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We are pleased to announce the launch of a new website containing over hundreds of images, not only the Tobey historical works and portraits included in this exhibition; but which shows over a dozen of his murals, and some 300 other of his published works and modern Curvilinear and Fragments paintings. It also includes a detailed illustrated biography of the artist.
This launch of the website coincided with Tobey's 90th birthday on November 6th, 2004, and is the basis for what we plan to be a comprehensive exhibition of his works to be organized and shown by the NRCA in conjunction with the artist's estate in the future. The website is located at:
INTRODUCTION TO THE NRCA TOBEY EXHIBITION
Some of the most unique and exciting American realistic art of the 20th century was the product of the era known as "The Golden Age of Illustration". Artists such as Norman Rockwell and Frederic Remington are both typical of this period.
Millions of Americans have seen reproductions of the art of Alton Tobey, one of the most famous of today's living illustrators -- in national magazines such as Life, Reader's Digest and in the Golden Book History of the United States series. His public murals are at The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York and in dozens of other public spaces throughout this country and abroad. Few people however, had had the opportunity to see over thirty of his original historical paintings and his portraits of famous people, at any single time or place before in history.
From October 22nd through November 14th, 2003 The New Rochelle Council on The Arts presented a one-man exhibition of thirty-three of these paintings, many of which had never been publicly shown before. The show was held in the 3000 square foot Lumen Winter Gallery in the lobby of The New Rochelle Library, the site of many major exhibitions in the past by the NRCA, such as their shows of original artwork by Norman Rockwell and by Frederic Remington, both of whom also achieved fame as illustrators.
Alton Tobey was born in Middletown, Connecticut and received his BFA and MFA at the Yale School of Fine Arts and later taught there for four years. He has also taught at the City College of New York and had been juror for many prestigious art competitions. His work is in over 30 museums and in important government, corporate and private art collections. He has had many one-man exhibitions, and his art has been published in over a dozen national magazines and books.
A reception for this exhibition was held at the library on Sunday afternoon, November 2, 2003 between 3 and 5 p.m., with an estimated 400 people in attendance to meet the artist and to honor him for his life's work. Unfortunately, Mr. Tobey died on January 5, 2005 after a long illness. The NRCA, in cooperation with the family of the artist is currently organizing a major retrospective exhibition of his work which is scheduled to be ready to travel in 2006. Information on this exhibition, which is available to museums, arts organizations an the educational community at no charge can be obtained by contacting the show's Exhibition's Director at 212-260-9240 or by email. An overview of Tobey's life works with over 400 of his paintings can be seen on his website at www.altontobey.org.