.polly kraft

Painting portraits, landscapes and still-lifes, realist artist Polly Kraft works in both watercolor and oil. Whether painting still-lifes or the beach landscapes of Long Island, Kraft has the ability to translate a split second glance into a memorable painting. Kraft is included in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the American Collection of the United Nations, as well as many public and private collections. Kraft exhibits in New York, California, and Washington, DC.

Artist Resume

Polly Kraft (1927 – 2017)

 

Education

1967    Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC

1967-68    University of Maryland

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1980    Kornblee Gallery, New York

        Louise Himmelfarb Gallery, Southampton, New York

1981    Diane Brown Gallery, Washington, DC

1981-82 Louise Himmelfarb Gallery, Southampton, New York

1983    William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

1984    Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC

Fischbach Gallery, New York

1986    Fischbach Gallery, New York

1988    Fischbach Gallery, New York

1991    Fischbach Gallery, New York

1993    Fischbach Gallery, New York

1997    Drawings and Watercolors 1989-1996, Glenn Horowitz Booksellers, Inc., East Hampton

1998    Fischbach Gallery, New York

2000    Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DC

2001    Glenn Horowitz Gallery, East Hampton, New York

2003    Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DC

2007    Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DC

2010    Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

2014    Fishbach Gallery, New York, NY (Nov.)

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

1980     “Invitational,” Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

1981    “Still Life – 28 Artists,” Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York

Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

“Invitational,” Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey

Louise Himmelfarb Gallery, Southampton, New York

“22nd Art Exhibition: Works on Paper,” Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1982    “10+10+10 – Washington Painting,” Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    “Animal Painting,” Ericson gallery, New York

1983    “Acquisitions since 1975 – A Selection,” Corcoran gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    Fischbach Gallery, New York

Fendrick Gallery, Washington, DC

“Women Painters Today,” The Rahr-West Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

1984    Fendrick Gallery, Washington, DC

1985    “The Drawing Center Show,” Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

curated by Werner Kramarsky

Seven Hampton Artists,” Tower Gallery, Southampton, New York

1986    Fischbach Gallery, New York

Arrangements in Color and Shape,” C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

1987    Fischbach Gallery, New York

1988    “Common Objects,” Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

1991    “Objects of My Affection,” Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

1994    “Vered Flower Show,” Vered Gallery, East Hampton, New York

1995    “Flower Painting,” Lizan-Tops Gallery, East Hampton, New York

1996    “In Full Bloom: Flower and Garden Paintings,” Lizan-Tops Gallery, East   

Hampton, New York

1998    Apple of My Eye,” Kraushaar Galleries Inc., New York

1999    “Contemporary American Realism,” M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

“Re-Viewing Nature: Long Island Landscape Painting Today,” Sidney Mishkin 

Gallery, Baruch College, New York

2001    Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, New York

2002    Lizan-Tops Gallery, East Hampton, New York

 

Selected Bibliography

Richard, Paul, The Washington Post, April 4, 1981.

Forgey, Benjamin, “From Kitchen to Bedroom,” The Washington Star, April 17, 1981.

Alexis, Karen, M.E., “Polly Kraft at Diane Brown,” The New Art Examiner, May 8, 1981.

Russell, John, “Alexander Hollweg and Polly Kraft,” The New York Times, Dec. 24, 1981

Alexis, Karen, M.E., “Quality plus Diversity in10+10+10,” The Washington Post, June 22, 

     1982.

Braff, Phyllis, “From the Studio,” The East Hampton Star, July 29, 1982; sec II, p.6.

“10+10+10,” ARTnews, October 1984.

Allen, Jane, “The Mystic, The Familiar, Life’s Trials,”  The Washington Times, Jan. 1984.

Henry, Gerrit, ARTnews, October 1984.

Zaferatos, Olga, Painting the Still Life, New York: Watson Guptill, 1985.

Russell, John, The New York Times, April 4, 1986.

Leigh, Candace, “Honoring the Artists of t he Hamptons – Polly Kraft,” Dan’s Papers.

     June 3, 1988.

Braff, Phyllis. “With a Broad Theme, Nostalgia Prevails,” The New York Times,  

     September 8, 1991.

Heller, Jules and Nancy G., North American Artists of the Twentieth Century, Garland

     Publishing, New York, 1995.

Slivka, Rose, C.S., “From the Studio,” The East Hampton Star, May 8, 1997.

Newhall, Edith, “On View,” New York Magazine, May 25, 1998, p.100, illus.

Proztman, Ferdinand, Washington Post, May 2000.

Slivka, Rose, "From the Studio, October 31, 2002

 

Selected Collections

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California

The Artery Corporation, Washington, DC

CIGNA Corporation

The United Nations Commission, NYC