Sunday, July 25, 2021

Bruce Helander “Orange is the New Black”

By Sandra Schulman arts writer, music and film producer.

Local treasure Bruce Helander, whose astounding career has included successful stints as an art critic, arts writer, curator and artist whose specialty is collage and assemblage. Helander opened a pioneering gallery on Worth Avenue in 1983, exhibiting the likes of Robert Rauschenberg. He went on to work a dream jobs as art director for esteemed New Yorker Magazine.

His downtown studio is a multi-level jewel box, filled with various pieces of his work from over the decades. There is always a new book he either wrote or contributed to on the main display table such as a recent huge tome on bunny artist deluxe Hunt Slonem.

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He and his signature bright red bowler hat is a fixture at gallery and museum openings from Miami to Manhattan. Helander openly voices his displeasure at local bad art – he’s talking to you Romero Brito – but also champions true talent when he sees it.

He is one of only two 2014 inductees to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, Florida’s most prestigious arts and culture honor (the other is Gainseville born musician Tom Petty).

“City Link magazine called Bruce HelanderArguably the most recognized and successful collage artist in the country…”

Kenworth Moffett, the former director of the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, said in Gold Coast magazine that “If there was a Pulitzer Prize for collage, Helander would surely win it.”

Most currently, his work was shown by Arcature Fine Art at Art Miami and Art Miami New York/Pier 94 and by Tansey Contemporary at Art Wynwood.  Helander is now focusing on a retrospective of his collages and paintings for the Coral Springs Museum of Art, scheduled for 2017, and his collages are included in “Open This End,” a five-year traveling museum show of works from the celebrated Blake Byrne collection in Los Angeles, currently at the Nasher Museum of Art.

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Helander will have a show of new works called “Orange is the New Black” at Nicole Henry Fine Art, 501 Fern Street, West Palm Beach with the opening night on January 22nd, from 7-9 p.m. Expect the brightly colored unexpected. Pay him a visit online at


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