Tuesday, July 24, 2012

In the City and in the mood for a little art? Summertime is the perfect time to check out the new and exciting exhibits offered around San Francisco. Here are a few that will scratch that artistic itch.

Courtesy of the California Historical Society

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco – Legion of Honor 

July 14, 2012 - October 14, 2012

July 14, 2012 - November 11, 2012

July 14, 2012 - October 14, 2012

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco – deYoung Museum

September 10, 2011 - July 29, 2012

November 30, 2011 - August 30, 2012

March 24, 2012 - August 19, 2012

SF Museum of Modern Art

Selections from the SFMOMA Collection
May 18 – August 12, 2012

July 14 - October 08, 2012

July 14 - October 08, 2012

June 07 - October 08, 2012

Asian Art Museum

May 18 – September 2, 20102

Contemporary Jewish Museum

An Exhibition and The Dorothy Saxe Invitational
Through September 9, 2012

Jewish Life in the Bay Area from the Gold Rush to the Present
Through October 16, 2012

California Historical Society

February - October 14, 2012
Image courtesy of The Huntington Library

And for those of you in Southern California, may we recommend…

The J. Paul Getty Museum – Los Angeles

July 3 – September 23, 2012

June 5 – January 13, 2013

May 29 – August 2012

The Huntington –  San Marino

June 16 – September 17, 2012

July 28 – October 29, 2012

Timkin Museum of Art – San Diego

May 10 – September 9, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

John A. Noble, American painter and mariner

"Anywhere men work or build on the water is of interest to me...My life's work is to make a rounded picture of American maritime endeavor of modern times."
John A. Noble (1913-1983)
Dying in the English Kills, Man & Mast #2 (Brooklyn)
Lithograph, edition of 300
Signed and titled in pencil
23" x 26 3/4" framed
Born in Paris in 1913, John A. Noble was the son of the noted American painter, John “Wichita Bill” Noble. He spent his early years in the studios of his father and his father’s contemporaries, innovative artists and writers of the early 20th century. A graduate of the Friends Seminary in New York City, Noble continued his studies in France at the University of Grenoble. There he met his wife and lifetime companion, Susan Ames. When he returned to New York, he attended the National Academy of Design.

Beginning at the age of 15 and continuing for almost two decades, Noble worked aboard schooners and in marine salvage. It was during this time that the artistic bug caught hold and Noble began drawing and painting. In 1928, while on a schooner that was towing out down the Kill van Kull- the tidal strait that separates Staten Island from New Jersey- he saw the old Port Johnston coal docks, “the largest graveyard of wooden sailing vessels in the world”, for the first time. He would later comment that this sight changed his life forever. In 1941, Noble began to build his floating studio out of parts from the vessels he salvaged. Noble would use a rowboat to explore the harbor, taking detailed records of the boats, workmen, and industries that came and went.

Despite his artistic provenance and critical praise of his work, Noble always remained intimate with the people of the coal docks. “I’m with factory people, industrial people, the immigrants, the sons of immigrants. It gives life to it,” he stated. Late in his life, Noble recalled his first compelling views of New York Harbor. “I was crossing the 134th Street Bridge on the Harlem River on a spring day in 1928, and I was so shocked--it changed my life. I was frozen on that bridge, because both east and west of the bridge were sailing vessels. And I thought sailing vessels, you know, were gone... There it was, and I couldn’t eat, or anything; I was so excited.” By the time of his death in the Spring of 1983 - shortly after the passing of his beloved Susan - the sailing vessels he loved were all gone, and the maritime industry in the area had diminished significantly.

Arader Galleries is proud to present John A. Noble’s Dying in the English Kills, Man & Mast #2 (Brooklyn). This exquisite lithograph portrays a mariner atop the mast on a sailing vessel navigating the English Kills, a tributary along the Newport Creek separating Brooklyn and Queens.

Edward Lear- artist, illustrator, author, poet

Edward Lear (12 May 1812 – 29 January 1888) was born in Halloway, England to a middle class family. As the second-to-last of twenty-one children, he was raised by his oldest sister, Ann, due to poor family finances. Lear also suffered from epilepsy and asthma from an early age - illnesses that would plague him his entire life. Lear became a paid artist at the age of 16 when he took a job with the Zoological Society as a “ornithological draughtsman.” He continued his work drawing the private menagerie of the Earl of Derby. His publication, Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidea, or Parrots, came about in 1830, when the artist was 18. His work was favorably received and compared to contemporary artists such as John James Audubon. At the age of 25, failing eyesight caused Lear to give up his detailed ornithological work. He moved to Rome in 1837 in an attempt to bolster his poor health.

For the next 50 years, Lear would travel all over the world exploring; supporting himself through his drawings, watercolors, and writings. His travels included forays in Greece, Palestine, Egypt, India and Ceylon (modern-day Sri Lanka). While traveling he produced numerous colored wash drawings that he would later build up with watercolor and oil. To share his experiences, Lear kept detailed journals documenting his day–to-day experiences and sketched the local topography. He later annotated his journals, letters, and sketches often purposely misspelling words and adding nonsensical phrases for publication.

Courtesy of 

The Project Gutenberg eBook, A Book of Nonsense, by Edward Lear

Lear passed away at his Italian villa in 1887 from heart disease. Sadly, none of his friends were able to attend the funeral.

Great Britain marked the centennial of his death with a set of Royal Stamps in 1988 and an exhibition at the Royal Academy. To mark the bicentennial of his birth, a range of events have been planned throughout the world on May 18 – International Owl and Pussycat Day – including a Google Doodle depicting the titular Owl and the Pussycat.

Arader Galleries is please to present a rare first edition of Lear’s Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidea, or Parrots. This publication marked the transition from engraving to lithography in natural history works. This work contains 42 lithographs with original hand-painted color. A run of only 175 books were produced, of which only 100 survive today. The quality of this work established Lear’s reputation as one of the best natural history artists of his time.

Edward Lear (1812-1888)
Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots
London: Edward Lear, 1830-1832
Book Condition: Near Fine
Folio (21 x 14 inches)
Letterpress title-page, dedication leaf, list of subscribers, list of plates,
42 fine hand-colored lithographic plates by and after Lear.
Fine modern half diced calf marbled boards antique,
Please contact Arader Galleries for further details.