Gallery/Dealer Details - Terrain Gallery/Aesthetic Realism Foundation

”The Terrain Gallery opened in 1955 under the direction of Dorothy Koppelman, and took as its motto this statement by poet and philosopher Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism: “In reality opposites are one; art shows this.”...
Since then there have been over 150 exhibitions, and Mr. Siegel’s now historic Fifteen Questions, “Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites?” first published in the opening announcement of the gallery and reprinted later that year in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, have been the basis for selecting and exhibiting work. For example, there was the exhibition “Abstract/ Concrete,” which showed together work of Ad Reinhardt, George Tooker, and others—at a time when abstract and figurative art were seen generally as against each other, not, as this exhibition showed, as having something deep in common.
There was “The Shaping Mind: Sculpture,” an exhibition showing the friendliness of thought and the tangible, with work by 33 sculptors, including William King and George Sugarman….
Writer Alice Bernstein has pointed out: “The Terrain pioneered innovations in curating and displaying art that are taken for granted today....The New York Times noted: ‘The Terrain Gallery held one of the first exhibitions honoring photography as fine art…’” And when the gallery showed silkscreens as major works, Times critic Grace Glueck wrote, “The Terrain even had a whole show of them.”… “Surface to Begin With,” with a striking poster designed by Arnold Schmidt, had work by Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Malcolm Morley, Steve Poleskie, and many others…”
The Terrain Gallery, now part of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, presents groundbreaking talks on the visual arts, drama, music, poetry, and dance, based on this principle stated by Eli Siegel: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."

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