JW: I graduated in 1951 from Middlebury College, VT, with a
major in Art History. My real education began in the fall when I
was employed by the Kraushaar Gallery, then located at 32 East 57
Street (now Pace Gallery). The entire art world existed between Park
Avenue and Fifth Avenue where exhibitions opened every three
weeks at galleries such as Betty Parsons or Sidney Janis along with
Paul Rosenberg or the original Knoedler Gallery. Between 1951
and 1971 I furthered my “education” by working at the Wadsworth
Atheneum in Hartford, The Museum of Modern Art, The Graham
Gallery, Cordier and Ekstrom, and Sotheby’s. I was also married
with two children. Brian Washburn, our son, also works in the
gallery and will be with me in Dallas.
GD: You represent artists with a broad range of styles—is there a common
vocabulary among their work?
JW: It is my hope that the common vocabulary shared by the
artists we represent is “quality.”
GD: Why the Dallas Art Fair?
JW: There is a tradition of great enthusiasm for the visual arts in
Dallas. We have sold a number of paintings to the Dallas Museum
of Art and many private collectors whom we look forward to seeing
again. Naturally, we are optimistic about meeting new supporters
of the arts, too.
GD: Which artists are you most excited about bringing to the Dallas Art
JW: Particularly Jackson Pollock because of the forthcoming
(November 2015) exhibition, Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots at the Dallas
Museum of Art. We have represented Jackson Pollock for The
Pollock-Krasner Foundation for over 12 years and have organized
many exhibitions in the gallery exploring Pollock’s early work and
various influences, including the Mexican muralists, Picasso, and
tribal art by our Native Americans. We will also bring works by
other artists such as Leon Polk Smith, Anne Ryan, Ilya Bolotowsky,
and Myron Stout, all represented at the Dallas Museum of Art or the
remarkable private collections in Dallas itself. P
Gavin Delahunty is the Hoffman Family Senior Curator
of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. His
forthcoming projects include a show devoted to the Map
Paintings of influential painter Frank Bowling, O.B.E., RA,
and an exhibition entitled Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots, the
largest survey to date of a phase of work by Pollock known
as his Black Pourings, both planned for 2015.