The Terrain Gallery
of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation

THE TERRAIN is the first gallery to show the inextricable relation between the technique of art and people’s lives. Since its opening in 1955 in New York City, the Terrain has presented exhibitions of contemporary paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs, with comment based on Eli Siegel’s historic Fifteen Questions, Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites? Among the artists exhibiting have been Will Barnet, Chaim Koppelman, Robert Blackburn, Stephen Poleskie, Ad Reinhardt, Andre Kertesz, Elfi Schuselka, William King, Richard Sloat.

We are renovating—look for our new exhibition in the Spring of 2017!


Jackson Pollock, Number 17, 1949

In his 1955 essay “Beauty—and Jackson Pollock, Too,” Eli Siegel responded to a critic’s statement that there was “no use looking for ‘beauty’” in Pollock’s work. He showed that, in fact, it is in keeping with the beauty of the art of any time. Now, Sotheby’s New York has published that magnificent essay as one of “Three Primary Texts on Jackson Pollock” in its catalogue for the Contemporary Art Evening Auction of November 11, 2015, to accompany its sale of a work by Pollock. To read the essay, click here and scroll down.


 The Municipal Engineers Journal prints “Grand Central Terminal: A Study of Beauty and Meaning” by John Stern. Senior planner (retired) with the Tri-State Regional Planning Commission & Aesthetic Realism consultant John Stern writes, for instance: “In Grand Central the personalities of tens of thousands of individuals mingle every day with the impersonality of geometry and space.” Read more

Chaim Koppelman c. 1942 abstract, gift to Guggenheim


 “Thinking about the 1940s, Hilla Rebay and the Guggenheim” by Dorothy Koppelman, artist and founding director of the Terrain, on important occurrences in American art & the history of Aesthetic Realism. Read more