Salmagundi Art Club of New York


The Ghost Army of World War II
Patrons' Gallery, June 14, 2015 - June 26, 2015

A very special Patrons' Gallery exhibition.

Opening reception and book signing, Sunday, June 14 (Flag Day), 2-4 pm.

Thursday June 18 at 7 PM there will be a screening of The Ghost Army documentary followed by a panel discussion including Beyer, Sayles, and two Ghost veterans whose art is part of the exhibit:  John Jarvie and Jack Masey.

 "...An unusual melding of art and history, using vintage drawings, paintings, photographs and souvenirs to follow the 379 camouflage artists of this 1,100-man unit through the war." - Sylviane Gold, New York Times, from a review of the exhibit at the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, NY in 2013.

In 1943 the U.S. Army recruited a select group of art students, illustrators and others, to be part of an ingenius camouflage and deception unit.  These 1100  men were sent to the battlefields of Europe with only inflatable tanks, sound effects, and other illusionary tricks. Their mission was to impersonate large battalions, deceiving the enemy as to where the U.S. Army actually was.  They became known as The Ghost Army.

Although the Ghost Army is credited with saving thousands of lives, their mission was top secret for five decades.  Now their story can be told and finally their artwork can be displayed. This unique exhibit is at the intersection of Art and War.  It brings together the original watercolors, ink drawings and sketches created during WWII by members of the Ghost Army.

Artists in the Exhibition:
Walter Arnett
Edward Boccia
Belisaro Contreras
Victor Dowd
Ned Harris
Cleo Hovel
John Jarvie
Ellsworth Kelly
Joe Mack
George Martin
Jack Masey
Richard Morton
Bill Sayles
Arthur Shilstone
Arthur Singer
Joe Spence
Bob Tompkins
George Vander Sluis
Anthony Young
Bruce Zillmer

For the press release, click HERE.

This exhibit is made possible through the support of Richard and Kathryn Kimball.

Shown at right "Sunset with Tank" by Arthur Shilstone, 1944





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