Morgan Russell and Stanton Macdonald-Wright founded Synchromism (which means “with color”), a movement in which color becomes an independent expressive and formal element, in 1912 and held their first exhibitions in Munich and Paris the following year. This hand-painted exhibition poster advertised their show at Der Neue Kunstsalon in Munich June 1–30, 1913. Pencil marks outlining the forms are visible through the paint in the center of the poster. A soft curve of colors contrasts with the forms in the center of the Paris poster (VF2015.0510), which appear to twist on a much tighter axis.
These posters were affixed to walls and kiosks in those cities and were soon removed as souvenirs by passersby. This is the only known poster for the Munich exhibition.
Dr. Hans K. Roethel;
Henry M. Reed, Caldwell, NJ;
[Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM];
Private Collection, Dallas, TX;
[The Owings Gallery, Santa Fe, NM];
Jan T. and Marica Vilcek Collection, New York, NY, 2010;
New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. Synchromism and American Color Abstraction, 1910-25 (January 24-March, 26, 1978); Houston. The Museum of Fine Arts (April 20-June 18, 1978); Des Moines. Des Moines Art Center (July 6-September 3, 1978); San Francisco. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (September 22-November 19, 1978); Syracuse. Everson Museum of Art (December 15, 1978-January 28, 1979); Columbus, OH. Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts (February 15-March 24, 1979); pp. 20,142, ill. np., pl. 1.
New York. Hollis Taggart Galleries. Synchromism: Morgan Russell and Stanton Macdonald-Wright. May 1-28, 1999, pp. 4, 5, 6, 24, ill. p. 5, pl. 1, cat. no. 1.
New York. The Vilcek Foundation. With Color. May 16, 2013.
Corpus Christi. The Art Museum of South Texas. Masterpieces of American Modernism from the Vilcek Collection of American Art. September 13, 2018-January 6, 2019.
Madrid. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museo Nacional. The Synchromists. June 27-November 1, 2022.
Montclair Art Museum version:
Montclair, NJ. Montclair Art Museum. Morgan Russell: The Origins of a Modern Masterpiece (January 25, 1998-April 26, 1998); Philadelphia. The Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (June 12, 1998-August 23); Huntington, NY. Heckscher Museum of Art (September 5, 1998-November 15, 1998); p. 7, 68, 69, 208, ill. p. 69 pl. 39, cat. no. 28.
New York. Museum of Modern Art. Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925. December 23, 2012-April 15, 2013.
Agee, William C. and Lewis Kachur. Masterpieces of American Modernism: From the Vilcek Collection. London: Merrell, 2013, pp. 128-129, 267, ill. pp. 128, 129.
Montclair Art Museum version:
Funston, Janet. “Problems in Synchromism,” Artforum 16 (Summer 1978): 57-61, ill. p. 57.
South, Will. “Stanton Macdonald-Wright 1890-1973): From Synchromism to the Federal Art Projects,” PhD Dissertation, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 1994, p. 25-26, ill. p. 302, fig. 4.
South, Will. Color, Myth, and Music: Stanton Macdonald-Wright and Synchromism. Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art, 2001, p. 44, ill. fig. 43.
Westheider, Ortrud. “An American in Munich and Berlin: Marsden Hartley and the Blaue Reiter in Modern Life,” in Barbara Haskell and Ortrud Westheider, Edward Hopper and His Time. Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2009, pp. 40, 41, ill. p. 40, fig. no. 3.
Dorfman, John. “Over the Rainbow,” Art & Antiques, November 2020, ill. p. 45.