"The Kite Flyers" by Michael Lenson in its beautiful new installation
This is what happens when two art collectors acquire a Lenson and then design a room around it!
Two art collectors who live up in Maine just built themselves a gorgeous new bungalow. To them, it made perfect sense to design the focal point of their living room - the mantle - around the measurements of their beloved Lenson painting, "The Kite Flyers," which they have owned for many years. (They own several other Lenson works too, let us mention.)
We just wanted to show you how spectacularly well it all worked out - for the collectors, for their home, and for the Lenson work, which dates from the late 1940s.
Lenson Paintings on Display in Miami and Tucson
A powerful Lenson from the 1940s, "Power Corrupts" is currently being exhibited at Art Basel Miami by the Francis Naumann Gallery. Be sure to stop by to see it.
And there is another Lenson currently showing at the Tuscon Museum of Art as part of its current exhibition about WPA art. As soon as we find out what that work is, we will let you know on this page.
Want to Know Michael Lenson Better? Read His Book of Autobiographical Short Stories
In 1960, Michael Lenson took a sabbatical from painting and wrote The Walk and Other Stories, a collection of illustrated autobiographical short stories that are modeled on incidents from his own life.
We are pleased to announce that the collection is now available as a Kindle edition. CLICK HERE to order now. If you are fascinated by this artist - and why shouldn't you be? - you will want to download a copy.
New Book Showcases Lenson's Murals in the Essex Mountain Sanatorium
Lenson's immense 1936 murals in the cafeteria of the Essex Mountain Sanatorium in Verona, New Jersey, were destroyed many years ago. But now they have come to life again, thanks to a new book by historian Richard Kennedy about the Sanatorium and its history. The pictures of the mural that you'll find in this book are about the best anywhere. CLICK HERE to visit the Amazon.com ordering page for this wonderful new book.
Catalog of Lenson's Recent Exhibition at the Butler Institute Is Now a Kindle Edition!
We're pleased to announce that the complete catalog of Lenson's recent exhibition "Time, Place and Substance" is now available as a Kindle book. CLICK HERE to order your copy now.
No Fewer than Three Lenson Shows Planned for Next Few Years
We can't share all the details yet, but no fewer than three different Lenson exhibtions are planned for the coming years at three different museums. Visit this website often for details.
Lenson Inducted into Hall of Fame in Nutley, New Jersey
We are thrilled to report that Michael Lenson was inducted into the Nutley Hall of Fame on November 17th, 2013! Nutley is the suburban town where he lived and painted between 1941 and his death in 1971. Reginald Marsh, Charles Hawthorne, and many other important American artists lived and painted in Nutley too.
CLICK BELOW TO SEE A VIDEO OF THE RECENT LENSON RETROSPECTIVE AT THE BUTLER INSTITUTE
The Preservation of Lenson's Murals in Weequahic High School Has Begun!
In August of 2011, art conservator Andrew Bertolino installed protective Lucite panels over portions of Lenson's "Enlightenment of Man" murals in the lobby of Weequahic High School in Newark. This marked the first stage of what we hope will be a complete restoration of these murals to be completed during the next year.
Lenson's "Enlightenment of Man" murals, which are one of the most important installations of public art in New Jersey, were painted in 1939. They show the progress of art and thinking from the stone age through contemporary times.
The restoration is being underwritten largely by The Weequahic High School Alumni Association. But more funds are needed before these murals can be preserved and restored.
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Two Lenson Works Displayed through the U.S. State Department's Prestigious Art in Embassies Program
When Ian Kelly was recently appointed U.S. Ambassador to the U.S. Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, he and his wife Francesca began to select a group of American paintings that would form an exhibition in their embassy home in Vienna, Austria. They requested two Lenson works, which are currently on display. They are "Early Tuesday Morning" and "Portrait of an Artist." We're delighted that two Lenson paintings sere selected for inclusion in this prestigious State Department program.
"Jazz Combo," a late painting by Michael Lenson, is now on display just outside the performance space known as "Dizzy's Club Coca Cola" at Jazz at Lincoln Center! We are thrilled that this painting has found a home at one of the preeminent jazz venues in the world.