Jefferson Place Gallery

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Jefferson Place Gallery with Foam Works by Ed Zerne (1972)

The Jefferson Place Gallery was an art gallery in Washington, DC. It was founded in 1957, as a coalition of American university artists and others: Robert "Bob" Gates, Helene Herzbrun, and Ben "Joe" Summerford. Helene Herzbrun was a partner until 1961. Alice Denney was the first director. Nesta Dorrance acquired the gallery from Denney around 1960 when she left to organize the Washington Gallery of Modern Art. Dorrance ran it until it closed in the mid-1970s.

The gallery exhibited "advanced art" and was associated with Washington Color School, color field, post-painterly abstraction and lyrical abstraction for a number of years, and was a major Washington outlet for that art. These are some of the artists who exhibited at Jefferson Place Gallery: Kenneth Noland, Howard Mehring, Gene Davis, Paul Reed (artist), Hilda Shapiro Thorpe, Sam Gilliam, William Eggleston, Willem De Looper, Eric Rudd, Rockne Krebs, John Gossage, Franklin White, Carroll Sockwell, David Staton, Jennie Lea Knight, Elliot Thompson, Blaine Larson, Sheila Isham, Yuri Schwebler, Valerie Hollister, Ben L. Summerford, Roy Slade, Ed Zerne, John P. Wise, V.V. Rankine, Robert Franklin Gates, David Moy, Roberto Polo, and Antoinette "Tony" Bradlee.

The competitors in contemporary art with Nesta Dorrance's Jefferson Place Gallery were Henri Gallery [Henrietta Ersham], Pyramid Gallery [Ramon Osuna and Luis Lastra] and later, Protetch-Rivkin Gallery [Max Protetch and Harold Rivkin].

Exhibitions[edit]

1975
  • Eric Rudd
1974
  • Thomas George
  • Sheila Isham
  • Willem de Looper
  • William Eggleston
1973
  • Eric Rudd
1972
  • Roy Slade
  • Willem de Looper
  • Ed Zerne
  • Jack Solomon
  • Valerie Hollister
  • Sam Gilliam
1971
  • Eric Rudd
  • Howard Mehring
1970
  • Roy Slade
  • Sheila Isham
  • Howard Mehring
  • Willem de Looper
1969
  • Sheila Isham
  • Eric Rudd
  • Howard Mehring
  • Sam Gilliam
  • Valerie Hollister
  • "Corkery, Thompson, Wade, Zerne" July
1968
  • Sam Gilliam
  • Roy Slade
  • Sheila Isham
  • "Jefferson Place Ten Years"
  • Valerie Hollister
  • Willem de Looper
1967
  • Gene Davis [?]
  • Willem de Looper
  • Paul Reed
1966
  • Barbara Freeman
  • Willem de Looper
  • Valerie Hollister and Eric Rudd
1964
  • Paul Reed
1963
1962
  • Gene Davis - November 27-December 15, 1962.
  • Frederic Matys Thursz
1961
  • Thomas Downing
  • Gene Davis - January 1961.
1960
  • Gene Davis - June 1960
  • Howard Mehring
1959
  • Gene Davis - March 3–21, 1959.
  • Howard Mehring
  • Frederic Matys Thursz
1958
  • Kenneth Noland

References[edit]

  • [1] Jefferson Place Gallery records, 1957-1971. Notes by Helene Herzbrun, S.I. Archives of American Art
  • [2] Oral history interviews with Sam Gilliam, 1989 November 4–11., S.I. Archives of American Art
  • Introduction & Text by Roy Slade, "The Corcoran & Washington Art" Copyright 1976 The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.: 2000 copies printed by Garamond Press, Baltimore, MD LCCC# 76-42098
  • [3] Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Interview with Gerald Nordland Conducted by Susan Larsen, Chicago, Illinois May 25–26, 2004
  • Washington Art, catalog of exhibitions at State University College at Potsdam, NY & State University of New York at Albany, 1971 [no copyright or LCCC # listed], Introduction by Renato G. Danese, printed by Regal Art Press, Troy NY.
  • The Vincent Melzac Collection, Forward by Walter Hopps, Introduction by Ellen Gross Landau, Retrospective Notes on the Washington Color School by Barbara Rose, Copyright 1971 The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.: printed by Garamond/Pridemark Press, Baltimore, MD LCCC#75-153646
  • [4]Howard Mehring, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington D. C.,
  • Mary Pinchot Meyer Antoinette "Tony" Bradlee exhibited figurative sculpture at JPG and was a sister to murdered artist, Mary Pinchot Meyer
  • The Visual Experience: An Introduction to Art, Helene M. Herzbrun, Art Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Spring, 1963), pp. 168–168 Published by: College Art Association

External links[edit]

  • [5] Interview with Franklin White, November 2004, Liquitex site
  • [6] Hilda Thorpe 1920 - 2000, AskArt
  • Hilda Thorpe
  • [7] Rockne Krebs, AskArt
  • [8] Jennie Lea Knight 1933-2007, SAAM
  • [9] A Tribute for a Washington Painter by Way of Holland; Willem de Looper, By Paul Richard, Special to The Washington Post, Sunday, April 13, 2008; Page M08
  • [10] Thought Provoking Work at the Hudson: Yuri Schwebler, By John Caldwell, N.Y.Times, November 15, 1981
  • [11] Carroll Sockwell 1943 - 1992, AskArt
  • [12] Ben L. Summerford, AskArt
  • [13] Robert Franklin Gates 1906 - 1982, AskArt
  • [14] V.V.Rankine, AskArt
  • [15] Gene Davis Bio
  • [16] Gene Davis interview
  • [17] Eric Rudd Bio
  • [18] Eric Rudd Bibliography
  • [19] Howard Mehring Bio
  • [20] Valerie Hollister Bio
  • [21] Kenneth Noland Bio
  • [22] Willem de Looper Bio
  • [23] Frederic Matys Thursz Bio 1930-1992
  • Paul Reed (artist) Paul Allen Reed Bio
  • [24] William Eggleston
  • [25] Carroll Sockwell
  • [26] Thomas Downing Bio
  • [27] Barbara Freeman Bio
  • [28] Ben L. Summerford Bio
  • [29] Sheila Isham Bio
  • [30] Roy Slade Bio
  • [31] Sam Gilliam Bio
  • [32] Thomas George Bio
  • [33] Essay on Post-Painterly Abstraction by Clement Greenberg
  • [34] New Sculpture: Baltimore, Washington, Richmond. [Exhibition] October 9 - November 15, 1970. [Introduction by Renato G. Danese]
  • [35] Text to New Sculpture catalog's Introduction by Renato G. Danese
  • [36] Ed Zerne at District West Fine Art, 2002
  • [37] Max Protetch
  • [38] Danese