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.