Helen Berggruen: Itinerant Regionalist
October 7 - November 20, 2010
exhibition artwork

The George Krevsky Gallery takes great pleasure in announcing their fall kickoff exhibition, Helen Berggruen: Itinerant Regionalist, opening Thursday, October 7, and running through Saturday, November 30, 2010. The solo show, Berggruen's first in San Francisco since 1996, highlights landscapes in the Regionalist and Figurative tradition. More than 25 oil paintings and watercolors depicting views of Europe, the Midwest, and Northern California, are featured at the gallery located at 77 Geary Street in San Francisco.

Berggruen activates her canvases with vivid colors and vigorous brushstrokes. As a visual explorer, her images are realistic and detailed, but often rendered with flattened perspective. Whether it's a rocking chair, a farmhouse, or a haystack, she makes everyday objects and scenes come to life with a calming yet energizing sensibility. No matter the location—France, Iowa or Napa Valley—her work is inviting and intimate. Memories of European Masters, Van Gogh and Cézanne, blend with American Regionalist Thomas Hart Benton and American Scene painter Charles Burchfield resulting in a fresh and unique vision and style.

A San Francisco native who graduated with a BA from Sarah Lawrence, Berggruen followed her own path. She performed with Robert Wilson's theater company in New York and Paris before turning to painting in the late 1970s. Her early career in theater undoubtedly impacts the expressive quality of her work in which objects dance on the canvas. Her art dances to what Berggruen calls, "the musical quality of those rolling hills: … silos, massive against the horizon when seen up close, punctuating the hillside in a kind of staccato sequence…dark green furrows cutting rhythmically through fields of corn still drying on the stalk."

Berggruen has exhibited internationally at Berggruen & Zevi in London, and Galerie Mutter Fourage in Berlin, and in the U.S. at the Fischbach Gallery in New York, Louis Stern Fine Arts in Los Angeles, Friesen Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho, and the Elkader Art Center in Iowa. Her artwork is included in many important private and corporate collections including, Beringer Vineyards, Mr. & Mrs. Francis Ford Coppola, Mr. Paul & the Honorable Mrs. Nancy Pelosi, the General Electric Corporation, and the Cedar Rapids Art Museum, Iowa.


BORN 1945 San Francisco, California


EDUCATION 1963-67 Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, BA


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2009 House and Home, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

Haus und Landschaft ("House and Landscape"), Galerie Mutter Fourage, Berlin

2007 I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA

2006 Elkader Art Center, Elkader, Iowa

2004 I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA

2003 Galerie Mutter Fourage, Berlin, Germany

2002 Le Monde de l'Intérieur, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

2000 Paintings From France and England, I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA

1999 Recent Paintings, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

1997 Berggruen & Zevi Ltd., London, England

1996 Vehicules a Paris, Alliance Francaise, San Francisco, CA

1993 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

1987 Watercolor + Printed + K488 + 108 Squares, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1984 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1981 The Diner, Yountville, CA

1975 Napa Valley Theater, Yountville, CA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010 Summer Reading, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009 Everyone Loves Good News, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

2006 Midwestern Visions, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA

2005 Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA

2003 Color Form & Figure, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2002 Season Ticket, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

2001 Contemporary American Realism III, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

1997 Ornament & Landscape, Apex Art, New York, NY

1996 Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

1995 Summer, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

1994 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

Images Gallery, Toledo, OH

1994 I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA

1993 Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

Steven Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

"Self Portraits," Edith Caldwell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1992 Works on Loan from the John Berggruen Gallery, I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA

1991 Napa Valley Museum, St. Helena, CA

Steven Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Louis Stern Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1990 J. Noblett Gallery, Boyes Hot Springs, CA

1984 Gallery Madison 90, New York, NY


SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Ms. Toni Atkinson, Colorado

Ms. Nancy Baker, New York, NY

Mr. Richard Barr, New York, NY

Mr. & Mrs. John Berggruen, California

Beringer Vineyards, St. Helena, CA

Mr. and Mrs. John Bryan, California

Mrs. and Mrs. Klaus and Ulla Bolling, Berlin, Germany

Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Carroll, New York

Cedar Rapids Art Museum, Iowa

Chemical Bank of New York

Commerce Bancshares, Missouri

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Ford Coppola, California

General Electric Company, Connecticut

Ms. Maggy Geiger, New York

Mr. Chan Gordon, North Carolina

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Grace, St. Helena, CA

Ms. Victoria Hochberg, California

Kaplan McLaughin Diaz Architects, San Francisco, CA

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lorch, Pennsylvania

Mustards Grill, Yountville, CA

Ms. Elizabeth Owens, California

Mr. Paul & The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Edward E. Robbins, Florida

Mr. F. Dan Scrimger, Toronto

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Shapiro, Vermont

Mr. and Mrs. Whitney Smith, Texas

Mr. Peter Vermilye, Massachusetts

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wilson, California

Tra Vigne, St. Helena, CA