Gunther Gerzso: The Surrealist Sketchbook 1943 – 1946

This original sketchbook by Gunther Gerzso was drawn in 1943-46 when the young artist was strongly influenced by the circle of Benjamin Péret and the European artists exiled in Mexico during the 1940s.

The book presents a striking record of Gerzso’s close ties to the Surrealists in Mexico, including Wolfgang Paalen, André Breton, Remedios Varo, César Moro and Alice Rahon. Their interest in pre-Columbian art became the foundation for Gerzso’s eventual style, a version of geometric abstraction inspired by the landscape and ancient culture of Mexico.

This notebook consists of 54 original drawings done by carbon transfer, some augmented with India ink, frottage and colored pencils. In addition there is an actual drawing done on carbon paper, which was discovered in the artist’s studio along with the sketchbook.

The following is a selection of drawings from the surrealist sketchbook


Latin American Art Week Online Preview

Visit the Gallery to see recent acquisitions and selected inventory. The installation coincides with Latin American Art Week in New York and will continue through June 2014. Highlights include a striking 1955 painting by Matta that once belonged to Andy Warhol, a large 1986 painting by Guillermo Kuitca, and a 1930 Diego Rivera portrait of a little girl that was included in his first one man show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1931.


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The Americas Revealed: Collecting Colonial and Modern Latin American Art in the United States

Frick SymposiumThis two-day symposium at the Frick on public and private collectors of Spanish Colonial and Latin American art will feature presentations by experts from museums and universities in Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, New York, and Philadelphia. The keynote address will be presented by Edward J. Sullivan, the Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of the History of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts and the Department of Art History, New York University, and a leading specialist in the art of Latin America. Professor Sullivan will also interview Roberta and Richard Huber (Friday) and Patricia Phelps Cisneros (Saturday), collectors who actively acquire the art of the Americas.

Tickets for both days of the symposium are $50 ($35 for members); single-day tickets are $30 ($25 for members).

Mary-Anne Martin will give a talk titled How the Art Market Affects Collecting Decisions by Individuals and Institutions on Saturday May 17 at 11:35.

Elena Climent: Drawing with Light

As part of Master Drawings New York 2014, Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art will present 20 digital drawings created on the iPad by Mexican painter and muralist Elena Climent. Output as giclée prints, the works will be mounted side by side with actual iPads showing the step-by-step progression of the drawings from first outline to completed work. Climent, who is interested in the link between traditional methods of drawing and electronic drawing in the 21st Century, compares the ability of the iPad “Zoom” feature to show details not visible to the naked eye with Vermeer’s use of the camera obscura to investigate tiny visual details he later included in his paintings – details that can only be seen using a magnifying glass.

In the artist’s own words, “When making art on an iPad, you are creating a pure image with no physical weight or texture or temperature. You are not mixing colors on a palette until you find the exact hue; you are not thinning the paint with turpentine to make it more transparent; you are not interacting with the behavior of the surface, whether canvas, paper, wood, tin or any other. There is no drying time, no humidity factor, no cracking.  Creating art on an iPad or computer is the closest I have ever felt to drawing or painting directly from my mind.  I look, I think, I decide what color I want and I make it happen on the screen.  I have learned to mix colors in my brain. My experience with iPad art has taught me that even something as seemingly cold, industrial and impersonal as a computer screen can become intimate, personal and poetic.”

There will be an opening reception at the gallery on January 24 from 4:00-8:00. The exhibition continues through Friday February 21, 2014. Please call for hours.

New Online Catalogue for “Isabel De Obaldía: Metates”

Metates Cover

The online catalogue for Isabel De Obaldía: Metates is now available. The fully illustrated catalogue includes an introductory essay by Lowery Stokes Sims, curator of the Museum of Arts and Design, NY, and a scholarly article by Dicey Taylor titled, The Ancient Metates of Panama.

Print versions of the catalogue will be available at the gallery starting November 15, 2013.

“Isabel De Obaldía: Metates” Opens November 15, 2013

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Isabel De Obaldía, “Queen Ant (Reina hormiga)”, kiln-cast crystal, 8.75 x 18.5 x 8 inches, 2013

Opening November 15, 2013

On view through December 13, 2013

For this exhibition the artist has created 13 new sculptures based on Pre-Columbian prototypes. The show will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an introductory essay by Lowery Stokes Sims, curator of the Museum of Arts and Design, NY, and a scholarly article by Dicey Taylor titled, The Ancient Metates of Panama.

According to Dr. Taylor, an expert on Pre-Columbian art and archaeology, “The glass sculptures of Isabel De Obaldía evoke the ancient spirits of Panama’s rainforests and seas. Many of her pieces have rustic textures that infuse her powerful forms with a compelling force, echoing the volcanic stone sculptures of ancient times.”

This is De Obaldía’s sixth solo exhibition at Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art. In 2009 the artist was awarded the Rakow Commission from the Corning Museum of Glass and in 2011 she was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.

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Master Drawings New York 2013

Master DrawingsMaster Drawings New York will return to the Upper East Side this year from January 26-February 2, 2013, with a preview reception on Friday, January 25 from 4-8 pm.

This year the gallery is exhibiting a 31 page original sketchbook by Diego Rivera, drawn from Winter 1920 to Spring 1921, when the artist traveled through Italy studying paintings and murals of the Renaissance. Rivera had requested this one last trip from his patrons in the Mexican government before accepting their request to return to Mexico to direct the Mexican mural movement.

This sketchbook was preserved by Rivera’s first wife, Angelina Beloff, and given to Rivera’s friend, the artist Jean Charlot. It is being presented in its entirety for the first time in 92 years. It provides a valuable art historical connection between the Italian Renaissance and the birth of Mexican and American muralism. The sketchbook contains studies of murals in Venice by Tintoretto, mosaics in Ravenna, a precise technical drawing of a scaffold, sketches of the Italian landscape and studies of street people in Rome, both high and low.

The exhibition at the gallery will continue through February 22. To learn more about Master Drawings visit the official website.

Isabel De Obaldía: Metates 2012

This short film documents the preliminary stages of the artist’s process for creating a group of large sand cast glass metates made at Wheaton Arts in Millville, NJ.

Film and original music by Pedro Joaquin Icaza.

“The work with the most direct visual links to Panama’s archaeological past is De Obaldía’s series of cast-glass metates, based on the Pre-Columbian stone ceremonial ‘thrones’ found in Panama and Costa Rica. Stone metates, used to grind maize and other foodstuffs, were probably incorporated into ancient rituals and the decorative quality of some Central American examples certainly suggests a ceremonial function. Carved from porous volcanic stone, they often have protruding animal heads and tails and are covered in geometric relief carving. Linked to rites of fertility, it has also been suggested that some of the larger and more ornate examples may have served as thrones for rulers.”

-Susan L. Aberth, “Emissaries from the Primordial Realms: The Presence of Pre-Columbian and Indigenous Art in the Work of Isabel De Obaldía”, essay from the catalogue for Primordial: Paintings and Sculpture by Isabel De Obaldía at Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southereastern University, 2011-2012

MAMFA to Show in The ADAA Art Show March 6-11, 2012

The Art Show takes place March 7 through March 11 at the Park Avenue Armory. There will be a Gala Preview on March 6 to benefit the Henry Street Settlement. To purchase Gala tickets please call 212-766-9200 ext. 248 or visit the Henry Street Settlement website.  The fair, which is organized by the Art Dealers Association of America, presents exhibitions from the nation’s leading art dealers and galleries showcasing a variety of museum-quality exhibits ranging from cutting-edge, 21st century works, to masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art. The gallery will be showing a special selection of works relating to Realism and Surrealism in Latin America. The exhibition with include important works by Latin American masters such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Wifredo Lam, and Matta.

Master Drawings New York 2012

Master Drawings New York will return to the Upper East Side for the sixth consecutive year from January 21-28, 2011, with a private viewing on Friday, January 20 from 4-8 pm. This year twenty-three exhibitions from the UK, France, Spain, Germany and the US will be on view, enabling connoisseurs to buy drawings across a broad range of price points at galleries all within walking distance of one another. The selection will include oil sketches, watercolours, drawings in charcoal, pencil and pen and ink. Be sure to visit Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art during this exciting event.

To learn more about Master Drawings New York visit the official website.