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Frederick Hammersley

Oct 21, 2017 - Jan 22, 2018 Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, Susan and Stephen Chandler Wing

Frederick Hammersley: To Paint without Thinking

 

Frederick Hammersley: To Paint without Thinking

Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), See saw, #3, 1966, oil on linen, 44 x 44 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, anonymous gift in memory of Robert Shapazian. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), See saw, #3, 1966, oil on linen, 44 x 44 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, anonymous gift in memory of Robert Shapazian. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

 

Press Release

 

This exhibition on American abstract artist Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009) showcases his sketchbooks, notebooks, inventories, and vibrant color swatches to illuminate the painstaking process the artist used to create his hard-edge geometric paintings. It features about 50 objects, pairing items from Hammersley’s archives (a recent gift to the Getty Research Institute) with five paintings, including The Huntington’s See saw (1966), and dozens of other works, including lithographs, silkscreens, and works of digital art from the collections of The Huntington, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, Palm Springs Art Museum, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. To accompany the exhibition, The Huntington is publishing a fully illustrated catalog with several scholarly essays revealing new research on the topic.

 

Frederick Hammersley: To Paint without ThinkingExhibition catalog

To complement the exhibition, The Huntington is publishing Frederick Hammersley: To Paint without Thinking (ISBN 978-0-9986817-1-9), a boldly illustrated catalog edited by James Glisson, Bradford and Christine Mishler Associate Curator of American Art at The Huntington, with contributions from Alan Phenix, scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute, Kathleen Shields, executive director at the Frederick Hammersley Foundation, and Nancy Zastudil, administrative director at the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. Distributed internationally by DAP and retailing for $35, the catalog has 120 pages and 75 illustrations. Available at thehuntingtonstore.org.

 


Images

Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), Page 17 of Notebook #3, bound fabric-covered sketchbook with colored pencil and ballpoint pen, 8 1⁄16 × 6 1⁄2 in. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, gift of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), Page 17 of Notebook #3, bound fabric-covered sketchbook with colored pencil and ballpoint pen, 8 1⁄16 × 6 1⁄2 in. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, gift of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

 


Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), Study for See saw, #3, 1966, page 20 of Composition Book, sketchbook with graphite and colored pencil, 10 7⁄8 × 8 1⁄4 in. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, gift of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), Study for See saw, #3, 1966, page 20 of Composition Book, sketchbook with graphite and colored pencil, 10 7⁄8 × 8 1⁄4 in. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, gift of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

 


Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), Seedling, #4, 1967, screenprint, ed. 17/29, 17 × 12 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, gift of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), Seedling, #4, 1967, screenprint, ed. 17/29, 17 × 12 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, gift of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

 


Photograph of Frederick Hammersley, 2004. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation.

Photograph of Frederick Hammersley, 2004. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation.

 


Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), JELLY CENTERS, #31, 1969, from one incomplete set of the series of 72, computer-generated drawing on paper, 11 x 15 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, gift of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), JELLY CENTERS, #31, 1969, from one incomplete set of the series of 72, computer-generated drawing on paper, 11 x 15 in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, gift of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

 


Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), Study for See saw, #3, 1966, Painting Book #2, spiral-bound stenographer’s notebook with pen, 9 1⁄4 × 6 in. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, gift of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), Study for See saw, #3, 1966, Painting Book #2, spiral-bound stenographer’s notebook with pen, 9 1⁄4 × 6 in. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, gift of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

 


Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), Like unlike, #6, 1959, oil on linen, 49 × 40 in. Private collection. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), Like unlike, #6, 1959, oil on linen, 49 × 40 in. Private collection. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

 


Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), color test swatch, November 1979, oil on paper with pen, 8 x 11 in. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, gift of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), color test swatch, November 1979, oil on paper with pen, 8 x 11 in. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, gift of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

 


Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), Adam & Eve, #2 1970, oil on linen on Masonite, 44 × 44 in. Palm Springs Art Museum, gift of L.J. Cella and museum purchase with funds derived from deaccession funds. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009), Adam & Eve, #2 1970, oil on linen on Masonite, 44 × 44 in. Palm Springs Art Museum, gift of L.J. Cella and museum purchase with funds derived from deaccession funds. © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

 


The presentation of Frederick Hammersley: To Paint without Thinking at The Huntington received generous support from the Frederick Hammersley Foundation and the Susan and Stephen Chandler Endowment for Exhibitions of American Art. The exhibition catalog received generous support from the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.


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