Lillian Orlowsky & William Freed: EMERGING at MID-CENTURY

17 November – 22 December 2012

An exhibition of paintings and works on paper titled: Lillian Orlowsky & William Freed: EMERGING at MID-CENTURY will open with a reception from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, 17 November 2012 at ACME Fine Art’s 38 Newbury Street gallery in Boston. The exhibition has been curated by the Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s Executive Director Christine McCarthy. With the intention of taking a fresh look at the body of work created by the two well-known New York and Provincetown based abstract expressionists, McCarthy focused on works in the artists’ estates that have not been previously exhibited. As a result, in addition to important oil paintings dating from as early as the couple studied with Hans Hofmann; the exhibition will also include a series of large freely executed tempera on paper still-life abstractions, as well as a fascinating group of modern fabric designs from the 1940s and 1950s by Orlowsky.

Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed met while both were Works Project Administration artists in New York in the late 1930s. Orlowsky is credited with introducing Freed to Hans Hofmann shortly after Hofmann established his School of Art in Manhattan, and the couple were among the first of Hofmann’s students to move to Provincetown during the summer months to participate in Hofmann’s School there as well.

Orlowsky and Freed developed lengthy and significant personal and professional relationships with Hofmann while building important careers in the avant-garde world of modern art in their own rights. In the mid-1950s, along with a group that included artists such as Jim Gahagan, Charles Littler, Robert Henry, Haynes Ownby and Myrna Harrison, they formed the nucleus of the James Gallery, an early artists’ cooperative gallery on 12th Street in Manhattan. Since that time, their artwork has been exhibited in numerous commercial galleries and in museum venues. Artwork by Lillian Orlowsky and also by William Freed is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum to name a few.

The exhibition Lillian Orlowsky & William Freed: EMERGING at MID-CENTURY will be on view at ACME Fine Art from Saturday 17 November through Saturday 22 December 2012. Sales from the exhibition will benefit the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant program.

Myrna Harrison: PAINTINGS of the 1950s at ACME Fine Art, Boston

17 November – 22 December 2012

ACME Fine Art is pleased to announce that an exhibition of six rare early paintings by Myrna Harrison will open with a Reception from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, 17 November 2012. The artist will be on hand to discuss her work and meet the public.

The featured works have been selected by Gallery Director David Cowan and are among the most abstract in the artist’s formidable oeuvre. They were created immediately following Harrison’s period of study at the Hans Hofmann Schools in both New York and Provincetown. Several of the paintings were also created during the period when Harrison was studying independently with noted Abstract Expressionist artist and educator, Jack Tworkov, and while studying at NYU with Philip Guston.

This exhibition is designed to coincide with a concurrent exhibition at ACME Fine Art of artwork by Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed who were close friends of Harrison’s. Both exhibitions draw from the same mid-century post-Hofmann experiences of the artists. All three helped form an early cooperative art gallery in Manhattan in the 1950s called the James Gallery. Other artist/members of the James Gallery included Robert Henry, Haynes Ownby, and Charles Littler.

Myrna Harrison is an accomplished artist and educator in her own right. Her artwork has been exhibited widely since the early 1950s is such venues as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Washington University Art Museum, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Earlier this year she was honored with a retrospective exhibition of her work at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum where she has been a participating member for sixty years. Artwork by Ms. Harrison is in numerous private collections as well as the permanent collections of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

In conjunction with the publication of a monograph about her that was published earlier this year Harrison wrote: Oceans and deserts fascinate me.  They share spatial openness, an unending skyline, subtle changes in form and color as the sun moves across the sky, and a demand that we adapt to them.  They will not adapt to us.  Both have an intense, vibrant presence — which is not surprising: deserts began life as oceans millions of years ago.  I want my work to express that vibrant intensity.The monograph is available through ACME Fine Art and through the Provincetown Art Association and Museum as well.

Myrna HARRISON: PAINTINGS of the 1950s will be on view at ACME Fine Art through Saturday, 22 December 20