and William Freed first became acquainted in 1932 when both artists
attended the Educational Alliance in New York. During the mid-1930s
they were employed by the Federal Works Project Administration
-Orlowsky as a painter in the easel division, and Freed in the
mural Division. It was in 1937 that Orlowsky happened to encounter
Freed as they waited in line to receive their W.P.A. paychecks.
Orlowsky had recently begun taking classes with the controversial
teacher Hans Hofmann at his new school in Manhattan, and she
enthusiastically recommended that Freed join her in class. Shortly
thereafter he did. Thus, Freed and Orlowsky began a personal
and professional relationship –partnership if you will-
that lasted almost fifty years.
The pair was
associated with Hofmann and his schools in New York and Provincetown
during the prewar heyday of the abstract expressionist movement.
The community of avant-garde artists in New York and in Provincetown
of which they were a part became a vital component of their artistic
existence. In her later years Orlowsky often spoke eloquently
about the collegial atmosphere of the W.P.A. and of the Hofmann
School early years and the importance of this collegiality in
her development as an artist. Orlowsky and Freed were artists
to the core. Their lives were almost totally given over to their
artistic pursuits, in Freed's case for almost fifty years, and
in Orlowsky's almost seventy. They married in 1942, and in the
years that followed, Orlowsky and Freed acquired by trade, barter,
and/ or gift a sizable group of artworks created by their colleagues
and friends. Some of these artists became successful -even famous.
Others, are today less well known; nonetheless, Olrowsky and
Freed, through the course of their lengthy careers, did assemble
a substantial and important group of paintings by their colleagues
later years of her life Orlowsky donated a number of paintings
from their collection to several museums, the Cape Museum of
Fine Arts, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and the
Rose Museum at Brandeis University among others. The remaining
paintings along with a selection of paintings and drawings by
Orlowsky and Freed form the body of the ACME Fine Art exhibition
titled: Artwork from the Collection of William Freed and Lillian
Orlowsky. This disparate group of modern paintings and drawings
were certainly among Orlowsky and Freed's most cherished possessions.
They represent a remarkable selection of mid-century American
modern art by some of the twentieth century's most important
artists. Highlights of the exhibition will be six mid-century
paintings by Hans Hofmann, canvases by James Gahagan and Alice
Hodges, and a fine group of works on paper by George McNeil,
Fritz Bultman, and Robert DeNiro Sr.
ACME Fine Art's
catalogued exhibition Artwork from the Collection of William
Freed and Lillian Orlowsky will open with a reception on Thursday
5 May 2005, from six to eight p.m. and will run through 11 June
2005. Catalogues are available through the gallery. The exhibition
is being mounted in honor of Lillian Orlowsky, who passed away
in August of 2004. All of the work in the catalogue is being
offered for sale for the first time as a part of this exhibition.
ACME Fine Art
is located at 38 Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay. For further information
please contact the gallery at 617 585 9551 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.