Acme Fine Art Announcements

Now Representing Pat Lipsky

   Pat Lipsky Swann, 2005, oil on canvas, 32 ¾ x 55 ¾”

We are delighted to announce that ACME Fine Art now represents the acclaimed contemporary painter Pat Lipsky. Lipsky paints bold geometric canvasses using a surprisingly painterly approach that, combined with a richly evocative palette, yields something truly fresh and original. She has been the recepient of the prestigious Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant and twice received Pollock Krasner Foundation Grants. Lipsky’s paintings have been included in exhibitions at the National Academy Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Students League, and the Norton Museum of Art. Her work is in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Brooklyn Museum, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Examples of Lipsky’s work that are currently available are now on view at

Pat Lipsky began exhibiting her work in the 1960s at the Andre Emmerich Gallery soon after earning degrees at Cornell University and at Hunter College. Her gestural abstractions from that period were well received by the public and the critics. The past twenty years have seen Lipsky move into geometric abstraction in a big way. Recent exhibitions have been glowingly reviewed in Art in America, The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Partisan Review, and Art New England. Writing for the New York Sun, David Cohen described Lipsky as …not merely the dean of contemporary geometric abstraction, but its dominatrix. He went on to describe her work by saying: She offers color and shape relationships within structures of unrelenting rigidity, and it is not always clear whether the formal disciplines to which she subjects the eye are for her own satisfaction or for the viewer’s. A steely, seemingly dispassionate composure contains seething reserves of aesthetic emotion.

Lipsky’s paintings are large, at first simple, and then engagingly complex. Her compositions are made up of many layers of carefully studied, hand-applied pigment. They tantalize the eye, engage the head, and upon careful study do reveal the artist’s humanity, in a way that cannot help but reach the heart. Perhaps the best description of Lipsky’s recent canvasses that we have read was written by Stephan Westfall for Art in America: …her work has evolved into a geometric abstraction that features a shallow space composed of overlapping rectangles of various flat colors. Because the rectangles are made freehand, and the colors are arrived at through a patient buildup of successive coats of paint, a subtle gestural quality has been retained, animating the paintings far more than we’ve come to expect from Minimalist or Neo-Geo art. …one gets the sense of Lipsky’s painting being a one-woman operation once the canvas is primed, and its animate spirit the result of a human body determining the scale of the paintings and making them with a deliberateness and persistence that doesn’t rely on tape to find an edge.


George, 1999, oil on canvas, 41 7/8 x 65 1/8″

Pat Lipsky’s paintings need to be seen first hand to be fully appreciated. Plans are underway to mount a retrospective exhibition at ACME Fine Art of Lipsky’s geometric work in the coming calendar year. Please stay tuned for details. For complete biographical information

The New York Times, 4 April 2003:

Ms. Lipsky’s compositions distantly resemble piano keyboards, enhancing the feeling of Bach-like musicality. The more you gaze at them, the more absorbing they become.   -Ken Johnson


Artists of the James Gallery and Panos Ghikas Opens Today

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An exhibition of modern paintings and drawings by the artists of mid-century Manhattan’s James Gallery opens today at ACME Fine Art in Boston’s SoWa arts district. A reception will follow on Friday 4 April from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Gallery Talk by exhibition curators David Cowan and Myrna Harrison, who was one of the James Gallery artists, will be held on Saturday, 5 April at 2:00 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday 26 April 2014.

For more information about the artists or the artwork in the exhibition please contact ACME Fine Art at 617.585.9551 The entire exhibition is viewable on-line at


Please join ACME Fine Art for the first exhibition of the 2014 season, a group exhibition of artwork selected by Gallery Director David Cowan. The exhibition will feature the artists Gilbert Franklin, Nanno de Groot, Resia Schor, and Ilya Schor. All four artists are well known to New England art aficionados and collectors because of their connections to the Provincetown artists’ colony. The exhibition will open onFriday 24 January. Friday hours are 11:00 am to 5:30 pm. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday 22 February 2014. A reception will be held on the evening of Friday, 7 February from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., and will coincide with SoWa’s First Friday festivities.

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The exhibition will feature eight late canvases by New York School artist Nanno de Groot, three Post-Modern reliefs by noted sculptor and maker of Judaica, Resia Schor, three 1950s uniquely crafted sculptures by Ilya Schor, and five figurative bronzes from the second half of the 20th century by National Academy of Design member and former Chairman and Dean of the Division of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, Gilbert Franklin. The threads linking these artists were their significant ties to Provincetown and the outer Cape, as well as their distinctly modern point of view.

The entire exhibition will be viewable on-line at For more information about the exhibition or the artists please contact the gallery.

ACME FINE ART Will Be Open This Weekend for South End Open Studios

south-end-oepn-studiosPlease join us this weekend for South End Open Studios, Saturday & Sunday September 21 & 22 11am – 6 pmACME Fine Art will be open along with over 120 artists studios, indie designers and crafts people, who will be selling their wares outdoors at the Sowa Open Market. This is SoWa’s biggest weekend of the season!!

ACME Fine Art’s exhibitions: CHARLES LITTLER: 1950s and 1960s and Big Paintings, Small Group will be on view through Saturday, 19 October 2013. The entire exhibition is online at


Picture 065New gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and by appointment. For further information about the exhibition, artist, or the gallery please call 617.585.9551 or contact us at