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New Winter Wall Artist: Irwin Hollander
Newest Artist in Art Garage Winter Show: Irwin Hollander
Cooperstown, NY— Works by Irwin Hollander are the latest to be presented on the changing ‘winter wall’ in the Art Garage group show, Winter Flow.
Hollander’s brightly colored gestural works on board and tile are accompanied by a herd of small flat wooden cows, some brightly colored and some black and white. The show will be on view at 689 Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown, beginning Saturday, January 30, until February 24. Also on display in Winter Flow #2: Lavern Kelley, Tracy Helgeson, Alice Hudson, Robert Seward and Ada Yonenaka. The gallery is open seven days a week, only by appointment, for public safety.
Hollander lived in Wells Bridge for several decades before returning to his native New York, where he died in 2018. The contemporaneous New York Times obituary by Robert Smith emphasized that he is particularly known in the art world for his lithographic expertise: he worked with Abstract Expressionist giants such as Wilhelm de Kooning and Robert Motherwell, persuading them to adventure into the world of printmaking. According to Smith, Hollander felt that “their gestural, improvisational styles would adapt well to lithography, perhaps the most forgiving of print mediums.” According to Smith, “He also excelled in his use of tusche, a liquid that, when poured on a lithographic stone or plate, can leave a flowing motif that can be printed; it was especially used by Robert Motherwell and Sam Francis.” He had trained at the renowned Tamarind Workshop in Los Angeles, California, and was Tamarind’s first master printer. In the 1960s he established Hollander’s Workshop in the East Village, later moved to the Lower East Side. One of his last clients was John Cage, who was incorporating aspects of the i-Ching into his collaboration with Hollander. Several of Hollander’s works on paper at the Art Garage suggest a delicate continued affinity.
When Holland left the New York art world for Wells Bridge, Otsego County, he broke free from the precision of printmaking. He painted profusely and with great abandon, as can be seen in his art on view at the Art Garage. His close relationship with Abstract Expressionism may account for the gestural quality in many of his pieces. Irwin Hollander was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1927. His father was a taxi driver, and his mother worked in the garment industry. He attended the School of Industrial Art, a technical high school in Manhattan (now the High School of Art and Design), and spent two years at Washington Irving High School, also in Manhattan, studying fashion illustration, life drawing and photography in night classes. However, it was while he was in the Army, stationed on Guam, in 1946, that he by chance first saw a painter in action — he was smitten. He immediately bought a set of paints to engage in what became a lifelong passion. The Sragow Gallery in Manhattan mounted a display of his artists’ proofs at its space on West 30th Street, New York, New York, to commemorate his passing.
The Art Garage is open seven days a week with an appointment. Visitors may text 315-941-9607 or call 607-547-5327 to schedule a viewing time. Additional images of Hollander’s work can be seen at FaceBookArtGarageCooperstown.
- From 10 a.m. - To: 2:00 pm
- Winter Flow #2: Irwin Hollander, paint on board & tile
- see above