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Albert Pels

oil on canvas
12x16 - 19x23
Period Frame - Old Sotheby label.

From ASKART by Jeanette Hendler: Pels was a member of the National Society of Mural Painters, the Salmagundi Club, and the Society of Independent Artists.  He was on the board of directors of the Arts Students League in 1939, as well as, on the board the WPA Artists.  One of the most important murals done by Albert Pels was for the Normal, Illinois, Post Office's lobby, which was a product of an assignment under the Section of Fine Arts. Unlike the WPA, artists in the Section of Fine Arts had to compete for the individual projects.  The mural is entitled Development of the State Normal School.  Pels chose the subject of the Normal Schools, which were colleges that specialized in the education of teachers.

Albert Pels had also shown in a number of additional galleries, museums, and one-man exhibitions.  Some of them included the Macbeth Galleries, 1939; Babcock Gallery, 1941, 1945 – 46, 1949; Pulitzer Gallery, 1951; International Gallery, 1953; Laurel Gallery, 1955; Cincinnati Museum; Denver Museum;  Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio; and Rachel Davis Fine Arts, Cleveland, 1996.

He exhibited in group shows at the Babcock Gallery, New York City; Albany Museum, Albany New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; Philadelphia Museum, P.A.; Butler Art Institute; Art Students League; and Southern Art Museum.



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