The Painting toward architecture exhibition (1947-52) by the Miller Company Collection of Abstract Art: The artworks (2016)

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Artworks exhibited in Painting toward architecture (1947-52)

It is important to note that the actual works exhibited in each venue appears at times to have changed. Due to the fragility of Mondrian’s Victory Boogie Woogie, sometimes a copy of the work was exhibited. Of particular interest and not very well known is the extent to which photos of classic Modern architecture were exhibited (Gropius, Oud, Le Corbusier), as well as the Miller Co. logo as art/design in a glass case, and possibly even Miller Co. lighting in later venues.

Below is a working draft of works exhibited to be updated. In due course, we aim specify which works were exhibited at each venue based on available object lists in the archives at certain venues.

Leo AMINO. Spring, (1946). Plastic, (H) 13 1/4 in.

Hans ARP. Composition of a woman on glass, (c. 1920). Oil on glass, 41 1/2 x 31 in.

Hans ARP. Composition (relief), (1934). Wood, 19 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.

Harry BERTOIA. Composition, (1944). Monoprint, 40 1/4 x 29 3/8 in.

Ilya BOLOTOWSKY. Perpendiculars and diagonals, (1945). Oil on canvas, 18 x 22 in.

> Current location: Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK. [1]

Georges BRAQUE. Black rose, (1927). Oil on canvas, 20 x 37 in.

Current location: This artwork was sold at auction at Christie’s New York on 5 November 1991 in their Important modern paintings from the Tremaine Collection sale. [A01171]

Alexander CALDER. Bougainvillea. Sheet metal and wire, 78 1/4 high.

Current location: This artwork was sold at auction at Christie’s New York on 12 November 1991. [A01170]

Mary CALLERY. Amity, (1947). Bronze, 17 3/4 x 26 in. Viewed 23 August 2016. [A01148]

> Current location: Since 1977, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, accession no. 1977.75.7. (In 1981-84, "Extended loan for use by Secretary Terrel H. Bell, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.". In 1993-97, "Extended loan for use by Ambassador Madeleine Albright, Representative of the U.S. to the United Nations, office at the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.") Viewed 23 August 2016. [A01148]

Mary CALLERY. Water ballet, (1947). Bronze on glass, 24 x 48 in.

Stuart DAVIS. Composition (Point) 1863, (c. 1933-35). Gouache on paper, 20 1/2 x 28 in.

Current location: As of 2009, was in Collection of C.K. Williams, II and in Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition Adventures in Modern art: The Charles K. Williams II Collection (12 July 2009 - 13 September 2009). Viewed 29 August 2016. [A01166-67]

Stuart DAVIS. For Internal Use Only, (1945). Oil on canvas, 45 x 28 in.

> Current location: Reynolda Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC, since 1988. Object no. 1998.2.1. [A01159]

Theo van DOESBURG. Space-time construction #3, (1923). Oil on canvas, 18 1/2 x 15 3/4 in.

> Current location: Since 2010, at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, accession no. 2010.14. [A01160]

Perle FINE. Midnight, (1942). Gouache and spray gun on cardboard, 11 x 9 3/4 in.

> Current location: Was at auction at Christie’s on 9 November 2011 in their Post-War and Contemporary Art Session II sale. Viewed 29 August 2016. [A01164]

Juan GRIS. Still life with chair, (1913). Oil on canvas, 22 1/2 x 29 in.

Current location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, "promised gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection". Artwork retitled as Pears and grapes on a table. Viewed 29 August 2016. [A01168]

James M. GUY. Wire composition, (c. 1944). Painted wood relief with wire, 23 x 17 in.

Vasily KANDINSKY. Animated stability, (1935). Oil on canvas, 45 3/4 x 35 in.

Jean HELION. Composition, (1934). Oil on canvas, 51 1/2 x 63 3/4 in.

Paul KLEE. Departure of the ghost, (1941). Oil on canvas, 43 x 30 in.

Current location: Was at auction at Sotheby’s New York on 7 November 2006 in their Impressionist and Modern art evening sale. Viewed 7 September 2016. [A01194]

Paul KLEE. Structural II, (1924). Watercolor on paper, 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.

Current location: Was at auction at Christie’s New York on 5 November 1991 in their Important modern paintings from the Tremaine Collection sale. Viewed 29 August 2016. [A01172]

Fernand LEGER. Petit Dejeuner, (c. 1921). Oil on canvas, 40 x 53 in.

Current location: This artwork was sold at auction at Christie’s New York on 5 November 1991 in their Important modern paintings from the Tremaine Collection sale. [A01173]

Fernand LEGER. Les Plongeurs Circulaires, (1942). Oil on canvas, 59 x 51 in.

Current location: Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. Viewed 29 August 2016. [A01169]

Jacques LIPCHITZ. Birth of the muses II, (1944). Bronze, (H) 6 1/2 in.

MATTA. The splitting of the ergo, (1945-46). Oil on canvas, 77 1/2 x 96 in.

John MARIN. A street seeing, (1928). Watercolor, 26 x 21 1/4 in.

Carlos MERIDA. Sky over Texas, (1943). Oil on masonite, 24 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.

Joan MIRO. The cat’s whiskers, (1927). Oil on canvas, 59 1/2 x 46 1/2 in.

Piet MONDRIAN. Personnages dans la nuit, (1940). Temera, 7 x 8 in.

Piet MONDRIAN. Composition, (1935-42). Oil on canvas, 42 1/2 x 23 in.

Piet MONDRIAN. Victory boogie-woogie, (1943). Oil and scotch tape on canvas.

> Current location: Since c. 1998, at the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands, accession no. 0810747. [A01162]

Henry MOORE. Sketches for figures, (1934). Pencil, 14 1/2 x 10 5/8 in.

Georgia O’KEEFFE. New York night, (1926). Oil on canvas, 48 x 30 in.

> Current location: Since , at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, accession no. 80.28. [A0116]

Irene Rice PEREIRA. Transfluent lines, (1946). Oil on glass, front plane; probably tempera on compo board, rear plane, 24 x 18 in.

> Current location: Since 1973, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, accession no. 1973.71.2. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Burton Tremaine. Viewed 23 August 2014. [A01147]

Pablo PICASSO. Drawing, (1916). Watercolor and black pencil, 13 x 10 in.

Pablo PICASSO. Lady with the fan, (c. 1912?). Oil on canvas, 72 3/4 x 28 1/2 in.

Pablo PICASSO. New Hebrides Mask, (1929). Oil on canvas, 8 5/8 x 6 3/8 in. [In 2014, the title was Tête; in 1984, the title New Hebrides Mask was used. [2]

> Current location: This artwork was sold at auction at Christie’s New York on 6 November 2014. Viewed 29 August 2016. [A01165]

Pablo PICASSO. Jeune fille au chapeau, (1939). Oil on canvas, 24 1/2 x 20 in.

Jose de RIVERA. Black, yellow, red, (1942). Painted metal, 17 x 30 in.

> Current location: Since 1977, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, accession no. 1977.75.8. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Burton Tremaine. Viewed 23 August 2014. [A01146]

Charles SHEELER. On a theme of farm buildings, (1947). Tempera, 19 x 25 in.

Rufino TAMAYO. Clowns, (1942). Oil on canvas, 19 3/4 x 39 1/4 in.

> Current location: Since 1971, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, accession no. 1971.87.10. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Burton Tremaine. Viewed 28 August 2014. [A01146]

Mark TOBEY. Pattern of conflict, (1944). Tempera, 13 1/4 x 19 in.

John TUNNARD. Avenue, (1944). Watercolor and gouache, 14 1/2 x 21 1/2 in.


Footnote:
[1] See (1984). The Tremaine Collection: 20th century masters - The spirit of Modernism (exhibition catalogue), p. 183. Wadsworth Atheneum: Hartford, CT.

[2] Ibid., p. 21.



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