helen_berggruen.jpeg

As the pace of life in the 21st Century continues to accelerate at breakneck speed, and new electronic devices enable us instantly to tune out our immediate surroundings, directing our attention elsewhere, my ambition has become to slow down in order to observe the land and cityscapes before me.

Rather as a beekeeper in March awaits the special hum indicating the presense of a swarm of bees, I tend to roam with a sketchbook and canvas until I light upon a particular confluence of angles, textures, and objects of contrasting scale.

Once the easel is set up, the objective is to fix an image of the fleeting moment: a blue truck rolling through a new mown hay field, a storm brewing over a late 19th century Midwestern house, a cup of coffee left half empty on the table.

Beyond that moment, in choosing the elements that compose the picture, I seek an essential quality that links grain elevators, tractors, fields of sunflowers, kitchen tables, books, city buildings, to another place, or even another country, sometime in the distant past, or perhaps, the indefinite future.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016     “Time & Tempo”, Marsac, (Tarn et Garonne), France

2015     Christie’s South Kensington, London, UK

2014     Dialogues,  Galerie Deschler, Berlin, Germany

2013     A Restless Harmony, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, California

2013     The Open Window: Objects, Rooms & Landscapes, Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

2010    Helen Berggruen: Itinerant Regionalist, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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    Recent Paintings, I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA

            Vehicules a Paris, Alliance Française, San Francisco, CA

            Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

1993    Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

            Recent Paintings, I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA

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

1985    The Diner, Yountville, CA

1984    John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1983    The Diner, Yountville, CA

1981    The Diner, Yountville, CA

1975    Napa Valley Theater, Yountville, CA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017     “History Becomes Art”, St. Helena Historical Society, St. Helena, CA

            “18” Fischbach Gallery

2016     “Think Big”, Fischbach Gallery

             “The Endless Summer” Fischbach Gallery

             “In Plain Sight/Hindsight”, Fischbach Gallery

2015     “The Flower Show”, Fischbach Gallery

2012    “Artistic Visions of the Golden Gate Bridge,” George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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

            Twenty-five Years, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994    Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY

            Images Gallery, Toledo, OH

1994    I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA

            San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, 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

            I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA

1991    Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, CA

            Steven Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Louis Stern Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            Oberon Gallery, Napa, CA

1990    J. Noblett Gallery, Boyes Hot Springs, CA

1988    Works on Paper, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1984    Gallery Madison 90, New York, NY

 

COMMISSIONS

1998    Bridges of Napa Valley, Napa Valley Heritage Fund, CA

1996    Tomatina, triptych for Real Restaurants, St. Helena, CA

1988    Tra Vigne Banquet Room Series, St. Helena, CA

 

COLLABORATION

1997    A Passing Reference, watercolor, engraving, and type, with writer and printer, Emily McVarish, London

1990    108 Squares with letterpress printer, Emily McVarish, Yountville, CA

 

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 Bölling, 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, Los Angeles, 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

Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri

Mr. and Mrs. Whitney Smith, Texas

Mr. Peter Vermilye, Massachusetts

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wilson, California

Tra Vigne, St. Helena, CA

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017     Tom Stockwell, “Painting the Past” St. Helena Star, February 2, 2017, p. B3

2014     Ruthe, Ingeborg, “Mit Expressionisten lässt sich’s gut straiten”, Berliner Zeitung, June 30

2013     Smith, Roberta, “Helen Berggruen: The Open Window: Ojects, Rooms and Landscapes”,Art in Review, the New York Times, May 16

2010     Clark, Erin, “The Colors of Helen Berggruen” ArtWorks Fall 2010, p. 62-69

2009    Sonnenburg, Gisela. “Helen Berggruen Paints Against Speed”, Berliner Morgenpost, October 24

2009    Ruthe, Ingeborg. “Helen in Luck”, Berliner Zeitung, October 13, p. 3

2009    Schlachter, Luise. “They Seem close to Van Gogh, But they are all Berggruen Originals” Bilt,

            October 20, p. 7

2008    “Local Color”, Iowa City Press Citizen, November

2003    vonDuehren, C. ”Berggruen. Seht her, das hat meine Tochter gemalt”, Bilt, Oct 13, p. 7

2003     B Z Berlin, October 7

2003    Conrad, Andrea. “Oh, mein Papa”, Der Tagesspiegel, October 6, p.11

2003    Meixner, Christiane. ”Helen Berggruen’s Gardens”, Berliner Morgenpost, October 7, p.13

2000    Cover and portfolio, The Gettysburg Review, Summer (V.13 N.2).

1999    "Art Guide", The New York Times, Friday, May 14, 1999, E38.

            "Art Guide: Galleries", The New York Times, Friday, August 6, 1999, p. E38.

1996    “Bay City Best,” San Francisco Examiner Magazine, February 18

            Cover, Nob Hill Gazette, San Francisco, March

1995    Twenty-Five Years, (exh. cat.) John Berggruen Gallery

1994    “West Coast Wave,” Sutro, D., VNR

1993    “Self-Portraits,” Zyzzyva Journal, Fall Issue

            Brown, Kenneth.  "Big Apple," Courier Lifestyles, October 25, 1992, pp. 27-28.

1992    A Celebration of Women Artists, Golden Turtle Press

            “Still Life,” Image Magazine, San Francisco Sunday Examiner, June

1990    Turin, David. “Painting Portions,” St. Helena Star, June 7

1989    “Artists’ Assemblage,” House and Garden, September

1988    Works on Paper, (exh. cat.) John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco

1984    Legionnaire, The Drawing Legion, Iowa City

 

© All works by Helen Berggruen