Trained as an art historian, Barbara Mathes brings a scholarly, critical and refined vision to the gallery program. The gallery is known for its imaginative thematic exhibitions that juxtapose the classic with the contemporary, as well as tightly focused one-person exhibitions. An important aspect of the exhibition program is to explore previously unrecognized work by major figures, and to reexamine this work within the artist's total oeuvre, its relationship to its time, and its place within the larger context of art history. Exhibitions of note include Ad Reinhardt: Paintings 1940-1952; Collage: Abstract Expressionist and Pop; Correspondences: European and American Affinities; Degas: Drawings and Sculpture; Frank Stella: Love Letters and Correspondence; Gerhard Richter: Paintings from the 1980s; Mabel Doge: The Salon Years, 1912 – 1917; Oscar Bluemner: Works on Paper; Oscar Bluemner: a Retrospective Exhibition; Pioneering Decade: 1910 – 1920.
The gallery participates regularly in important art fairs such as The Art Dealers Association of America ART SHOW, New York; TEFAF, Maastricht; Art Basel Miami Beach and Art Basel.
The gallery is experienced in assisting new collectors to form well considered and cohesive collections, as well as in finding particular works for the more seasoned collector. The gallery has placed important works in major private and public collections including the Albright Knox Gallery, Amon Carter Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Palace of the Legion of Honor, Reina Sofia Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art and others. The gallery is always interested in purchasing fine works of art.
Barbara Mathes Gallery is a member of The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) and the Confédération Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d'Art (CINOA.) She currently is the President of the Board of the Archives of American Art, a division of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C.
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