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 to be Inducted into Hall of Fame in Nutley, New Jersey
We are thrilled to report that Michael Lenson will be 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, We hope to post photos of the induction ceremony here on this website.
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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.