A holiday tradition at the Harmon-Meek Gallery is the annual “Small Works of Art Exhibition”. This year’s version
will feature: Darrel Austin, Adolf Dehn and Robert Vickrey. Small works by other artists included in the show
are sculptors: Babette Bloch, Lorrie Goulet, Anita Huffington, Barbara Lekberg, and Milton Hebald. Painters include:
Ellie Barnet, Will Barnet, Byron Browne, Gary Bukovnik, David Coolidge, Jon Corbino, Jimmy Ernst, John Falato,
Balcomb Greene, Richard Haas, Tobi Kahn*, Robert Kipniss, Joan Konkel*, Richard Segalman*, Hunt Slonem* and
Jessica Daryl Winer*. (* indicates artists that also will be having a solo exhibition this season.)
Darrel Austin (1907-1994) was represented by Perls Galleries in New
York City starting in from 1940 to 1982 and Harmon-Meek Gallery since
1964. Austin’s paintings are in the permanent collections of many great
museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Phillips Collection in Washington
DC, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of
Arts, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
Among contemporary American artists Darrel Austin has often been
thought of as a loner in the sense that his work is unlike any art
movement either during his lifetime or since. Austin has created a unique
world, separate but similar to ours with its own particular landscape,
its own sun and moon, its own beasts, and its own race of whimsical
Adolf Dehn (1895-1968), master painter and lithographer, is the subject of a recently published
book by the prestigious Artist Book Foundation, “Adolf Dehn: Midcentury Manhattan” by Dr.
Philip Eliasoph. Dr. Henry Adams is working on a book about Dehn’s entire life and curated a
major exhibiton currently on display at the Colorado Springs Art Center at Colorado College.
Dehn was included in every Whitney Museum of American Art “Annual” and “Biennial”
invitational exhibitions from the opening of the museum in the 1930’s and into the early
1960’s, still holding the record for being in more of these prestigious shows than any other
American artist. He is represented in the permanent collections of more than eighty museums.
More than twenty museums have in excess of two hundred works in their respective collections
and another thirty museums have in excess of fifty works by Dehn. His estate has been
represented by this gallery since 1970 where he has had several exhibitions since 1981 including
a major retrospective.
Robert Vickrey (1926-2011), became one of America’s most notable
“Lyrical Realist” artists and rose to prominence as a master of the egg tempera
medium in the mid-century. Generally accepted as the single artist who has
done the most for the egg tempera medium in an era of abstraction - including
writing two books on the subject. Vickrey has 60 of his portraits (80 total used
on the cover of TIME from 1957 to 1968) in the permanent collection of the
Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery. Vickrey is in the collection
of more than 80 art museums and had continuous New York City gallery
representation from 1951 to 2001. We have shown his work since 1970
and have represented him since 1981, displaying solo shows annually until
Works can be viewed online on our Facebook page. Harmon-Meek Gallery is open Monday –
Friday, 10am to 5pm and by appointment. You can also visit us at Harmon-Meek|modern,
where many of the artists we represent are exhibited in a group show.
We offer private showings of a wide selection of works by the artists we represent. We provide private art consultation and can bring works to your home or office within Southwest Florida.
During the season we show new exhibitions regularly starting in November and running through April. Please contact us for more information.
"Watching Beasts" by Darrel Austin
oil on canvas, 8"x10", 1974
"Dog in Shadow" by Adolf Dehn
ink, 12"x7", 1922
"Dreaming of a White Christmas" by Robert Vickrey
egg tempera, 8"x10", 2010