Keith Sheridan is a private dealer specializing in mid-century American, European, and Japanese fine prints and related works on paper. Formerly an award-winning graphic designer and a print collector, Keith is focused on providing iconic and innovative modernist works of exceptional merit, historic importance, and enduring value.
Keith Sheridan’s extensive archive of available works encompasses the genres of Modernist Representation and Abstraction, Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism, and Social Realism. Represented subjects include a special emphasis on modernist, non-objective, urban/industrial, and New York City images, with a noteworthy selection of works by African American and women artists.
Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar 1919-1923, Walter Gropius, Herbert Bayer
Untitled Monotype, Harry Bertoia
THE BAUHAUS LEGACY
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the historic exhibition (and the first publication) in 1923 of the renowned Weimar Republic Staatliches Bauhaus (1919-1933), perhaps the most influential art and design school of the 20th Century. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius sought to integrate fine art with architecture, performing arts, furniture, product, textile, and graphic design—and to transform art education from the conventional teacher-pupil template to a vital, collaborative community, pushing the boundaries of artistic practice. The Bauhaus ethos eschewed superficial decoration for intentional, utilitarian design and valued creativity, experimentation, and originality over traditionalism. Bauhaus principles, revolutionary for their time and often bitterly attacked, have come to be widely accepted as a foundation of enduring design and a lasting paradigm of art education.
With the closure of the Bauhaus in 1933 brought on by the governing Nazi Party, Gropius moved to America to become a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design; Josef and Anni Albers secured teaching positions at the new experimental art school Black Mountain College in North Carolina; Moholy-Nagy brought the movement to Chicago, creating the New Bauhaus in 1937 (the school still exists as the Illinois Tech Institute of Design). Other Bauhaus teachers and students, including Herbert Bayer, Marcel Breuer, Werner Drewes, Lyonel Feininger, and Ludwig Miles van der Rohe, emigrated or returned to the United States to take up artistic careers and influential teaching positions in a culture free of repression.
My online exhibition features the original 1923 Bauhaus publication Staatliches Bauhaus, with graphic work by the pioneering Bauhaus instructors Wassily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger, and Josef Albers. The exhibition expands to include work by American artists directly inspired by Bauhaus teachers and those influenced by early twentieth-century modernist art movements linked to Bauhaus tenets: Expressionism, Constructivism, Cubism, and Precisionism.
Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Harry Bertoia, Leon Bibel, Emil Bisttram, Howard Cook, Ralston Crawford, Catherine Dreier, Werner Drewes, Lyonel Feininger, Albert Gleizes, Eli Jacobi, Paul Kelpe, Louis Lozowick, Wassily Kandinsky, Edward Landon, Louis Lozowick, Charles Quest, Anne Ryan, Siegfried Schott, Charles Turzak