Bill Traylor: Plain Sight : Gallery One • In-Person and Online

27 April - 3 June 2023

Ricco/Maresca’s history with Bill Traylor is almost as long as the gallery’s history itself. Our book Bill Traylor: His Art, His Life, the first volume devoted to the artist, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1991. Since then, we have mounted three one-person Traylor shows (in our Hudson Street, Wooster Street, and Chelsea spaces respectively), sold the first Traylor work acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, built William Louis-Dreyfus’s Traylor collection (the best ever assembled), and published the catalog Bill Traylor: Observing Life (1997).

It is now our privilege to present Bill Traylor: Plain Sight. This exhibition is a touchstone in the gallery’s longstanding endeavor to earn the American self-taught master the recognition he has always deserved. Bill Traylor: Plain Sight follows more than 45 solo gallery and museum exhibitions, including the major retrospective Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor, curated by Leslie Umberger at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2018)whose eponymous book is the most comprehensive scholarly publication on the artist’s life and work. Our exhibition celebrates the posthumous upward trajectory of Traylor’s work, which in the early 1980s could be acquired for an average market value of $1,500, and in 2020 reached an auction record of $507,000 for Man on White, Woman on Red / Man with Black.


Photographs of the artist by Charles Shannon. Monroe Street. Montgomery, Alabama | ca. 1940-43