Stanley Bard was more than the manager of the Chelsea Hotel. For close to fifty years, he served as gatekeeper to the creative enclave, and was often a patron to the eclectic mix of artists, writers, poets, and musicians who passed through the hotel’s doors through the years. Ed Hamilton, fellow Chelsea resident, wrote in his 2007 book “Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living With Artists and Outlaws in New York’s Rebel Mecca,” that, “the most beloved — and enigmatic — character ever to grace the halls of the Chelsea is, of course, our illustrious proprietor, Stanley Bard.”
Countless artists who passed through the Chelsea were touched by Bard’s generosity of spirit and his boundless support for their craft. Freeman’s is honored to offer close to a dozen works by artists who dedicated canvases and prints to the hotel’s venerable manager.
Corneille (Dutch, 1922-2010) "Irena"
Signed and dated 71 bottom right, signed, titled and located 'Hotel Chelsea Room 511 New York' verso
'Hotel Chelsea Room 511 New York'
Pierre Alechinsky (Belgian, B. 1927) Untitled
Ink signed and dated 1968 bottom left, pencil signed again, dated and dedicated 'pour Stanley Bard avec amitié. N.Y. 9 X 68' bottom right
'pour Stanley Bard avec amitié.'
Corneille (Dutch, 1922-2010) "The Green Sofa"
Dated 8 Dec. '80, located 'New York' and dedicated, 'For Stanley / cordially Corneille' upper left
'For Stanley / cordially Corneille'
Théo Tobiasse (French, 1927-2012) "Le Rendez-Vous"
Dedicated 'avec le meilleurs voeux pour une très heureuse année' on the reverse of the folded sheet
'avec le meilleurs voeux pour une très heureuse année'
Martial Raysse (French, B. 1936) Eyes
Signed, dated 1963 and dedicated 'To Stanley Bard Avec l'amitié de Martial Raysse' verso
'To Stanley Bard Avec l'amitié de Martial Raysse'
Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931-2004) "Face #1"
Signed and dated 66 on the bottom exterior edge of the canvas, signed again, titled, dated, dedicated 'For Stanley with Affection - Tom Wesselmann,' and inscribed 'Collection Stanley Bard' on stretcher bar verso
'For Stanley with Affection - Tom Wesselmann,'
Don Olsen (American, 1910-1985) Untitled (Collage)
Signed bottom left, signed again and dedicated 'For my dear friend Stanley Bard who made my stay at the Chelsea so wonderful" verso
'For my dear friend Stanley Bard who made my stay at the Chelsea so wonderful'
Irving Kraut Manoir (American, 1891-1982) Untitled (One Of Euclids 'Impossibles': For 2500 Years Not Been Solved Until Irving Manoir Did In 1921)
Signed bottom right and dedicated 'To my friend "Bard" at the "Chelsea"'
'To my friend "Bard" at the "Chelsea"'
Please join Freeman’s on May 16 for the sale of The Stanley Bard Collection: A Life At The Chelsea. Exhibition opens to the public on May 11.