Vera Neumann

 


Vera Paints a Rainbow

 July 9 - August 7, 2015
Vera Neumann: <i>Vera Paints a Rainbow</i>, Installation View, Alexander Gray Associates (2015)
Vera Neumann: Vera Paints a Rainbow, Installation View, Alexander Gray Associates (2015)
Vera Neumann: <i>Vera Paints a Rainbow</i>, Installation View, Alexander Gray Associates (2015)
Vera Neumann: Vera Paints a Rainbow, Installation View, Alexander Gray Associates (2015)
Vera Neumann: <i>Vera Paints a Rainbow</i>, Installation View, Alexander Gray Associates (2015)
Vera Neumann: Vera Paints a Rainbow, Installation View, Alexander Gray Associates (2015)
Vera Neumann: <i>Vera Paints a Rainbow</i>, Installation View, Alexander Gray Associates (2015)
Vera Neumann: Vera Paints a Rainbow, Installation View, Alexander Gray Associates (2015)
Vera Neumann: <i>Vera Paints a Rainbow</i>, Installation View, Alexander Gray Associates (2015)
Vera Neumann: Vera Paints a Rainbow, Installation View, Alexander Gray Associates (2015)
Vera Neumann: <i>Vera Paints a Rainbow</i>, Installation View, Alexander Gray Associates (2015)
Vera Neumann: Vera Paints a Rainbow, Installation View, Alexander Gray Associates (2015)
Vera Neumann: <i>Vera Paints a Rainbow</i>, Installation View, Alexander Gray Associates (2015)
Vera Neumann: Vera Paints a Rainbow, Installation View, Alexander Gray Associates (2015)
<i>Sundown</i>, from the "Abstracts" series, n.d.
Watercolor on paper
34h x 34w in (86.36h x 86.36w cm)
Sundown, from the "Abstracts" series, n.d.
Watercolor on paper
34h x 34w in (86.36h x 86.36w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Tissue paper collaged on paper
32h x 32w in (81.3h x 81.3w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Tissue paper collaged on paper
32h x 32w in (81.3h x 81.3w cm)
Sun Spots, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper 
32h x 32w in (81.3h x 81.3w cm)
Sun Spots, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
32h x 32w in (81.3h x 81.3w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper 
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper 
22.5h x 15w in (57.2h x 38.1w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
22.5h x 15w in (57.2h x 38.1w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
30.5h x 30.5w in (77.5h x 77.5w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
30.5h x 30.5w in (77.5h x 77.5w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and gouache on paper 
30h x 30w in (76.2h x 76.2w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and gouache on paper
30h x 30w in (76.2h x 76.2w cm)
Untitled, from the "Animals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
11.88h x 9w in (30.2h x 22.9w cm)
Untitled, from the "Animals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
11.88h x 9w in (30.2h x 22.9w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (1981)
Watercolor and ink on paper 
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (1981)
Watercolor and ink on paper
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper 
10h x 8w in (25.4h x 20.3w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
10h x 8w in (25.4h x 20.3w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
10h x 8w in (25.4h x 20.3w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
10h x 8w in (25.4h x 20.3w cm)
Occasional Stripe, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper 
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Occasional Stripe, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Golden Rain, from the "Leaves" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper 
29h x 29w in (73.7h x 73.7w cm)
Golden Rain, from the "Leaves" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
29h x 29w in (73.7h x 73.7w cm)
Rhododendron, from the "Florals" series (c. 1984)
Watercolor on paper
17.5h x 12w in (44.5h x 30.5w cm)
Rhododendron, from the "Florals" series (c. 1984)
Watercolor on paper
17.5h x 12w in (44.5h x 30.5w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
11.5h x 8.5w in (29.2h x 21.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
11.5h x 8.5w in (29.2h x 21.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (n. d. )
Watercolor and ink on paper
12.75h x 11w in (32.4h x 27.9w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (n. d. )
Watercolor and ink on paper
12.75h x 11w in (32.4h x 27.9w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
13.88h x 16.88w in (35.3h x 42.9w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
13.88h x 16.88w in (35.3h x 42.9w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
11.75h x 9w in (29.8h x 22.9w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
11.75h x 9w in (29.8h x 22.9w cm)
Floral Fruity, from the "Food" series (1973)
Watercolor  on paper
22h x 22w in (55.9h x 55.9w cm)
Floral Fruity, from the "Food" series (1973)
Watercolor on paper
22h x 22w in (55.9h x 55.9w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
18h x 13.6w in (45.7h x 34.5w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
18h x 13.6w in (45.7h x 34.5w cm)
Glass Bottom Boat, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper 
34h x 34w in (86.4h x 86.4w cm)
Glass Bottom Boat, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
34h x 34w in (86.4h x 86.4w cm)
Untitled, from the "Leaves" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper 
18h x 15.5w in (45.7h x 39.4w cm)
Untitled, from the "Leaves" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
18h x 15.5w in (45.7h x 39.4w cm)
Untitled, from the "Vegetables" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and graphite on paper 
14h x 10w in (35.6h x 25.4w cm)
Untitled, from the "Vegetables" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and graphite on paper
14h x 10w in (35.6h x 25.4w cm)
Untitled, from the "Animals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
13.9h x 17w in (35.3h x 43.2w cm)
Untitled, from the "Animals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
13.9h x 17w in (35.3h x 43.2w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (1975)
Watercolor on paper 
18.25h x 18.5w in (46.4h x 47w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (1975)
Watercolor on paper
18.25h x 18.5w in (46.4h x 47w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper 
17h x 11.8w in (43.2h x 30w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
17h x 11.8w in (43.2h x 30w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (1980)
Watercolor on paper
18h x 16w in (45.7h x 40.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (1980)
Watercolor on paper
18h x 16w in (45.7h x 40.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper 
34h x 34w in (86.4h x 86.4w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
34h x 34w in (86.4h x 86.4w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
32h x 32w in (81.3h x 81.3w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
32h x 32w in (81.3h x 81.3w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (1978)
Watercolor and ink on paper 
12h x 8.5w in (30.5h x 21.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (1978)
Watercolor and ink on paper
12h x 8.5w in (30.5h x 21.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [032] (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
18h x 12w in (45.7h x 30.5w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series [032] (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
18h x 12w in (45.7h x 30.5w cm)
Shooting Star, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper 
34h x 34w in (86.4h x 86.4w cm)
Shooting Star, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
34h x 34w in (86.4h x 86.4w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Untitled, from the "Food" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper 
24h x 18w in (61h x 45.7w cm)
Untitled, from the "Food" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
24h x 18w in (61h x 45.7w cm)
Thunder & Lightening, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
27.9h x 27.9w in (70.9h x 70.9w cm)
Thunder & Lightening, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
27.9h x 27.9w in (70.9h x 70.9w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (c. 1977)
Watercolor on paper 
17h x 14w in (43.2h x 35.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (c. 1977)
Watercolor on paper
17h x 14w in (43.2h x 35.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Leaves" Series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper 
32h x 32w in (81.3h x 81.3w cm)
Untitled, from the "Leaves" Series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
32h x 32w in (81.3h x 81.3w cm)
Untitled, from the "Animals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
11.75h x 17.94w in (29.8h x 45.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Animals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
11.75h x 17.94w in (29.8h x 45.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Animals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
11.75h x 17.94w in (29.8h x 45.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Animals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
11.75h x 17.94w in (29.8h x 45.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Animals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
17.94h x 11.75w in (45.6h x 29.8w cm)
Untitled, from the "Animals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
17.94h x 11.75w in (45.6h x 29.8w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
30h x 30w in (76.2h x 76.2w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
30h x 30w in (76.2h x 76.2w cm)
Untitled, from the "Leaves" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper 
24h x 18w in (61h x 45.7w cm)
Untitled, from the "Leaves" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
24h x 18w in (61h x 45.7w cm)
Untitled, from the "Animals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and tissue collaged on paper
8.13h x 8.31w in (20.7h x 21.1w cm)
Untitled, from the "Animals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and tissue collaged on paper
8.13h x 8.31w in (20.7h x 21.1w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Mixed media
21h x 21w in (53.3h x 53.3w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Mixed media
21h x 21w in (53.3h x 53.3w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Mixed media
21h x 21w in (53.3h x 53.3w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Mixed media
21h x 21w in (53.3h x 53.3w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (1977)
Watercolor on paper
14h x 14w in (35.6h x 35.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (1977)
Watercolor on paper
14h x 14w in (35.6h x 35.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and graphite on paper
23h x 23w in (58.4h x 58.4w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and graphite on paper
23h x 23w in (58.4h x 58.4w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Tissue collaged on paper
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Tissue collaged on paper
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (c. 1979)
Watercolor on paper 
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (c. 1979)
Watercolor on paper
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Untitled, from the "Butterflies" series (c. 1977)
Watercolor on paper
10h x 10w in (25.4h x 25.4w cm)
Untitled, from the "Butterflies" series (c. 1977)
Watercolor on paper
10h x 10w in (25.4h x 25.4w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (c. 1977)
Watercolor on paper 
17h x 12w in (43.2h x 30.5w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (c. 1977)
Watercolor on paper
17h x 12w in (43.2h x 30.5w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and tissue collaged on paper
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Untitled, from the "Abstracts" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and tissue collaged on paper
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (c. 1975)
Watercolor on paper
10.75h x 11.63w in (27.3h x 29.5w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (c. 1975)
Watercolor on paper
10.75h x 11.63w in (27.3h x 29.5w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
16.9h x 14w in (42.9h x 35.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
16.9h x 14w in (42.9h x 35.6w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
28h x 28w in (71.1h x 71.1w cm)
Untitled, from the "Florals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
28h x 28w in (71.1h x 71.1w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruit" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
19h x 17.75w in (48.3h x 45.1w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruit" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
19h x 17.75w in (48.3h x 45.1w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
11.81h x 9.44w in (30h x 24w cm)
Untitled, from the "Fruits" series (n.d.)
Watercolor and ink on paper
11.81h x 9.44w in (30h x 24w cm)
Iris and Poppies, from the "Florals" series (c. 1984)
Watercolor on paper
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Iris and Poppies, from the "Florals" series (c. 1984)
Watercolor on paper
24h x 24w in (61h x 61w cm)
Untitled, from the "Animals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
7.13h x 7.94w in (18.1h x 20.2w cm)
Untitled, from the "Animals" series (n.d.)
Watercolor on paper
7.13h x 7.94w in (18.1h x 20.2w cm)

About the Exhibition

Press Release PDF 110 K

July 9 - August 7, 2015

Alexander Gray Associates presented Vera Paints a Rainbow, an exhibition of artworks by Vera Neumann (b.1907, Stamford, CT – d.1993, North Tarrytown, NY), created between the 1960s and 1980s. The presentation focused on the artist’s use of color as means to express emotions through compositions characterized by a colorful palette. The works on view, organized following the rainbow spectrum—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet—emphasized Neumann’s rich use of color, which in her words, “is a marvelous way of expressing emotion.”

Neumann loved color. She often opted for warm tones, with a particular penchant for yellow and orange. As she used to say, “Color sings to me…[it] is the language I speak best.” Her artwork is defined by single gestures that convey maximum expression by employing few, yet visually strong tones. Among Neumann’s motifs are stylized florals, abstract color fields, and avant-garde geometrics rendered in singular combinations. When designing, she stated, “If you have too many colors, you could very easily get tied down to just one color scheme that can’t be changed […] I feel I have given people more joy with the designs I create.”

The exhibition’s title, Vera Paints a Rainbow, alluded to the Vera Company’s promotional materials and showrooms, whose ads from the 1970s featured the tagline “Vera paints,” as an ongoing campaign. Every season featured a new theme, from “Vera paints a bunch,” a cluster of carrots, to “Vera paints suns,” a recurrent motif in all her collection. As the artist expressed: “I’m a Leo. I’m a sun person.” Neumann’s vivid watercolor paintings and collages were used on an array of fabrics to create wallpaper, home linens, apparel, and most famously, her silk scarves. Vera Paints a Rainbow brings together a selection of her artworks representing the solar spectrum, which became key visual references of mid-century design.

A revolutionary icon of American design and brand development, dating from the 1950s onwards, Neumann became one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of her time. As writer Stephanie Mansfield wrote, “When they dig up the remains of this land, known as America, archaeologists of the future will undoubtedly come across cultural curiosities of the 20th century that might be mistaken for objects of religious worship: millions of rainbow-colored relics bearing the name Vera.” Throughout her business career Neumann was first and foremost an artist, whose works translated graphically into everyday objects. She maintained close relationships with her contemporaries in art and design, sharing similar aesthetics. Among her closest friends were Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, and Marcel Breuer. Neumann was an avid traveler, gathering inspiration from her visits to countries around the world, including Mexico, Peru, China, Japan, India, and Iran, among others. Neumann’s curiosity and experiences abroad impacted her vision, palette and understanding of the world. It emboldened her use of color as a way to communicate happiness. As she once expressed, “We have so many problems in this world, color brings just a little bit of joy into our lives.”

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  • Vera Neumann Art in America July 24, 2016 PDF (363 K)
  • Vera Neumann Publication July 9, 2015 PDF (2.5 MB)
  • Vera Neumann Wall Street Journal July 6, 2015 PDF (689 K)
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