E. Ambrose Webster: Selections from the Collection of Kenneth Stubbs

An exhibition of works by the renowned early Modernist E. Ambrose Webster (1869-1935) will open at ACME Fine Art on Friday, 6 November 2015. A reception in conjunction with First Friday festivities will be held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm that evening. This unique exhibition will present a new look at the master through the eyes of one of his most successful students, Kenneth Stubbs. The paintings and studies sourced from the Stubbs family collection present new insight into the mind of the artist and the plans behind his masterworks in color and composition. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, 12 January 2016, and can also be seen online at www.acmefineart.com.

The exhibition at ACME will celebrate Webster’s riotous new color, while also examining the quiet compositional genius that underpins all his best work. Stubbs and Webster shared an intense interest in the mathematics and geometry that guided classical and medieval art, and applied the same concepts to their own work. Stubbs’ unique collection includes studies for Webster’s famous cubist inspired nudes, as well as studies for non-objective works, of which Webster made only one finished oil.

Webster was one of the first artists to settle in the now famous art colony of Provincetown. Struck by the quality of the coastal light, he took up residence there after returning from France in 1898. Shortly after, he began to teach summer classes, which quickly grew in popularity. In the winters, he traveled to the tropics and Bermuda, where he painted some of his most impressive and daring landscapes—two of which are included in this exhibition.

Webster, in insisting on the primacy of color, was truly among the vanguard Modernists in America. Two of his paintings hung in the 1913 Armory Show alongside other renowned Modernists such as Hopper, Demuth and Hartley. The novel and inspired approach to color presented in Webster’s Fauvist paintings influenced the development of a number of his contemporaries. Artist Houghton Cranford Smith observed of Webster’s color: “This was all new stuff in Provincetown—we were not used to such bright colors…[Webster] opened my eyes to the marvelous things color can do for objects.”

Following his Fauvist works, Webster began an exploration of Cubist techniques. Stubbs recognized Webster’s genius and appreciated the analytical process with which he approached these new cubist inspired compositions. He once said of Webster: “He was by far the most inspiring teacher I had.” After Webster’s death, Stubbs remained an ardent admirer and organized a series of exhibitions of Webster’s work. These shows led to numerous private and museum purchases, and a new recognition of Webster’s contributions to the development of Modern art. Now the Stubbs’ collection continues to provide a unique and insightful view into the work of Ambrose Webster.

AMBROSE WEBSTER: SELECTIONS FROM THE COLLECTION OF KENNETH STUBBS will be on view from 6 November 2015 to 12 January 2016 at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston, and online at www.acmefineart.com. Please contact the gallery with questions about the artist, or the exhibition.


Charles Heinz


Charles Heinz in his studio. Source: Building Provincetown

Charles Heinz in his studio. Source: Building Provincetown

St. Louis School of Fine Art
Chicago Academy of Fine Arts (under Wellington J. Reynolds and Walter Goldbeck)
Cape Cod School of Art (under Richard E. Miller)

1928, ’37-’38, ’42                Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1929-32, ’37-’38                  National Academy of Design, New York, NY
1930, ’32, ’39                       Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1930, ’35, ’37, ’39, ’42, ’47  Cocoran Gallery, Washington, D. C.
1939                                     Federal Art Gallery, Boston, MA

Charles Heinz was a soft-spoken artist born in the rural town of Shelbyville, Illinois in 1885. he left grade school early, and only returned to school to study art later in his life. After attending the St. Louis School of Fine Art and the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, Heinz moved to Provincetown to study under Richard Miller at the Cape Cod School of Art. Heinz took up residence there and became a prominent figure in the Provincetown art community in the 1930s and 1940s. In addition to showing in a number of galleries, Heinz also completed works under the WPA. He died in 1953.

Michiel Gloeckner


University of Dresden
Royal Academy of Dresden (under Otto Dix)

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Moderna Museet, Stockholm

1955-56, ’58         Gallery Seventy Five, New York, NY
1960-62                Jacques Seligman Galleries, New York, NY
1960                     The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
1962-63, ’65-’66   World House Galleries, New York, NY
1966                     The Munich Kunstverein
1968                     The Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
1972-76                Gallery 5, Paris
1973                     Gallery Oxy, Geneva
1978, ’80              Gallery of Contemporary Masters, New York, NY

Michiel Gloeckner was born in Germany in 1915, and was the son of a prominent art collector. At university he first pursued mathematics and art history before studying painting. His academic background would prove to be a continued influence on his work. Following WWII Gloeckner moved to New York City, and successfully showed his work in a number of galleries, including Gallery Seventy Five, Jacques Seligam Galleris and the Gallery of Contemporary Masters. Later in life, Gloeckner withdrew from the city, choosing to live at his country home in North Cornwall, Connecticut until his death in 1989.

Gilbert Franklin: Dimensions

TOREROS front-cropped

Toreador, undated polychromed and gessoed wood 30 x 10 x 5 3/4″

ACME Fine Art’s premier show of the Fall 2015 gallery season will be an exhibition of painting, works on paper, and sculpture by noted twentieth-century artist and teacher Gilbert Franklin. The exhibition is titled GILBERT FRANKLIN: DIMENSIONS, and it will feature important works—two and three dimensional pieces—from all phases of the artist’s six decade long career. The exhibition will open on Friday 18 September and run through Saturday 31 October 2015. A reception from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday 2 October will be held in conjunction with SoWa First Friday festivities.

Gilbert Franklin is one of the most significant and influential sculptors of American modernism in the twentieth-century. His prolific and impressive career included numerous public commissions, group and one-man exhibitions, and teaching positions throughout New England, the Midwest, and abroad.

Franklin was born in Birmingham, England and grew up in Attleboro, Massachusetts. In 1938 he studied painting with John Frazier at the Hawthorne School in Provincetown, Massachusetts. By 1941, he received his B.F.A from the Rhode Island School of Design where he taught from 1942-1984. It was during this period at RISD that he served as Head of the Sculpture Department (1953-60), Chair of the Division of Fine Arts (1960-75), and Dean (1975-84). He was the co-founder of RISD’s European Honors Program and served as Director of that illustrious program for several years. He also served as a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania, among other institutions. Additionally, Franklin served on several professional and academic boards. He was a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome, and served on the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts and the School of Fine Arts at Boston University. In 1984 he was named Helen M. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts at RISD.

As a sculptor, Franklin worked in granite, marble, wood, and bronze. He was a master of bronze casting and his sculptures ranged from the figurative to the non-representational. As a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Franklin connected to the classical traditions of Roman and Greek sculpture; however, the majority of his sculptures tended to convey a modernist aesthetic in their rough surfaces, boldly sliced interacting forms, and sharp edges.

Franklin was the recipient of numerous awards—namely, the Prix de Rome in Sculpture, the Grand Prize at Boston’s Fine Arts Festival, and the Providence Art Club Medal for Excellence in the Arts. He was also an elected member of the National Academy, a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome, and The Ella Jackson Chair at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. Additionally, he received many public commissions including: the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.; the Harry S. Truman Memorial in Independence, MO; pieces for the Hallmark Collection in Kansas City, MO; for the Gannett Building, Washington, D.C.; and the Orpheus Ascending Fountain at the Frazier Memorial in Providence, RI, as well as outdoor sculpture, Seaforms, at the Wellfleet Public Library. His final commission was a fourteen foot sculpture in Memory of Rev. Dom Peter Sidler at the Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, RI.

Franklin’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, The National Academy Museum in New York, and The Corcoran Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. as well as many others. His work has been shown widely both in the U.S. and abroad including, the Whitney Museum of American Art and a major one-man exhibition at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH in 2004. The most recent museum exhibition of Franklin’s sculpture was held at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in 2010.

ACME Fine Art’s exhibition GILBERT FRANKLIN: DIMENSIONS will be on view in the galleries at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston and on the gallery website from 18 September to 31 October 2015. Exhibition catalogues will be available through the gallery or at blurb.com. Please contact the gallery (www.acmefineart.com) with inquiries about the exhibition or the artist.

Summer Salon 2015


E. Ambrose Webster Webster House, Provincetown, 1931 oil on artist’s board, 15 x 10″

ACME Fine Art’s ever-popular annual Summer Salon exhibition will open on Friday, 3 July 2015. A reception will be held in conjunction with SoWa’s First Friday event from 5:00 to 8:00 that evening. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday,15 August. Please note that the gallery will be closed from 4 July through 6 July in celebration of the holiday.

This year’s Summer Salon will feature a variety of summer-themed artworks created during the twentieth century at New England’s renowned summer art colonies, as well as a selection of important works reprised from gallery and museum exhibitions of the 2014/2015 season. Highlights will include a beautiful late cubist oil painting by E. Ambrose Webster, a monumental canvas by contemporary painter Pat Lipsky from her celebrated series of Color Paintings, a joyous late collage on canvas by master of the medium Fritz Bultman, and a delightful mid-century rendering of Truro’s Highland Light by Herman Maril. Additional highlights will include an important late Open Space series oil painting by New York School artist Michael Loew and several plein air landscape paintings by master expressionist George McNeil. Other artists whose artwork will form a part of the exhibition include: Hans Hofmann, Edwin Dickinson, Charles Littler, Kenneth Stubbs, Dorothy Eisner, Haynes Ownby, Panos Ghikas, William Freed, Lillian Orlowsky, Philip Malicoat, Daniel Brustlein, Robert Beauchamp,Tony Vevers, and Lester Johnson. Sculpture by Gilbert Franklin, Ilya and Resia Schor, and paintings by contemporary artists, Rose Basile, Myrna Harrison, and George Lloyd will round out the exhibition.

ACME Fine Art’s 13th Annual SUMMER SALON exhibition will open on Friday, 3 July 2015 and will be on view through Saturday, 15 August 2015. This exhibition will be viewable on the gallery website: www.acmefineart.com. Please contact the gallery at 617.585.9551 or info@acmefineart.com for further information about exhibitions and/or artists. Summer Gallery Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment.




Pat de Groot and Friends


Pat de Groot, Cool Day, 2006, oil on panel, 7 3/4 x 7 3/4″

A group exhibition featuring twentieth and twenty-first century artwork by more than twenty artists will open at ACME Fine Art’s 450 Harrison Street galleries on Friday, 15 May 2015. The exhibition, COOL DAY: Pat de Groot & Friends, will focus thematically on the remarkable paintings by one of Provincetown Massachusetts best loved contemporary artists as well as artwork made by more than twenty of her friends and colleagues over the course of the past fifty years. The exhibition is co-curated by Pat de Groot, Jim Balla and Albert Merola of Provincetown’s Albert Merola Gallery, and ACME Fine Art’s Gallery Director David Cowan. The artwork comes from a variety of sources including, private collections, galleries from New York to Provincetown, directly from the estates of artists, and from the artists themselves. It ranges from Abstract Expressionism from the late 1950s to the contemporary avant-garde of 2015. De Groot’s participating artist friends include Myron Stout, John Waters, Fritz Bultman, Georgia Marsh, Bob Thompson, Eric Aho, Robert Beauchamp, Sam Messer, Robert Henry, Jack Pierson, Nanno de Groot, Richard Baker, Gandy Brodie, James Balla, Selina Trieff, Timothy Woodman, Gregory Gillespie, Helen Miranda Wilson, Paul Bowen, and Michael Mazur.

For nearly half a century, Provincetown’s influental art community has been home to Pat de Groot.  A Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipient, de Groot is that precious and endangered Provincetown species: the conga-playing, Buddhist, jazz devotee, painter. A native of London, Pat and her husband, the abstract expressionist Nanno de Groot (1913 – 1963), became residents of Provincetown in the mid-50s. At the time, Pat was not an artist and did not become one until years after her husband’s death. In the 90’s, after drawing for many years, Pat began to make oil paintings of the view from her bayside studio window. Today,  she is especially known for serenely small seascapes inspired by the ever-changing scene that greets her from the deck of her Provincetown home. In her words: “I want to grab a piece of all this, of this sacred place, and say something with paint about the sky and the sea and the horizon and how it affects me.”  In a review of her paintings in a 2000 exhibition at the Pat Hearn Gallery in Manhattan the New York Times said, “Her oil-on-panel paintings exude a concentrated sense of spiritual and aesthetic purpose — part Zen, part American Transcendentalist, part Modernist formalist.”  The poet and critic John Yau has commented that this phenomenon in her work makes us feel that we “greet and bid farewell to every moment.”

This special exhibition is being mounted as a benefit for the Fine Arts WorkCenter  in Provincetown. The Fine Arts Work Center is a not-for-profit organization based in Provincetown, Massachusetts that is the single largest provider of fellowships to emerging visual artists and creative writers in the world. A portion of all sales proceeds throughout the duration of the exhibition will be donated to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. COOL DAY was conceived of by ACME Fine Art and Albert Merola Gallery as a tribute to Pat de Groot, in recognition of her extraordinary artistic achievement and for her generosity as a patron of the Fine Arts Work Center, where she served as President (1992-96) and an active member of the Work Center’s Visual Arts Committee (1997 to present). There will be a Special Preview Event honoring de Groot on Thursday, 14 May from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. De Groot and a number of the artist’s friends included in the exhibition will be in attendance. Cocktails and nibbles by MAX Ultimate will be served.

COOL DAY: Pat de Groot & Friends will be on view at ACME Fine Art’s 450 Harrison Avenue galleries from Friday,15 May through Saturday, 20 June 2015, and on-line at www.acmefineart.com. For further information about the exhibition or the artists please contact the gallery. For tickets to the Special Preview event on Thursday 14 May please go to www.fawc.org/tickets.

Online Exhibition: Michael Loew: Works on Paper 1940-1973


Reclining Figure, 1950, ink on paper, 8 3/4 x 10 1/2″

ACME Fine Art is featuring an online exhibition of watercolors and drawings, dating from 1940-1973, by the prolific American artist Michael Loew. The selection of works on paper are available online on starting Tuesday 14 April and viewable at www.acmefineart.com and on our Artsy page. This is the gallery’s first online exhibition of Loew’s work and highlights the artist’s mastery for combining nature and abstraction in the twentieth century.

As a student of the Art Students League, the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art in New York City, and the Atelier Leger in Paris, Loew developed a profound understanding of modern art, abstraction, cubism, and color theory. When he was not teaching at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, Loew retreated to his home and studio on the island of Monhegan, Maine. It was in the quiet solitude of Monhegan Island that gave Loew the opportunity to see and interpret nature’s serene relationships between light, atmosphere, and landscape — qualities that so powerfully influenced his work. Loew’s interest in nature-based abstraction, coupled with his formal training in modern art, propelled the artist to create harmonious compositions that reveal an innovative way of seeing the world.


Untitled, 1973, watercolor, 15 x 22″

Loew is the recipient of several awards and fellowships throughout his career — namely, the Sadie A. May Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and the Judith Rothschild Grant. Today, Loew’s work is in the permanent collections of major institutions such as, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the University Art Museum at the University of California, Berkeley.

Michael Loew Works on Paper 1940-1973 is available online from Tuesday 14 April through Saturday 15 August, 2015. The exhibition is viewable at www.acmefineart.com and on Artsy.

Pat Lipsky: Twenty Years

Porphyry, 2004-2007, oil on canvas, 53 x 58 1/4″

ACME Fine Art’s exhibition of paintings by acclaimed contemporary painter Pat Lipsky will open on 6 March, 2015. The artist will be on hand for an Opening Reception that will be held in conjunction with SoWa First Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on 6 March. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, 25 April and will be the gallery’s first solo exhibition of Lipsky’s work. For this occasion, Gallery Director David Cowan selected ten canvases dating from 1995 to the present that collectively document what the artist’s color paintings have been about these last twenty years. Through her more than four decade career Lipsky has been primarily occupied with the emotive, and relational nature of color.

Lipsky paints bold pictures that use a surprisingly painterly approach in somewhat simplified compositions evoking feeling through color relationships.  Following the tradition of Abstract Expressionism Lipsky’s paintings are large and synoptic. Upon further viewing the myriad details she focuses on reward the eye. Often she uses as many as fifty thinly applied layers for a single color giving her pictures a rich, expressive effect. Ultimately her canvases tantalize the eye, engage the head, and reveal her humanity. The work draws on a range of fascinating visual sources from the porphyry colored marble columns of Saint Marks Cathedral to the black lead of early Gothic stained glass.

Photo Wilhelm Sholz-Pat Lipsky

Photo courtesy: Wilhelm Sholz

Lipsky began exhibiting her work in the 1960s at the Andre Emmerich Gallery soon after earning degrees from Cornell University and Hunter College. It was studying at Hunter College that Lipsky met her mentor, the acclaimed sculptor and visual artist, Tony Smith. Lipsky’s use of color, coupled with the spatial organization of shapes, make her work strikingly complex and visually stimulating. Recent exhibitions have been glowingly reviewed in Art in America, The New Yorker, the New York Times,  Partisan Review, and Art New England.

A winner of the prestigious Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant and twice the recipient of Pollock Krasner Foundation Grants, Pat Lipsky has had 29 one woman shows and a solo museum show at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse. Her paintings are in 22 museum collections including, the Brooklyn Museum, the Harvard Art Museum, 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 the gallery website and the Gallery’s  ARTSY site. For further information on the exhibition and/or the artist please contact the gallery.