ERNEST BRIGGS | Four Decades of Abstract Expressionism

April 19 – June 15

Ernest Briggs, 1959-June, Untitled, oil on canvas, 82 x 74

Ernest Briggs, Untitled, 1959, oil on canvas, 82″ x 74″

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Ernest Briggs, Untitled, 1950, oil on canvas, 72″ x 68″

ERNEST BRIGGS | Four Decades of Abstract Expressionism

April 19 – June 15

Opening Reception: April 19, 6-8pm

Ernest Briggs, a second generation abstract expressionist painter, infused the 1950’s New York art scene with a multiplicity of compositional arrangements and painterly strategies. His work is distinguished by its bold, sensual use of color and its freedom from conventional forms. The canvases are monumental and impressive; they catch our eyes and trap us in their powerful intimate world.
The Anita Shapolsky Gallery invites you to experience Briggs’ world through our new exhibition, “Four Decades of Abstract Expressionism”, which celebrates his profound creations from the late 1940’s to the years leading up to his death in 1984.
Anita Shapolsky Gallery
152 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11-6
Saturdays by Appointment
Ernest Briggs, Sketch for a Crucificion, 1981, oil on canvas, 69.5 x 67.5

Ernest Briggs, Sketch for a Crucifixion, 1981, oil on canvas, 69.5″ x 67.5″


Small Paintings, Sculptures, and Paper Pieces

February 13th – April 7th 2018

As winter is fully upon us, few people venture out to visit galleries. Our charming exhibit of small paintings, paper pieces, and sculptures are worth the trip. These works adhere to the gallery’s focus of abstract expressionist style, but offers an eclectic variety of genre, medium and eras. It exposes rare drawings, prints, photographs and paintings from some of the most significant artists of the 1950’s and 1960’s. This show follows our tradition of representing important artists from all backgrounds to the public. Seeing these wonderful works of art will certainly lift your spirit by invoking feelings of pleasure that we often seek.


The artists included are:
Karl Appel, Mario Bencomo, Seymour Boardman, Ernest Briggs, James Brooks, Lawrence Calcagno, Perez Célis, Herman Cherry, Beauford Delaney, Lynne Drexler, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Augustin Fernandez, Sonia Gechtoff, Grace Hartigan, Burt Hasen, David Hayes, Carl Hecker, Mitchiko Itatani, Buffie Johnson, Andrey Klasson, Ibram Lassaw, Michael Loew, William Manning, Jeanne Miles, Leonard Nelson, Richards Ruben, William Saroyan, Ethel Schwabacher, Aaron Siskind, Keith Sonnier, Charmion Von Wiegand, and Wilfred Zogbaum.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11-6, Saturday by appointment


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Ernest Briggs, Mask, 1965, acrylic on canvas, 23″x 20.5″


Perez Celis, Aureolas, Miami 1999, mixed media, 28″ x 36″


Carl Hecker, Roadflower with Puddles, 2009, painted fiberglass, mild steel, etched glass, wood, 23″ x 15″ x 14″ on 3″x 11″ base


Michiko Itatani, Cosmic Wanderlust from HyperBaroque 13-K-35, 2013, gouache, ink , prismacolor on board, 10″ x 8″


Burt Hasen, Narcissus Hommage to Max Ernst, 1975, etching, 18″ x 24″


Buffie Johnson, Zero (Chaos), 1991, oil on canvas, 13.5″ x 15.5″


Beauford Delaney, Untitled (Ibiza), 1956, gouache and watercolor, 18″ x 12″


Mario Bencomo, Cavafy Poetry Series 1, 2008, acrylic and ink on joss paper, 11.5″ x 8.5″


William Saroyan, Feb 20 1963 SF, 1963, watercolor on paper, 19″ x 24.5″


Seymour Boardman, Untitled No. 22, 1962, oil on canvas, 21″ x 17″


Jeanne Miles, #115, 1985, platinum, gold leaf, and oil, 20″ x 28″


Keith Sonnier, CODE BA-0-BA, 2016, silkscreen print onto 1mm aluminum, 11″ x 11″


Leonard Nelson, Untitled, 1954, oil on canvas, 14″ x 22″


Michael Loew, Untitled (Still Life ML01), 1946, oil on canvas, 20.5″ x 24″


Sonia Gechtoff, Goya’s Ghost, 1998, acrylic on canvas, 35″ x 35″


William Manning, Monhegan Diary 1, 1994, graphite and oil on paper, 20″ x 17.5″


William Manning, Monhegan Series, 1996, collage, acrylic, and paper, 25″ x 30″


Ernest Briggs, Untitled-Orange Square 1, 1984, acrylic on paper, framed 17″ x 21″


Perez Celis, Chi-Quix, 1989, silkscreen on paper, 26″x 32″


Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Neilius 2, 1958, oil on canvas, 27″ x 22″


Michiko Itatani, Starry Night from Cosmic Encounter 16-K-24, 2016, gouache, ink, and prismacolor on board, 10″ x 8″


Buffie Johnson, Untitled, 1959, oil on canvas, 21.5″ x 17.75″


Burt Hasen, Flight, 1990, oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″


Ibram Lassaw, Gyre 2, 1995, bronze and various alloys, 12″ x 8″ x 11.5″


Wilfrid Zogbaum, Untitled, 1962, copper, 9″x 5″ x 8.5″
James Brooks, A, 1954, oil on canvas, 17″ x 23″


Seymour Boardman, Untitled, 1962, oil on canvas, 19″ x 20″


Herman Cherry, Cocoon 5, 1988, oil on canvas, 20″ x 15″


Lynne Drexler, Untitled, 1985, pencil on paper, 13.5″ x 16.75″


Charmion von Wiegand, Untitled, 1959, gouache on paper, 13″ x 10.5″


Grace Hartigan, Butterfly Woman, 16/30, 1988, silkscreen, 43″ x 40″


Aaron Siskind, New York, 1950, photograph, 24.5″ x 20.5″


Agustin Fernandez, Untitled, From the Series: Lacouriere-Frelaut H.C. 8/10, 1964, etching, 20″ x 14.5″


Ernest Briggs, Untitled, December 1958, oil on canvas, 31″ x 25″


Ernest Briggs, Untitled (“Dancing Girls”), 1960s, oil on canvas, 24″x 24″


Agustin Fernandez, Untitled, 1964, mixed media, 13″ x 10.24″


Michiko Itatani, Tree House Encounter from Cosmic Theater 16-K-15, 2016, gouache, ink, and prismacolor on board, 8″ x 8″


Buffie Johnson, Moon Goddess, 1949, oil on paper, 9″x 10.75″


Audrey Klassen, Untitled, 2015, ink on paper, 21.5″ x 17″


Mario Bencomo, Cavafy Poetry Series 1, 2008, acrylic and ink on joss paper, 11.5″ x 8.5″


Wilfrid Zogbaum, Windward Light, 1959, steel, 18″x 8″ x 48″
Ethel Schwabacher, Untitled (Woman Series), 1954, oil on canvas, 36″ x 30″


David Hayes, Small Vertical Model, 1986, painted welded steel, 8″ x 9″ x 17″


Lynne Drexler, Forest in Monhegan, 1985, pencil on paper, 13.5″ x 16.75″


Lawrence Calcagno, Untitled, 1971, watercolor, 20″ x 17″


Karel Appel, Untitled, 1969, lithograph, 28.5″ x 33.5″


Richards Ruben, Light in Dark, 1986, oil on canvas, 31″ x 23″


Agustin Fernandez, Untitled, From the Series: Lacouriere-Frelaut H.C. 8/10″, 1964, etching, 20″ x 14.5″


Visual Philosophy

Visual Philosophy


Michiko Itatani, Buffie Johnson, William Manning & Jeanne Miles 


thru October 28th, 2017

Mario Iglesias singing Bésame Mucho at the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation in Jim Thorpe, PA.