William Merritt Chase’s vibrant pastel Self-Portrait (c. 1884) appeared in the Art Students League’s first instructors exhibition held during the fall of 1885. The show included about twenty-five pieces, with portraits, a landscape, and charcoal studies by Chase, James Carroll Beckwith, Edwin Blashfield, Kenyon Cox, and J. Alden Weir, five of the nine instructors for the 1885–86 season. In stark contrast to the National Academy of Design’s large juried annuals, the Art Students League shows presented a small serendipitous mix of work that was assembled, hung, and taken down within a week. Not formally curated or documented by a checklist, the exhibition consisted of whatever could be procured and easily transported. In these early shows, instructors often exhibited with other noted American painters. On different occasions, their work appeared alongside black and white photographic reproductions of famous European paintings; paintings and drawings by students of the Munich school; a borrowed portfolio of sketches by French artists; even work by advanced League students. Until the fall of 1892, when the Art Students League moved into the American Fine Arts Society building, none of the ASL’s three rented spaces included a gallery. Instead, work was hung on studio walls, with easels pushed to a corner of the room. No matter the crowds and informality, these functions attracted artists beyond the Art Students League’s circle. Gilded Age critics wrote about them as a measure of progress in American art. “Such exhibitions are most excellent aids to the instruction of students,” according to a reviewer in the Art Interchange, “awakening them to renewed efforts and inspiring them with the possibilties which they too may attain.”
In this year’s exhibition, we welcome three artists into the regular season corps of Art Students League instructors: sculptor Dionisio Cimarelli, who will teach carving, Doug Safranek, who will teach egg tempera, and painter Peter Cox, who is returning to teach anatomy and drawing.
The Instructors Exhibition 2015
September 8–29, 2015
Opening Reception: September 17, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery
The Art Students League of New York
Karen O’Neil, Lemon Pie & Tea. Oil on linen, 20 x 20 in.
Marilyn J. Friedman, Figure/Form I, 2010. Terra cotta with pigment & wax, 40 x 16 x 20 in.
Sharon Sprung, Fringe. Oil on panel, 40 x 40 in.
Ronnie Landfield, Solitude, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 45½ x 28½ in.
Dionisio Cimarelli, Saint John the Baptist, 2001. Carrara marble, H: 58 in.
Mary Beth McKenzie, Amaya, Oil, 50 x 40 in.
Ellen Eagle, Marela, 2015. Pastel on pumice board, 12⅛ x 9 in.
Deborah Winiarski, Lines Written III, 2015. Graphite, fabric, oil, encaustic on panel, 37 x 32 x 4 in.
Jerry Weiss, Nabila. Oil on linen, 28 x 32 in.
Mariano Del Rosario, Redaction, 2015. Cement, Rhoplex, and acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 in.
Leonid Gervits, Portrait of a Surgical Nurse, 2001. Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.
Michael Pellettieri, The Heights, 2007. Lithograph, 18 x 25⅜ in.
Ephraim Rubenstein, Woodley Interior Sunlight 3, 2014. Oil on linen, 28 x 20 in.
Larry Poons, Brother Schamus, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 51 x 23 in.
Dean Hartung, Daydream, 2015. Oil on panel, 30 x 36 in.
Naomi Campbell, Sniegpārsla atmiņas (Snowflake memories), 2015. Watercolor, graphite, work on paper, wood, 21 x 47 in.
Peter Cox, Yeshua, 2014. Oil on birch panel, 80 x 12 in.
Peter Reginato, Ensor’s Ghost, 2015. Enamel on canvas, 50 x 49 in.
Costa Vavagiakis, Maria X. Graphite on paper, 11¾ x 16 in.
Dan Gheno, Legion of Super Villians (3): Rand and the Puppet Master. Oil, 24 x 48 in.
Silya Kiese, Meditative Lamp~Sculpture. Colored glass, handpainted wood, 15 x 5 x 3 in.
Anthony Antonios, Taylor. Plaster, lifesize.
Timothy J. Clark, Foyer Lights. Watercolor, 25 x 37 in. ©Timothy J. Clark.
Jonathan Shahn, Part Bird, Part Man, 2009–2011. Wood, paint, and ink, 26½ x 12 x 9 in.
James Garvey, Ancient Warrior. Forged and fabricated steel with wax patina, H: 62 in.
Pat Lipsky, Three panels from the twelve-panel series Semaphore.
Leonid Lerman, Untitled (from the Trojan series), 1994. Wood and copper, 21 x 38 x 13½ in.
Sylvie Covey, Nude with Tree #25, 2004. Photolithograph, hand printed on four plates, 30 x 20 in.
Frederick Brosen, The Boardwalk, Coney Island, 2010. Watercolor over graphite on paper, 36 x 24 in.
Joseph Peller, After Hours Club, 2014. Oil on linen, 36 x 48 in.
Richard Pantell, Serenade at Dawn. Color blockprint (printed from 10 blocks), 9 x 6 in.
Thomas Torak, Festiva Maxima, 2014. Oil on linen, 30 x 24 in.
Richard Barnet, A Boat for Stimpy, 2012, cast 2013. Bronze, 22½ x 13½ x 9 in.
Doug Safranek, Apples and Strawberries, 2015. Egg tempera on panel, 10½ x 14½ in.
Doug Safranek, Katie, 2015. Egg tempera on panel, 8 x 6 in.
Susan Cirigliano, Hummingbirds, 2015. Ink and watercolor drawing on Arches, 20 x 26 in.
Sherry Camhy, Innocence, 2015. Silver, gold, copper, lead, graphite, pigment on grey clay surface, 46 x 35 in.
Bill Behnken, Night Passage/Noble & Serene, 2014. Aquatint, 12 x 24 in.