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Featuring work of The Ten

And 20th and 21st Century American Expressionists


Louis Schanker



Joseph Solman



Herman Rose




During the mid-1930s a group called The Ten emerged, including such notables as Joseph Solman, Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, Louis Schanker, Ilya Bolotowsky and Ben-Zion. The Ten drove a resurgence of modernism and experimentalism in New York that grew during the years going forward. They came to define American Expressionism which offered a link between modernism and socially conscious art. Today the Mercury Gallery shows works from this era onward, including these artists along with others who share a similar philosophy.
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Karl Zerbe

Karl Zerbe along with Hyman Bloom and Jack Levine, achieved national recognition in the 1940s as the first generation of Boston Expressionists. They produced work that was shockingly different from the genteel paintings of older established Boston artists, such as John Singer Sargent and Edmund C. Tarbell. Their work was the beginning of a long tradition of humanist expressive work in Boston.

Karl Zerbe was born in Berlin, Germany in 1903 and fled political persecution to the United States during World War II. From 1937 to 1954, he was Head of the Painting Department at the Museum School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. From 1954 into the 1960s Zerbe taught at Florida State University prior to retirement.

His work can be found in museums throughout the US and Europe including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Kestner-Museum, Hannover, Germany, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston among others.

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Joseph Solman


Joseph Solman was in the vanguard of Expressionist painters that gained critical notice in New York in the 1930s and was a founding member of The Ten.

His works are in collections worldwide, including the British Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, and The Phillips Collection, among many others.

This superb video by 1623 Studios and Heather Atwood explores this fascinating artist’s life and work.

Artist’s Bio

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Mercury Gallery exhibits paintings and works on paper by over thirty established artists, whose work has received international recognition and acclaim. The Gallery emphasizes the important historical and visual link between the 1930s New York expressionist group known as The Ten and its contemporary artists, who share the same philosophy.

In 1994, Mercury Gallery opened on Newbury Street in Boston, and in 2001 a second location was opened in Rockport, Massachusetts, the current gallery location. Amnon Goldman, Director, has vast experience as a gallery owner, a private art dealer in London, designer, teacher and curator.

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