The Salmagundi Club, one of America’s oldest art organizations, will host their annual American Masters event from October 8 – October 26, 2018. The event will help celebrate the recent $1.5 million renovation and restoration of the Club’s Upper Gallery space in their landmarked 19th of Greenwich Village. This fine art exhibition and sale will feature works by nationally recognized artists not often exhibited in New York City.
“Our American Masters event is a tremendous opportunity to see such a magnificent selection of art from such a wide range of today’s best American artists, and have the opportunity to purchase those pieces as well,” said Robert W. Pillsbury, President of the Salmagundi Club. “To have these works showcased in our new world-class Upper Gallery is part of our ongoing mission to maintain the Salmagundi Club as one of New York’s best art institutions.”
Michael Bergt has been in deep dialogue with art history over the course of his more than 30-year career. Working in various media — drawing, sculpture, and primarily egg-tempera painting — Bergt has engaged art's long history of grappling with representational and abstract sensibilities. Inspired by early Renaissance classical mythology, and other diverse religious and spiritual imagery, his artwork represents his own play with expression and interpretation of the contemporary human condition. While grounded in these traditions, Bergt also profoundly breaks from these as he creates his own cast of mythic characters, complete with their own poetic inclinations and relationships informed by pressing modern topics such as gender and sexuality.
Bergt co-founded The Society of Tempera Painters and served as the President for 12 years. He was recently selected as a finalist in the BP Portrait Award 2018 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (London). The artist resides in Santa Fe and teaches egg-tempera painting for Rome Art Workshops during the summer.