Published: September 5, 2006
The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, New York Regional Gallery, presents “Recent Acquisitions: Honoré Sharrer papers” an exhibition featuring selections from the papers of painter Honoré Sharrer. Her paintings are best known for the distinctive and lovingly realistic depictions of the working-class. This free exhibition is open to the public through October 6.
The exhibition highlights and examines the life of the artist through her collection of drawings, photographs, correspondence and other documents recently given to the archives.
Featured in the display are illustrated letters from Sharrer to various relatives, including her mother, artist Madeleine Ellen Poland Sharrer, and grandmother Honoré Sachs, as well as a letter from husband Perez Zagorin demonstrating the couple’s intimate involvement in the labor movement. There are photographs taken and collected by Sharrere, assorted sketches and drawings, and newspaper clippings, all of which reveal a glimpse into Sharrer’s creative process.
The Archives of American Art is dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of papers and other primary records of the history of the visual arts in America. Its collections, comprising 16 million items, are the world’s largest single source for such information.
The gallery is on the lobby level of the UBS Building, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, between 51st and 52nd Street. For additional information, www.aaa.si.edu.
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