Published: June 3, 2003
NEW YORK CITY – After a tour with three museum venues, a selection of works by the artist Edward Middleton Manigault (1887-1922) returns to Hollis Taggart Galleries in “Middleton Manigault: ,” on view through July 25. Fourteen works will be featured by this artistic pioneer.
Manigault’s contributions to the history of Modernism in this country had been largely overlooked, in part due to his early death and his reclusive lifestyle. “Middleton Manigault: Visionary, Modernist” traveled to four locations: Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio; Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York City, May 21-July 19, 2002; University Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark, Del.; and Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, S.C.
This show was the first major exhibition to present the eclectic, highly personal creations of this previously neglected modernist, with 50 rarely exhibited works, including oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, etchings, wood sculpture, ceramics and showcase masterpieces loaned from both public and private collections across the United States and Canada.
As exemplified by this collection of paintings and watercolors dating from 1910 to 1921, Manigault’s career was characterized by continual experimentation. His works contain a remarkable decorative visual sense which is combined with a unique imaginative spirit.
In 1938, some 16 years after Manigault’s death, the American artist Kenneth Hayes Miller praised his one-time pupil, calling Manigault “an original personality” and saying his works “have meaning apart from the conventional attributes of success.” Miller firmly believed that Manigault’s talent would be “judged itself apart, when time gets around to it.”
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