Trained as an art historian, Barbara Mathes brings a scholarly focus and emphasis on research to the gallery program.\n\nOne of the gallery’s particular c... more >> Barbara Mathes Gallery was founded in 1978 and specializes in paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by modern and contemporary masters. The gallery is known for its tightly focused one-person shows and for imaginative thematic exhibitions that present major modern and contemporary artists in new and illuminating contexts. The gallery is also dedicated to exhibiting the work of overlooked major masters in art historical contexts.
Trained as an art historian, Barbara Mathes brings a scholarly focus and emphasis on research to the gallery program.\n\nOne of the gallery’s particular concentrations has been Italian art of the postwar era with a longstanding commitment to the work of Fausto Melotti who was first introduced to American audiences by the gallery in 1995. \nAdditionally, the gallery has a strong involvement with American artists of the 1950s, 60s and 70s including Carl Andre, Franz Kline, Sol Lewitt, Robert Mangold and Joan Mitchell.\nFinally, the gallery has an ongoing history of organizing solo exhibitions of artists long due for reappraisal. In May, 2016 the gallery showed the paintings and drawings of Edda Renouf, whose work is little known to American collectors. In the spring of 2015, the gallery presented Tadaaki Kuwayama: Early Work, an exhibition that reintroduced American audiences to the minimal paintings of Tadaaki Kuwayama. Kuwayama’s distinctive works were shown at the historic Green Gallery in the early 1960s, and were included in the epochal 1966 Systemic Painting exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum