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 over the 28(+) venues of Painting toward architecture, the artworks— and presentation of photos of architecture starting after the 11th venue— were variable. Also, reflecting the era, many of the exhibiting spaces did not keep exhibition checklists, and sometimes they are not precise. Also, only three venues seem to have installation photos. So, there is a certain vagueness and a lot of room for error.

So, here’s how the list below works. First, the exhibition checklist for the Hartford viewing is below. Additional works mentioned, in news reports or seen in installation photos for the Hartford viewing, have been added to this list. In the second section, "B." additional works are listed that appear on checklists from later venues. There are several. "C." lists out photos of architecture. If you are a researcher, do feel to contact artdesigncafe as we do understand there is a lot of confusion about the variably presented PtA.

A. Artworks that appeared at the originating institution, the Wadsworth Atheneum

Josef ALBERS. Flying man, (1929 / 1935). Oil on masonite, 23 1/2 x 17 3/4 in.

Leo AMINO. Figure composition, (1946). Plastic, (H) 13 1/4 in. [This work probably is also Spring (sculpture) also on exhibition checklists].

> Current location: Unknown.

Jean ARP / Hans ARP. Composition (relief), (1934). Wood, 19 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (This work is in the Tremaine Collection 1984 exhibition catalogue, p. 46, with the title Form).

> Current location: Unknown.

Jean ARP. Three navel man, (1920). Oil on cardboard. 41 1/2 x 31 in.

> Current location: Unknown.

Harry BERTOIA. Composition [no. 8], (1944). Monoprint, 40 1/4 x 29 3/8 in. [AAA00412]

> Current location: Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Confirmed 28 October 2016. [A01213; AAA00414]

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

> Current location: Since 1968, at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. [AAA00390]

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. Mobile, (undated). Sheet metal and wire, 20 1/2 in. high. (It’s not clear if this work was Antenna or not, as the titles across the checklists and titles used today may at times be different.)

> Current location: Unknown.

Mary CALLERY. Amity (study), (1946). Bronze, 17 3/4 x 26 in. Viewed 23 August 2016. (This is possibly the work, given the object list specifies "study".) [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.

> Current location: Unknown.

Stuart DAVIS. Composition (1863), (c. 1930). 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. [AAA00404-10]

> 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 pears, (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. Three figures, (1944). Painted wood relief with wire, 23 x 17 in.

Current location: As of 1984, this artwork was at Principia College, St. Louis, MO.[1]

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

> Current location: As of 2003, in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Gift of Dorothy Tremaine Hildt.

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

> Current location: Unknown.

Paul KLEE. Departure of the ghost, (1931). Oil on canvas, 43 x 30 in. [AAA00412]

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). Gouache, 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]

KUNISADA. Japanese actor, (1805). Color woodcut, 14 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.

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. Pegasus (study), (1944). Bronze, (H) 6 1/2 in.

> Current location: Unknown.

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

> Current location: Unknown.

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

> Current location: Unknown.

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

Current location: As of 1984, the artwork was at the Phoenix Art Museum. [1]

Joan MIRO. The cat’s whiskers, (1927). Oil on canvas, 59 1/2 x 46 1/2 in. [AAA00419]

Current location: Unknown.

Joan MIRO. Personnages dans la nuit, (1940). Tempera, 7 x 8 in.

Current location: Unknown.

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

> Current location: Unknown, but see Stuart Davis: American painter, 1991 catalogue as possibly the work owned by a "private collection". Is in 1984 Tremaine Collection / Wadsworth catologue, p. 48. [AAA00404]

Piet MONDRIAN. Victory boogie-woogie, (1943). Oil and scotch tape on canvas. (Object list also states "Oil transcription by Perle Fine also to be shown in exhibition.")

> 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.

> Current location: Unknown.

Ben NICHOLSON. Composition, (undated). (This might be Nicholson’s Still life (1947) with a name change across exhibition checklists across the show. If so and probably: oil on board, 6 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (This work is in the Tremaine Collection 1984 exhibition catalogue, p. 58.)

> Current location: Unknown. Still life (1947) was sold at Christie’s on 5 November 1991.

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

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

I. 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). Pencil and wash, 13 x 10 in.

Current location: Unknown.

Pablo PICASSO. Lady with the fan, (c. 1911 and 1918). Oil on canvas, 72 3/4 x 28 1/2 in. [AAA00419]

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. [1]

> 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.

Current location: Unknown.

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. (Is listed in the Tremaine Collection 1984 exhibition catalogue, p. 187, with location unknown.[AAA00418]

> Current location: Unknown.

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. (This artwork is in the Tremaine Collection 1984 exhibition catalogue, p. 60.)

> Current location: Unknown.

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

> Current location: Unknown.



B. Other works exhibited in Painting toward architecture after the Wadsworth appearing on exhibition checklists, news reports and or in exhibition photographs

Still in development

Jean ARP. Geometric torn paper, (1918). (In the Tremaine Collection 1984 exhibition catalogue, p. 183, a work entiteld Duo collage (1918) is listed (Paper, 31 1/4 x 23 1/8 in.) with location unknown.

> Current location: Unknown.

Jean ARP. Collage (arranged according to law of chance), (1918). Paper. 21 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (In the Tremaine Collection 1984 exhibition catalogue, p. 183, the location of this work is unknown.)

> Current location: Unknown.

Roberto BURLE-MARX. (1948). Design for a garden. Gouache. 50 1/4 x 27 3/4 in.

> Current location: Since 1966, this work has been in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. (See Niemeyer maquette and drawings below.)

Alexander CALDER. Bougainviller, (c. 1947). (Sometimes spelled "Bougainvillea".) Standing mobile: painted sheet metal and rod, wire and stone. 78 1/4 x 86 in. (This works first appears on the Milwaukee viewing checklist and on the Madison checklist. Given the variable nature of the show, this does not mean it was in all of the shows in between.)

> Current location: As of 12 November 1991, sold at Sotheby’s New York.

LE CORBUSIER. Still life, (1925). Oil on canvas; 39 x 31 7/8 in. (This work first appears on the Milwaukee checklist through to Smith College, but perhaps not in all venues in between. A photo of the work is in the Tremaine Collection 1984 exhibition catalogue, p. 37.)

> Current location: As of 5 November 1991, sold at Sotheby’s New York.

Theo van DOESBURG. Composition, (1920). Oil on canvas. 36 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (This work is on the exhibition checklist for the Madison, WI viewing, so it appeared in at least one venue.)

> Current location: This artwork is in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid, Spain, acquired in 1979.

Perle FINE. Climax, (1944). Ink, colored. 16 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (This work first appears on the shipping list from the Milwaukee venue to the San Francisco venue.)

> Current location: According to Tremaine Collection exhibition catalogue (1984), this work at that time was at Principia College, St. Louis, MO.

Max ERNST. A beautiful day, (1948). Oil on canvas; 39 1/2 x 39 1/2. (In the Tremaine Collection 1984 exhibition catalogue, this work is on p. 50.)

> Current location: Unknown.

Jacques LIPCHITZ. Pierrot, (1916). Brush and black ink with colored chalks; 21 15/16 x 14 11/16 in. (This work is on, at least, the exhibition checklist for the Madison, WI viewing.)

> Current location: Since 1973, in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Jacques LIPCHITZ. Still life, (1918). Oil on canvas; 21 5/8 x 13 1/16 in. (This work is on, at least, the exhibition checklist for the Madison, WI viewing.)

> Current location: Since 1973, in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

El LISSITSKY. Photodrawings, (undated). (Very little is known about these works at this juncture.)

> Current location: Unknown.

Roberto MATTA. "Oil painting", (1942). Oil. (This work first appears to have been exhibited at Smith College and also in Madison, WI. It is unclear if the work was exhibited at all of the venues in between. The following work, listed in the Tremaine Collection 1984 exhibition catalogue, p. 185, has the 1942, and it is presumed to be the same work: Roberto Matta. Genesis. Oil on canvas. 28 x 36 in.)

> Current location: Since 1971, in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Roberto MATTA. "Collage", (1945). Oil. (This work first appears to have been exhibited at Smith College and also in Madison, WI. It is unclear if the work was exhibited at all of the venues in between. This work was not shown or listed in the Tremaine Collection 1984 exhibition catalogue.)

> Current location: Unknown.

Carlos MERIDA. Secuenica de Danza No. 3, (1948). Oil. (This work is on the exhibition list for the Madison, WI viewing.)

> Current location: Unknown.

Laszlo MOHOLY-NAGY. Farbgitter No. 1, (1922). Oil on canvas; 30 1/4 x 23 1/2. (From the very incomplete travelling exhibition documentation, this work starts to appear in the San Francisco viewing and is on the Madison, WI exhibition checklist and in many venues along the way. It cannot be assumed that the work was exhibited in all venues along the way. This work is in the Tremaine Collection 1984 exhibition catalogue, p. 38.)

> Current location: Unknown.

Piet MONDRIAN. Pier and ocean, (1914). (This work is on the exhibition checklist starting in Cincinnati and also for Madison, WI. It cannot be confirmed that the work appeared in the venues in between. It does not appear to be in the Tremaine Collection 1984 exhibition catalogue.

> Current location: Unknown. However, this work was loaned by the Tremaines in 1980-81 for a travelling exhibition. (See listing 1981 here.

Barnett NEWMAN. The Euclidian Abyss, (1946-47). "Oil and crayon fabric". (This work is on, at least, the exhibition checklist for the Madison, WI viewing. In 1984 Tremaine collection catalogue, the work is "gouache on canvas board, 28 x 22 in.")

> Current location: Private collection. [A01489]

Carlos Orozco ROMERO. La danza (The dance), (1939). Oil on canvas; 15 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (This work first appears to have been exhibited at Smith College and also in Madison, WI. It is unclear if the work was exhibited at all of the venues in between.)

> Current location: Since 1964, in the Phoenix Art Museum collection.

Kurt SCHWITTERS. Merzbild, (c. 1922). Collage on paper. 7 x 5 5/8 in. (This work starting being shown in the Milwaukee viewing.)

> Current location: Unknown. As of 5 November 1991, the work was sold at Christie’s New York.

Kady WELLS. The rivers, (1948). Watercolor. (This work first appears to have been exhibited at Smith College and also in Madison, WI. It is unclear if the work was exhibited at all of the venues in between. This artist may be "Cady Wells".)

> Current location: Unknown.

Additionally, there are three works that either appeared at the Hartford and/or later venues. These include something called "Lecturn boogie woogie"; an interpretation of Victory Boogie Woogie by artist Perle Fine’ and an "oil transcription" of Victory Boogie Woogie, also by Fine, that was used at times to show VBW as a visual replacement, as the work is very fragile.

ALSO: Miller Company letterhead. (Glass-enclosed).



C. Photos of architecture that appeared in one/more of the 28(+) venues of Painting toward architecture

Alvar AALTO. (c. 1948). Baker House / Senior house, MIT, Boston. (On Smith College confirmation of works received by RISD viewing, May 1949.)

Le Corbusier. (1936). Ministry of Education, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (On Smith College confirmation of works received by RISD viewing, May 1949.)

Le Corbusier. (1929). Villa Savoye (exterior). Poissy, France near Paris. (On Smith College confirmation of works received by RISD viewing, May 1949.)

Le Corbusier. (1929). Villa Savoye (vestible). Poissy, France near Paris. (On Smith College confirmation of works received by RISD viewing, May 1949.)

Walter Gropius. (1925). Bauhaus, exterior. Dessau, Germany. (On Smith College confirmation of works received by RISD viewing, May 1949.)

Walter Gropius. (1925). Bauhaus, director’s house. Dessau, Germany. (On Smith College confirmation of works received by RISD viewing, May 1949.)

Walter Gropius. (1925). Bauhaus, workshops. Dessau, Germany. (On Smith College confirmation of works received by RISD viewing, May 1949.)

Oscar Niemeyer. (completed 1943). Church at Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (On Smith College confirmation of works received by RISD viewing, May 1949.)

J. J. P. Oud. (1925). Café de Unie, Rotterdam. (On Smith College confirmation of works received by RISD viewing, May 1949, and in photos of West Virginia and Houston installations.)

Gerrit Rietveld. (1924). Schröder House, Utrecht. (On Smith College confirmation of works received by RISD viewing, May 1949.)

Tecton. (undated). "Lubetkin House". (On Smith College confirmation of works received by RISD viewing, May 1949.)

Tecton. (1934). Penguin pool. (On Smith College confirmation of works received by RISD viewing, May 1949.)

Frank Lloyd Wright. Hickox House, Kankakee, IL (1900). (On Smith College confirmation of works received by RISD viewing, May 1949, and in photo of installation in Houston.)

Other architectural designs in accompanying PtA book by H.R. Hitchcock (1948)

Oscar Niemeyer. (1948). Tremaine House (unbuilt), Santa Barbara, CA, (p. 53). [This design was commissioned by the Tremaines. They donated the maquette, link above, as well as several drawings / pieces of documentation: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.]

Frank Lloyd Wright. (1948). Project for resort, Meteor Crater, Arizona (unbuilt), (p. 43). [For illustration online, search the book Treasures of Taliesin: Seventy-seven Unbuilt Designs by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Frank Lloyd Wright (1985, 1999). This design was commissioned by the Tremaines.]


Footnotes:
[1] See (1984). The Tremaine Collection: 20th century masters - The spirit of Modernism (exhibition catalogue). Wadsworth Atheneum: Hartford, CT. Please note that according to a Principia representative, this is a catalogue error and the work has not been at the college.



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