Art and Craft: Made in Provincetown
Curated by James Bakker
May 10-June 23, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, May 10, 7pm
Fredi Schiff Levin Lecture: Tuesday, May 28, 7pm, free with Museum admission
On the occasion of Art and Craft: Made in Provincetown, James R. Bakker has selected an eclectic body of work representative of his passion for all facets of the arts. His collection has amassed over decades, guided by his keen eye and lifelong commitment to arts, antiques, and the creative process.
“With over 200 Provincetown artists represented in my collection, the most difficult task was narrowing down the selection of works to be included in this exhibition to only sixty…My intention is to continue to gift works [to PAAM] during my lifetime that will enhance the permanent collection and inspire other collectors to do the same as we move forward toward our PAAM Centennial celebration in 2014,” Bakker writes in the forthcoming exhibition catalogue.
This exhibition features selected works from Bakker’s private collection, along with works he has gifted to PAAM’s permanent collection. Spanning the century of eclectic creative output by both history and contemporary artists of outer Cape Cod, these paintings and prints are of celebrated Provincetown artistsincluding artist-couples Charles Hawthorne and Marion Hawthorne; Oliver Chaffee and Ada Gilmore; and the luminous work of E. Ambrose Webster, Edwin Dickinson, and Agnes Weinrichjuxtaposed with modern, contemporary and decorative arts: including a Nancy Whorf embellished corner cabinet; a Jim Manning tall clock; a bar by Jackson Lambert; decorative art by Peter Hunt; a Blanche Lazzell decorated box (pictured above); a hand-printed textile by Bertha Ried; blocks and prints by Ferol Sibley Warthen (pictured below), Angele Myrer, Kathryn Smith, and Barbara Stoughton; a book of woodblock prints by Philippe and Kim Villard; an artist book by Lynn Stanley; and a sculpture by Hugo Porcaro.
The exhibition, which opens on Bakker’s 60th birthday, will be a celebration of his work, life, and contributions to PAAM and Provincetown’s arts community. PAAM Executive Director Christine McCarthy writes “To say that Jim Bakker is devoted is an understatement as he demonstrates an incomparable capacity to collaborate and contribute, especially to PAAM.”
James R. Bakker opened the doors to his first antiques shop at the age of fifteen. He was an exhibitor at major antiques and art fairs throughout the country and a frequent advertiser in the American Art Review, Art & Auction and Antiques. Bakker has had galleries in Littleton, Boston, Provincetown and Cambridge. Bakker is an auctioneer, private art dealer, appraiser, consultant and independent curator specializing in American paintings and prints. He is a member of the Antiques Dealers' Association of America. Bakker graduated from Phillips Academy at Andover and attended Harvard University where he developed an interest in the fine arts. Bakker is a trustee and past President of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, former Executive Director of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, Vice-Chair of the Town of Provincetown Art Commission, and the President of the Cape and Islands Historical Association.
For many years, Bakker specialized in the discovery and sale of furniture and pottery of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Together with Arts and Crafts historian and scholar Robert Edwards, Bakker mounted an important exhibition, Arcady to Byrdcliffe: The Whiteheads' Circle of Artists, featuring important furniture and related objects at his Newbury Street gallery in 1999. He has curated numerous exhibitions including Provincetown Portraits: The First Eighty Years, 1995; Teachers: Artists with Schools in Provincetown, 1996; Frank Carson-1881-1968: A Retrospective, 1997; Jewels in the Collection, 1998; and Bernard Simon 1896-1980: A Retrospective, 2004, at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. He also curated Memories of Provincetown: The Helen and Napi Van Dereck Collection at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, 2003; Picturing Provincetown, at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, 2004; Provincetown: A Creative Colony at the New Bedford Art Museum, 2005; and two retrospective exhibitions on the artist William H. Littlefield at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 2006.
||The SIXTIES: Works from the PAAM Permanent Collection
May 327, 2013
The Art Association Collection has close to 2000 works by more than 500 artists. The Museum also holds an extensive archive of materials referencing the artists whose work is represented in the collection, as well as ephemera associated with the continual activities of the Museum and Association.
Houghton Cranford Smith: A Journey
Curated by Chris McCarthy
April 26- June 23, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, April 26, 6pm
Houghton Crawford Smith, Provincetown in Winter, 1909
This exhibition will trace the journey of artist Houghton Cranford Smith from his early twenties (1903), studying with Charles Webster Hawthorne and E. Ambrose Webster in Provincetown to painting excursions in Bermuda, Paris, Chile, Spain and many parts of the United States including Kansas, New Mexico, New Jersey and New York. This special collection, gifted to PAAM in 2009 by Houghton Cranford Smith’s children Florence and Houghton, Jr. is comprised of 100 paintings, drawings and prints spanning five decades, in addition to photographs, letters and archival materials. Included in the exhibition will be works by Charles Hawthorne, E. Ambrose Webster and Oliver Chaffee.
Writes his daughter, Florence Cranford Smith Shepard, of Smith’s workd: “He loved the outdoors and natural settings of open fields, trees, mountains, water and clouds. He traveled by whatever means of transportation was available to find scenery that inspired him. In Chile, that often meant going on horseback, carrying his paint box strapped to him or just walking the grounds by which he was surrounded… His work evolved into a style that was his own. He created results he wanted by his application of paint none of his contemporaries painted the way he did.”
the solstice of manuel pardo
it started with beverly sills: a series by robert henry
At the Highline Loft in New York, NY
On view April 26-May 18, 2013
Gary Marotta of Gary Marotta Fine Art g-1 gallery in Provincetown and PAAM Director Christine McCarthy present a dual exhibition at the Highline Loft in New York, NY,
The Highline Loft is located at 508 W.26st., 5th fl. New York, NY.
Opening reception in NY on Thursday, May 2, 7-10pm
Manuel Pardo (1952-2012) was born on July 4h in Cardenas, Cuba. He first showed his work in New York’s East Village in the eighties, where he was introduced to Marcia Tucker, founder and director of the New Museum in NY when she included him in the groundbreaking exhibition, The Other Man: Alternative Representation of Masculinity. Pardo went on to exhibit internationally in solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Mexico City, Cologne, Havana, and Milan. Exhibitions include Late 20th Still Lifes at the New Museum curated by Marcia Tucker, Le Jardin at Museo Metropolitano de Monterrey, México, and Un Cubain á Paris at Galerie Piltzer, Paris, France. Corporate commissions and events include The Motherland Series; Murals by Manuel Pardo at the British Airways terminal and JFK International airport, NY; and Hérmes & Visa for Masaryk: Arte Moda & Visa, curated by Justo Sierra, in México City, México.
Pardo’s drawings have also been featured in many exhibitions including 100 Artists see Satan, UCLA California State Fullerton; MiArt 2008 in Milan, Italy; Quinceañera for (projectroom: in the America(s) post… curated by Omar-Pascal; and Citibank Boston with Gary Marotta Fine Art g-1.
Playing on the old cliché, A Gay Man and his Mother, Manuel Pardo, an openly gay artist, was best known for his series Mother & I, dedicating his work to his hero, his mother Gladys. In 2011 Manuel Pardo’s retrospective took place at the Begovich Gallery, The Fullerton Museum at CSUF accompanied by the publication of his monograph Manuel Pardo Universo Soñado in Technicolor, coordinated by Andrea Harris; foreward by Susana Torruella Leval, Director Emeritus, El Museo del Barrio; and essays contributed by Mike McGee, Director, CSUF Begovich Gallery; and David Frankel, Editorial Director at MOMA, The Complex Solace of Manuel Pardo.
As April Kingsley said in The Village Voice, "Henry-watching is always a fascinating activity." And Robert Henry himself has said, while acknowledging that he knows a consistent, signature style is good for the business of art, "I hate to repeat myself." Henry's continuity is not of form or format, "but of the feelings generated by the rotating paintings, the will to imbalance, the hypnogogic state, the feeling of a shifting world, the loss of firm footing, as well as the joy of changes itself." Within each series, details alter slightly from scene to scene, suggesting a linked narrative, time passing. He moves from one medium to another, one idea to another.
Born in Brooklyn in 1933, Henry received his BA at Brooklyn College, studying with Ad Reinhardt and Kurt Seligman. In the early 50's, he spent three years studying with Hans Hofmann in New York and Provincetown. Since then he has been presented in many one-person exhibitions, including Provincetown's original East End Gallery, The Group Gallery and PAAM, as well as in numerous museums across the country and internationally. He has had many reviews which have appeared in The New York Times, Village Voice, Art News, Soho News and other publications, and he has lectured and taught widely. Robert Henry is represented by the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown, MA.
Albert Edel: Moments in Time, Pictures of Place
Curated by Amy Whorf McGuiggan
April 19-June 2, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, April 26, 6pm
No subject seems to have inspired Albert Edel more than what one writer called the “confusion of activity” on Provincetown’s wharves, those alive and picturesque scenes fish, lumber and coal loading and unloading, net mending and tarring, sail making, and boat rigging, scraping, caulking and painting
scenes that seemed to be anticipating an artist’s arrival with easel or sketchbook. Edel found inspiration in his adopted Provincetown, completing a body of work in oil and watercolor, though it is his series of etchings for which he is, today, best known. Though not associated with any particular coterie of artists in Provincetown, Edel was nonetheless a recognized member of the colony and always a generous contributor of his work to various Provincetown charitable and wartime fundraising efforts.
Albert Edel was born to Joseph and Philomene (Rouzel) Edel in 1894 in Soultz-les-Bains, a village in the Alsace region of France. After World War I, while an art student in Paris at the Grande Chaumière and the Académie Colarossi he met Estella Christina Johnson. Stella, one of four children born to Swedish immigrants, August and Ida Johnson, was born August 4, 1892 in Franklin, Massachusetts. She began her art studies as a young teen in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, and travelled to Europe on several occasions to continue her studies. During the winter months, Stella’s studies took her to New York, and in the summer months to Provincetown, then a cauldron of creative energy and a mecca for ex-patriot artists escaping World War I. The Johnson family purchased a home at 358-360 Commercial Street where Ida opened a small art shop, and Stella enrolled in classes with Charles Hawthorne who had opened his Cape Cod School of Art in 1899.
After marrying in New York City in 1928, and staying in Provincetown for an extended period with Stella’s family, the couple returned to Paris where Albert taught art at the Lycée Buffon on the Left Bank. A daughter, Hélène, the couple’s only child, was born a year later. Albert subsequently took a teaching position at the University of Laval and over the next decade the family made frequent visits to Provincetown, including a sabbatical year, residing with Stella’s mother. Albert became an exhibitor in the “regular” shows at the Provincetown Art Association, aligning himself with the conservative artists rather than the moderns. Forced to flee France in the face of the Nazi invasion (the Lycée Buffon had become a center of French Resistance with several students martyred for their participation in Resistance activities), the Edels found a permanent home in Provincetown in 1941. The family’s harrowing journey from war-torn Europe to America was described by eleven year-old Hélène Edel to a French class assembly at Provincetown High School, a talk that was reported in the Provincetown Advocate.
Edel’s Provincetown etchings are described by exhibition curator Amy Whorf McGuiggan as “mostly the comings and goings of the Portuguese fisherman along the waterfront…[the etchings] convey a strong sense of place and a vision of a now largely bygone time”. Having grown up in the Provincetown arts community, McGuiggan became familiar with the work of Albert Edel later in life upon receiving two of his etchings as a birthday gift. “Despite the frames being a bit damaged, the mats yellowed and the glass quite dirty, the utter charm and artistic quality of the small, intimate scenes of Provincetown’s working waterfront captured my attention.”
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Gerrit A. Beneker, The Provincetown Plumber, 1921. Collection of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum
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