Elizabeth Bishop

Objects & Apparitions

December 8, 2011 – January 21, 2012

Gregorio Valdes
Untitled
nd
oil on canvas
30 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches

Gregorio Valdes
Path Through Palm Trees, Figure in Foreground
nd
oil on board
13 7/8 x 10 inches

Artist Unknown
Santo
nd
painted wood carving
21 x 12 3/4 inches

Artist Unknown
Birdcage
nd
painted wood and wire
34 x 16 1/8 x 12 inches
SOLD

Artist Unknown
Brazilian Paddle
nd
painted wood
56 x 17 inches
SOLD

Elizabeth Bishop
Sleeping Figure
nd
watercolor and gouache on paper
8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

Elizabeth Bishop
Mérida from the Roof
1942
watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper
8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches

Elizabeth Bishop
Red Flowers on Black
nd
gouache and graphite on paper
9 3/4 x 6 inches

Elizabeth Bishop
Table with Candelabra
nd
watercolor, gouache and ink on paper
7 1/2 x 5 7/8 inches

Elizabeth Bishop
Tombstones for Sale
nd
watercolor, gouache and ink
6 x 9 inches
PRIVATE COLLECTION

Elizabeth Bishop
Anjinhos
nd
assemblage
12 x 15 5/8 x 2 inches
SOLD

Elizabeth Bishop's small,
rustic Brazilian table
30 x 19 x 35 inches

Elizabeth Bishop
Tea Service
nd
crayon and graphite on paper
8 x 10 inches

Elizabeth Bishop
County Courthouse
nd
watercolor, gouache and ink on paper
5 1/2 x 6 inches

Elizabeth Bishop's large
rustic Brazilian desk
30 x 64 x 24 inches

Two Brazilian iron sculptures
SOLD

Elizabeth Bishop's
Abercrombie and Fitch binoculars
SOLD

Elizabeth Bishop
Olivia
nd
watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper
5 x 7 inches

George Hutchinson
Untitled
nd
oil on masonite
4 3/16 x 9 11/16 inches
SOLD

Elizabeth Bishop
43 King Street
nd
watercolor, gouache and ink on paper
8 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches

Elizabeth Bishop
E. Bishop's Patented Slot Machine
nd
watercolor
10 x 8 inches
PRIVATE COLLECTION

Elizabeth Bishop
Pansies
1960
watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper
12 1/4 x 15 1/8 inches

Artist Unknown
Carranca
nd
painted wood carving
37 x 15 x 24 inches
SOLD

Elizabeth Bishop
Feather Box
nd
construction
10 x 17 x 3 inches

Artist Unknown
Madonna
c. 18th Century
painted wood carving
13 1/2 x 9 x 7 inches

Artist Unknown
Votive Cabinet
nd
wood
30 x 15 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches
SOLD

Artist Unknown
Gertrude Bishop (nee Boomer)
nd
oil on canvas
23 3/4 x 17 5/8 inches

Artist Unknown
Arthur Boomer "Uncle Neddy"
nd
oil on canvas
23 11/16 x 17 5/8 inches

Press Release

“…How I wish I’d been a painter…that must really be the best profession – none of this fiddling around with words…”


The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present an unprecedented exhibition of original artworks by poet Elizabeth Bishop and works from her personal collection. This marks the gallery’s second exhibition of the poet’s work; the first was presented in 1996. The show will also include Bishop’s desk from Brazil, where one imagines she wrote some of her important late poems, along with vitrines containing books, photographs, and smaller objects that she collected over the years on her travels.

One hundred years since her birth, and just over thirty years since her death, Bishop is now considered among the most important American poets of the Twentieth Century. Until now, the one facet of her life that has not been explored fully is the transformative role that the visual arts played in her creative output over her lifetime. Bishop made her own art, mostly in the form of intimate watercolors, gouaches, and drawings. She collected art during her years in Brazil, and was also given (and acquired) pieces by her family and closest artist friends. Like her poems, her own artworks possess an unpretentious earthiness combined with an acute eye for detail of everyday life. She made her art quietly, privately, and gave many of them away to friends over the years. The works in this exhibition were all in her collection at the time of her death.

The exhibition will evoke the poet’s private, domestic world. It will comprise rarely exhibited original works by the artist, including enchanting watercolors and gouaches, as well as two enigmatic box assemblages that are indebted to Joseph Cornell. In addition, the exhibition will include a selection of works by other artists: two paintings by the primitive painter Gregorio Valdes, an early Calder print, a relief painting by John Ferren, among others. There will also be two family portraits and a landscape that she inherited, which she writes about in her poems and prose pieces.


The gallery is publishing a 48 page hardbound book with texts by noted writers Dan Chiasson, Joelle Biele and the Pulitzer prize winning writer Lloyd Schwartz.

The exhibition is presented in association with James S. Jaffe Rare Books, LLC.

For further information and visuals please contact the gallery at 212.262.5050 or info@tibordenagy.com.