Fun in the Sun(2012), collage, 25 x 15"
Bruce Helander - 2014 Florida Artist Hall of Fame Inductee
This Tuesday night in Tallahassee Florida, Bruce Helander will be inducted into the Florida Artist Hall of Fame. Established by the Florida Legislature in 1986, the Florida Artists Hall of Fame recognizes persons, living or deceased, who have made significant contributions to the arts in Florida either as performing or practicing artists in individual disciplines. These individuals contribute to Florida's national or international reputation as a state with a strong and sustained commitment toward the development of cultural excellence.
Bruce along with fellow inductee Tom Petty will be given this high award by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. I will be there representing the Florida Council on Arts and Culture as part of Florida Heritage Awards.
I am excited to meet Mr. Helander as I have been an admirer of his for some time. Mr Helader had a gallery on Worth Avenue that was a model for me when I was just starting to think of the gallery business. My father would take me to Bruce's to show an example of how a successful gallery was run.
Along with being an artist and gallerist Bruce is an art advocate as well. Bruce is the Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist and currently contributes to The Huffington Post. He has been a contributor to numerous magazines, including Art and Living, ARTnews and The New Yorker. GL
From Bruce's Website Bio;
Bruce Helander is an artist whose specialty is collage and assemblage. He has a master’s degree in painting from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where he later became the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the college. He is a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and recently won the South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship for professional achievement in the visual arts.
Helander arrived in Palm Beach in 1982 from New York City, where he published Art Express magazine. He quickly established a cutting edge gallery on Worth Avenue that thrived for thirteen years. During that time he opened a second gallery on West Broadway in New York City. He was also a commissioner for ARCOM in Palm Beach and the vice-president of the Worth Avenue Association. He is active in the south Florida art scene and is on the board of directors at the Armory Art Center.
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Post Triangle(2009); collage, gouache on board, 17 1/2 x 15 1/2 in.
City Link magazine called Bruce Helander “Arguably the most recognized and successful collage artist in the country...” and Kenworth Moffett, former director, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale said in Gold Coast magazine that “If there was a Pulitzer Prize for collage, Helander would surely win it.”
His work is in over fifty museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and most recently, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.
Elvis Reinvented(2012); collage, 21 x 15"
His collages appear in Jazziz, The New Yorker and Palm Beach Illustrated magazines, among others.
He has written extensively on contemporary art and furnishings and for a time studied furniture making in college. He has an enthusiastic following for his monthly columns in Art of the Times magazine. Star Group International just published his book of reviews, titled Learning to See—An Artist’s View on Contemporary Artists from Artschwager to Zakanitch, of forty of his favorite reviews.
As a curator, Helander has coordinated over eighty exhibitions of contemporary works. He has organized one-man shows for Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, John Chamberlain, Duane Hanson, Larry Poons, Jules Olitski, Dale Chihuly and Kenneth Noland, among others.
EDEN(2002), Mixed Media, 145 x 122cm