Accola Griefen


New York New York

United States

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Kristen Accola   (Co-Director)

Kat Griefen   (Co-Director)

About

ACCOLA GRIEFEN represents and offers work by Modern and Contemporary artists, with a primary focus on American women artists of historical significance.

Private dealers Kristen Accola and Kat Griefen uniquely combine more than fifty years of experience in the field including special expertise in Feminist Art and art of the European CoBrA movement. We offer advisory services to both established and emerging collectors and welcome inquiries from those wishing to consign works from their collection.

Since 2011, Accola Griefen has presented work in all mediums by contemporary artists at major international art fairs and in gallery exhibitions. Accola Griefen’s exhibitions have been reviewed in publications including ArtNews, Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine and Sculpture Magazine among others. Works by their artists can be found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, in addition to many other public and private collections across the country and internationally.

Recent sales include works by Georgia O’Keefe, Judy Chicago, Cindy Sherman, Louise Nevelson and Hannah Wilke. In the last year works represented by Accola Griefen have been placed in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the Portland Art Museum and the Library of Congress.

Kristen Accola is an art dealer and a curator. From 1978 until 1993 she worked at Lefebre Gallery, the leading gallery representing CoBra artists in the United States. For three years she was the Director of Special Projects at Gary Snyder Fine Art in Chelsea. In addition Ms. Accola spent fifteen years as a chief curator, ten, as Director of Exhibitions at the Hunterdon Art Museum in New Jersey. She has curated over ninety solo and group exhibitions, including a 2008 museum exhibit of contemporary Cuban artists working in Havana and a major survey of prominent Outsider Artists for Bristol-Myers Squibb Corporate Headquarters. Many of her curatorial projects were reviewed in the New York Times and other major art publications. Ms. Accola has also lectured widely and written numerous catalogue essays. In 2008 she opened her first gallery, Accola Contemporary in New York City. Ms. Accola attended Brown University before graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 1978.

Kat Griefen is an art dealer and an art historian. From 2006 until 2011 Ms. Griefen was the Director of A.I.R. Gallery, which was founded in 1972 as the first non-profit gallery for women artists in the United States. She has been a Senior Lecturer at Rutgers University, New Brunswick for five years and has also taught in the Graduate Program in Liberal Studies at Rutgers University, Camden. Ms. Griefen is a Lecturer at Queensborough Community College in the Art and Design Department with a focus on Gallery and Museum Studies. She has lectured widely at other institutions including New York University, Washington University, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Art and Design and the National Academy Museum among others. Ms. Griefen is a Board Member of the Feminist Art Project. She has a M.A. in Art History from Hunter College and a B.A. in Art History and in Women Studies from Purchase College.

Both Kat Griefen and Kristen Accola are members of ArtTable and founding members of AWAD, the Association of Women Art Dealers.

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Gina Adams, "Treaty with the Six Nations 1794 Broken Treaty Quilt," 2015, hand cut calico letters on antique quilt, 79”H x 72”W
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Gina Adams, "Treaty with the Six Nations 1794 Broken Treaty Quilt," 2015, hand cut calico letters on antique quilt, 79”H x 72”W

Exhibiting Artists

  • Gina Adams

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  • Nancy Cohen  (+)

    Biography : ancy Cohen is widely known for her experimental works with hand-made paper and large-scale sculptural installations, many of which also include glass, cement and rubber elements all of which the artists makes. Cohen has an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Recent projects include installations in Karmiel, Israel; the CODA Museum in Holland; the Katonah Museum of Art in NY and a collaboration with environmentalists based on the Mullica River for the Noyes Museum of Art in NJ. Cohen has been awarded a Pollack Krasner Grant, residencies at The Millay Colony and Yaddo, and multiple Fellowships in Sculpture and Works on Paper from the NJ State Council on the Arts. Cohen’s work is in the permanent collections of the NJ State Museum, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Montclair Art Museum, & Yale University Art Museum among others. Recent exhibits include a solo show at the Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ; a permanent installation at the Health Sciences Library, Howard University, Washington DC and inclusion in Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass at Frederik Meijer Sculpture Garden, Grand Rapids, MI in 2013.  In 2011 she was selected for the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School Residency and in 2013 she completed a collaborative residency with Anna Boothe at The Corning Museum of Glass. Cohen was born in Queens, NY and lives in Jersey City, NJ. Currently the artist’s solo exhibition, Hackensack Dreaming is traveling throughout the United States to venues including New Jersey City University and Duke University. The exhibition premiers Cohen's most ambitious installation to date, which was inspired by the post-industrial landscape of the Meadowlands in Hackensack, New Jersey. The piece combines numerous glass and mixed media sculptures with extensively worked hand-made paper.

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  • Louise Kramer  (+)

    Biography : Louise Kramer (b. 1923, New York City) is known for working in a wide range of media – from printmaking to drawing, sculpture, and site-specific installation. She studied with Mark Rothko and Robert Morris at Hunter College and with Max Beckmann at Cooper Union. She was one of the founding artists of A.I.R. Gallery in 1972. Her work has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where a monoprint was featured on the poster for the 1976 Whitney Biennial. She has also exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco MoMA, and the Jewish Museum, among other museums. Her work is held in public collections including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts, Oberlin College Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center and the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Kramer's work has been reviewed in The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Artforum, Art News, The Village Voice, Newsday, and Arts Magazine. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts-CAPS.

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  • Judy Pfaff  (+)

    Biography : Judy Pfaff was born in London, England, in 1946. She received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis (1971), and an MFA from Yale University (1973). Recipient, Academy Member Fellowship, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2013); Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2013); MacArthur Fellowship (2004); Guggenheim Fellowship (1983); National Endowment for the Arts grants (1979, 1986); member, American Academy of Arts and Letters. Numerous solo exhibitions and group shows in major galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Commissions include Pennsylvania Convention Center Public Arts Projects, Philadelphia; large-scale site-specific sculpture, GTE Corporation, Irving, Texas; installation: vernacular abstraction, Wacoal, Tokyo, Japan; and set design, Brooklyn Academy of Music. Work in permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Arts; others. Milton Avery Distinguished Professor of Art, Bard College (1989, 1991). Judy Pfaff will be having a solo exhibition at Accola Griefen Gallery in Spring 2013.

    Exhibition : 2013 Judy Pfaff, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, MI, June 8 – August 3.
    Judy Pfaff, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY, April 13 – May 11.
    2012 Judy Pfaff, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY, October 11- November 10.
    Judy Pfaff, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO., September 20 – October 29.
    Walter Gropius Master Artist Series Presents: Judy Pfaff, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia, June 16 – August 26.
    Judy Pfaff: Recent Work, Bruno David Gallery, Saint Louis, MO. January 27 – March 3.
    2011 Judy Pfaff: Twenty Years At Bellas Artes, Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. July 1 – July 30.
    Judy Pfaff: Year of the Dog, Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. February 26 – April 16.
    Judy Pfaff: Spring of the Print, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Wetherill-Wilson Gallery, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA. February 17 – April 16.
    Judy Pfaff, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. January13 – April 17.
    2010 Judy Pfaff: Tivoli Gardens, Braunstein Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA. October 7 – November 6.
    Judy Pfaff: Five Decades, Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY. September 10 – October 16.
    Judy Pfaff: I Dwell in Possibility, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY. July 12 – August 15.
    Judy Pfaff, David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL. April 16 – May 29.
    Judy Pfaff, Reavley Gallery in the Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX. April 10 – May 23.
    2009 Judy Pfaff: Sculptures, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI. November 21, 2009 – January 3, 2010.
    Judy Pfaff: Constructed Paper, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH. May 15 – August 15.
    Judy Pfaff: Paper, Ameringer Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY. January 15 – February 21.
    Judy Pfaff: Wild Rose, Installation. Massry Center for the Arts, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY. September 21, 2008 – May 2009.
    2008 Judy Pfaff: Paperworks, Year of the Dog, Pig, Rat, Etc., Massry Center f

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  • Renee Stout  (+)

    Biography : Renée Stout grew up in Pittsburgh and received her B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1980. Originally trained as a painter, she moved to Washington, D.C. in 1985 where she began to explore the spiritual roots of her African American heritage through her work and eventually became the first American artist to exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Inspired by the African Diaspora, as well as everyday life in her DC neighborhood and current events, she employs a variety of media, including painting, drawing, mixed media sculpture, photography and installation in an attempt to create works that encourage self-examination, introspection and the ability to laugh at the absurdities of life and ourselves. Stout has been the recipient of awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Bader Fund, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. She was also the recipient of the Driskell Prize, awarded by the High Museum of Art and the Sondheim Award. Stout’s work can be found in many museum and private collections throughout the United States and in The Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, Netherlands. She has had solo exhibitions at the Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton, NY; the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, MI; the Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA and American University, Washington, D.C. among others. Her traveling museum exhibition, Tales of a Conjure Woman, which originated at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, SC was accompanied by a major monograph and was named one of the top 10 exhibitions of 2015 by Hyperallergic. Her work is included in the many major public collections: The National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpt

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Other Represented Artists

  • Loretta Dunkelman

    Biography : Loretta Dunkelman’s paintings and works on paper combine minimalist forms with subtle, rich and often painterly surface layering. She completed her undergraduate degree at Douglass College, Rutgers in the 1950’s under European abstract painter Theodore Brenson and Allan Kaprow. Dunkelman received her Masters from Hunter College where she studied with Ad Reinhardt, Tony Smith and Ralph Humphreys. Dunkelm’s work is marked by an interest in architecture and aspects of negative space or the void. The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the philosophy of Lao Tzu inform her early minimalist paintings. Her work from the 1970’s is formal, classical and objective, inspired by travel in Greece. Geometry and surface created through a process of layering caran d’ache oil wax chalk on paper are key elements. The focus is on line and proportion - the relationship between the fragment and the implied whole. In the “Flesh Series” of the 1990s the artist fuses paint and color with the memories and wounds of life experience to form a translucent skin, revealing the vulnerability of all flesh. The paintings are about the pain and beauty of existence and continue to exemplify Dunkelman’s skill fusing surface interest with depth of space and depth of emotion. Dunkelman is a founder of A.I.R. Gallery, the first women’s gallery in the United States where she had 6 one-person shows between 1972 and 1987. She was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee of Women Artists, organized by art historian and critic Lucy Lippard. In 1972 she co-organized Thirteen Women Artists, the first major exhibitions of women, which included Louise Bourgeois and Mary Miss. Her work has been featured in a number of important museum exhibitions: the 1973 Whitney Biennial and American Drawings at the Whitney; the city-wide multi-site exhibition, Women Choose Women; and On Surface, along with Brice Marden, Robert Ryman and Ralph Humphrey at the Katonah Art Gallery. Loretta Dunkelman’s wor

  • Mary Beth Edelson  (+)

    Biography : Since the 1960’s Mary Beth Edelson has been a pioneer in feminist art practice, political activism, performance art and public participation. Edelson’s art production consists of diverse mediums; included in this survey exhibition are large-scale collage installations, drawings, early performative photographs and her iconic posters from the 1970’s. Mary Beth Edelson’s work has been featured in over 90 books and is widely reviewed in the United States and abroad. Recent museum exhibitions include Me. Myself. Naked., Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen, Germany; Female Power, Museum Voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands; NYC 1993, New Museum, New York; Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, MoMA, New York; WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, which was curated by MoMA’s Connie Butler and traveled to LA MOCA, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Vancouver Museum, and PS1, New York and Picturing the Modern Amazon, New Museum, New York. The artist has also exhibited internationally at the Malmo Konstmuseum in Sweden, where she had a retrospective of her work; Mumok Museum, Vienna; Migros Museum, Zurich; Shedhalle, Zurich; Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway; and the Tate, London. In addition to international recognition Edelson has founded numerous enterprises including the seminal Conference for Women in the Visual Arts (CWVA) held at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. in 1972 and the follow- up seminar at the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. in 1973. She is a founder of Heresies Magazine and WAC (Women’s Action Coalition). In 1994 Edelson produced Combat Zone: Campaign Hq. Against Domestic Violence, sponsored by Creative Time. Her work is in the collections of major museums including: the Guggenheim, NY, NY; MoMA, NY, NY; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Walker Art Center, MN and Malmo Konstmuseum, Sweden. Edelson has had two solo exhibitions at Accola Griefen Gallery.

    Exhibition : 2013 Collaborative 1971 - 1993, Accola Griefen Gallery, New York 2013Washington Art Matters: Art Life in the Capital 1940-1990, The Katzen Arts Center at American University, Washington D.C. 201322 Others, solo exhibition at Suzanne Geiss Company, NYC 2013Independent Art Fair, Balice Hertling. 2013NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star, New Museum, NYC 2013Female Power: Matriarchy & Utopia, Museum Voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands 2012Hail to the Feminists Who Produced the Revolution, Solo exhibition, Accola Griefen Gallery, NYC 2012Independent Art Fair, Balice Hertling. 2012Beasts of Revelation, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY. 2011Burn In Hell (Lorena Bobbit), Balice Hertling, Paris, France. 2011Burn In Hell, Balice Hertling & Lewis, New York, NY. 2011Players: Selected Works by Edelson from the 70s-90s, VIP Armory Week, St. Regis Hotel, NYC 2010Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, curated by Sarah Meister and Eva Respini, MoMA, NYC. 2010There's Never Only One Game in Town, curated by Liutaraus Psibilskis, the MAC Contemporary, Dalls, Texas. 2010Making Eye Contact, campus wide performance, 20,000 students, University of Illinois, Carbondale 2010Face Off: Portraits by Contemporary Artists, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Connecticut. 2009**The End, Andy Warhol Museum, curated by Eric Shiner, Pitts, Pa., 2009Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX, curated by Liutauras Psibilskis. 2009Works on Paper from the 1970, Alexander Gray Gallery, NYC 2007-08**Gender Battle, CGAC, curated by Santiago de Compostela, Spain. 2007-09**WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution. MOCA, LA, travels to Women's Museum, D.C., Vancouver Museum, Canada, PS1, MOMA, Connie Butler, curator, NYC. 2006**It Is Time for Action (There Is No Option), Heike Munder, curator, Migros Museum, Zurich, Ch. 2006*Utopiana, An on-going collaboration with the historic utopian v

    Detailed Description : Since the 1960’s Mary Beth Edelson has been a pioneer in feminist art practice, political activism, performance art and public participation. Edelson’s art production consists of diverse mediums; included in this survey exhibition are large-scale collage installations, drawings, early performative photographs and her iconic posters from the 1970’s. Mary Beth Edelson’s work has been featured in over 90 books and is widely reviewed in the United States and abroad. Recent museum exhibitions include Me. Myself. Naked., Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen, Germany; Female Power, Museum Voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands; NYC 1993, New Museum, New York; Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, MoMA, New York; WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, which was curated by MoMA’s Connie Butler and traveled to LA MOCA, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Vancouver Museum, and PS1, New York and Picturing the Modern Amazon, New Museum, New York. The artist has also exhibited internationally at the Malmo Konstmuseum in Sweden, where she had a retrospective of her work; Mumok Museum, Vienna; Migros Museum, Zurich; Shedhalle, Zurich; Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway; and the Tate, London. In addition to international recognition Edelson has founded numerous enterprises including the seminal Conference for Women in the Visual Arts (CWVA) held at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. in 1972 and the follow- up seminar at the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. in 1973. She is a founder of Heresies Magazine and WAC (Women’s Action Coalition). In 1994 Edelson produced Combat Zone: Campaign Hq. Against Domestic Violence, sponsored by Creative Time. Her work is in the collections of major museums including: the Guggenheim, NY, NY; MoMA, NY, NY; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Walker Art Center, MN and Malmo Konstmuseum, Sweden. Edelson has had two solo exhibitions at Accola Griefen Gallery.

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