Harry Anderson 1995 to 1999, a written account

A month after the closing of Anderson’s Dec 1995 show at the Henri Gallery in Washington D.C. the art dealer died. She was 87 years old. The artist had been exhibiting with her since 1972 and had exhibited annually at the gallery since 1978. She is sorely missed.

The years between 1995 and 99 will see the artist’s work included in exhibitions where the reuse of materials no longer wanted for their original purpose is the predominant theme. RECYCLE, REUSE, RECREATE curated by Dorothy Spencer will travel in Africa under the auspices of the U.S.I.A. through out 1995 and 1996. In 1997 HELLO AGAIN, curated by Susan Subtle will open at the Oakland Museum of CA then traveled to McAllen International Museum, McAllen, Texas and the Vancouver Museum, Vancouver, BC. Also in 1997 Lloyd Herman will include Anderson’s work in TRANSFORMATIONS: RECYCLED MATERIALS IN AMERICAN ART & DESIGN. The exhibit opens at the Watcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, WA then travels to venues around the U.S. until 2000.

In 1996 Anderson is given a retrospective titled FINDERS KEEPERS at the Levy Gallery of Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA. There will be a concurrent exhibition at the Snyderman Gallery also in Philadelphia. At the request of collector Scott Robertson the Birmingham Museum of Art Director, Gail Andrews Trechsels, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture Susan Sipple Elliot and others visit the Philadelphia exhibition. This visit to the Moore exhibit leads to his 1997 exhibit of the same name at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL.

The Levy Gallery gives the artist free reign over the design of the exhibition catalog which he envisions as both catalog, artists book and as a companion piece to his 1981 book work AN OBJECT SCENE IS THE OBJECT SEEN. It is the first time in over a decade that the book has been used as media.

In 1996 Anderson will co-curate with Michael Ahearn and Smokie Kittner a retrospective of the work of Mildred Elfman Greenberg that takes place at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. He will also design the exhibition catalog.

In 1999 curator Leah Douglas will invite him to exhibit his work at the Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA,

1995 -1999 Chronology     1995 - 1999 Artwork

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