Exhibitions

This on-line exhibition combines two projects from the WPA era in Northern California. The first are prints from the California Works Progress Administration (WPA) which was part of the Federal Arts Project (FAP) and the second are prints that were published by the San Francisco Chronicle in 1940.
 
In 1987, the Annex Galleries, in association with a collector from the east coast who was a former employee of War Assets Administration and the General Services Administration, mounted The Federal Art Project. The exhibition included a total of ninety-four prints, mostly lithographs, produced in the WPA-FAP. There were also an additional thirteen lithographs printed by California WPA printer Ray Bertrand (1909-1986) that were published by the San Francisco Chronicle in 1940 as part of their Contemporary Graphics series.
 
The gallery recently located another group of these WPA-FAP prints from the same source, who is now deceased. We have decided to redo the earlier concept as one of our on-line exhibitions, this time focusing on the Northern California WPA. For a more detailed introduction to the WPA-FAP project, click on this link: Introduction. To go directly to the on-line exhibition click on this link: WPA-FAP Prints from Northern California.
 
When viewing the thumbnails please click on the image to get further information on the work, including the price.
 
ATTENTION: Most of these prints have had labels attached to the verso or other physical problems, which the prices generally reflect. Please contact the gallery for further condition reports. These prints are RARE and finding an example in "perfect" condition is nearly impossible though, for the most part these can be restored.
 
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This on-line exhibition features forty-four works by William Seltzer Rice (1873-1963) that will be on view in the gallery beginning May 4, 2013. Our show celebrates the artist as well as the newly published book, William S. Rice: Art & Life, by Ellen Sexauer Treseder, granddaughter of the artist. William S. Rice was a master of watercolor and the printmaking techniques of color woodcut, linocut, etching and drypoint. Examples of these techniques are included so that the viewer can understand and enjoy the breadth of Rice's work.

Below, we've provided links so you can read the introduction or go straight to viewing the exhibition. Enjoy!

The Work of William S. Rice

Daniel Lienau & Gala Chamberlain- The Annex Galleries

Intro View


In 1975, the University of Iowa honored Mauricio Lasansky with a retrospective exhibition, which was accompanied by a catalogue raisonné by John Thein and Phillip Lasansky. Mauricio Lasansky’s move from one continent to another and the sparseness of his early editions contributed to the holes in the information on his works created in Argentina.

Most of the works in this exhibition are from a private collection. The collector found the artist’s work and story so compelling that he sought out Lasansky’s early work via the best sleuthing tool available: the Internet. Some of the works were found in the artist’s homeland, Argentina, and these early works offer clues to dates and edition sizes that were not available to Thein and Lasansky.

The catalogue raisonné noted that a number of the plates were destroyed but, according to the collector, Mauricio’s brother brought a number of these “lost” plates to the United States and small editions were printed by the artist in 1979 or 1980. These later impressions are sometimes inscribed with the earlier dates but the quality and condition of the paper are obvious signs of later printings. All of these were purchased from the Lasansky gallery.

It is fortuitous that the plates were found as we are now able to add images to some of the blank frames in the catalogue raisonné. Some of the early works bear inscriptions and dates that place them earlier than the chronology created by Zigrosser, Fern, Thein and Lasansky.

This exhibition is a tribute to an artist and a collector. One sought, created and inspired innovation, and the other recognized it.
 

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Portrait prints, drawings and photographs of artists, musicians, actors, authors, etc.  This special exhibition is an adjunct to our other on-line "Portraits in Print" exhibition.  This features self portraits and portraits of other people, real and fictional, who have been connected to that broad world of the Fine Arts.

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Printmakers have always been drawn to the creation of a series of works done to illustrate a text; the work of a poet, a work of fiction, a masterpiece, etc. Or, the artist can design and create his or own book, from the paper it is printed on to the binding that is used and everything between the covers.

This small exhibition is a selection of such works from our inventory.

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An on-line exhibition of portraits.  Unlike our exhibition of Artists' Portraits this features portraits of all kinds - photographic to abstract and in all media.

This exhibition will change as our inventory changes and should always be up to date.

Intro View