The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation

The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation Chaim Gross's historic townhouse + sculpture studio in downtown NYC. Open to the public. To join our email list go to: www.rcgrossfoundation.org.
The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation is the historic home and studio of modern American sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-91). On view are masterworks by Gross as well as his extensive collection of modern American art, featuring important paintings by de Kooning, Avery, Hartley, and Burliuk, among many others. The Foundation also organizes exhibitions and educational programs on topics related to Gross, his contemporaries, and American art.
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Beginning on May 15, 2019, the Foundation is open for guided House & Studio Tours, which take place on Wednesdays & Thursdays at 3 pm and 6 pm and Fridays & Saturdays at 1 pm and 3pm. Admission is $15.

Mission: Our mission is to further the legacy of Chaim Gross through high-quality research, exhibitions, and educational activities around our historic building and art collections for audiences in New York City and beyond.

Today’s post comes from Brittany Cassandra, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Collections and Programs Manager. We will be shari...
05/15/2020

Today’s post comes from Brittany Cassandra, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Collections and Programs Manager. We will be sharing from our staff every Friday.

“Federico Castellón (1914-71) is one of the most significant artists in the Foundation's collection, but not as well-known as many others. Often visitors mistake his work for that of Salvador Dalí’s (1904-89) since Castellón was a Surrealist as well. Castellón was a self-taught, immigrant artist whose career was launched after painting a mural for his high school. The mural was seen by prominent Mexican muralist painter Diego Rivera (1886-1957), who introduced Castellón to the gallery that gave him his first solo show.

Chaim Gross and Castellón became life-long friends through doing work for the PWAP (Public Works of Art Project) and WPA (Works Progress Administration). There are over 25 pieces in the collection by Castellón. One of the highlights of Castellón's work is “Heavenly Kiss,” 1939, which portrays a large nude woman puppeteering another nude female and large red lips in the sky. If you get closer to the painting, there are smaller scenes with intricate details which show the skill level of this amazing draughtsman.

Also shown in this post are details from “Bird Fantasy,” 1936-51, oil on canvas and “An Isolated Moment of Mystery in the Ruins of the Tyrant’s Grounds,” 1938, graphite on paper, which is one of my favorite works on the third floor.”

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Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Airina Cokgoren. Join us as we share from our volunteers ...
05/12/2020

Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Airina Cokgoren. Join us as we share from our volunteers every Tuesday.

“I was recently reading Mimi Gross’s essay, “Puzzling the Legacy” in @caavisual ‘s Art Journal from Spring 2017, where she takes inventory of her personal and professional life. She begins with her parents, Chaim and Renee Gross, and writes, “I was born into his world of art, my parents' world of artist friends, and a large collection of artworks of his contemporaries.” Like Chaim Gross, Mimi has been creating artwork since she was a child and continues to do so today. Even though their styles and mediums differ, their subjects are thoughtfully captured with a sense of whimsy.

One of my favorite pieces by Mimi Gross at the Foundation is “Fred Dean’s Circus in Maine”, 1970. The circus was a common subject in Chaim Gross’s work. There are various wood and bronze sculptures of acrobats, performers, and trapeze artists. Pictured here is: “Acrobatic Performers”, cast 1985 in bronze from the 1932 wood carving in the collection of the Smithsonian @americanart . Mimi Gross has mentioned that going to the circus was one of her father’s favorite pastimes and was part of her childhood as well. This small connection reminds me that the Foundation holds the intertwined legacies of two profound artists.”

Source: Mimi Gross (2017), Puzzling the Legacy, Art Journal, 76:1, 129-138

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Today’s #flashbackfriday comes from Joyce Greene, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Administrator and Building Manager. We will ...
05/08/2020

Today’s #flashbackfriday comes from Joyce Greene, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Administrator and Building Manager. We will be sharing from our staff every Friday.

“I like this 1965 watercolor by Chaim Gross because it shows his love for family and especially kids. I often stop on the third floor landing as I take the stairs to look a bit more closely.”

Image description: delicate watercolor showing mothers holding or walking with their children. The figures are separated by a diamond-shaped grid into 13 separate scenes and the background is a pale yellow.

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Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Nancy Fisher. Join us as we share from our volunteers eve...
05/05/2020

Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Nancy Fisher. Join us as we share from our volunteers every Tuesday.

“Chaim Gross's sculptures can be seen in museums and public spaces throughout the United States, Israel, and parts of Europe. One of my favorites, a large-scale bronze titled “The Family” from 1979, sits in the lovely Bleecker Street Park on 11th Street in Greenwich Village, which is not far from one of his former studios at 48 Horatio Street. This sculpture was donated to the city of New York in 1991 in honor of Edward Koch, NYC mayor from 1978-1989.

As in many of Gross's sculptures, “The Family” is ascendant, acrobatic, and has a joyful quality about it. I love circling around the sculpture, viewing it from different angles, juxtaposed with the sky, the buildings, the people, and the nature in the park. I feel lucky to have it in my neighborhood!”

Images: three photos by Nancy Fisher of “The Family” from different angles. In the sculpture, two floating figures hold three smaller children aloft. Behind are blue skies and brick buildings.

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@ Bleecker Playground

Today’s #flashbackfriday comes from Sasha Davis, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Executive Director. We will be sharing from o...
05/01/2020

Today’s #flashbackfriday comes from Sasha Davis, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Executive Director. We will be sharing from our staff every Friday.

“One of my favorite aspects of standing in Chaim Gross’s historic studio space is being able to appreciate the little details. A wooden pastel box was repurposed into drawers for tools, chisels, and other assorted items he collected over the years. We don’t normally open these drawers for visitors, but it’s fascinating.

Similarly, he used found items like chairs, stools, workbenches, and a piece of an olive press for their utility as well as their beauty. The selection of Dremel tool heads in this photo is particularly sculptural. Gross preferred hand tools, but he did try sculpting with a Dremel in the 1980s.”

Image description: detail view of tools and supplies in the #sculpturestudio at #526laguardiaplace

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Bright sunshine today in #nyc. Photo shows “Bird’s Nest” by Chaim Gross in the exhibition “Teaching Through Touch: Works...
04/28/2020

Bright sunshine today in #nyc. Photo shows “Bird’s Nest” by Chaim Gross in the exhibition “Teaching Through Touch: Works by Chaim Gross” with a 1944 drawing of a woman behind it. “Bird’s Nest” was cast in bronze in 1957. It depicts a mother bird swooping down to feed her young in the nest.

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Today’s #flashbackfriday comes from Joyce Greene, the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation’s Administrator and Building Manage...
04/24/2020

Today’s #flashbackfriday comes from Joyce Greene, the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation’s Administrator and Building Manager. We will be sharing posts from our staff every Friday during this time.

Joyce chose to highlight “Portrait of Chaim Gross Carving” by Saul Berman (1899-1975). This work from the Foundation’s collection was painted in 1929 when both artists were fresh from their training at the Educational Alliance Art School. Berman, Gross, and the Soyer twins, Raphael and Moses, were close friends while students at the Alliance. This portrait was shown at the Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center in 2016-17 as part of the exhibition “Home Away From Home: Chaim Gross and 70 Years at the Educational Alliance.”

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Happy Earth Day! Renee Gross loved house plants and kept many at the home and studio at #526laguardiaplace . Captured in...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! Renee Gross loved house plants and kept many at the home and studio at #526laguardiaplace . Captured in this photo, these particularly hardy plants from the third floor living room are Euphorbia milii, colloquially known as Crown of Thorns. They are succulents with spiny stalks and small coral flowers. Now a common house plant, Renee originally brought a cutting to #nyc after traveling to Mexico in 1965.

Image 1: Euphorbia milii in planter pots next to sculpture “Space Loom ###V” by Ibram Lassaw, 1974.

Image 2: close up of Euphorbia milii flowers 🌺

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Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Jane Cytryn. Join us as we share from our volunteers ever...
04/21/2020

Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Jane Cytryn. Join us as we share from our volunteers every Tuesday.

“On this day, April 21, Anthony Quinn (1915-2001) was born. Quinn was an actor, artist, and close friend of artist Chaim Gross. In the #rcgrossfoundation sculpture studio sits a bronze bust of Quinn by Gross.

The renowned actor began sculpting and sketching at an early age. In the early 1960s he wanted to audition for the role of Michelangelo in the film “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” and sought Gross’s help to perfect his sculpting skills. The role ultimately went went to Charlton Heston, but Quinn and Gross remained lifelong friends.

In addition to the art collections housed at the Foundation, there is also an extensive photography archive which documents the life of the Gross family and friends. Currently on view is a circa 1962 photograph of a very animated Quinn dining with the Grosses and other friends at their home on 105th Street before they moved to #526laguardiaplace . Many of the photographs in the collection, like this one, highlight and document the true mid-century “Salon” lifestyle, which thrived in Greenwich Village and at the home of Chaim and Renee Gross.”

Image 1: black and white photo by an unknown photographer from the Foundation’s archives of Quinn at dinner, c. 1962. Renee Gross is laughing and seated next to Quinn.

Image 2: north wall of the Foundation’s sculpture studio with the 1960 portrait bust of Quinn by #chaimgross in bronze.

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#flashbackfriday to Summer 2019 in Provincetown, MA. We will be sharing from our staff every Friday during this time. Th...
04/17/2020

#flashbackfriday to Summer 2019 in Provincetown, MA. We will be sharing from our staff every Friday during this time. This post is contributed by Brittany Cassandra, Collections & Programs Manager.

“Last summer, Executive Director Sasha Davis and I went to Provincetown to curate a reprisal of the Foundation’s 2014 exhibition “Circa 1945: Abstract Art in the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation” at @paam1914 . The long history of Chaim Gross and Provincetown dates back to 1924 when Gross and friend Moses Soyer (1899-1974) traveled there to create art, ended up running out of money, and had to call Soyer’s mother to wire them the funds to get home.

In 1951, Chaim and Renee Gross purchased a home in Provincetown to escape NYC’s summer heat. Gross’s work was heavily influenced by Provincetown and our visit there last year brought many of his sketchbook drawings and watercolors to life.

The first photo shows the beloved bronze statue “Tourists”, which was cast in 1959 and stands in front of the Provincetown Public Library on Commercial Street. The second photo is from the Foundation’s archives and shows Gross with the sculpture. The next three photos are details from one of Gross’s 1950 sketchbooks while staying in Provincetown. The last two photos from our trip provide a modern-day view of places where Gross most likely sketched, including the dunes and Herring Cove Beach.”

#chaimgross #provincetown #art #americanart #mosessoyer #sketching #inkonpaper #thetourists #ptown #circa1945 #modernart #hiddengemsofnyc #herringcovebeach #dunehike
@ Provincetown, Massachusetts

Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Emma Mooney. Join us as we share from our volunteers ever...
04/14/2020

Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Emma Mooney. Join us as we share from our volunteers every Tuesday.

“Chaim Gross was a purist and worked as much by hand as possible. He would have cut down his own trees if he had the chance. But for some of the more complicated and specialized aspects of his work, such as the casting of oversized public sculptures or the sourcing of exotic woods, he put his trust in others. Gross frequently found the most unique woods at J. H. Monteath Company. The Company has held many locations, notably on Lewis Street in the Lower East Side from 1890 to 1946, where it’s likely that Gross would have discovered them. During his lifetime, they also occupied a space in the South Bronx. Today, they continue to fulfill their mission of supplying lumber to craftspeople, artists, and enthusiasts in New Jersey.

The first two images above are from an article published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1952, highlighting the lumberyard and its patrons. Gross is seen sculpting a piece of Brazilian rosewood.

The third image shows the corner of Gross’s studio as it stands today. This small selection of wood varieties gives just a taste into the expanse of Gross’s material experimentation.”

Source: Morris, Joe Alex. “America’s Strangest Lumber Yard,” Saturday Evening Post, October 11, 1952, pg. 29, 170-174, available on www.monteath.com as a PDF.

#chaimgross #rcgrossfoundation #art #woodsculpture #woodcarving #monteathlumber #americanart #artistsstudio #historicartistshomesandstudios #chaimgrossfoundation #nycart #artnyc #hiddengemsofnyc @ The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation

Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Madeline Rogers. Join us as we share from our volunteers ...
04/07/2020

Today’s #volunteerspotlight comes from our Volunteer Educator, Madeline Rogers. Join us as we share from our volunteers every Tuesday.

“Two paintings by John Graham, ‘El Picador’ (1942) and ‘Sun Rider’ (1937), hang on adjacent walls on the third floor of the Foundation.

Nearly forgotten today, Graham (1886-1961) was what we would today call “an influencer.” Not just a painter, he was also an advisor, curator, mentor, collector and theorist whose treatise, “System and Dialectics of Art” (1937), profoundly influenced the Postwar Modernists. Born Ivan Gratianovich Dombrowski in Kiev, Graham emigrated to New York in 1920 and began studying at the Art Students League. He took a studio in Greenwich Village where two of his neighbors were Willem de Kooning and Chaim Gross. It is fitting that the Foundation’s paintings hang near a de Kooning and a Stuart Davis, two artists Graham championed in a landmark 1942 exhibition at the McMillan Gallery entitled ‘French and American Paintings’.

A restless seeker, Graham traveled frequently between Europe and New York and married five times. As a painter his style changed as frequently as his marital partners — from Cubism in the 1920s, to abstraction in the ’30s and ’40s, and neo-classical figurative work in the 1950s. “Graham, in his paintings, achieves miracles,” his friend Stuart Davis wrote. “He brings two rabbits from the hat where one grew before.” Quote is pulled from @archivesamerart ‘s John D. Graham papers, Box 1, Folder 32: Davis, Stuart, circa 1932. “

Images in this post:
1. Detail of ‘El Picador’ by Graham, 1942. Oil on canvas.
2. Detail of ‘Sun Rider’ by Graham, 1937. Oil on canvas.
3. Detail of ‘Untitled’ by de Kooning, 1959, with inscription to #chaimgross . Ink on paper.
4. Photo of the Foundation’s third floor showing ‘El Picador’ on the upper left and the de Kooning between the windows.

#art #americanart #rcgrossfoundation #chaimgrossfoundation #oiloncanvas #painting #johngraham #johndgraham #historicartistshomesandstudios #artcollector #modernart #hiddengemsofnyc #stuartdavis @ The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation

#flashbackfriday with a detail from the historic studio of artist Chaim Gross at the #rcgrossfoundation . The tools loop...
04/03/2020

#flashbackfriday with a detail from the historic studio of artist Chaim Gross at the #rcgrossfoundation . The tools looped in leather and hanging from the board are gouges, specialty chisels used to remove wood early in the carving process. In front is a plaster maquette for a #WPA Federal Art Project completed in 1936. The sculpture depicts an Alaskan Snowshoe Mail Carrier. The finished piece was cast in aluminum and placed in the Ariel Rios Building in Washington D.C. It is four feet high. Other artists selected to sculpt mail carriers from various eras and locations included Concetta Scaravaglione, Heinz Werneke, and Alexander Calder.

We will be sharing from our staff every Friday during this time. This post is contributed by Sasha Davis, Executive Director.

Image description: closeup of a horizontal band of tools hanging on a wooden board. In the foreground is the top half of a small sculpture depicting a person bundled up for the cold.

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