8.1/ Pollock Krasner House: ‘Abstract Expressionism / Soviet Union’ — Opens 8.3

Romul Nutiu in his studio, Timisoara, Romania, at work on Dynamic, 1967. Photograph courtesy of Fundatia Joana Grevers, Munich.

“Abstract Expressionism Behind the Iron Curtain”

August 3 / October 28

Reception & Gallery Talk w/ Charlotta Kotik — August 6, 5 to 7 PM

This ambitious exhibition of works by five representative artists–Andre Jemec, Tadeusz Kantor, Jan Kotík, Edo Murtić and Romul Nutiu–explores the little-known flowering of abstract expressionist painting in Soviet bloc countries during the Cold War.

There will be a free reception and gallery talk by art historian and independent curator Charlotta Kotík, author of the principal catalog essay, on Sunday, August 6 from 5 – 7 p.m.

The paintings are on loan from collections in Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, Munich and New York. A fully illustrated catalog, with essays by Charlotta Kotík and Philip Rylands, director emeritus of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and contributions by prominent Eastern European scholars, is available for $10 in the Museum Store.

The exhibition and related public programs have been made possible by funds from the Thaw Charitable Trust Endowment, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs, Dorothy Lichtenstein and the Herman Goldman Foundation.  After closing at the Pollock-Krasner House on October 28, it will travel to the Steinberg Museum of Art at Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus from November 10, 2017 – April 7, 2018

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Andre Jemec, In the Forest, 1960. Oil on canvas, 43 1/2 x 45 1/2 in. Moderna galerija, Ljubljana.
Tadeusz Kantor, Chelsea, 1965. Oil on canvas, 31 1/2 x 35 1/2 in. Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz.
Jan Kotik, Painting 22 (Whiteboard), 1964. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 57 1/2 x 63 3/4 in. Lent by Petr Kotik, Brooklyn, NY.
Edo Murtic, White Background, 1959.      Oil on canvas, 41 3/4 x 52 3/4 in. Muzej Suvremene, Zagreb.
Romul Nutiu, Dynamic Universe XXIV, 1970. Mixed media on canvas, 47 x 47 in. Private collection, courtesy Fundatia Joana Grevers, Munich.
Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

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