Accola Griefen



ABOUT

  • Kristen Accola  
  • Kat Griefen  

ACCOLA GRIEFEN represents and offers work by Modern and Contemporary artists, with a primary focus on American women artists of historical significance. Building on their ongoing program, Accola Griefen will highlight important American and Native American women artists in their booth at CONTEXT New York.

Kristen Accola and Kat Griefen uniquely combine more than fifty years of experience in the field including special expertise in Feminist Art and art of the European CoBrA movement and Contemporary Native American Art. We offer advisory services to both established and emerging collectors and welcome inquiries from those wishing to consign works from their collection.

Since 2011, Accola Griefen has presented work in all mediums by contemporary artists at major international art fairs and in gallery exhibitions. Accola Griefen’s exhibitions have been reviewed in publications including ArtNews, Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine and Sculpture Magazine among others. Works by their artists can be found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, in addition to many other public and private collections across the country and internationally.

Important recent sales include works by Georgia O’Keefe, Judy Chicago, Cindy Sherman, Louise Nevelson and Hannah Wilke. Accola Griefen has recently placed works in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the Portland Art Museum and the Library of Congress among other museums.

Artists Included at CONTEXT NEW YORK 2017:

Marie Watt (b. 1967) is an American artist and a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Her work draws from history, biography, Iroquois protofeminism, and Indigenous principles. Blankets, one of her primary materials, are everyday objects that can carry extraordinary histories of use. In her tribe and other Indigenous communities, blankets are given away to honor those who are witness to important life events. Accola Griefen will exhibit some of her larger works which are made in “sewing circles,” participatory public events in which storytelling around the table plays an important role. Watt holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University, attended the Institute of American Indian Arts. Selected collections include the National Gallery of Canada, The Smithsonian institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and Renwick Gallery, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Facebook, The Seattle Art Museum, and The United States Library of Congress. In 2015 she exhibited at SITE Santa Fe, and in 2016 was commissioned by the United States State Department’s Art in Embassies program to build a 36’ tall sculpture to be permanently installed in the newly expanded US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Her work is courtesy of PDX.

Gina Adams cross-media, hybrid studio work includes sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking and drawing. Her work is exhibited extensively throughout the US and resides in many public and private collections. Most recent exhibitions include: "Stands With A Fist" from the MOCNA in Santa Fe, New Mexico; "Survival/Zhaabwiiwin" exhibited at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine; and an exhibit at the Heard Museum in December 2014.

Since the 1970’s Judy Pfaff is broadly acclaimed for her pioneering work in the genre of installation as well as sculpture and richly layered works on paper. Both of the later materials/genres will be represented in Accola Griefen’s booth. Her groundbreaking, large scale print work will also be included. Pfaff has received many awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center, the Guggenheim Fellowship and one of the highest honors possible, the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award. This April 2017 she receives the prestigious Greenburg Award from Art Omi. Her work is in many important museum collections including the Brooklyn Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, The High Museum of Art, MoMA, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art,

Nancy Cohen is widely known for her experimental works with hand-made paper and large-scale sculptural installations, many of which also include glass, cement and rubber elements. Following on the heels of the Sculpture Magazine review of Nancy Cohen’s recent solo traveling exhibit, her newest body of works will be exhibited. Cohen’s work is in the permanent collections of the NJ State Museum, the Zimmerli Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, and Yale University Art Museum among others.


Exhibiting Artists

  • Gina Adams  (+)

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    •  Gina Adams - Girls Native American Indian Basketball Team

      Girls Native American Indian Basketball Team

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  • Nancy Cohen

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  • Loretta Dunkelman  (+)

    Biography : Loretta Dunkelman’s paintings and works on paper combine minimalist forms with subtle, rich and often painterly surface layering. She completed her undergraduate degree at Douglass College, Rutgers in the 1950’s under European abstract painter Theodore Brenson and Allan Kaprow. Dunkelman received her Masters from Hunter College where she studied with Ad Reinhardt, Tony Smith and Ralph Humphreys. Dunkelm’s work is marked by an interest in architecture and aspects of negative space or the void. The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the philosophy of Lao Tzu inform her early minimalist paintings. Her work from the 1970’s is formal, classical and objective, inspired by travel in Greece. Geometry and surface created through a process of layering caran d’ache oil wax chalk on paper are key elements. The focus is on line and proportion - the relationship between the fragment and the implied whole. In the “Flesh Series” of the 1990s the artist fuses paint and color with the memories and wounds of life experience to form a translucent skin, revealing the vulnerability of all flesh. The paintings are about the pain and beauty of existence and continue to exemplify Dunkelman’s skill fusing surface interest with depth of space and depth of emotion. Dunkelman is a founder of A.I.R. Gallery, the first women’s gallery in the United States where she had 6 one-person shows between 1972 and 1987. She was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee of Women Artists, organized by art historian and critic Lucy Lippard. In 1972 she co-organized Thirteen Women Artists, the first major exhibitions of women, which included Louise Bourgeois and Mary Miss. Her work has been featured in a number of important museum exhibitions: the 1973 Whitney Biennial and American Drawings at the Whitney; the city-wide multi-site exhibition, Women Choose Women; and On Surface, along with Brice Marden, Robert Ryman and Ralph Humphrey at the Katonah Art Gallery. Loretta Dunkelman’s wor

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  • Mary Beth Edelson  (+)

    Biography : Since the 1960’s Mary Beth Edelson has been a pioneer in feminist art practice, political activism, performance art and public participation. Edelson’s art production consists of diverse mediums; included in this survey exhibition are large-scale collage installations, drawings, early performative photographs and her iconic posters from the 1970’s. Mary Beth Edelson’s work has been featured in over 90 books and is widely reviewed in the United States and abroad. Recent museum exhibitions include Me. Myself. Naked., Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen, Germany; Female Power, Museum Voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands; NYC 1993, New Museum, New York; Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, MoMA, New York; WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, which was curated by MoMA’s Connie Butler and traveled to LA MOCA, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Vancouver Museum, and PS1, New York and Picturing the Modern Amazon, New Museum, New York. The artist has also exhibited internationally at the Malmo Konstmuseum in Sweden, where she had a retrospective of her work; Mumok Museum, Vienna; Migros Museum, Zurich; Shedhalle, Zurich; Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway; and the Tate, London. In addition to international recognition Edelson has founded numerous enterprises including the seminal Conference for Women in the Visual Arts (CWVA) held at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. in 1972 and the follow- up seminar at the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. in 1973. She is a founder of Heresies Magazine and WAC (Women’s Action Coalition). In 1994 Edelson produced Combat Zone: Campaign Hq. Against Domestic Violence, sponsored by Creative Time. Her work is in the collections of major museums including: the Guggenheim, NY, NY; MoMA, NY, NY; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Walker Art Center, MN and Malmo Konstmuseum, Sweden. Edelson has had two solo exhibitions at Accola Griefen Gallery.

    Exhibition : 2013 Collaborative 1971 - 1993, Accola Griefen Gallery, New York
    2013Washington Art Matters: Art Life in the Capital 1940-1990, The Katzen Arts Center at American University, Washington D.C.
    201322 Others, solo exhibition at Suzanne Geiss Company, NYC
    2013Independent Art Fair, Balice Hertling.
    2013NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star, New Museum, NYC
    2013Female Power: Matriarchy & Utopia, Museum Voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands
    2012Hail to the Feminists Who Produced the Revolution, Solo exhibition, Accola Griefen Gallery, NYC
    2012Independent Art Fair, Balice Hertling.
    2012Beasts of Revelation, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY.
    2011Burn In Hell (Lorena Bobbit), Balice Hertling, Paris, France.
    2011Burn In Hell, Balice Hertling & Lewis, New York, NY.
    2011Players: Selected Works by Edelson from the 70s-90s, VIP Armory Week, St. Regis Hotel, NYC
    2010Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, curated by Sarah Meister and Eva Respini, MoMA, NYC.
    2010There's Never Only One Game in Town, curated by Liutaraus Psibilskis, the MAC Contemporary, Dalls, Texas.
    2010Making Eye Contact, campus wide performance, 20,000 students, University of Illinois, Carbondale
    2010Face Off: Portraits by Contemporary Artists, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Connecticut.
    2009**The End, Andy Warhol Museum, curated by Eric Shiner, Pitts, Pa.,
    2009Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX, curated by Liutauras Psibilskis.
    2009Works on Paper from the 1970, Alexander Gray Gallery, NYC
    2007-08**Gender Battle, CGAC, curated by Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
    2007-09**WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution. MOCA, LA, travels to Women's Museum, D.C., Vancouver Museum, Canada, PS1, MOMA, Connie Butler, curator, NYC.
    2006**It Is Time for Action (There Is No Option), Heike Munder, curator, Migros Museum, Zurich, Ch.
    2006*Utopiana, An on-going collaboration with the historic utopian v

    Detailed Description : Since the 1960’s Mary Beth Edelson has been a pioneer in feminist art practice, political activism, performance art and public participation. Edelson’s art production consists of diverse mediums; included in this survey exhibition are large-scale collage installations, drawings, early performative photographs and her iconic posters from the 1970’s. Mary Beth Edelson’s work has been featured in over 90 books and is widely reviewed in the United States and abroad. Recent museum exhibitions include Me. Myself. Naked., Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen, Germany; Female Power, Museum Voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands; NYC 1993, New Museum, New York; Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, MoMA, New York; WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, which was curated by MoMA’s Connie Butler and traveled to LA MOCA, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Vancouver Museum, and PS1, New York and Picturing the Modern Amazon, New Museum, New York. The artist has also exhibited internationally at the Malmo Konstmuseum in Sweden, where she had a retrospective of her work; Mumok Museum, Vienna; Migros Museum, Zurich; Shedhalle, Zurich; Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway; and the Tate, London. In addition to international recognition Edelson has founded numerous enterprises including the seminal Conference for Women in the Visual Arts (CWVA) held at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. in 1972 and the follow- up seminar at the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. in 1973. She is a founder of Heresies Magazine and WAC (Women’s Action Coalition). In 1994 Edelson produced Combat Zone: Campaign Hq. Against Domestic Violence, sponsored by Creative Time. Her work is in the collections of major museums including: the Guggenheim, NY, NY; MoMA, NY, NY; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Walker Art Center, MN and Malmo Konstmuseum, Sweden. Edelson has had two solo exhibitions at Accola Griefen Gallery.

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  • Judy Pfaff  (+)

    Biography : Judy Pfaff was born in London, England, in 1946. She received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis (1971), and an MFA from Yale University (1973). Recipient, Academy Member Fellowship, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2013); Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2013); MacArthur Fellowship (2004); Guggenheim Fellowship (1983); National Endowment for the Arts grants (1979, 1986); member, American Academy of Arts and Letters. Numerous solo exhibitions and group shows in major galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Commissions include Pennsylvania Convention Center Public Arts Projects, Philadelphia; large-scale site-specific sculpture, GTE Corporation, Irving, Texas; installation: vernacular abstraction, Wacoal, Tokyo, Japan; and set design, Brooklyn Academy of Music. Work in permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Arts; others. Milton Avery Distinguished Professor of Art, Bard College (1989, 1991). Judy Pfaff will be having a solo exhibition at Accola Griefen Gallery in Spring 2013.

    Exhibition : 2013 Judy Pfaff, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, MI, June 8 – August 3.
    Judy Pfaff, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY, April 13 – May 11.
    2012 Judy Pfaff, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY, October 11- November 10.
    Judy Pfaff, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO., September 20 – October 29.
    Walter Gropius Master Artist Series Presents: Judy Pfaff, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia, June 16 – August 26.
    Judy Pfaff: Recent Work, Bruno David Gallery, Saint Louis, MO. January 27 – March 3.
    2011 Judy Pfaff: Twenty Years At Bellas Artes, Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. July 1 – July 30.
    Judy Pfaff: Year of the Dog, Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. February 26 – April 16.
    Judy Pfaff: Spring of the Print, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Wetherill-Wilson Gallery, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA. February 17 – April 16.
    Judy Pfaff, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. January13 – April 17.
    2010 Judy Pfaff: Tivoli Gardens, Braunstein Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA. October 7 – November 6.
    Judy Pfaff: Five Decades, Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY. September 10 – October 16.
    Judy Pfaff: I Dwell in Possibility, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY. July 12 – August 15.
    Judy Pfaff, David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL. April 16 – May 29.
    Judy Pfaff, Reavley Gallery in the Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX. April 10 – May 23.
    2009 Judy Pfaff: Sculptures, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI. November 21, 2009 – January 3, 2010.
    Judy Pfaff: Constructed Paper, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH. May 15 – August 15.
    Judy Pfaff: Paper, Ameringer Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY. January 15 – February 21.
    Judy Pfaff: Wild Rose, Installation. Massry Center for the Arts, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY. September 21, 2008 – May 2009.
    2008 Judy Pfaff: Paperworks, Year of the Dog, Pig, Rat, Etc., Massry Center f

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    • Judy Pfaff - China

      China

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  • Sylvia Sleigh

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  • Jaune Quick-to-See Smith  (+)

    Biography : Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is one of the most acclaimed American Indian artists of today. She has been reviewed in most art periodicals. Smith has had over 100 solo exhibits in the past 40 years and has done printmaking projects nationwide. Over that same time, she has organized and/or curated over 30 Native exhibitions, lectured at more than 200 universities, museums and conferences internationally, most recently at 5 universities in China. Smith has completed several collaborative public art works such as the floor design in the Great Hall of the new Denver Airport; an in-situ sculpture piece in Yerba Buena Park, San Francisco and a mile-long sidewalk history trail in West Seattle and recently, a new terrazzo floor design at the Denver Airport. Smith uses humor and satire to examine myths, stereotypes and the paradox of American Indian life in contrast to the consumerism of American society. Her work is philosophically centered by her strong traditional beliefs and political activism. Smith is internationally known as an artist, curator, lecturer, print-maker and professor. She was born at St. Ignatius Mission on her Reservation and is an enrolled Salish member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana. She holds 4 honorary doctorates from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Mass College of Art and the University of New Mexico. Her work is in collections at the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Walker, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum for World Cultures, Frankfurt, Germany and Museum for Ethnology, Berlin. Recent awards include a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation to archive her work; the 2011 Art Table Artist Award; Moore College Visionary Woman Award for 2011; Induction into the National Academy of Art 2011; Living Artist of Distinction, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, NM 2012; the Swit

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    2013 Jaune Quick-To-See Smith: Water and War, Accola Griefen Gallery, NY
    2012 Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Landscapes of an American Modernist, Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe, NM
    Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Anna Lamar Switzer Center for the Visual Arts, Pensacola State College, Pensacola FL
    2009 Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
    Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Made in America, Pensacola Art Museum, Pensacola, FL
    2008 Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Made in America, The Grace Museum, Abilene, TX
    Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, NC
    2007 Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Made in America, Lauren Rogers Museum, Laurel, MS
    Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Paintings, Drawings and Prints, Ellen Noel Museum, Odessa, TX
    Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Muscarelle Museum, College of William and Mary, Jamestown, VA
    2006 New Drawings: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Suffolk University, Boston, MA
    Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: New Paintings, Valdosta State University, GA
    Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Made in America, Montclair Museum, Montclair, NJ Tour
    Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
    2005 Connections: Old work/New Work, Flomenhaft Gallery, NY, NY
    Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: She Paints the Horse, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY Tour
    Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, CO
    Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Made in America, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL Tour
    Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
    University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
    2004 Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Postmodern Messenger, Tucson Art Museum, Tucson, AZ Catalog
    Continuum, NMAI, Smithsonian, NY, NY
    Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Made in America, Milton Hershey School Art Museum, Hersey, PA, Tour
    Keene State college, NH
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Other Represented Artists

China - Judy Pfaff

Judy Pfaff China

Judy Pfaff, China, 2006, etching, photogravure, encaustic and digital pint with gold leaf frame, Edition of 30, 69" x 25"

Girls Native American Indian Basketball Team -  Gina Adams

Gina Adams Girls Native American Indian Basketball Team

Gina Adams, Girls Native American Indian Basketball Team, 2016, found photograph, encaustic and ink, 30" x 30"