14 October – 12 November, 2005

ACME Fine Art’s solo exhibitions of paintings by Lillian Orlowsky during the winter of 2002 and the autumn of 2003 focused on the artist’s remarkable oil paintings from the 1940s and 1950s. Following Orlowsky’s passing in August of last year, gallery director David Cowan began planning a memorial exhibition, and immediately concluded that such an exhibition should visually demonstrate the arc of this colorful and talented artist’s lengthy career. The resulting exhibition – which is called Lillian Orlowsky In Retrospect – will therefore include work in a variety of media, and work that dates from as early as 1937 and from as late as 1995. The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday 14 October from 6 to 8 in the evening.

The exhibition will include several early figure drawings from Orlowsky’s days attending the Hans Hofmann Schools in both New York and Provincetown, a fine selection of skillfully conceived oil paintings from the early 1940s through the 1960s, and an excellent group of paintings and drawings on paper that were done in the highly refined, concise idiom that characterized her work from the 1970s until her death. During the late 1940s and early 1950s as abstract expressionism was just beginning to emerge as America’s premier contribution to modernism, Orlowsky supported herself in part by designing textiles, and an excellent selection of her textile designs will also be included in the show. What holds this seemingly disparate body of work together is the amazingly consistent point of view of the artist. The work demonstrates growth and maturation, yet Orlowsky’s completely modern and personal abstract expressionist spirit is imbued in all of it regardless of period.

Lillian Orlowsky: In Retrospect will be on view from 14 October to 12 November 2005 at ACME Fine Art and Design, 38 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The gallery is open from 11:00 to 5:30 Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.

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