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Exhibition: Time Capsule: Art Of The Forties From October 14, 2020 To December 31, 2020 At Childs Gallery

Time Capsule: Art of the Forties

Press Release:

After seventy-six years at 169 Newbury Street, Childs Gallery will be transitioning to a new space across the street at 168 Newbury. We will remain at our current address until the beginning of next year, when we will fully transition into our new location. Despite our many years at 169, this isn’t the gallery's first move – when Charles Childs founded his eponymous gallery in 1937, it was originally located at 171 Newbury Street, and moved to its current location in 1944.

Maintaining our long-term presence on one of Boston’s best-known streets, conveniently on the same block, we will remain easily accessible to our artists and clients. We will be operating as normal, with a full schedule of exhibitions during the relocation process.

Time Capsule: Art of the Forties is planned as one of Childs Gallery’s last exhibitions at its 169 Newbury Street location. Looking forward to the gallery’s next chapter has inspired us to reflect on the past. With Time Capsule we take a look back at the decade that saw the gallery’s last change of address: the 1940s.

Much like the present moment, the 1940s was not only a time of physical transition for Childs Gallery, it was also a turbulent decade that in many respects reshaped the globe. The period was truly one of transition for the art world - the decade witnessed the shifting ascendancy of movements ranging from American Regionalism and Social Realism to Modern Abstraction and Abstract Expressionism.  Regionalism and Social Realism dominated American art during the 1930s and early 1940s, highlighting social concerns and aspects of traditional American life. During, and in the wake of World War II, refugee artists arriving in the United States helped to usher in Modern Abstraction. By the end of WWII, the American art scene had begun to change dramatically. The decade served as an incubating period between pre-war avant-garde movements and such breakthrough movements as Abstract Expressionism.

Time Capsule: Art of the Forties provides a snapshot of a decade of transition in American art. Drawn from Childs Gallery’s holdings, the exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and prints of the period and includes examples of Regionalism, Social Realism, Abstraction, and Expressionism. The exhibition also features work by many of the gallery’s longest represented artists who were working during the decade, such as Herbert Barnett, Jason Berger, Henry Botkin, Bernard Brussel-Smith, Donald De Lue, Molly Luce, Ben Norris, Anne Powers, and Dudley Vaill Talcott.

As we look toward our future with an exhibition celebrating our past, we invite visitors to view Time Capsule: Art of the Forties at our 169 address Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 4pm and look forward to welcoming guests into our new 168 space in the near future. We view our upcoming relocation as an opportunity to truly make our mark in the storied history of Childs, while maintaining the traditions that have made the gallery both successful and beloved. We look forward to continuing our relationships with our art, artists, and clients at 168 Newbury Street.

Please stay tuned for more updates on our relocation process. We will be updating our social media pages with additional information as we move forward.

We thank you for your continued support!


On exhibit until January 31st, 2021
Painting By Herbert Barnett: Reading In Bed At Childs GalleryQuick View
Reading in Bed
Print By Bernard Brussel Smith: The Bar Or Bar Flies Or Sailors In Café At Childs GalleryQuick View
The Bar or Bar
Painting By Henry Koerner: Hat Shoppers At Childs GalleryQuick View
Hat Shoppers
Sculpture By Donald De Lue: Jason At Childs GalleryQuick View
Sculpture By Donald De Lue: Airborne At Childs GalleryQuick View
Print By Rockwell Kent: Good Bye Day (the Water Carrier) At Childs GalleryQuick View
Good-Bye Day (The Water Carrier)
Sculpture By Donald De Lue: God's High Altar At Childs GalleryQuick View
God's High Altar
Painting By Anne Lyman Powers: [deposition] At Childs GalleryQuick View
Painting By Jacob Kainen: Eyrie At Childs GalleryQuick View
Painting By Molly Luce: Fire In The Factory At Childs GalleryQuick View
Fire in the Factory
Painting By Anne Lyman Powers: The Cock Fighters Or Three Figures With Roosters At Childs GalleryQuick View
The Cock Fighters or
Painting By Molly Luce: Songs My Father Taught Me At Childs GalleryQuick View
Songs My Father Taught Me
Painting By Fritz Levedag: Picture #1482 At Childs GalleryQuick View
Picture #1482
Painting By Karl Zerbe: Angel And Rooster At Childs GalleryQuick View
Angel and Rooster
Sculpture By Dudley Vaill Talcott: Woman In Shower At Childs GalleryQuick View
Woman in Shower
Painting By Henry Botkin: Fiddler At Childs GalleryQuick View
Painting By Jack Levine: Mars Confounded At Childs GalleryQuick View
Mars Confounded
Painting By Anne Lyman Powers: The Hollow Men At Childs GalleryQuick View
The Hollow Men
Painting By Henry Botkin: The Concert At Childs GalleryQuick View
The Concert
Painting By Henry Botkin: Giglio Ii At Childs GalleryQuick View
Giglio II
Sculpture By Dudley Vaill Talcott: Leda And The Swan At Childs GalleryQuick View
Leda and the Swan
Watercolor By Ben Norris: Boys On Rocks #2 [hawaii] At Childs GalleryQuick View
Boys on Rocks #2 [Hawaii]
Print By Bernard Brussel Smith: When I Was A Bachelor At Childs GalleryQuick View
When I Was a Bachelor
Print By Werner Drewes: Upright Curved Form Abstraction At Childs GalleryQuick View
Upright Curved Form Abstraction
Print By Benton Spruance: A Wind Is Rising And The Rivers Flow At Childs GalleryQuick View
A Wind is Rising
Print By Bernard Brussel Smith: Soldier, Soldier Will You Marry Me? At Childs GalleryQuick View
Soldier, Soldier Will You Marry Me?
Print By Werner Drewes: Circular Motion (kreisformige Bewegung) At Childs GalleryQuick View
Circular Motion (Kreisformige Bewegung)
Print By Werner Drewes: Longing For (sehnen) At Childs GalleryQuick View
Longing for (Sehnen)
Print By Marion Greenwood: The Fringed Scarf At Childs GalleryQuick View
The Fringed Scarf
Print By Bernard Brussel Smith: Sourwood Mountain At Childs GalleryQuick View
Sourwood Mountain
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