NEW YORK PRESENCE: Herman Maril is one of the few American artists with continual representation by major New York City galleries since 1936. Included in this list of Manhattan venues for one man shows are: MacBeth Gallery, Babcock Gallery, Forum Gallery, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, James M. Graham Gallery and The David Findlay, Jr. Gallery. Today Maril’s work is represented by Debra Force Fine Art.
WELL COVERED: Maril’s paintings have been selected for the covers of a book biography (THE FORCE OF DESIRE: A LIFE OF WILLIAM BRONK, By Lyman Gilmore, 2006); a modern classic music album (JOHN MUSTO) produced by the Aaron Coplan House, and an ART NOW New York Gallery Guide in 1992.
PRESIDENTIAL ART: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt chose Maril’s “Old Baltimore Waterfront,” now in the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection, to hang in the White House. When Nelson Rockefeller was vice president, he borrowed “Marsh Birds” from the Whitney Museum, for his office. “Interior With Cat,” from the American Art Museum, was chosen by Vice President Walter Mondale for his office.
POST OFFICE MURALS: Herman Maril murals, commissioned by the Treasury Department Art Project in 1937 and 1939, respectively, remain on exhibit in Altavista, Virginia and West Scranton, Pennsylvania.
CENTENNIAL RECOGNITION: “Refreshments At Sea,” by Herman Maril, was on the cover of the brochure of Provincetown Art Association Museum’s centennial exhibit celebrating gifts from the Roberty Duffy collection. The show also included work by Hartley, Hoffman, Motherwell, and Avery.
TRAVEL PLANS: Dr. Ann Prentice Wagner wrote a monograph and is curating an exhibition of 80 Maril artworks entitled “THE STRONG FORMS OF OUR EXPERIENCE: Herman Maril, the lyrical American modernist”. The exhibition, which opened at University of Maryland College Park in September of 2016, traveled to the Arkansas Art Center in the spring of 2017 and will go to the Cahoon Museum in Cotuit (Cape Cod), MA this August and run through November.
EXTRAORIDNATY STATURE: “Herman Maril was an American artist of extraordinary stature. I underscore the description ‘American’ because Maril personifies the art of this country of mid-20th century - highly individualistic, expressive, and rich in social relevance. Maril represents the innovative spirit of the American painter who, while fighting the overwhelming influence of Picasso's Cubism and various European expressionistic modes, pounded out an American vision inspired by the uniqueness of this culture. Our admiration for the talent of Herman Maril could not be greater, for in him we see the very best America has to offer.” --Lou Zona, 1998, director Butler Art Institute.
NAME FAME: The student gallery at University of Maryland ‘s College Park is named after Herman Maril. There is also “The Herman Maril Gallery” at University of Maryland University College, which is home to a permanent retrospective of his artwork.