Thumb-box favorites : a mini-exhibition.


SAL record control number: 135171 ;

Record level: Listing ;

Record type: Exhibitions ;

Exhibition type: Collection  ;



Title: Thumb-box favorites : a mini-exhibition ;

Begin Date: September 01, 2022 ;
End Date: December 31, 2022 ;

Exhibition hours:
Monday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Tuesday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Wednesday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Thursday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Friday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Saturday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Location: Salmagundi townhouse, 0 to 1 gallery ;

Admission: This show is FREE and open to the public ;

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“The thumb-box works are some of the best paintings Salmagundi owns,” says Bill Indursky, chair of the curatorial committee. “The works are a small window into past times, by some of America’s top artists from 1897 to today. They pack a punch for their diminutive size, inspiring the exhibition title Small & Mighty. This show should not be missed.”

Thumb-box paintings are similar to what most galleries today call ‘small works,’ ‘cabinet works’ or ‘intimate works.’ The yearly Salmagundi exhibition received the name, ‘thumb-box,’ after the compact wooden paint box that was used to paint outside on location and then to carry the wet panels back to the studio. Salmagundi’s thumb-box show began in 1908 and continues today, 113 years later. The works enter the collection through purchase prizes or accessioned donations.

Several of the works have been on continuous display in the townhouse’s lower level for approximately fifty years. Recently, the curatorial committee chose to professionally conserve and clean the works which had yellowed and browned over the years. A member of the club privately donated 100% of their professional painting conservation services, cleaning thirteen works specifically for the show.
“The works are so beautiful, but you could not see them the way the artist intended. After the conservation and cleaning, they glow and a few take my breath away,” says Mr. Indursky.



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