George Ault (1891-1941): Paintings and Drawings
Zabriskie Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and drawings by George Ault from March 9 to April 24, 2004. This show represents the first one person exhibition of Ault's work in New York City in over a decade. Artworks included range in date from 1924-1945 with subject matter including deserted landscapes and cityscapes, floral still lifes, glimpses of the artist's studio and portraits of models and interiors.
Specific works that are exhibited include George Washington Bridge, 1932, in which Ault captures the period when the Bridge still had only one level, and a lighthouse on the bank that still exists today. Typical of Ault's unique handling, the clouds in the sky unfold in undulating layers of paint, pointing to influences of Cubism and American folk art. Other oil paintings in the show include Greenwich Village Rooftops, 1931, Just a House, 1933, Autumn Landscape, 1937, and Nude and Torso, 1945.
Also featured are the pencil drawing study and the lithograph for Came's House, 1934, which have been reunited and are exhibited side by side. The works' title refers to the home of Camebridge Lasher, who was George and Louise Ault's infamous landlord in Woodstock, and landlord to several other artists living in the Catskill mountain town. Like the Ault's, many other New York artists lived in Woodstock. Some of those artists include George Bellows, Eugene Speicher, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Henry Mattson, Georgina Klitgaard, Bradley Walker Tomlin, John Flanagan, Alexander Archipenko, and many others.
George Christian Ault was born in 1891 in Cleveland, Ohio. At the age of eight, Ault's father relocated his family to London in order to expand his printing business. For the next 20 years, Ault lived and studied in London, and during that time was able to make several trips to France. He attended the University College School, the Slade School, the London University Art Department and at the St. John's Wood Art School (where he had his first exhibition in 1908). After moving back to the U.S., Ault had his first one-person exhibition at the Downtown Gallery in 1927, where he continued to show his work regularly. In 1937, he moved to Woodstock, New York, where he lived and painted until his accidental death in 1948. In 1978, the artist's widow, Louise Ault, published a book about their life in Woodstock entitled, Artist in Woodstock, George Ault: The Independent Years.
Ault's works are included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York, Cleveland Museum, Ohio; Newark Museum, New Jersey; Philadelphia Museum, Pennsylvania; Walker Art Center, Minnesota; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Butler Art Institute, Ohio; Los Angeles Museum, California; amongst many others.
This exhibition marks the fifth one-person show of George Ault at Zabriskie Gallery. The Gallery has been exhibiting Ault's work since 1958 with one-person and group shows. Group exhibitions have included The City (June 16- July 31, 1958) 19th & 20th Century American Drawing (November 16- December 5, 1959) Early 20th Century American Watercolor and Pastel (April 11-30, 1960), New York, New York (June 2-26, 1964), 20th Century American Drawings (September 14- October 9, 1965), American Drawing (September 19-October 14, 1967), The Edge of the City (December 4-January 12, 1974).