May 9, 2012: Plein Air Today

5th American Masters Exhibit in NYC
On Friday, May 4, the American Masters Exhibition and Sale opened at the Salmagundi Club on 5th Avenue in New York, and staff members of the PleinAir and Fine Art Connoisseur magazines were there to celebrate. The annual event organized and curated by Tim Newton raises money for the renovation and expansion of the historic club.

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May 2, 2012: The New Criterion

Painting Outside the Box – by James Panero

“Across the street at the Salmagundi Club, Tim Newton, the club’s chairman, has helped organize several outstanding shows that fill out three floors of this historic building. The shows are all open to the public and remain on view through May 11.”

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Joseph McGurl, Cairn

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March / April 2012: Fine Art Connoisseur

“Refreshing a Key Manhattan Art Venue”, by Peter Trippi.

Salmagundi Main Gallery

The Main Gallery skylight pre-1950s

The March / April edition of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine features an article about the exciting renovation of the Salmagundi Club’s Main Gallery space thanks to a grant from the Manton Foundation.In Refreshing a Key Manhattan Art Venue, Trippi writes:

Under the guidance of local architect Lisa Easton, the project team will soon install a new floor, walls, lighting, and climate controls, as well as a state-of-the-art hanging system donated by its manufacturer, Takiya. Most exciting for historic preservationists, Easton has designed a skylight to replace the one lost during a blizzard in the 1950s. Most easel-size artworks look best in natural daylight, and seeing them here will surely be a revelation.

Trippi concludes on a tantalizing note:

Every movement needs showcases, and clearly the Salmagundi Club is poised to become Manhattan’s key showcase for contemporary American realism. Let’s see what happens next.

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June 6, 2011: New York Times

The New York Times, June 6, 2011. “A Family of Painters Is Having Its Moment,” by Anne Farmer.

Article link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/07/nyregion/the-wiggins-family-of-painters-is-having-a-moment.html

Guy C. Wiggins, “Madison Avenue – Winter,”
oil on canvas board, 12 by 9 inches,
signed Guy Wiggins, N.A.

“Wiggins, Wiggins & Wiggins: Three Generations of American Art,” is a multigenerational exhibition bringing together the works of one of America’s great art families. The works of (J.) Carleton Wiggins (1848–1932), Guy C. Wiggins (1883–1962) and Guy A. Wiggins (b 1920), will be on view June 12–July 1, 2011.

Exhibition curator Joan Whalen produced the original “Wiggins, Wiggins & Wiggins” show in October 1998, and has worked closely with the Wiggins family and the Salmagundi Club to bring this rare gathering of artworks together for this exhibition.

“Each of the Wigginses is an exemplar of his generation. Carleton’s bucolic and atmospheric landscapes reflect the influence of the French Barbizon painters on the Hudson River School. Guy C.’s urban images illustrate the spirit of American Impressionism and its movement into art reflective of city life in the Twentieth Century. Guy A.’s still lifes and urban scenes are expressions of the New Realism and provide current evidence of this talented family’s many achievements,” said Claudia Seymour, president of the Salmagundi Club.

“I’m delighted to share my family’s love of art and of New York City in this exhibition,” says Guy A. Wiggins. “The Salmagundi Club has been home to my family for generations, and it is only fitting that our works be shown here together.”

With a shared legacy of playing a role in the history of American art, the Wiggins artists have been members of the Salmagundi Club from the time it was founded. Carleton Wiggins, the first generation to take up the profession of artist, served as club president from 1911 to 1913.

July 1910 American Art News: SCNY Negotiating to Purchase 53 Fifth Avenue for New Clubhouse

53 Fifth in 1910(By Bob Mueller)

It seems the members of Salmagundi were looking for a new clubhouse as early as 1910 and were actually in negotiations to buy 53 Fifth Avenue, located at the northeast corner of 12th Street, barely half a block north of the house they did purchase in 1917.

As mentioned in the article below, No. 53 had been the home of the Institute of Musical Art — now the Juilliard School — which moved to Harlem in 1910, thus making it available. For reasons unknown, the sale to Salmagundi did not go through.

No. 53 was ultimately razed to make way for 55 Fifth Avenue, an office building that is currently occupied by Yeshiva University’s Office of Development and Cardozo School of Law.

It would be seven more years before No. 47 came on the market and Salmagundi finally acquired its permanent home.

American Art News, July 16th, 1910

American Art News, July 16th, 1910

1924 Fairchild Aerial of Fifth Avenue at 12th Street

1924 Fairchild Aerial of Fifth Avenue at 12th Street

Jan 1956 / Aug 1965: SCNY and National Arts Club to Vote on Merger • NY Times

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NY Times, January 4, 1956 • Cost to meet code may force sale of 47 Fifth

NY Times, August 31, 1965 • If clubs merge SCNY to move to Gramercy Park

Fortunately, in both instances, wiser heads prevailed and the members of Salmagundi were able raise sufficient funds to enable it to remain in its landmark home on Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village, independent of the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park. SCNY also successfully staved off efforts by the city to force it to demolish its grand stoop and enclose its ornate interior main staircase.