The gallery's correspondence files form the core of the collection and illuminate most aspects of American art history: the creation and sale of works of art, the development of reputations, the rise of museums and art societies, change and resistance to change in the art market, and the evolution of taste. Midtown Galleries usually represented approximately two dozen artists, and many remained with the gallery for decades. 10, 1938 -- Paintings and Drawings by Zoltan Sepeshy Dec. The situation was further inflamed when additional articles by Frankenstein failed to include new evidence favorable to Halpert and the Downtown Gallery. Ninety-five feet of correspondence house substantial and informative letters from dozens of important American painters and sculptors, including older artists and younger contemporaries of the gallery in its later years. 8, 1915 -- Paintings by Colin Campbell Cooper (NMc2: 261-264)Scrapbook 6, March 1915-January 1918Date Exhibition Mar. They included: Julien Binford, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Gladys Rockmore Davis, Emlen Etting, Maurice Freedman, Dong Kingman, Oronzio Maldarelli, William C. Sepeshy, Frederic Taubes, William Thon, Margit Varga, and Robert Vickrey. Another major exhibition was American Negro Art, 19th and 20th Centuries (1941-1942), the first show of its kind held at a commercial gallery. While store closings are sometimes viewed favorably in the investment community, just as often store closing announcements cause investors, analysts, consumers, and news reporters to lose confidence in a retail company's relevance and ability to compete in a quickly changing and ultra-competitive retail environment.It's important for anyone interested enough to pay attention to store closings to remember that store closings in an omnichannel world don't have nearly as much significance as they did when a physical store was the only sales outlet.Although published only until 1930, Art Notes provides an excellent and detailed view of the gallery's exhibition schedule and the relationship of the gallery owners with many of the artists whose work they handled. Working closely with architects and interior designers, Gruskin and Midtown Galleries were innovators in the use of domestic and business settings to showcase art with Art In Interiors, a series of exhibitions held annually between 19. As an adviser to the WPA Federal Art Project, Halpert spent the summer of 1936 in Washington, D. It was a house organ that also provided a running commentary on events in the art world. Midtown Galleries was a pioneer in circulating traveling exhibitions to colleges and art associations in communities distant from major art museums and commercial galleries. C., developing its Exhibition and Allocation Program, which registered works of art arriving from regional project centers and selected pieces for traveling exhibitions that circulated throughout the country. 2-22: Marguerite Zorach: Paintings and Drawings Apr. Consider that it may not be in the retailer's best long-term interests to close a lot of stores.
Through extensive correspondence files, financial and inventory records, printed material, scrapbooks, reference and research material, and photographs of artists and works of art, the records document all aspects of the gallery's activities, charting William Macbeth's initial intention to lease his store "for the permanent exhibition and sale of American pictures" through over sixty years of success as a major New York firm devoted to American art. 2-15, 1916 -- Paintings by Jules Guerin (NMc2: 318-321)Feb. Davies, Walt Kuhn, Jules Pascin (NMc2: 332, 334)Apr. 14, 1916 -- Special Exhibition by Painter Friends (NMc2: 346)Nov. Originally operated as a cooperative, Midtown Galleries' participating artists contributed to the costs and work of presenting exhibitions. Along with the Index of American Design drawings, the exhibition included a number of the original sculptures from the Downtown Gallery's inventory and borrowed from folk art collector Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. 7-28: Americans Abroad (Davis, Fiene, Ganso, Hart, Hirsch, Pascin, and Wilenchick) Oct. There are also letters from collectors, curators, other galleries, and critics. 10-30, 1915 -- The Dance As Interpreted in Marble and Bronze by American Sculptors (NMc2: 267)Mar. 19, 1915 -- Paintings by Twelve Landscape Painters (NMc2: 274-277)Sept. 17, 1915 -- Paintings and Sculpture by Woman Artists for the Benefit of the Woman Suffrage Campaign (NMc2: 279-283)Oct. 19, 1915 -- Oils and Water Colors by Hayley Lever; Recent Paintings by Randall Davey (NMc2: 294-296Dec. Gruskin worked to educate and interest the public in American art and to promote the artists he represented. (1946), The Watercolors of Dong Kingman and How the Artist Works (1958), William Thon: The Artist and His Technique (1964). 8-26, 1938 -- Paintings and Drawings of Mexico by Doris Rosenthal Sept. Held at the Downtown Gallery, the exhibition was sponsored by a committee of prominent citizens including Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Archibald Mac Leish, A. Among its aims were to raise money for the Negro Art Fund, to promote museum acquisitions of work by black artists, and to encourage galleries to represent the living participants. The financial files found in the collection offer insight into the changing economic climate in which the gallery operated. 11-30, 1914 -- A Collection of Paintings by Deceased American Artists (NMc2: 195-207)Mar. 20, 1914 -- A Group of Selected Paintings by American Artists (NMc2: 212-217)Apr. 4-31, 1915 -- Third Exhibition of the Society of Men Who Paint the Far West (NMc2: 300, 302-305)Feb. In addition to countless reviews, articles, and catalog essays, he wrote three books: Painting in the U. Gruskin advocated the use of fine art in advertising and industry, obtaining commissions for his artists and at the same time assisting clients in building corporate collections. In addition to providing its facilities, the Downtown Gallery donated all sales commissions to the Negro Art Fund and added Jacob Lawrence to its roster of artists. The collection measures 132.2 linear feet and dates from 1838 to 1968 with the bulk of the material dating from 1892 to 1953. 1, 1916 -- Decorative Panels of Flowers, Birds and Animals by F. 16-29, 1916 -- Annual Exhibition of Thirty Paintings by Thirty Artists (NMc2: 323-326)Mar. 6-27, 1916 -- Paintings by American Artists Past and Present (NMc2: 338-341)Oct. 13, 1916 -- The Whalers of New Bedford: Paintings by Clifford W. 14-27, 1916 -- Memorial Exhibition of Paintings by the Late Roger Donoho (NMc2: 349-353)Nov. 11, 1916 -- Paintings by Randall Davey (NMc2: 356-357)Nov. 11, 1916 -- Paintings by Kenneth Hayes-Miller, Benjamin D. Between 19, Gruskin served as "Art Director" of the gallery and his business partner, Francis C. 4, 1939 -- Paintings and Drawings by Isabel Bishop Feb. William Harnett: "Nature-Vivre" (1939) reintroduced the nineteenth-century artist whose trompe l'oeil paintings had been collected by Halpert over a period of years expressly for this purpose. The Macbeth Gallery records provide almost complete coverage of the gallery's operations from its inception in 1892 to its closing in 1953. 1916 -- Group of High Fire Porcelains by Adelaid Alsop Robineau of Syracuse, NY, recently shown at the Panama-Pacific Exposition (NMc2: 322)Mar. Healey was "Publicity Director." Healey appears to have been responsible for weekly broadcasts on NBC radio designed to interest people in visiting the gallery. 6-20, 1939 -- Paintings by Vincent Drennan March 7-25, 1939 -- Paintings by Miron Sokole March 27-April 15, 1939 -- Paintings of Mexico by Doris Rosenthal April 17-May 6, 1939 -- Recent Paintings by Waldo Peirce Sept. Between 19, a controversy ensued over paintings--some of which had been sold by the Downtown Gallery--with the signature of William Harnett but discovered by San Francisco Chronicle art critic Alfred Frankenstein to be the work of Harnett's student, John Peto.