Jane Haslem, CEO
Jane Haslem opened the first commercial art gallery in North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in 1960. In 1964 she sold that gallery and moved with her family to Madison, WI and opened another gallery. She continued to operate in Madison and moved to Washington in 1969 and operated both galleries until 1973.
The DC gallery had three locations until it found its present home in Dupont Circle, just across from the Phillips Collection. The Dupont Circle gallery was built in 1886 and housed the Holton Arms School until after the turn of the last century.
American print innovators are the specialty of Haslem Gallery. These are artists who immigrated to the United States at the time of WWII and changed prints from images that normally were stored in file drawers to works that compete with paintings for wall space. Artists in this group include Josef Albers, Werner Drewes, Antonio Frasconi, Mauricio Lasansky, Boris Margo, Gabor Peterdi, Karl Schrag and Julian Stanczak along with others who followed their lead; Leonard Baskin, Will Barnet, Misch Kohn, Michael Mazur, Peter Milton, Dean Meeker, Warrington Colescott, Rudy Pozzatti, Clare Romano, Carol Summers, and Richard Ziemann. Beyond these artists Haslem has shown prints and drawings by Peggy Bacon, Edward Hopper, Martin Lewis, Louise Lozowick, John Sloan and Mark Tobey. Other artists include Nancy McIntyre, Carlton Fletcher, Elizabeth Peak, Tom Edwards, George Harkins, James McGarrell, David Hollowell and Lincoln Perry.
The gallery has had many firsts including exhibitions of original works by major children’s book illustrators, Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury drawings, and cartoons and comic strips by Charles Schultz, Pat Oliphant, Jeff MacNelly, Berke Breathed, Jules Feiffer, Dale Messick, and Walt Kelly.
Haslem launched artline.com in June 1995, the first site for commercial art dealers on the internet. artlinePlus.com followed the next year. artlinePlus focuses on art in the greater Washington Metropolitan area.
Gallery publications include catalogues raisonnés for:
Billy Morrow Jackson Paintings 1949 - 2006: A catalogue Raisonné ( in progress), Haslem Fine Arts Inc, Washington DC. 2011
Nancy McIntyre: A catalogue raisonné prints. Jane N Haslem, Haslem Fine Arts Inc, Washington DC, 2008 - 2012
Elaine Treisman: Catalogue Raisonné Paintings 1973 - 2010. Haslem Fine Arts Inc, Washington DC online only
Billy Morrow Jackson - Prints 1949 - 1991: A catalogue raisonné. Jane N Haslem, Haslem Fine Arts Inc, Washington DC, 2009 - 2010
Gabor Peterdi: Catalogue Raisonné Prints 1980 - 1997. Jane N Haslem, Haslem Fine Arts Inc, Washington DC, 20009
Mark Tobey: Graphics, essay by Jane Haslem, Haslem Fine Arts Inc, Washington DC, 1979
Misch Kohn: Twenty-five Years, foreword by Joshua Taylor, Haslem Fine Arts Inc, Washington DC, 1974
Richard Ziemann: Prints 1956-1980. American Prints, Drawings, Paintings, pp. 75-95, Jane N Haslem, Haslem Fine Arts Inc, Washington DC, 1981
Jane Haslem is a founder and member of the Art Dealers Association of Greater Washington DC, an early member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association, CINOA, on the advisory board of the Washington Print Club and past member of ArtTable and the New York Print Club.
The Jane Haslem Gallery, located just around the corner from the Phillips Collection on Hillyer Place specializes in American art made in the second half of the 20th century. Haslem shows both paintings and works on paper, but her main reputation is as a veteran dealer of prints made between 1950 and the present, a period she calls America's "printmaking renaissance."
Haslem began her business in the 1960s, showing the work of the "innovators in printmaking who arrived in the U.S. after World War II." She says these artists "took prints out of the print file drawers and put them on the wall" in larger formats that had not been seen before. Over the years, Haslem has regularly shown top-notch etchings, lithographs, silkscreen or woodcut prints by Mauricio Lasansky, Gabor Peterdi (who ran the influential printmaking school at Yale), Josef Albers, Antonio Frasconi, Karl Schrag, Will Barnet, Leonard Baskin and June Wayne. Haslem, who started out as a painter, opened her first gallery in Chapel hill, N.C., then moved to Madison, Wis., with her husband before launching a gallery space in Washington in 1969. In 1987 she moved to her present location, a century-old stone town house that originally housed the Holton-Arms School, before the private girls school moved to Bethesda.
The galleries are on two lower floors, which have white walls but not the austere atmosphere of most contemporary art spaces. Bay windows, a fireplace, grand piano and grandfather clock create an elegant atmosphere for looking at the art. Haslem holds regular exhibits and is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm, otherwise by appointment. As for the prices of prints on sale, she says , "You can have a nice etching for $100 to $125, or you can buy a $20,000 Richard Diebenkorn print from me." Paintings range from $2,500 to $50,000.
- C.J. Mills