March Avery

American, born 1932
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Untitled (Woman in Green), 1984
**ADDITIONAL PAINTINGS BY THE ARTIST CURRENTLY IN INVENTORY. PLEASE CONTACT GALLERY FOR DETAILS.**

March Avery, born 1932, is the daughter of famous and influential American painter Milton Avery and American artist Sally Michel Avery. Inspired by their example, Avery grew up painting with her family and developed a distinct style, one that uses abstract forms and brilliant color to depict the scenes of everyday life.

Avery avoided the influences, like world events and abstract expressionism embraced by many artists in the 1930s and '40s. Instead, she always adhered to her father's methods: reducing elements to their essential forms, eliminating many details, and instead developed flattened shapes and strong colors. Even today, Avery is most influenced by her father, who died at age 85 in 1965. Without much parental supervision, perhaps she gravitated to his style by osmosis.

Avery grew up in New York around her parents’ artist friends, such as Mark Rothko, Adolf Gottlieb, Barnett Newman and Marsden Hartley. She spent her summers in the country, which has had a clear influence on her work.

The artist never took a single studio or art history class. Instead, Avery hoped she might discover the definition of "truth and beauty" by studying philosophy at Barnard College. Youthful idealism didn't stop the headstrong artist from returning to her roots. "I knew no one but artists, so I knew that is all I would ever be," she says.

Avery married Philip Cavanaugh in 1952 and graduated from Barnard College in 1954 with a degree in philosophy. Avery’s son, Sean, is also a painter.

Avery, who is based in New York, has been exhibited at museums and galleries around the country, including The Chrysler Museum, Vanderbilt University, Bryn Mawr College, the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, the New Britain Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Waverly Gallery, New York, New York, 1963-1978

Paul Kessler Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1963-78

Fontana Gallery, Narberth, Pennsylvania, 1964-1981

The Milton Avery Family, The New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, 1968

Paintings by Milton Avery and His Family, Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania, September 4-26, 1971

March Avery: Recent Paintings and Mixed Media, Agra Gallery, Washington, DC, 1972

March Avery: Recent Paintings, Summit Gallery, New York, New York, 1982

Visual Images Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, 1982-1983

Armstrong Gallery, New York, New York, 1986

Kendall Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, 1987-2010

Bell Gallery, Woodstock, New York, 1988

Sena East Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1988

David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1992

March Avery: Selected Works: 1974-1994, Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, Connecticut, in conjunction with Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, 1994

Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994

Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, New York, 1995

Marguerite Oestreicher Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1997

Yearly exhibitions, Marin-Price Gallery, Chevy Chase, Maryland, 2004-2014

March Avery, Louise McCagg Gallery, Diana Center, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, New York, March 27-April 14, 2019

March Avery, Blum and Poe, New York, NY, June 27-September 16, 2019

Summer with the Averys: [Milton/Sally/March], Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, May 11-September 1, 2019

March Avery, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, November 14, 2020-January 9, 2021

Art & History Museums, Maitland, Florida

Artists Association of Nantucket, Massachusetts

Brooklyn Museum, New York

William and Uytendale Scott Memorial Study Collection of Works by Women Artists, Bryn Mawr College Art & Archeology Collections, Pennsylvania

The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

The Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine

The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages, Stony Brook, New York

Newark Museum, New Jersey

New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, New York

Woodstock Historical Society, New York

March Avery, born 1932, is the daughter of famous and influential American painter Milton Avery and American artist Sally Michel Avery. Inspired by their example, Avery grew up painting with her family and developed a distinct style, one that uses abstract forms and brilliant color to depict the scenes of everyday life.

Avery avoided the influences, like world events and abstract expressionism embraced by many artists in the 1930s and '40s. Instead, she always adhered to her father's methods: reducing elements to their essential forms, eliminating many details, and instead developed flattened shapes and strong colors. Even today, Avery is most influenced by her father, who died at age 85 in 1965. Without much parental supervision, perhaps she gravitated to his style by osmosis.

Avery grew up in New York around her parents’ artist friends, such as Mark Rothko, Adolf Gottlieb, Barnett Newman and Marsden Hartley. She spent her summers in the country, which has had a clear influence on her work.

The artist never took a single studio or art history class. Instead, Avery hoped she might discover the definition of "truth and beauty" by studying philosophy at Barnard College. Youthful idealism didn't stop the headstrong artist from returning to her roots. "I knew no one but artists, so I knew that is all I would ever be," she says.

Avery married Philip Cavanaugh in 1952 and graduated from Barnard College in 1954 with a degree in philosophy. Avery’s son, Sean, is also a painter.

Avery, who is based in New York, has been exhibited at museums and galleries around the country, including The Chrysler Museum, Vanderbilt University, Bryn Mawr College, the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, the New Britain Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Awards & Memberships

Selected Exhibitions

Waverly Gallery, New York, New York, 1963-1978

Paul Kessler Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1963-78

Fontana Gallery, Narberth, Pennsylvania, 1964-1981

The Milton Avery Family, The New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, 1968

Paintings by Milton Avery and His Family, Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania, September 4-26, 1971

March Avery: Recent Paintings and Mixed Media, Agra Gallery, Washington, DC, 1972

March Avery: Recent Paintings, Summit Gallery, New York, New York, 1982

Visual Images Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, 1982-1983

Armstrong Gallery, New York, New York, 1986

Kendall Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, 1987-2010

Bell Gallery, Woodstock, New York, 1988

Sena East Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1988

David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1992

March Avery: Selected Works: 1974-1994, Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, Connecticut, in conjunction with Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, 1994

Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994

Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, New York, 1995

Marguerite Oestreicher Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1997

Yearly exhibitions, Marin-Price Gallery, Chevy Chase, Maryland, 2004-2014

March Avery, Louise McCagg Gallery, Diana Center, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, New York, March 27-April 14, 2019

March Avery, Blum and Poe, New York, NY, June 27-September 16, 2019

Summer with the Averys: [Milton/Sally/March], Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, May 11-September 1, 2019

March Avery, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, November 14, 2020-January 9, 2021

Museums & Collections

Art & History Museums, Maitland, Florida

Artists Association of Nantucket, Massachusetts

Brooklyn Museum, New York

William and Uytendale Scott Memorial Study Collection of Works by Women Artists, Bryn Mawr College Art & Archeology Collections, Pennsylvania

The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

The Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine

The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages, Stony Brook, New York

Newark Museum, New Jersey

New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, New York

Woodstock Historical Society, New York

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