Haynes Galleries presents “Art for Anton & Anton’s Art”
December 7 to 30, 2017 at Houston Station Hall Gallery
Reception: Thursday, 6 pm to 8 pm, December 7, 2017


NASHVILLE— Haynes Galleries will celebrate one of Nashville’s most treasured artists next month during a special tribute, benefit and exhibition. “Art for Anton & Anton’s Art” will showcase rarely seen artwork by Abstract Expressionist Anton Weiss as well as artwork by former students and community artists in order to raise funds for Weiss’s Alzheimer’s disease care. 

The exhibition will take place at the Houston Station Hall Gallery in collaboration with Dane Carder Studio in Nashville’s Wedgwood-Houston neighborhood beginning December 7 and continuing until December 30. A special reception will take place on the 7th from 6 to 8pm with a tribute, Mystery Art Sale, and an auction of one of Weiss’s original paintings. Several limited edition reproductions of Weiss’s work will also be available for the first time. The Mystery Sale will include original 8 x 10 inch artworks that artists will have created specifically for this occasion which will be offered at a fixed price of $325. There will also be a selection of other donated art to “Art for Anton” that will be for sale. All proceeds of the evening will go to The Anton Weiss Trust.

“Art for Anton & Anton’s Art” will highlight the contribution Weiss has made to Nashville’s arts community and to the multitude of artists that he has taught, nurtured, and influenced. In the early 1960s Weiss brought a new stylistic approach and New York’s energetic spirit to Nashville’s art scene. His Abstract Expressionist work is compelling, exciting and filled with emotional energy. Weiss also strove to make each piece a form of communication between him and the viewer.

Weiss also became a professor and department head at Watkins College of Art and helped establish the Tennessee Art League and the Tennessee Watercolor Society. Weiss and his artwork have taught, nurtured, and influenced countless artists over the years. 

Artworks from Weiss’s personal collection, The Anton Weiss Trust, will be on display during “Art for Anton & Anton’s Art.” These paintings, sculptures, and mixed media pieces have rarely been publicly displayed, if ever. All works will be available for purchase with funds from the sales going directly to a trust that pays for the specialized care Weiss now requires because of the progressive effects of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Weiss’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis is the most recent episode in an inspiring but dramatic life. Weiss was born in Austria and was introduced to art by his artist parents. World War II broke up his family and ultimately Weiss and his mother were forced into a Russian-led concentration camp. After escaping Weiss was relocated to Nashville by a charity where he spent the rest of his youth. Weiss moved to New York to study painting in his twenties during the critical post-War era. He studied with the now-legendary Hans Hofmann, one of the first notable Abstract Expressionists. Learning from Hofmann exposed him to avant-garde thought processes and a different way to execute paintings. Weiss quickly took to this new approach.

In 1960, upon his return to Nashville, Weiss was enthusiastically received for his new and fresh painting style. In the decades that followed he became a local arts force. He constantly experimented, with color, size, and medium, and created his own significant body of artwork. Over the years he created an artistic legacy in Nashville and beyond. His work has enriched the lives of generations of artists and art lovers.

“Art for Anton & Anton’s Art” brings all of these accomplishments to the forefront. It lauds  a lifetime of innovation, dedication to his craft, and his impact of those around him. It is also a way to help the man that has given so much to Nashville’s arts community.