|261 West 35th Street|
|New York, New York 10001 USA|
|Winter hours: Tues.-Sat. 12pm-6pm|
Summer Hours: Mon.-Fri. 12pm-6pm (Jun 15-Sep 15)
The Center for Figurative Painting is an academically oriented, privately endowed,
exhibition space. The mission of the Center is to exhibit and promote the foremost
figurative painters of postwar America. The Center opened to the public in May 2000, with
a retrospective exhibition of work by Paul Georges, called The Big Idea.
The Center for Figurative Painting currently has a permanent collection of more than 100
paintings - including major works by Aristodimos Kaldis, Albert Kresch, Peter
Heinemann, Leland Bell, and Paul Georges. Each of these artists lived and worked in New
York. They emerged following the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, and applied the
techniques of gestural, wet-on-wet, large-format painting, to traditional genres of
representation - still-life, landscape, and the figure.
For each of these painters, subject matter was deeply considered, and intensely personal.
However, subject matter was also the vehicle for working out plastic (and abstract)
relationships on the surface of the canvas.
Together, the works in this collection represent a coherent, compelling account of New
York's painting history. As such, it is a collection which should be available to the public to
study, peruse, and enjoy - through the Center's space, as well as other venues across America
The collection of the Center for Figurative Painting was amassed through extensive research and discussion, and represents the pursuit of painting at its highest levels. The Center and its collection is an assurance that serious, heartfelt painting steeped in the tradition of earlier generations is available to each and every one of us.
An independent and certified appraisal prepared by Gail Skluzacek, AAA, of Abigail Hartmann Associates is available on request and is exceedingly helpful in ascertaining description, provenance, bibliography, authenticity, and pricing. For further information, please call Audrey Hallett at the Center for Figurative Painting.