Bert Gallery Viewing Room
SELECTIONS FROM THE 1958 KRAUSHAAR ART GALLERY EXHIBITION: Post-War American painters broke through the international art scene with their innovative artwork establishing New York as the nexus of creative thought. Walter Feldman (1925 - 2017) was very much a part of that 1950’s New York creative maelstrom. By 1958, the young artist had his first solo exhibition at Kraushaar Gallery in New York City and was an Assistant Professor of Art at Brown University. He was just back from a 1956-1957 Fulbright scholarship in Italy where he mastered mosaics and traveled extensively throughout Italy and Israel. After a year abroad, Feldman integrated and advanced his conceptual and technical artistic prowess in his Providence studio throughout the 50's while exhibiting in New York City.
"A remarkably mature first, one-man show of paintings by Walter Feldman is the current attraction at the Kraushaar Gallery, 105 Madison Avenue. The artist spent two years in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship, but a visit to Israel has left its imprint on the recent paintings." Howard Devree, New York Times, March 25, 1958
*The Red Quarry, 1955, Kraushaar Galleries label on verso
Label verso, The Red Quarry
Of the fourteen oil paintings exhibited at Kraushaar Galleries in 1958, eight were located in the artist's studio. Many still have the original exhibit label on the verso of the stretcher bar.
These paintings are from the Walter S. Feldman Trust for Artwork , Brown University. All proceeds from Feldman painting sales go to the Trust created by Walter Feldman (1925-2017) to market and maintain his life's work. Catherine Little Bert, of Bert Gallery, is the visual arts advisor & curator for the Trust.
*Dead Sea Beacon, 1957, Kraushaar Galleries label on verso
Label verso, Dead Sea Beacon
Label verson, Negrev Silence
"Negev Silence uses collage as well as areas of gold, which I then glazed over. Again that technique of glazing becomes very important. In the upper right there is a pulsing light trying to get through the thin veils of color. " Walter Feldman personal interview 2010
Sicilian Cathedral, 1958, SOLD
"The "Sicilian Cathedral" and "The Sea" with its somewhat oriental translation of wave motion are other themes arrestingly carried out." Howard Devree, New York Times March 25, 1958
“ I have always lived along the East Coast and am in love with the water, but I’m also frightened to death of it. So I painted some things having to do with the water and reflections and light. This was one of a series that I did while thinking of the six days of creation – an idea that I later developed further." Walter Feldman personal interview 2010
"And it Burned" presents a dark form shot through with flickering color as in a portentous symbolism," Howard Devree, New York Times, March 25, 1958
Homage to King David, 1957
I had read a great deal about the history of early Israel and was intrigued by the suggestion that the name ”David” was not really a name, but rather a term for commander. That was a provocative idea. In this painting, I made my homage to the commander of freedom. One can see a strong horizontal, a vertical in the middle, and another horizontal element up above, so that there is a holding-together between these two elements and the activity of the center. Walter Feldman personal interview, 2010