Hayley Lever and the Modern Spirit

Nov. 24, 2010 - Dec. 30, 2010

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Hayley Lever 
The Covered Bridge, ca. 1940 
(Oil on canvasboard, 20 x 24 inches) 
Spanierman Gallery, NYC
Hayley Lever (1875-1958)
The Covered Bridge, ca. 1940
Oil on canvasboard, 20 x 24 inches

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Spanierman Gallery is pleased to announce the opening on November 24, 2010, of Hayley Lever and the Modern Spirit, an exhibition featuring sixty oils from public and private collections, in addition to our gallery inventory.  Renowned for his views of the Cornish seaport of St. Ives, coastal New England and New York City, Hayley Lever (1875-1958) created bold, energetic paintings in which he combined progressive precepts of color, form and design with an objective realism––an enlightened approach that, as one commentator observed in 1914, made “an irresistible appeal to the modern spirit.”

An important, re-emerging figure who made a strong impact on American art of the first half of the twentieth century, Hayley Lever was the subject of a comprehensive exhibition held at Spanierman Gallery in 2003.  The catalogue, written by Carol Lowrey, Ph.D., brought new attention to Lever and helped secure his recognition in the annals of American art.  Since that time, Dr. Lowrey has discovered new information about his life and art–– including the correct year of his birth and details relative to his activity in Australia, St. Ives and Europe––and this, along with documentary photographs from the Lever Family Archive, has been incorporated into the publication that accompanies the current show. An examination of contemporary reviews by important American critics, as well as writers in England and Australia, has also uncovered fresh material that further underscores Lever’s emphasis on artistic autonomy and the undisputed modernity of his art.  The most thorough treatment of Lever’s career to date, the 48-page color Hayley Lever and the Modern Spirit catalogue features an essay, as well as a chronology, bibliography and collections list, and is available for $40.00.


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