Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Arthur Hammer - 2 Self Portraits with Beret

Although a painter for over 40 years, Arthur Hammer’s first career was in theater. He moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1975, and returned to New York in 1980 to appear on Broadway in “Zoot Suit” at the Winter Garden Theatre.
While continuing his career in the theater, he began to participate in group shows at various galleries. His first solo show was at the Brian Hall Gallery in New York
 . Subsequent solo shows followed at the Catherine du Jardin Gallery in New York, the Marie Pellicone Galleries in both New York and East Hampton, and the Frank Gianetta Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A fire at the Gianetta Gallery in 1989 destroyed many of his works from this period.
In the late 1980s he decided to relinquish his acting career and devote himself entirely to painting. He opened his own gallery in New York featuring American Painting of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s — works from the W.P.A. in particular.
Portrait of a Man Who Paid $60 for a $20 Jacket, 2001

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