The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) is hosting its second Horology in Art exhibition at its library in Midtown Manhattan from next Tuesday, November 23.
Nearly all the 60 artworks at the show are on loan from HSNY Exhibit Curator Bob Frishman, who created the guild’s inaugural exhibit in early 2020.
They cover centuries of clocks and watches depicted in art, sometimes as a major focus of a canvas, at other times a subtle element in the background.
Among the original artworks are a circa 1830 folk-art portrait of a mother and child holding a pocket watch; the preparatory watercolor by Anatol Kovarsky for a 1961 New Yorker cover showing a watchmaker in his shop; and a portrait miniature on ivory, circa 1840, in which a young woman’s watch and chain are visible. Iconic artists represented in the exhibit’s prints include Salvador Dali, Jan Steen, Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and Giovanni Piranesi.
Vintage photographs include two rare mid-19th century daguerreotypes, cabinet cards, cartes de visites, glass lantern slides, and several examples of Mathew Brady Civil-War-era portraits, whose subjects share the scene with his studio’s “Reaper” figural mantel clock.
“Curating these artworks for my personal collection, and now for the public to view, has been a two-decades-long passion project for me,” says Mr Frishman, who has been a clock restorer and writer-lecturer on horology for more than 30 years.
“Thanks to today’s technology, I am happy to share my archives of over 2,000 examples of timepieces displayed in artworks through a continuous slideshow exhibition. The different depictions of watches and clocks in art help us learn about how time was perceived in the past while helping to advance the art of horology today.”
The exhibition is free to visit, but timed tickets are required.