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Painting on the eve of a breakthrough

This early (1939) geometric abstraction in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan was executed on the eve of her startling breakthrough to painting on layers of coruscated glass. Her second husband, George Wellington Brown, a naval architect, was influential in interesting her in new materials.

March 9, 2017   Comments Off on Painting on the eve of a breakthrough

Pereira at The Smithsonian

This Smithsonian article and its links are well worth studying. They address Irene Rice Pereira’s absorption in the Bauhaus and her pioneering development of the influential WPA Design Laboratory. The Smithsonian’s Frost Collection includes a large number of Pereiras from that period. Her artist sister, Juanita Guccione, also worked for the WPA.

March 9, 2017   Comments Off on Pereira at The Smithsonian

Survey of Guggenheim masterpieces


A sweeping recent survey of non-objective art at Leila Heller Gallery included Irene Rice Pereira’s Seven Red Squares, and rarely seen masterpieces by Hilla Rebay, Rudolf Bauer, Wassily Kandinsky, László Moholy-Nagy, Charles Green Shaw, Rolph Scarlett, Penrod Centurion, Irene Rice Pereira, Raymond Jonson, John Ferren, John Sennhauser, Albert Gleizes, Lloyd Ney, Ilya Bolotowsky, Fernand Léger, Alice Trumbull Mason, and Alice Mattern, with works portraying the rise and development of non-objective painting, spanning from 1912 to 1951. Pereira was one of Rebay’s early protégés.

March 9, 2017   Comments Off on Survey of Guggenheim masterpieces


Irene Rice Pereira’s masterpiece, Shooting Stars, is hanging in the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing of The Metropolitan Museum. In the same gallery are works by Jean Arp, Roberto Matta and Pablo Picasso. The installation of this magnificent oil on glass constitutes a restoration of Pereira to the pantheon and a victory for feminists.

March 9, 2017   Comments Off on SHOOTING STARS AT THE MET

irene2Welcome to the official website of Irene Rice Pereira (1902-1971). I. Rice Pereira, as she was known, was one of the foremost modernist artists of the 20th Century. Her paintings can be found in museums around the world. The purpose of this website is to direct inquirers to her paintings, publications about her, museums and galleries exhibiting her work, archives and relevant websites. One of those sites, www.juanitaguccione.com, is devoted to the painting career of her sister. Correspondence and original appreciations of Irene Rice Pereira’s work and life are invited.

June 23, 2015   Comments Off on

Opening of new Whitney Museum highlights Pereira

Pereira, "Boat Composite,"  circa 1932,  is in the center slightly to the left)

Pereira, “Boat Composite,”
(circa 1932, is in the center slightly to the left)

Excerpt from the April 30, 2015, New York Times review of the Whitney opening in Manhattan:

The Whitney is palpably a different order of achievement. Art looks better here, to my eyes, than it did in the old Whitney, and it is amazingly comfortable to be in. I didn’t understand this fully until last Friday night, my third time inside the building. To cite but a few:  Among the works unfamiliar to me were I. Rice Pereira’s “Boat Composite,” a large, vivie yet grisaille canvas from 1932 that dominates a gallery of Precisionist paintings and photographs with its bold scale and paint handling, learning from Fernand Léger while presaging the great late works of Stuart Davis and Philip Guston.

“New Whitney Museum Signifies a Changing New York Art Scene,” by Roberta Smith

June 20, 2015   Comments Off on Opening of new Whitney Museum highlights Pereira

Poul Webb’s art blog

This essay about I. Rice Pereira appears in Poul Webb’s art blog, Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

June 6, 2012   Comments Off on Poul Webb’s art blog

Pereira and peers at Detroit Institute

diaMid-Century Modernism: Origins and Evolution, a lecture scheduled by the Detroit Institute of Arts at 6:30April 27th, will examine the work of Irene Rice Pereira and several of her peers. By 1955 many American artists, architects, and designers broke free of European precedents and developed distinctively American forms of modernism. Independent curator Susan Larsen looks at mid-twentieth-century painters, showing the ways in which they drew on the progressive political ideals of the 1930s, with a focus on artists represented in the DIA’s collection, including Josef Albers, Pereira, Mark Rothko, and Vaclav Vytlacil. Pereira’s 1950 oil painting, Bright Beyond, will be featured. The presentation is sponsored by the Associates of the American Wing.

January 13, 2011   Comments Off on Pereira and peers at Detroit Institute

Parchment painting in Newark show

A newly conserved parchment painting by Irene Rice Pereira, Composition In White, was among the works shown in an exhibition at the Newark Museum called Constructive Spirit, Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-50s. The show opened Feb. 17, 2010, and closed May 23, 2010. Dr. Karen A. Bearor, Pereira’s biographer, contributed an essay to the catalogue entitled Light Play in Abstract Art and Film. In her essay she discusses Pereira’s work in relationship to other artists in the show who were also interested in light and light projection.

February 3, 2010   Comments Off on Parchment painting in Newark show

1940 Pereira featured at D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc.

pereira_three_white_squaresThree White Squares, a 1940 Pereira oil painting, was on exhibit at The D. Wigmore Fine Art Inc., 730 Fifth Avenue, New York City, in an exhibition called Explorations in Black and White: The 1930s through the 1960s. This painting has been reproduced frequently and was included in the seminal 1953 Loren MacIver/I. Rice Pereira restrospective at The Whitney Museum. The show continued through December 23, 2009.

December 9, 2009   Comments Off on 1940 Pereira featured at D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc.