What if your art was in the MET...
The Ted Conrath Project
"The symbolic illustrations by Theodore Conrath only lack color to remind us of Blake."
- The New York Times
"A whole new, wonderful world."
- Robert Yahner
National Arts Club
This is the search for Ted Conrath, his family of artists, and the power of art in the face of deformity, mental illness, financial hardship, and the enslavement of a family in Nazi Germany .
Ted Conrath had scarred fingers; a fall on a stove melded the first two on his right hand together like an arthritic puddy knife. He would use these fingers to move paint across his canvases, abstracting land, cloud, and sea. Born with spatial impairment, he expressed himself through sculpture and drawing and landed a promising scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago, but it was vanquished when his family became trapped in Germany and his father forced into a labor camp. Ted learned to use his stiff fingers to fire his M1 at the Battle of Guadalcanal. Only one thing could overcome war, malaria, concentration camps, and the loss of family: his art.
What if your work sat in collection at the Met and you never knew it? That’s the tip of Ted’s iceberg, an artist in a family of talent, that had no idea of their own power. After seventeen of his pieces were discovered in a thrift store 20 years after his death, the art world would gain a second chance to see a talent that had fallen through the cracks.