Sylvan Cole and American Prints
October 4- December 2, 2010
Sylvan Cole and American Prints was an exhibition of more than 30 prints by important American printmakers. Sylvan Cole was a pre-eminent New York City dealer of American prints during the last half of the 20th century and he had a wide ranging impact on the collecting of these important works. The artists who created these works were represented by the influential Associated American Artists Gallery (AAA), which was directed by Cole from 1958 until the early 1980s. After he founded the Sylvan Cole Gallery in 1984, Cole continued to represent many of these artists, or their estates, until his own death in 2005.
Sylvan Cole was an internationally known art dealer who specialized in the art of the print. During a career that began just after the Second World War, Cole helped to make fine art prints and printmaking an important component of the national art scene. He sold the work of numerous significant artists including Rembrandt, James McNeill Whistler, Milton Avery, Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis and Robert Motherwell. He also sold artwork to most of the important American museum collections including the National Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.