Athos Zacharias “Reinforce” Acrylic on canvas 1972
ATHOS ZACHARIAS (b. 1927) New York, NY
“Reinforce” (Rolex Watch Band Abstraction) 1972
Acrylic on Canvas in an Optic Minimalist Style of a Rolex Watch Band
Signed on the back of the canvas: Athos Zacharias, Reinforce, 1972, 40”x48”
H: 40” x W: 48”
Synthesizing images from pop, culture, architecture, and nature, painter Athos Zacharias creates dynamic works notable for their spontaneity and characterized by ART NEWS as “blindingly original.” Now the one-time assistant to Willem de Kooning has produced a totally new group of paintings that unite major ideas of this “between generational” painter.
His work can be found in important collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.: the Museum of Art, Providence, R.I.; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Mass.; the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, Mi.; the Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio; E.F. Hutton & Co., New York; and the Westinghouse Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Zacharias has exhibited in leading galleries in major American cities including New York and the Hamptons, as well as internationally, notably in Amsterdam and Japan.
Arriving in New York in 1956, Zacharias immediately became involved with the downtown art scene. “I encountered some of the artists who would impact my artistic life. During the sixties in New York, I assisted other artists including Larry Rivers, Grace Hartigan, Mary Abbot, Jack Tworkov, Alphonso Ossorio and Lee Krasner, and notably, de Kooning. Another friend and major influence was the abstract painter Franz Kline.”
Recalling his initial encounter with de Kooning, Zacharias says: “I met Milton Resnick, who invited me to the “Club” where I attended many panels on Friday nights, and participated on one panel entitled “Younger Artists”. Shortly thereafter, I met de Kooning and a friendship blossomed. I was fortunate to be his first assistant when his studio was on Tenth Street. He so strongly believed in my work that he sponsored me for the Longview Foundation Award in 1962. I began to exhibit at the local Guild Hall, where in 1961, and again in 1979, I won the “Best in Show” Award. My friendship with de Kooning continued until his death.
“My great good fortune and a major part of my artistic development was not only being de Kooning’s assistant, but also being part of the Tenth Street Cooperative Gallery Movement. In 1959, I joined the Tenth Street’s “March” Gallery and showed with Mark di Suvero. I continued showing downtown at the Great Jones Gallery, and in 1961, I had my first one-person show at the Gallery Mayer, an uptown gallery that represented artists including John Graham and Man Ray.”
Zacharias was born in Marlborough, Mass. In 1927, and was raised in Fall River, Mass. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design on the GI Bill, graduating in 1952. He then did a year of post-graduate study at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, receiving an MFA in 1953.
He has taught classes in leading institutions including Brown University, SUNY New Paltz, and the Parsons School of Design, and for twenty-six years taught at Wagner College on Staten Island.
He was married to Mary Filateros, and is the father of two, Rena and Denis.
Athos Zacharias “Reinforce” Acrylic on canvas 1972
GIUSEPPE NAPOLI (1929-1967) Italian / American
Candy floral still life c. 1965
Oil, painted on door
Signed: Napoli (top right scraffito)
H: 20” x W: 17”
Giuseppe Napoli was a Mid-Century Modernist Artist of the New York School. Living throughout most of the 1950’s and 60’s in Greenwich Village in a small studio space, he was a beloved and talented member of that influential group of artists.
Unafraid to experiment in both the Modernist-Representational style as well as the completely Abstract Expressionist style, he created a strong body of work typical of his period in New York.
Giuseppe Napoli died in New York in 1967.
MICHIEL GLOECKNER (1915-1989) Germany / USA
Old Town No. 2 1960
Oil on Canvas
Signed: MG (lower right corner)
Canvas: H: 14 1/16” x W: 11 1/16”
Framed: H: 19 9/16” x W: 16 9/16”
Michiel Gloeckner, known for his highly refined, balanced abstract, geometric style derived from natural forms, was the son of a well-known art collector. He graduated from the University of Dresden with a degree in mathematics and art history. He received a degree from the Royal Academy of Dresden where he studied under Otto Dix. Paul Klee also influenced Gloeckner’s work. After WWII Gloeckner moved to New York City. He continued to maintain a studio in New York at 115 East 70th Street, even after he moved to West Cornwall, Connecticut where he spent the later years of his life.
Gallery Seventy-Five, New York 1955, 1956, 1958
Jacques Seligman Galleries, New York 1960, 1961, 1962
Wadsworth Atheneum 1960
Wesleyan University 1961
Philadelphia Art Alliance 1962
Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts 1963
World House Galleries, New York 1963, 1962, 1965, 1966
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts 1964
Brooks Memorial Museum 1965
Munich Kunstverein 1966
Galerie Heseler, Munich 1967
Munich Museum of Modern Art 1968
Museum of Northern Arizona 1970
Galerie 5, Paris 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976
Galerie Oxy, Geneva 1973
United Nations, Geneva 1974
Gallery Contemporary Masters, New York 1978, 1980
Pinakothek der Moderne Munich
Allentown Art Museum
Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm