why his work continues to resonate, thirty years after his death at the age of 59.

Cate White in her studio, Mendocino, CA, 2021.
Introducing... Cate White

Our upcoming group exhibition “Shapeshifters“ will include paintings by the California-based artist, Cate White, who we've so enjoyed getting to know. By way of introduction, Cate sat down with us to talk about how she found her way to painting, her YouTube show, “How Do You Paint,” and the “mystical visions” that inspire her work.

Andrew Lenaghan painting from life August 2002
Andrew Lenaghan painting on South 11th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, August 2002

Since the start of his career, Lenaghan has chosen to do most of his painting from life - and as his subject has long been the city of New York, his studio is the sidewalk.

Human Fly
An Enduring Legacy
George Adams on H. C. Westermann and his lasting influence June 2021

The gallery’s legacy going back to 1952 is inextricably linked to  H. C. Westermann. There is no way to overstate his impact on the gallery both in terms of his art and his personality; both are equivalent.

525 West 26th Street in advance of construction in the Spring of 2005
525 West 26th Street in advance of construction in the Spring of 2005

When making the decision to move the gallery in 2005, it was both a simple and difficult choice. For decades its home had been on 57th Street, moving between three locations around the intersection of 57th and Fifth avenue since opening in New York in 1959.

38 Walker Street exterior
A Short History of the Gallery
June 2021

Preparing for our move has given us reason to look back through our archives at the gallery’s many decades in New York.

Luis Cruz Azaceta with 'El Dictador'
Luis Cruz Azaceta installing his sculpture, 'El Dictador'
Frumkin/Adams Gallery, New York, April 1988

A sudden and significant increase in studio space in the mid-1980s meant that Azaceta was not only able to paint on a much larger scale than before, but also allowed him to explore the themes of his paintings and drawings in three dimensions.

Jeremy Anderson 'Untitled'
Jeremy Anderson: Truth in a Tangible Form
January 2021

Though Jeremy Anderson is often placed in a lineage of avant-garde thought which can be traced back to the Cubism and Surrealism of a half-century prior, his own concept of sculpture as an art form went well beyond any physical limitations.

Installation view of new ceramic sculpture by Robert Arneson
Robert Arneson as Santa Claus, circa 1975
Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, March 1976

Arneson began experimenting with himself as a subject in the early 1970s – by 1975 the artist in various guises and expressions had become a defining aspect of his career.

Katherine Sherwood in her studio, Rodeo, CA
In the Studio with Katherine Sherwood
December 2020

A year after her first exhibition at the gallery, with a pandemic in between, we spoke with Katherine Sherwood about her ongoing series of “Brain Flowers,” working in lockdown and what to expect from her in the coming year.

Joan Brown in her studio c. 1981
Remembering Joan
November 2020

We are pleased to share our video series reflecting on the impact Joan Brown had as a person and an artist, both during her lifetime and after her death.

Curator Patterson Sims in the studio of H.C. Westermann 1977
Curator Patterson Sims Visiting H. C. Westermann’s Studio
Brookfield Center, Connecticut, December 1976

Sims, the recently appointed curator of the collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art paid a visit to Westermann’s Connecticut studio in December of 1976 to look at new work.

Joan Brown 'Self-Portrait with Gorilla and Wolf'
Discovering the Self
George Adams reflects on organizing Joan Brown’s Memorial Exhibition October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020, is the 30th anniversary of Joan Brown's death at age 52 in Prasanthinilayam, India, 1990. George Adams recounts organizing her memorial exhibition, which opened at the gallery in September of the following year.

Joan Brown handwritten checklist of drawings
Joan Brown's Handwritten Checklist of Drawings
March, 1990

Joan Brown’s handwritten checklist of drawings sent to Frumkin/Adams Gallery in March of 1990 for an exhibition in the fall of that year.

Diane at 70
Back To School
Enrique Chagoya, Diane Edison, Amer Kobaslija and Andrew Lenaghan September 2020

With summer turning into fall, the “back to school” season is on us though under radically different circumstances than ever before. Last spring, those of our artists who are also full-time professors had to make the abrupt and difficult transition to online teaching.

Kija Lucas 'November 18 2013'
Kija Lucas on 'Collections from Sundown'
September 2020

We asked photographer Kija Lucas to share some insights on her collaborative process and specifically the work from her series, Collections from Sundown which are part of our current exhibition Documents.

Critic Ted Wolff at the gallery 1981
Critic Ted Wolff Visiting the 1981 William T. Wiley Exhibition
Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York

In December of 1981, the gallery mounted its sixth exhibition of Wiley's work, including new paintings, drawings and sculpture completed since his first retrospective at the Walker Art Center a year prior.

Jack Beal 'Untitled (Drawing from the Form Book)'
Jack Beal: Finding "Form"
August 2020

Though it is easy to remember Jack Beal solely for the role he played in re-affirming the figure as a subject of contemporary painting, a more complex side of his legacy is what lead him to the idealized, modeled affect of his best-known works.

Contemporary Self Portraits catalogue cover
'Contemporary Self-Portraits' in Two Parts
Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, 1982-83

An enduring focus of the gallery has long been self-portraits and indeed many of the artists who have shown here over the years, both regularly and occasionally, have experimented with the format if not made it a staple of their practice.

Exhibition announcement for the 'German Portrait Drawings,' 1980.
From Corinth to Saul
George Adams on the legacy of Allan Frumkin and value of drawings August 2020

"A side of the gallery that is perhaps not well known but no less central to the gallery’s history and reputation is drawings."

Kevin Frances working on his installation 'Superpositions'
Kevin Frances on 'Superpositions'
July 2020

For Documents, we invited Kevin Frances to create an installation in the side gallery, of the (totally impressive and detailed) scale models he uses as a basis for his photographs and prints.

Red Grooms exhibition announcement poster
Red Grooms' Sculpto-Picto-Rama
'The City of Chicago,' 1968

Grooms' wide-ranging activities coalesced in the late 60s with the formation of his production company, Ruckus Construction Co with his then-wife, Mimi Gross. One of the company's first major undertakings was an immersive, 25 foot square sculptural installation of the city of Chicago.

Tony May working on an installation at his San Jose property
Home Improvements with Tony May
July 2020

Tony recently took a break from construction on his latest endeavor to speak with us from his painting studio.

Jose Bedia working on his installation 'Bilongo Negro'
Jose Bedia's installations
Frumkin/Adams Gallery, New York, 1994

For his installations at the gallery, Jose Bedia would either work directly on the wall or large rolls of canvas, as he is here, and often with little to no preparatory drawings.

Joan Brown in her studio 1980
Visiting Joan
George Adams on getting to know Joan Brown June 2020

Most of the gallery’s relationships with our artists stretch back decades and, while their work is always paramount in our minds, it is often the personal experiences which stand out most. Here, George Adams recalls such moments with Joan Brown.

Elmer Bischoff with his Untitled painting, held sideways
Elmer Bischoff, David Park and Hassel Smith at the San Francisco Museum of Art
San Francisco, California, Summer 1949

In the summer of 1949, Elmer Bischoff, David Park and Hassel Smith presented their recent paintings in an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art.

Amer Kobaslija 'Kesennuma Port March 18'
Amer Kobaslija on Documenting the 2011 Tsunami in Japan
One Hundred Views of Kesennuma June 2020

Following the 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan, Amer Kobaslija arranged to visit the town of Kesennuma in the Miyagi Prefecture, with the aim of chronicling the aftermath.

Online Viewing Room
Online Viewing Room
June 2020

We are pleased to present our first online viewing room, as part of the ADAA Member Viewing Rooms in collaboration with Artlogic.

Robert Arneson set of four bronze sculptures
Robert Arneson's Self Portraits in Bronze
May 2020

In the last decades of his life, Robert Arneson began using bronze both for the versatility of the medium and its usefulness in public installations.

Andrew Lenaghan page from sketchbook 2020
Andrew Lenaghan Presents...
Sketchbook Tour May 2020

When Andy told us he had just completed another sketchbook, we asked him to give us a virtual "tour". This book was started last summer and takes us through vacations, the school year, changing seasons and, in the final pages, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roy De Forest at the gallery 2005
Roy De Forest at the Gallery
George Adams Gallery, New York, December 2005

In the fall of 2005, after 45 years on 57th Street, the gallery moved to West 26th in Chelsea. One of the first exhibitions at the new location was of new paintings by Roy De Forest.

Tony May 'A View Showing the Draw-Pin Latch...'
Tony May's Documentary Paintings
May 2020

Tony May’s documentary paintings are precisely that: a record of the installations, projects and repairs he’s completed over the years.

Robert Arneson visits Pollock's tomb
Robert Arneson Visits the Pollock-Krasner House
Spring, East Hampton, New York, Fall 1991 May 2020

In 1991, George Adams accompanied Robert Arneson and his wife, Sandra Shannonhouse on a visit to the Pollock-Krasner House, former home and studio of painters Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner.

Elmer Bischoff 'The Ocean'
Elmer Bischoff and the Northern California Landscape
Painting from memory May 2020

Elmer Bischoff was born and raised in Oakland, California and he lived his entire life in the Bay Area. Its landscape is an inescapable force in his paintings.

Studio with Air Filter II
From the studio of Amer Kobaslija
Orlando, Florida May 2020

While isolating at home with his family, Amer Kobaslija has discovered inspiration in the experience, painting away in a self-described "fever state" expanding on his recent series of figures set in the Florida landscape and revisiting an old subject: his own studio.

SFAI College Catalog cover 1970-81
A Tribute to the San Francisco Art Institute
Part IV: the 1970s May 2020

As SFAI passed its first centennial in 1971, the experimentation and innovation of years prior was increasingly a defining characteristic of the school.

Peter Saul 1975
The making of Peter Saul's history paintings
Chappaqua, New York, 1975

In 1975, Peter Saul relocated from California to Chappaqua, New York. This photo was taken during a studio visit soon after his move, while Peter was working on his version of Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware.

Enrique Chagoya Discusses Sheltering-In-Place on Square Cylinder
Enrique Chagoya Discusses Sheltering-In-Place on Square Cylinder
Shelter-in-Place Chronicles: Artists Speak April 2020

Square Cylinder reached out to artists and writers, to talk about life during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. As part of the series, Enrique Chagoya shares his thoughts while sheltering-in-place at home with his wife, artist Kara Maria. 

A Tribute to the San Francisco Art Institute
A Tribute to the San Francisco Art Institute
Part III: the 1960s April 2020

In 1961, CSFA changed its name to the San Francisco Art Institute. Under this new identity, the school continued to evolve, expanding programming to include the multi-media and conceptual disciplines that were beginning to take form in the arts.

Diane Edison at her Studio
Diane Edison at her Studio
Athens, Georgia April 2020

We recently checked in with Diane Edison who is adjusting to working from home in Athens, GA.

Arnaldo Roche-Rabell's Self-Portraits
Arnaldo Roche-Rabell's Self-Portraits
Celebrating Earth Day April 2020

In celebration of Earth Day this year, we are reminded of the power of nature, as seen in the work of Arnaldo Roche Rabell from the early 1990s.

First Studio Visit with Luis Cruz Azaceta
First Studio Visit with Luis Cruz Azaceta
Ridgewood, Queens, 1981 April 2020

In the early 1980s, Luis Cruz Azaceta was living and working out of a small studio in Ridgewood, Queens. George Adams recalls his first time visiting Luis’ studio and the impression he made.

Andrew Lenaghan's New York
Andrew Lenaghan's New York
Painting across the five boroughs April 2020

Andrew Lenaghan’s work lends itself perfectly to today’s empty New York. 

Enrique Chagoya's codices
Enrique Chagoya's codices
April 2020

Enrique Chagoya's codices are, in fact, books, in the tradition of ancient Mesoamerican texts. He employs the same amate paper and accordion format, read right to left, while updating the pictorial language with recognizable, contemporary images.

Jeremy Anderson's Topographical Map Drawings
Jeremy Anderson's Topographical Map Drawings
April 2020

While Jeremy Anderson found inspiration in the ancient civilizations and their artifacts, the map drawings he started in the 1960s laid out his personal mythologies.

A Tribute to the San Francisco Art Institute
A Tribute to the San Francisco Art Institute
Part II: the 1950s April 2020

As we continue to celebrate the history of the San Francisco Art Institute and its alumni, one of the school’s most enduring (and important) legacies has been the fostering of communities that extend beyond the classroom.

Amer Kobaslija's Studio Paintings
Amer Kobaslija's Studio Paintings
April 2020

An artwork we've been thinking of recently is Amer Kobaslija's Painter's Floor with Chair and Ladder, 2005.

Excerpts from the journals of Gregory Gillespie
Excerpts from the journals of Gregory Gillespie
Northampton, Massachusetts, January 1995

Sometimes the best way to look at art is with the artist’s words in mind. For decades Gillespie kept a regular journal, filling it with his thoughts about life, painting and being an artist.

A Tribute to the San Francisco Art Institute
A Tribute to the San Francisco Art Institute
Part I: the 1940s April 2020

With the San Francisco Art Institute’s recent announcement that it may be forced to close, we wanted to take the opportunity over the next few weeks to highlight just how critical the Institute has been in shaping art in the Bay Area and beyond.

Robert Arneson and Jack Beal at the gallery
Robert Arneson and Jack Beal at the gallery
Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, 1979

Galleries are communities: this photo from our archives encapsulates that better than most.

Luis Cruz Azaceta Studio Tour
Luis Cruz Azaceta Studio Tour
Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, Louisiana April 2020

Here is the full video of our Online Studio Visit with Luis Cruz Azaceta! Azaceta gives us a tour of his “bunker” as he discusses the beginnings of his career in New York, his history with the gallery and his current exhibition.

Jack Beal, 'Sondra on Back Porch' 1964
Jack Beal Working from Nature
Oneonta, New York April 2020

Jack Beal’s relationship to Realism is rooted in his commitment to working from life.
 

Chris Ballantyne at his Studio
Chris Ballantyne at his Studio
Orlando, Florida March 2020

We checked in with Chris Ballantyne, who is away from his studio but hard at work nonetheless.

Tony May at his San Jose Studio
Tony May at his San Jose Studio
The T.Treehouse Project March 2020

Our first Online Studio Visit brings us to San Jose, California where Tony May shows us how to REALLY work from home.

Luis Cruz Azaceta
Luis Cruz Azaceta
The AIDS Epidemic Series March 2020

As we are out of the gallery and unable to enjoy our current exhibition, another work by Luis Cruz Azaceta comes to mind.