We are pleased to present HENRY KOEHLER: Collages of the 1970s, opening June 19 with a reception from 6 to 8 PM. The exhibition will remain on view through July 5, 2021.
While widely acknowledged to be one of the finest living sporting artists in the world, Mr. Koehler was not limited to that genre as is evident by this collection of work. This series of collages was first shown at Elaine Benson gallery in 1979 and was only recently rediscovered in the artist’s attic after his death in 2019. A strong and cohesive body of work, they not only demonstrate a sophisticated mastery of composition, shape, color and texture, but they also read as a scrapbook of a well spent life, containing personal mementoes, matchbooks, letters, scraps of artwork and fabric.
Koehler’s illustrations appeared in The New Yorker, Town & Country and Sports Illustrated. His usual subjects ranged from jockeys and racing to polo, fox hunting, fishing, sailing, dogs and other animals. Between 1979 and 2009, Mr. Koehler’s imagery was featured five times on posters for the Hampton Classic Horse Show.
His loyal following of collectors has included Ralph Lauren, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Paul Mellon, John Hay Whitney, President John Kennedy, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, the Duchess of Cornwall, Senator Edward Kennedy, the Duchess of Windsor, The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.