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Summer Time

As Summer warms up and we are all free to get out more our Summer Time selection focusses on figures and prople. We hope you enjoy the characters we have chosen as it is an assembly of people and lanscapes that is true to the Boundary Gallery spirit of great figurative work and draughtsmanship, and there are some high quality works at amazingly discounted prices.

Enjoy the light; enjoy the people! Wishing you the best for Summer 2021.

With Warmest and Best Wishes

Agi Katz

Bernard Meninsky
Rear of Reclining Woman
sanguine drawing
was £1,800
now £750

Peter Prendergast
Lemon Sky over Irish Sea
oil on canvas
24 x 18 cm
was £2,400
now £1,700

Mordecai Ardon

Mordecai Ardon is one of Israel’s best known artists and studied at the Bauhaus.

Mordecai Ardon
Cosmic Composition I
coloured etching
75cm x 52.5, 52 x 43cm
ed 79 of 200
signed
was £800
now £650

 

Mordecai Ardon
Leaf
coloured etching
57 x 76cm, 44.5 x 58.5 cm
ed 24 of 100
signed,
was £800
now £650

 

Max Blond
Idols and Superstitions
woodcut 13/100,
signed 1984,
30 x 50 cm
was £285
now £150

 

Horace Brodzky

Horace Brodzky
Suburban House
linocut
was £275
now £198

 


Horace Brodzky
Longshoremen
linocut
was £295
now £200

 

Horace Brodzky
Builders
linocut
framed and signed and came from original portfolio
£800
now £400

 

Horace Brodzky
The Arts Ball 1919
linocut, came from original portfolio later used as New Years Eve greetings card in 1926 includes BRodzkys portrait at the bottom
23.3 x 19cm
was £900
now £565

 

Mario Dubsky

 


Mario Dubsky (1939 – 1985)
Study 1939
pencil drawing,
13 x 12.5cm, 22.5 x 29 cm (paper size)
was £300
now £180

 

 

Mario Dubsky
Two Figures
charcoal
79 x 57 cm
was £400
now £250

 

Mario Dubsky
Study of two men
pencil drawing,
31 x 40 cm
was £400
now £250

 

Mario Dubsky
Study of Figures,
pen & ink
31 x 24 cm
was £400
now £250

 

Mario Dubsky
Flowers,
signed, dated ‘57 and dedicated to Dorothy Duffy
charcoal
75 x 57 cm
was £800
now £600

 

Hilda Goldschmidt
Woman with Man & Dog
1956, monoprint
45.5 x 56 cm, framed size 64.5 x 77cm,
was £1100
now £700 without frame

 

Stanley Hayter
Famille Japonaise
lithograph in an edition of 50
67 x 50cm framed
was £800
now £650 without frame

 

Fred Kormis
Model
pencil drawing
63 x 52 cm
framed
was £280
now £140 without frame

 

 

Menachem Lemberger
Playing the flute, l
inocut
24 x 17 cm
signed and inscibed AP
was £180
now £120

 

Albert Louden
Figure in Blue with Figure in Yellow Skirt
mixed media on paper
38 x 50.5 cm
was £700
now £400

 

Albert Louden
On the Balcony
mixed media on paper
41.5 x 29.6 cm
was £550
now £385

 

Josef Herman

Josef Herman
Four Standing Figures
c1995,
watercolour,
19.5 x 23.5 cm
was £1600
now £900

 

Josef Herman
In the Fields
pen & ink
17.1 x 22.2 cm
inscribed verso Greta Marks 108 Oakland Road SE19 LIV 558
was £1600
now £900

 

Josef Herman
Harvesting the Grapes 1952-3
inkwash
17 x 22.1 cm
was £1600
now £950

 

Kay Parsons
Refuge, Affinity 1, 2001
oil on canvas
30 x 30 cms
was £350
now £200

 

Eduardo Paolozzi
Les Chants de Maldoro Ducasse
colour etching
33,5 x 51.2 cm on 56.5 x 76 cm
framed
was £750
now £450

 

Nana Shiom
Blue Venus
woodcut
51 x 36 cm on 76 x 56.5 cm
framed

was £495
now £295

 

Patrick Caulfield
Wall Lamp
lithograph
76 x 56 cm
framed
was £1800
now £1295

 

Alf Dunn
Touching Reality
lithograph
56.5 x 76 cm
was £750
now £550

 

Roslalind Kunath
3 dreed
lithograph
56.5 x 76 cm
was £500
now £350

 

June Redfern
Sunrise
multi-plate colour etching
paper size
49 x 55 cms, plate size 25 x 30 cms
ed. 3 of 40
signed and dated by the artist
was £185
now £130

 

Robert Speight
Norwegian Landscape
monoprint
30 x 41 cms
was £160
now £110

 

Alfred Wolmark
Reclining Actress
pen and ink
37 x 28 cm, 60 x 48 cm
framed, signed
was £950
now £685

 

Alfred Wolmark
Eric (Wolmark’s son)
pen and ink
37 x 28 cm, 60 x 48 cm
framed,signed
was £950
now £685

 

 

 

Winter Offers

Winter 2020

Christmas is not far away after an unprecedented year that we shall never forget, different from all others.Why not celebrate by giving pictures, something you yourself would appreciate. As you probably know, the best presents are the ones that hurt to give away.

We have assembled a collection that is in the spirit of joy and colour and high quality at amazingly discounted prices.

So here we come: Wishing you the best over the Festive Period and a very happy New Year.

May 2021 be a better year than 2020

With Warmest and Best Wishes

Agi Katz

 

Framed and Ready to Go!

Max Blond

Idols and Superstitions

woodcut 13/100

signed 1984

30 x 50 cm

was £285

now £195

 

Hans Feibusch

Two Monkeys

1943

watercolour

First time this is available

– a fabulous work

only £300

 

Jacob Epstein

Nude in Robe

pencil drawing

45 x 55 cms

signed

was £5,200

now £3,200

 

Henryk Goitlib 

Artists’ First Wife

c1906-1908

very early pencil drawing

was £495

now £280

 

Josef Herman RA

Tennis at Wimbledon

indian ink drawing

25 x 24 cm 

was £1,500

now £800

 

Josef Herman RA

Multiple Nudes

Central page of sketchbook

43 x 25 cm

Double size double value!

not offered before

£1,900

 

Josef Herman RA

Open Legs

gouache

25 x 21.5 cm   

now £950

 

Josef Herman RA

Red Sun,

colour lithograph

edition of 100

signed 

was £985

now £600

 

Bernard Meninsky

Rear of Reclining Woman

sanguine drawing

was £1,800

now £1,000

 

Peter Prendergast

Lemon Sky over Irish Sea

oil on canvas

24x 18 cm

was £2,400

now £1,700

 

Hilda Goldschmidt

Woman with Man and Dog

monotype

was £1,800

now £1,100

 

Peter Howson

Salome and the Chicken Eaters

colour lithograph

was £850

now £500

 

Kay Parsons

Refuge, Affinity

2001

oil on canvas

30 x 30 cm

on stretcher but not framed

signed verso 

not offered before

now £300

 

Albert Louden

Blue Nose

mixed media

54 x 81 cms

was £2,400

now £1,400

 

Albert Louden

Pop Up Child

mixed media

39 x 49 cms

was £1,800

now £1,100

 

Ruskin Spear RA

Out for the Count

lithograph

from the Royal College of Art’s 1987 portfolio

was £800

now £500

 

Nelly Vago  

Group of Women from Wagner’s Flying Dutchman

mixed media 

was £900

now £700

 

Nelly Vago  

Don Giovanni

mixed media with collage

signed verso

1992

was £280

now £220

 

Nelly Vago  

Two Rara Girls

1920s

mixed media

not offered before

now £380

 

 

The list below shows pictures that are NOT FRAMED

 

Horace Brodzky

The Arts Ball

from the portfolio of linocuts

published in New York 1919 by Henry Arendt

later this image was used as a New Year’s greeting

card by the artist in 1926.

The image offered from the original 1919 portfolio 

was £900

now £700

 

Henryk Gotlib

Head of a Young Boy

pastel with watercolour 

was £700

was £450

 

Josef Herman RA

First Star

lithograph

1968

edition of 100

was £900

now £500

 

Josef Herman RA

Mother and  Child

1995-96 

lithograph

was £400 

now  £250

 

Dora Holzhandler

Blessing (lighting the Shabbat Candles)

lithograph 

now £250

 

Fritz Kormis

Standing Nude Couple

pen and ink and colour pencil drawing

20 x 13.5 cm

now £75

 

Fritz Kormis

Reclining Nude Couple

pen and ink and colour pencil

now £68

 

Neil MacPherson

Portrait of a Small Dog

no 5 of an edition of 50 colour silkscreen print

44 x 39 cms

was £800

now £650

 

William Mills

Trees I

charcoal/conte drawing 

22 x 32 cm 

now £120

    

               

William Mills

Trees II

charcoal/conte drawing 

22 x 32 cm 

now £120

                

William Mills

Trees III

charcoal/conte drawing

22 x 32 cm 

now £150

 

Morris Kestelman RA 

Circus Rider

edition of  30 lithograph

25 x 32.5 cm 

was £220

now £150

                   

Morris Kestelman RA 

Circus Clowns

lithograph 

edition of 30

25 x 32.5 cm 

was £220

now £140

 

Peter Baer

Regrets

a poem by Verlaine

etching

with the poem handwritten

edition of 80

signed 

now £200

 

Soha

The Loneliness of the Shacks

linocut

was £150

now £85

 

Tim Mara

Plastic Funnel Mortar and Pestle

silk screen print

from the Royal College of Arts 1992 portfolio 

now £600

 

Jo Tilson

Grania

colourgram and silkscreen print on rag

from the Royal College of Arts 1994 portfolio 

now £395

 

We hope you enjoyed your browse, please contact Boundary Gallery if you would like further informtion on any of these pictures!

 

 

A Star of the Show…

Our featured work this Autumn is Ballet Scene by Mark Gertler.

This is a rare drawing from the time of the Russian Ballet visiting London, in 1918; the work features Tamara Karsavina and Vaslav Nijinsky dancing in “Carnaval” by Schumann, choreographed by Fokine for Diaghalev’s Ballet Russe. It was exhibited at the London Group‘s exhibition in 1919 and the Sunday Times considered it one of the most important pictures in the exhibition. It is inscribed by the artist with his studio address in Hampstead with date of 1918

 

 

Mark Gertler
Ballet Scene
inscribed verso
1918
conté
93 x 92 cm
Price on Application

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Offers

Following a positive response to our  first set of Autumn Offers we are happy to expand the selection to include some new works at significantly reduced prices. Strong figurative work with an emphasis on composition and draughtsmanship has always been an important aspect of Boundary Gallery’s collection and is a key criteria in the selection of these images.  I hope you enjoy browsing our Autumn Offers.

Best Wishes

Agi

 

Archibald Ziegler
Hampstead Heath
Painted to celebrate the Bicentenary exhibition of
Hampstead Heath at Kenwood House
oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm
was £1,800 
now £900

 

Mary Cassatt
Portrait of a Young Woman
oliogram   
was £1,200
now £600

 

Lesley Marr
Blue Figure watercolour
very early work 1956-58  
SOLD

 

Peter Howson 
Man Contemplating
monoprint 
was £650
now £300

 

Henryk Gotlib
Head of a Boy
watercolour
40 x 53 cm 

was £650
now £250
Neil MacPherson
Portrait of a Small Dog
silk screen print
44 x 39 cm   

was £375
now £210

 

William Mills
Reclining Nude
pencil drawing  
was £290
now £135

 

Tom Phillips
Brunnhilde, Siegfried, act 2
lithograph
published by Royal Academy    
was £300
now £125

 

Alfred Wolmark
Newspaper Vendor
pen and ink drawing   
was £550
now £350

 

Dora Holzhandler
Jewish Gentleman
lithograph
was £300
now £200

 

Mario Dubsky
Two Figures
charcoal drawing
was £800
now £500

 

Mario Dubsky
Gower Street
charcoal drawing
was £875
now £500

 

Olga Lehmann
ARP Exercise
signed and dated 1940
watercolour
The Boundary Gallery collection of works by Olga Lehman
were sold to the RAF Museum and this is one of the
last available of her Blitz period works.
was £800
now £295

 

Max Blond
Idols and Superstitions  Past and Present
woodcut 13/100 1984 
was £250
now £95

 

Jean Marchand
Tree near the Rail
pencil drawing    
was £500
now £180

 

Grace O’Connor
At the Clubhouse
oil on canvas   
was £1,350
now £750

 

Ghisha Koenig
Heads in the Hot Shop, Glassworks
was £750  now £300
This work could be split into
2 images at £180 each

 

Lottie Reizenstein
Landscape around Lago Maggiore, Italy
watercolour 
signed lower left   
was £500
now £200

 

Nelly Vago
Romeo and Juliet Opening Scene
mixed media 
was £895
now £595

 

Denis Clarke
Parkscene (Devon Landscape with Figures)
acrylic on paper
76 x 55 cm
was £650
now £380

 

Denis Clarke
Man with Surfboard
acrylic on paper
was £650
now £380

 

Denis Clarke
Australian Woman in London
mixed media
signed and inscribed with title
dated 1989
76 x 55 cm
was £650
now £365

 

Frost & Lorca
11 poems
61 x 41.5cm
was £11,000
now £8,500

Full details here:

Terry Frost – Lorca

 

 

Neil McPherson
Looking at the Morning
30 x 24 cm
mixed media
was £950
now £400

 

Morris Kestelman
Circus Rider
Lithograph
Edition of 30
25 x 30.6 cm
was £220 (unframed)
now £135

 

Morris Kestelman
Circus Clowns
Lithograph
Edition of 30
5 x 30.6 cm
was £220 (unframed)
now £135

 

S.D.
Playing Games
mixed media
image size 49 x 34
mount size 65 x 48.5 cm
was £450
now £200

 

Albert Louden
Landscape III
c1993
mixed media on paper
53 x 42.5 cm
was £1600
now £800 framed

 

Daghani
Faces
offset lithograph from brush drawings
66 x 50 cm
was £150
now £60

 

 

 

Autumn Offers I

“Going, going, gone”

In these strange times we are practically giving works of art away. So, take advantage of this opportunity. If you want any more information then let us know as all the artists featured have a good provenance and we would be very happy to share the knowledge about them.

Denis Clarke
Parkscene (Devon Landscape with Figures)
acrylic on paper
76 x 55 cm
was £650
now £380

 

Denis Clarke
Man with Surfboard
acrylic on paper
was £650
now £380

 

Denis Clarke
Australian Woman in London
mixed media
signed and inscribed with title
dated 1989
76 x 55 cm

POA

 

 

Frost & Lorca
11 poems
61 x 41.5cm
was £11,000
now £8,500

Full details here:

Terry Frost – Lorca

 

 

Neil McPherson
Looking at the Morning
30 x 24 cm
mixed media
was £950
now £400

 

Morris Kestelman
Circus Rider
lithograph
25 x 30.6 cm
POS

 

Morris Kestelman
Circus Clowns
lithograph
5 x 30.6 cm
POA

 

S.D.
Playing Games
mixed media
image size 49 x 34
mount size 65 x 48.5 cm
was £450
now £200

 

Albert Louden
Landscape III
c1993
mixed media on paper
53 x 42.5 cm
was £1600
now £800 framed

 

Daghani
Faces
offset lithograph from brush drawings
66 x 50 cm
was £150
now £60

Summer Sale – NHS Benefit

Newsletter 2020  Summer
 
Dear Friends
 
I don’t have to introduce the Boundary Gallery – you all know that we have been in existence since 1986 and closed it in 2011.  Since then, though no longer in a gallery space, we are still continuing being active and now that we have entered a new era, world wide, want to stay active. We are trying to raise money for the wonderful people who help us with people who look after patients suffering from Corona Virus. So far we have raised £300 through Instagram but would like to continue and multiply that amount tenfold, at least…
 
I have put together a list from the stock and I hope you will have the time to look at it. From every picture that sells, we will donate at least 10 % towards what we believe, is a wonderful cause – the NHS.
 
Emil Degasperi, and Austrian artist, was so inspired by starting this etching that he decided, because he couldn’t, to finish it no matter what. It took him 36 hours non-stop to complete.
 
Nelly Vago, winner of the highest prize for costume design in Hungary, created this design for the Royal Opera House in Budapest for the performance of Don Giovanni.

 

Emil Degasperi
Lilie under Distelu
1978
etching
39 x 38 cms
£250
10% to NHS
Nelly Vago
Don Giovanni
1992
mixed media
signed verso
41 x 23 cm

£275
10% to NHS

If you would like any further information on the pictures then do not hesitate to contact us. There will be more to follow in due course.
 
I wish you all the very best – fingers crossed that this period will come to an end in the not too distant future.
 
With my warmest and best wishes
 
Agi Katz

Jankel Adler
Elderly man
Watercolour
(sketchbook work authenticated by Aukin)
47.5 x 34.2 cm

originally £3500
now £2900
10% to NHS
Henryk Gotlib
Male Torso
watercolour
33.7 x 28 cm

was £500
now £250
10% to NHS
Horace Brodzky
Builders
1919
linocut 1919 reprinted in 1967
signed
17.2 x 21.5 cm

was £800
now £750
10% to NHS
Horace Brodzky
Decoration
1919
linocut
19.3 x 11.7cm
British Museum and NY Public Library

was £480
now £395
10% to NHS
Jack Knox
Still Life with Lobster
1987
oil on canvas
was £885
now £780
10% to NHS
Dahlia Ziegler
Palm Tree
signed
mixed media
54.5 x 72 cm

£120
20% to NHS
Ruskin Spear RA  (1911-1990)
Out for the Count
lithograph,
part of the RCA 1987 portfolio edition 33/48

was £585
now £385
10% to NHS
Carel Weight RA (1908–1997)
The Walker from the Past
lithograph
part of the RCA 1987 portfolio edition 33/48

was £400
now £320
10% to NHS
Andrew Stahl
Night Angel
lithograph
part of the RCA 1987 portfolio edition 33/48

£75
10% to NHS
Davina Jackson
African Woman
mixed media
63 x 50 cm

was £850
now £750
10% to NHS
Alf Dunn
In Vacant or in Pensive Mood
silkscreen print
part of the RCA 1987 portfolio edition 33/48

£75
10% to NHS
Michael Heindorff
The Baron in the Trees
lithograph
part of the RCA 1987 portfolio edition 33/48

£135
10% to NHS
Lilian Holt
The Old Curiosity Shop
charcoal
31 x 25 cms

was £480
now £410
15% to NHS
Lilian Holt
Chartres Cathedral
1953
charcoal on paper
50.5 x 63 cms

was £750
now £650
10% to NHS
Anthony Whishaw RA
Mata Dero
oil on board with collage
36.2 x 66 cm

was £3400
now £2800
10% to NHS
Goldschmidt
Woman with Man & Dog
1956
monoprint
45.5 x 56 cm
framed size  
64.5 x 77  cm

£800
10% to NHS
Ghisha Koenig
Glassworks I
1984
bronze 3 of 5
25.5 x 18 x 11.5 cm

was £1850
now £1600
10% to NHS

I look forward to hearing from you if you would like more information on any of the above pieces. Please email me at katz.agi@gmail.com and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Boundary Gallery at London Art Fair 2020

SAVE THE DATE

22 > 26.01.20

 

The Boundary Gallery has a long history in its thirty-three years of existence, has championed Modern British artists, some very well known, such as Bomberg, Epstein, Herman and members of the Borough Group including Dorothy Mead and Miles Richmond and some lesser known ones but in quality, equal. Meninsky, Kramer and Dubsky belong to this group.

 

We are also showing ceramics in collaboration with the Thrown Gallery at the London Art Fair on 22-26th January 2020, because we both believe in classical and highest quality art albeit in different periods. In this collaboration, at an age when crafts are appreciated as highly as other art forms, both galleries will focus on another aspect of their collaboration: the expressionist style.

London Art Fair
Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH

We look forward to seeing you there on Stand 49.

 

Agi Katz

Boundary Gallery

 

 

India – February 2019

 

A very exciting trip to India is what was needed in the cold winter. Although I have been to India five times before, there were still unexplored places and also revisited some favourites. It started with the wonderful town in the desert, Jaiselmer, with its spectacular fort and Jain temple with its intricate carvings, a place for spiritual recreation as are all Jain temples of which we saw quite a few in our subsequent travels.

Jodhpur is the microcosm of what India is about to an outsider – buzzy and busy with an amazing range of colours of saris and turbans. We stayed in a hotel in the middle of the old city, a 17th century mansion in which a beautiful modern hotel was incorporated. Three days gave us an opportunity to look at another great fort, really vibrant market with fresh vegetables to die for and interesting buildings, mansions and palaces of the past.

     

A five hour journey to Devgarh was accompanied by a Jain temple in a cave with hundreds of bats fortunately asleep during out visit. The photo shows my husband at the entrance between two elephant trunks. The long journey from here to our next destination to Udaipur went past some small villages with wonderful colourfully dressed women and children and turbaned males.

  

Udaipur, visited before, was as beautiful as ever with its lakes and palaces alongside. The most remarkable was the Royal palace with its opulent interior. To gain an idea of the Udaipur skyline we had a wonderful view from the famous Lake Palace hotel where we had lunch. Our own hotel was half an our outside the city and it was a fort converted into a hotel on top of a hill; majestic and formidable, but extremely comfortable inside with a fabulous swimming pool. A beautiful Jain temple nearby completed the visit before we flew to Hyderabad.

Hyderabad is quite a bit further South and accordingly the temperature was quite a bit higher at 30 degrees. The reason for coming here is because of its rich Islamic heritage. It is the capital of Southern India and of Islamic architecture. Nowadays it is a major centre for IT. We visited the palace that the Moghuls captured and it became the home of their own dynasty called the Nizams. Hyderabad became a princely state during the British Raj for 150 years and after 1948 it was brought into the Indian Union and became the capital of Andhra Pradesh.

The Nizams attracted artists from different parts of the world and Hyderabad emerged as the foremost centre of culture in India until the mid 19th century. The Golconda Fort, a fortress built on a hill surrounded by massive battlements of granite, 5 kilometers in circumference. In 1687 after an 8 months’ long siege it fell into the hands of the Moghul emperor Aurangzeb. Its architectural beauty is still visible with pavilions, gates and domes.

    

The Salar Jung museum gave a further insight into the history of Hyderabad and is full of artefacts and is one of the largest museums in the world featuring a collection of the Salar Jung family. The Chowmahalla Palace, which means four palaces, was built by Nizam Slamar Jung as is unique for its size. Restored in 2010, it is full of European treasures.

Mumbai was our last stop and by now sightseeing had slowed down and fortunately most of the sights were outside the city. The remarkable thing about out stay here were the amazing meals of fresh fish and seafood.

Washington – Autumn 2018

Washington was a 3 and a half hour train journey from New York. Travelling by rail was so much more civilised than flying . It was made even better because on arrival there was a buggy available (with a driver!) and it transported us plus luggage free of charge to the taxi rank which was quite far…Maybe this wonderful service is laid on for elderly travellers?

We had great weather, up to 18 centigrades through the 3 days spent in the US capital!! On the whole Washington is an easier place for a visitor – the taxi drivers know their way round (in New York it was shockingly bad: one would ask to be taken to the Metropolitan Museum, and the driver would not know where it was…) At the museums, the guards were kind, polite and engaged in conversation… The museums we saw were superb – and one of the favourite was the National Museum (part of the Smithsonian) with the “new” West Wing – planned by the same architect Mr Pei, who did the pyramids at the Louvre….The interior space with views and first class lighting is superb as is the hanging – comprehensive and not over crowded. And what a superb collection/s thanks mostly to the Mellon family who also financed the construction of the building. I thought it was maximum ten years old judging by its condition and its modernity and, therefore, was really surprised to find out that it was built 40 years ago!! Particularly memorable were the French Impressionist collection of small size paintings on the ground floor and sculpture garden on the terrace of the top floor . The Caldor works, both 2 d and 3d , were another joy, right next to the sculpture garden. The older wing of the museum, just across the square, has superb works from the 15th century onwards.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is a 2 years old state-of-the-art building that addresses nearly every aspect of the African American experience, covering the arts, slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, athletics and much more. The building’s exterior, conceived by Ghanaian-born British architect David Adjaye, is artfully made up of a three-tiered, bronze-coloured screen. The museum’s collection of artefacts is astounding: 3,500 are on view, with another 35,000 or so in the collection. It is set up in a way where you start your journey at the bottom of the museum and work your way upwards. The exhibits serve as an introduction to the concept of African American and African diaspora culture. It examines style, food, artistry, and creativity through craftsmanship, social dance and gesture, and language. The visual art exhibition illustrates the critical role that African American artists played in shaping the history of American art. It features seven thematic sections and one changing exhibition gallery, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, art installations, mixed media, photography, and digital media. One of the most interesting section showed an untrained elderly woman’s paintings and drawings who only started in her fifties to paint and draw. Her works were my favourite.

In terms of museum experience, or any experience, the greatest impact was the National Holocaust Memorial Museum which was opened in 1993. Interestingly, its first visitor was the Dalai Lama. Nothing prepares one to the depth and breadth of the theme – the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. It is dedicated to helping leaders and citizens of the world confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy. It is superbly presented as a documentary, leaving the spectator to form his/her opinion. Upon entering large industrial elevators , visitors are given identification cards, each of which tells the story of a random victim or survivor of the Holocaust. Upon exiting these elevators on the fourth floor, visitors walk through a chronological history of the Holocaust, starting with the Nazi rise to power in Germany 1933-1939. Walking to the third floor, one learns about ghettos and the Final Solution, . The Permanent Exhibition ends on the second floor with the liberation of Nazi concentration camps by Allied forces; it includes a continuously looped film of Holocaust survivor testimony. We spent four and a half hours and felt totally exhausted both emotionally and intellectually. One wishes the world would have learnt a lesson from this awful phase in history but sadly the savagery continues in other countries…

We ate really well in Washington – and on my birthday was treated to a superb meal by the river that, appropriately, served wonderful fish dishes – . The service was excellent too – what a great treat!

Agi Katz

December 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York – Autumn 2018

 

I have to share with you the exciting trip I took to New York and Washington just recently. The 5 days spent in New York needless to say, were dedicated to looking at art. On day one we visited the Whitney Museum which relocated to the area that used to be the meat district. Approached by the Skyline Walk – the rail for the transport of the meat – is now the most glorious walkway overlooking the river, and whilst the museum doesn’t strike one as amazing from the outside, this changes the moment one steps inside. The collection of 18,000 pieces of all media is striking, with the wealth and breadth of the best of 20th and 21st century of American art. Of the earlier generation, Maurice Prendergast, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper and George Bellows spring to mind and of the later ones Rothko, Jasper John, Barnet Newman are just a few of the names. My favourite were a pencil drawing by Edward Hopper, Study for Evening Wind and a painting by the same artist Early Sunday Morning.

The following day we treated ourselves to a visit to the Neue Museum where we were lucky to be able to see an exhibition of two outstanding artists Franz Marc and August Macke, both tragically died during the first world war, both Brilliant colourists. They were both leading members of the expressionst Blaue Reiter movement.

The permanent collection of this fairly small museum is also breathtaking with superb jewellery from the Wiener Werkstatte and paintings by Klimt and Schiele.

Taking advantage of the proximity to the Metropolitan Museum, and not withstanding knee and back ache, I proceeded and viewed a fascinating exhibition – not necessarily to do with my usual interests in paintings and drawings, but historically to me a very important because it featured Armenia – and an Armenian family saved part of my family during the World War II by hiding them behind a false wall outside Budapest. The exhibition went back to the time when the Eastern part of Armenia was annexed by Persia and the Western by Byzantine and both tried to convert them to their religion but very bravely, the Armenians declared Christianity as their state religion thus making Armenia the first Christian country of the world. Enduring constant attacks by the Turks, Egyptians and Mongols, Armenia survived for another three centuries until it was divided between the Ottoman empire and Persia. Being for centuries at the point of being wiped out, Armenia nevertheless managed to preserve and develop a national religious and cultural identity. In many ways, it is similar to Jewish history, another reason for my interest.

The Jewish Museum, another visit a day later, offered a wonderful theme exhibition, concentrating on the two years of the art school in Vitebsk, set up by Chagall (where he was born and returned from Paris following the Revolution of 1917 which raised his hopes for a better world) With Malevich, Kandinsky and Yankelson they were  instrumental in creating a most avant garde, exciting and forward looking environment where the constructivist art style flourished for two years, until the communist state clamped down on it.

The Museum of Modern Art on the last day of our stay in New York, on an extremely rainy day, was difficult because the museum was so overcrowded – it took over an hour to queue for tickets and then one saw backs of people instead of pictures in popular rooms. So we decided to go to the less popular ones, which were just great. Also, we managed to catch a small scale but delicious Brancusi exhibition, a sculptor whose bronzes (polished) I adore.

Agi Katz

November 2018