Idelle Weber

Postures and Profiles from the 50s and 60s

Extended through December 29, 2018

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Escalator, 1964

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Escalator, 1964
Acrylic on panel, 8 x 10 1/2 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer, 1958

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer, 1958
Gouache and graphite on paper, 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Three Suits, 1962

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Three Suits, 1962
Tempera on paper mounted on checker board paper, 10 5/8 x 8 1/8 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Fill In The Squares Yourself, 1962

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Fill In The Squares Yourself, 1962
Watercolor and graphite on paper, 10 x 7 1/2 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) AG Bobbie, 1964

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
AG Bobbie, 1964
Gouache on vellum mounted on printed paper, 11 1/4 x 7 5/8 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Cube, 1968

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Cube, 1968
Silkscreened Lucite, 4 (H) x 4 (W) x 4 (D) inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Peach Slip, 1968

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Peach Slip, 1968
Gouache on Color-aid paper collage, 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Dewey Ballantine, 1968

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Dewey Ballantine, 1968
Silkscreened Lucite, 4 (H) x 4 (W) x 2 1/4 (D) inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Madison Avenue, 1960s

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Madison Avenue, 1960s
Tempera and graphite on paper, 7 1/2 x 10 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Babes, 1970s

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Babes, 1970s
Watercolor on paper, 8 1/4 x 5 3/8 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Where's My Office?, 1957-8

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Where's My Office?, 1957-8
Tempera and collage mounted on checker board paper, 11 x 8 1/2 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Office Party, 1960s

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Office Party, 1960s
Tempera on paper, 7 1/2 x 10 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Those Ladies, 1960s

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Those Ladies, 1960s
Graphite and ink on vellum, 14 x 8 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Checked Babe, 1960s

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Checked Babe, 1960s
Ink and graphite on paper, 4 x 9 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Untitled, 1960s

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Untitled, 1960s
Tempera on Color-aid paper, 1 3/8 x 40 1/2 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Escorts, 1960s

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Escorts, 1960s
Watercolor and collage on Color-aid paper mounted on board, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Kitchen Couple, 1960

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Kitchen Couple, 1960
Tempera on paper, 10 x 7 1/2 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Untitled, 1961-2

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Untitled, 1961-2
Tempera on Color-aid paper mounted on colored acetate, 23 x 20 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Ben Casey II, 1962

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Ben Casey II, 1962
Oil on linen, 60 x 49 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Bubble Gum Night, 1962

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Bubble Gum Night, 1962
Tempera on Color-aid paper collage, 4 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) He's Talking To The Wall, 1963

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
He's Talking To The Wall, 1963
Tempera on vellum, 7 x 10 1/4 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Thoughts on Alhambra, 1964

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Thoughts on Alhambra, 1964
Watercolor and tempera on paper mounted on Color-aid paper, 14 3/8 x 12 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Pan Am, 1964/2011

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Pan Am, 1964/2011
Tempera on Color-aid paper and Lenticular postcard mounted on printed paper, 8 1/2 x 11 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Silly Dance, 1966

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Silly Dance, 1966
Tempera on paper, 12 1/8 x 9 3/4 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Pomp & Carnaby St., 1966

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Pomp & Carnaby St., 1966
Watercolor and magic marker on paper, 10 x 7 1/2 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Jump Rope Lady, 1966

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Jump Rope Lady, 1966
Collage with Color-aid paper and tempera, 12 5/8 x 12 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Falling Figures, 1966

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Falling Figures, 1966
Tempera on Color-aid paper, 22 1/2 x 18 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Untitled, 1967-8

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Untitled, 1967-8
Painted balsa wood and gouache on paper, 7 3/4 (H) x 6 3/4 (W) x 1/4 (D) inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Cube, 1968

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Cube, 1968
Silkscreened Lucite, 4 (H) x 4 x 4 (D) inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Office Test, 1968

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Office Test, 1968
Tempera and collage on Color-aid paper, 8 x 18 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Push (Diptych), 1968

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Push (Diptych), 1968
Tempera on Color-aid paper collage, 17 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches
 

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Firm Party, 1968-70

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Firm Party, 1968-70
Silkscreened Lucite, 4 (H) x 3 1/2 (W) x 2 1/4 (D) inches
Private collection

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Isn't Agnes Martin, 1969

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Isn't Agnes Martin, 1969
Tempera and graphite on graph paper, 10 x 7 1/2 inches
SOLD

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Dawn Draft, 1970

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Dawn Draft, 1970
Collage and tempera on Color-aid paper, 10 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Lever Building 2, 1970

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Lever Building 2, 1970
Collage and gouache on Color-aid paper, 24 1/2 x 18 inches

Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Untitled, 1971

Idelle Weber (b. 1932)
Untitled, 1971
Paper cut-out mounted on Lenticular postcards, 23 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches

Press Release

New York, NY—October 16, 2018—Hollis Taggart announced today that the gallery will begin formally representing Idelle Weber, a major figure in the Pop Art movement, but one whose work deserves greater recognition. The gallery has had a multi-year relationship with Weber, beginning with its 2013 exhibition Idelle Weber: The Pop Years. Organized by the gallery, that 2013 show helped bring Weber back into the forefront of contemporary thinking about mid-century women artists—and led to the acquisition of a major Weber works, including the painting Munchkins I, II, & III (1964) by the Chrysler Museum of Art in 2013, and the Jump Rope (1967–1968) wall sculpture, by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2016.

In conjunction with this new relationship, Hollis Taggart will present an exhibition of Weber’s work this fall, the gallery’s third show in its new, street-level space on West 26th Street. Opening November 8, 2018, the exhibition will focus on Weber’s work from the 1960s, with a few earlier and later works as well. The exhibition, titled Idelle Weber: Postures and Profiles from the 50s and 60s, will feature more than 30 works, including Lucite cube sculptures, collages, and gouache and tempera on paper works. These works address some of the themes that occupied and inspired Weber throughout her career, including the corporate world, fashion, politics, and women in society.

“Idelle Weber is one of the pioneering artists of the Pop Art movement whose work deserves to be more widely known and better understood, and this show takes strong steps in both directions,” said Hollis Taggart, the gallery’s founder. “In recent years, the understanding of and perspectives on the importance of women within major American art movements has been receiving critical and much-needed re-examination. We are excited to represent Idelle—and to present this exhibition—solidifying our connection with an artist who made important contributions to American art.”

Working primarily in New York in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, Weber produced paintings, collages, and works on laminated plastic forms. With this approach, Weber carved a distinct space for herself within the Pop Art idiom. Her use of hard-edged silhouettes, often painted or drawn over paper cut-outs and positioned atop a variety of colored, patterned, and designed backgrounds, reflect her sharp insight into how the graphic elements of Pop Art could be used to capture and comment on society. The silhouettes depict modern archetypes—businessmen, office workers, couples, brides, families—posed in ways that reflect stereotypical expectations of their day-to-day activities.

However, rather than being a passive bystander as the anonymous silhouettes might suggest, Weber’s work shows her as an active and acute observer: the voyeur in control, who used her position—outside, looking in—to capture, or even caricature, the activities of those around her. For example, her gouache and graphite work on paper titled Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer (1958) and the later silkscreened Lucite cube piece Dewey Ballantine (1968) show black silhouettes of men—former New York Governor Thomas Dewey and his partners—conversing in an office or confidently lighting a cigarette. Similarly, Weber’s AG Bobbie (1964) is clearly evocative of the late Robert Kennedy’s confident poise, style, and haircut. In both cases, the silhouetted forms provide a level of anonymity that is betrayed only by the works’ titles.

This sense of observing and critiquing comes through even in the works depicting more generic figures. From Madison Avenue (1960s), to Three Suits (1962), to Peach Slip (1968), to Babes (1970s), the people in Weber’s silhouettes may remain unknown, but the impact of their presence is clear. Weber surrounds their silhouettes with painted backgrounds—the bikini-bearing women in Babes are shown in the blue of reflected water—or by mounting her work onto a patterned paper, as with Three Suits, creating an additional visual effect. While Weber’s intentions are often ambiguous, they reflect her keen observer’s eye for the conformity of the period, and for the smaller moments in which people challenged that conformity.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with a short foreword by Ilene Susan Fort, Curator Emerita, American Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Idelle Weber: Postures and Profiles from the 50s and 60s will run through December 15, 2018.

For more information about Idelle Weber: Postures and Profiles from the 50s and 60s, please contact us at info@hollistaggart.com or 212.628.4000. For press inquiries, please contact Alina Sumajin or Sascha Freudenheim, PAVE Communications & Consulting at alina@paveconsult.com, 646.369.2050 or sascha@paveconsult.com, 917.544.6057.