MARILYN LOWE. Evening. (Young Girl with Flowers), 1970's, 17-3/4" x 16" oil on canvas, signed lower right. Unframed. Provenance: Ankrum Gallery. Condition: One small white mark in girl's black dress, a little light dirt including two light black lines upper top left area.
In the past, I had a large fantastic painting by Marilyn Lowe from Ankrum Gallery entitled Persia. I got $1350 for it on it's merits. I couldn't find information on Marilyn Lowe. What we can say is that Joan Ankrum represented many fine Modernists over the years and she was a visionary dealer!
The Ankrum Gallery was established 1960 in Los Angeles by American film actress Joan Wheeler Ankrum and William Chalee. The gallery closed in 1989.
Joan Wheeler Ankrum and William Challee opened Ankrum Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1960 with a one-man show of Ankrum's nephew Morris Broderson. With a focus on contemporary California artists, Ankrum Gallery represented over 395 artists during its 30 years in operation, including Benny Andrews, Carlos Almaraz, Richard Bauer, Irving Block, Naomi Caryl, Bernie Casey, Frank Duveneck, Lorser Feitelson, Bruno Groth, David Herschler, Jessie Homer, Suzanne Jackson, Buffie Johnson, Samella Lewis, Helen Lundeberg, Arnold Mesches, Henry Miller, Melvin Schuler, Arthur Secunda, Ken Shores, Jean Varda, and Zev. In addition, the gallery was among the earliest to exhibit the work of black artists. The gallery also held exhibitions of world artists, which included Art of African Peoples (1973), Yarn Paintings of the Huichol Indians (1973), Five Contemporary Mexican Painters (1977), and Ethiopian Folk Painting (1978). Ankrum Gallery closed in 1989.
Art dealer and gallery owner, Joan Wheeler Ankrum was an actress before establishing the Ankrum Gallery primarily to showcase the work of her deaf nephew, Morris Broderson. Born in 1913 in Palo Alto, California, she began acting at the Pasadena Playhouse where she met her first husband Morris Ankrum with whom she had two sons, David and Cary Ankrum. She married gallery co-owner and partner William Challee in 1984. She helped organize the Los Angeles Art Dealers Association and the Monday Night Art Walks on La Cienega Boulevard. She was a member of the relatively short-lived Black Arts Council.
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