Bill Sullivan Hudson and Catstills at Sunset
With thanks to Mary Olivere who coordinated this exhibition
Bill Sullivan Fire at Sunset
Bill Sullivan View of Olana and View of the Catskills at Sunset
Paintings by Bill Sullivan at
The Starr Library in Rhinebeck, NY
January 1 -30 2018
Happy New Year!
We recently returned from installing paintings at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck, New York for a retrospective of the Hudson artist Bill Sullivan (1942-2010). The show features fifteen paintings from the artist's estate that have not been shown in some years and will bring to light and life the artist's landscapes from New York's Hudson Valley, Niagra Falls and South America. The show runs through January 30.
Bill was mentored by Claes Oldenburg and studied privately with Josef and Annie Albers. He later attended Silvermine College and earned an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sullivan had his first solo show at the Bowery Gallery featuring stunning views of the Hudson River and Manhattan's Westside Highway .
G.W. Einstein Gallery in Soho had many exhibitions of Bill's art throughout the 90's.
Art critic and poet John Ashbery wrote:
"After spending several years in South America amid the landscapes that attracted Frederic Edwin Church and Martin Heade, among others, he refined and strengthened this awesome imagery after returning to New York."
In 2002, Sullivan settled in Hudson, New York, where Frederick Church and Sanford Robinson Gifford had lived. The Hudson River School served as an inspiration as he painted his own astounding visions of the region at many of the sites Church and Gifford had rendered.
In 2006, the Albany Institute of History and Art hosted a major retrospective of Sullivan's work with catalogue and text by Jaime Manrique.
Sullivan wrote "My ambition as an artist has been to take the painting of the New York School Realists of the generation before me to places it has never gone before. In the Hudson River School, I found an ambition and love of nature that I was able to translate into a vision that is my own."
Sullivan's work is part of numerous public collections, including The Albany Institute of History and Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Hudson River Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Public Library, the Museum of Antioquia, the Bogotá Museum of Modern Art, and Museo de Artes Gráficas de Maracaibo.
The upcoming Rhinebeck show is made possible through the Estate of Bill Sullivan represented by G.W. Einstein Company, New York. It can be viewed between January 1 - 30, at the Starr Library, 68 West Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York.
By car, Rhinebeck is an easy two-hour day trip from New York City along the scenic, rolling hills of the Taconic Parkway or a short train ride.
Installation photographs by Milton Adams