Maurice Freedman: Time and Place

An exhibition of paintings by 20th Century Expressionist master Maurice Freedman will open at ACME Fine Art on Friday, 6 November 2015. A reception in conjunction with First Friday festivities will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 that evening. The thirteen canvases selected from the artist’s estate for the exhibition by Gallery Director David Cowan demonstrate the broad range of subject matter, vibrant palette and spatially complex compositions that are hallmarks of Freedman’s best work. The group includes Landscapes, Seascapes, Cityscapes, Still Lives and Interiors that were painted between 1947 and 1969. They hang together harmoniously—conveying the sense of a specific locale while capturing a particular moment in time—thanks to the consistent clarity of vision and articulate expression of the artist. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, 12 January 2016, and can be seen online at www.acmefineart.com.

Maurice Freedman was a Boston native who studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and at the Massachusetts Normal School of Art (now Massachusetts College of Art) before moving to New York City in the late 1920s. Freedman studied briefly at the Art Students’ League in New York before moving to Paris, where over the course of three years, he studied with Andre Lhote, Amedee Ozenfant and Ferdinand Leger. Freedman’s mature work did reflect these early influences to some extent; however, his simpatico with the work of his friends and colleagues, Marsden Hartley and Max Beckmann might be more obvious. Regardless of influences, Freedman’s voice was distinct and unique. Stylistically his work is hard to categorize, much like that of his other well-known friends Milton Avery and Karl Knaths.

Even at an early age, Freedman’s richly colorful, wildly expressive canvases were at once both modern and accessible. Positive critical response to his work came soon after his return to the U.S. In 1934, one of Freedman’s paintings was included in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, and in the same year he signed with Midtown Galleries in Manhattan. Since that time, his work has been included in museum exhibitions at the Carnegie Institute, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Washington University Art Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery of Art (now part of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution). The most recent solo exhibition of Freedman’s work in a museum setting was this summer at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Today Maurice Freedman’s work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Institute, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

ACME Fine Art’s exhibition, MAURICE FREEDMAN: TIME AND PLACE 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.