09 December 2011
Two of my images have been selected for the Texas A&M International
“Back to the Future” juried exhibition!
Bruce Helander, Fmr. provost of RISD, artist (in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan, Guggenheim, LACMA & 60 other museums) and critic/curator.
Bruce Helander is an artist whose specialty is collage and assemblage. He is also a well-known curator and art critic. He has a master’s degree in painting from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where he later became the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the college. He is a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and recently won the South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship for professional achievement in the visual arts.
Helander arrived in Palm Beach in 1982 from New York City, where he published Art Express magazine. He quickly established a cutting edge gallery on Worth Avenue that thrived for thirteen years. During that time he opened a second gallery on West Broadway in New York City. He was also a commissioner for ARCOM in Palm Beach and the vice-president of the Worth Avenue Association. He is active in the south Florida art scene and was on the board of directors at the Armory Art Center and later was the Director of Exhibitions there.
City Link magazine called Bruce Helander “Arguably the most recognized and successful collage artist in the country...” and Kenworth Moffett, former director, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale said in Gold Coast magazine that “If there was a Pulitzer Prize for collage, Helander would surely win it.”
His work is in over fifty museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and most recently, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.
His collages appear in Jazziz, The New Yorker and Palm Beach Illustrated magazines, among others.
He has written extensively on contemporary art and has written over 150 published reviews. He has an enthusiastic following for his monthly columns in Art of the Times magazine, Art and Living magazine (Los Angeles) and ARTnews. Star Group International just published his book of reviews, titled Learning to See—An Artist’s View on Contemporary Artists from Artschwager to Zakanitch, of forty of his favorite reviews.
As a curator, Helander has coordinated over eighty exhibitions of contemporary works. He has organized one-man shows for legendary artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, John Chamberlain, Duane Hanson, Larry Poons, Jules Olitski, Dale Chihuly and Kenneth Noland, among others. Helander’s written observations about art are unusual in that very few art writers are also artists—in this case, with an academic background, extensive gallery and publishing experience and regular exhibit of his work.