Bernard Chaet - Two American Masters, 2010

BigTown Gallery is pleased to announce a simultaneous showing of works by the two American masters, Bernard Chaet (b.1924) and Charles Cajori (b.1921). For the breadth of exploration and depth of result long evident in each artist’s work, they have both received Lifetime Achievement in Painting awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The exhibition of paintings, drawings, and prints—selected from work over the last five decades—offered by these two singularly distinctive master painters, presents a rare opportunity to the Vermont arts community. Both artists have lived, worked, and taught in New England for most of their lives. Bernard Chaet’s landscape paintings include many painted in Vermont or along the Maine Coast. Charles Cajori is known chiefly for his abstraction of the figure; but this show includes paintings and drawings of both the figure and New England landscapes. Each of these major New England artists are well known nationally, and are in many collections both in the US and abroad.

Represented by:
David Findlay Gallery, NYC
LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

Born 1924, Boston, MA.

BA, 1947, Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2008: LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2007: David Findlay Jr. Fine Art, New York, NY (7 shows since 1991)
2005 - 2006: Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, OH (painting retrospective), traveled to: Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, VA; and Amherst College, MA
2004: Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA (10 shows since 1967)
2000: M B Modern, New York, NY (also 1998)
1998: M D Modern, Houston, TX
1991: Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York, NY (9 shows 1977-91)
1990 - 1992: Boston Public Library (drawing retrospective), traveled to: Yale University; University of Louisville; Southern Methodist University; University of Montana; Holter Museum, Helena, MT; Indiana University; University of Michigan; College of William and Mary; and Maryland Institute College of Art
1989: Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC (also 1973)
1989: J. Rosenthal Fine Arts, Chicago, IL (also 1986)
1986: Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
1982: Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
1979: Trinity College, Hartford, CT
1978: Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York, NY, traveled to: College of William and Mary; Hermitage Foundation Museum; University of North Carolina, Greensboro
1975: Forum Gallery, New York, NY
1972: Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
1970: Brockton Art Center, Brockton, MA (retrospective)
1969: University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
1967: Stable Gallery, New York, NY (also 1959, 1961)

2007: National Academy of Design, New York, NY
2006: Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, VA
2002: New York Studio School, New York, NY
2002: Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA
2000: Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
1995: Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
1991: Art Institute of Boston, MA
1989: Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC
1984: Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
1983: Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
1973: Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
1966: Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1962: Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
1960: Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
1959: The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
1958: Detroit Art Institute, Detroit, MI
1956: Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
1954: Forth Worth Museum, Fort Worth, TX
1954: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
1953: San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1951: DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
1946: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2007: National Academy, Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize (also 2001)
2003: National Academy, Henry Ward Ranger Purchase Prize
2001: American Academy of Arts and Letters, Jimmy Ernst Prize
1999: National Academy, Edwin Palmer Landscape Prize
1997: National Academy, Benjamin Altman Landscape Prize
1986: American Academy of Arts and Letters, Child Hassam Fund Purchase
1981: American Academy of Arts and Letters, Hassam and Speicher Fund Purchase

- Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
- Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
- Brown University, Providence, RI
- Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
- DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
- Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge MA
- Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC
- Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
- New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
- New York Public Library, New York, NY
- Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
- Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
- State University of New York, Cortland, NY
- Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
- Wight Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
- Worcester Art Museum. Worcester, MA
- Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT