Painters of the East End

Artistic Coteries of
Long Island's South Fork

Kasmin is pleased to announce Painters of the East End, on view at 297 Tenth Avenue between July 11 – August 16, 2019. The exhibition explores the commonalities and distinctions of the work produced amongst the coterie culture of Long Island’s South Fork during the mid-twentieth century, including Mary Abbott, Nell Blaine, Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Charlotte Park, Betty Parsons, and Jane Wilson.

Artists have historically converged on Long Island seeking inspiration from the landscape and an escape from their confined urban studios, while still retaining access to the energy of New York City. With the mass influx of the European avant-garde following the onset of World War II and the subsequent establishment of the New York School, a thriving and collaborative artist-based community was born in the East End.

The Hamptons of the New York School was untamed, inexpensive, and a bastion of bohemian living. The opportunities provided by the area’s open spaces were developmental for the painters who set up there not only because of their practical advantages—larger studios, relative quiet—but for novel subject-matter that allowed for contemplations of the horizon,rural landscapes, and bodies of water, nodding to the lineage of the Romantic sublime.

Perhaps most crucial for these artists was their shared inspirations which led to a new model of community, differing in both structure and character from the frenetic energy of lower Manhattan. Such a social scene was integral to both the personal and artistic lives of the artists represented in the exhibition. Helen A. Harrison, Director at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, says of the period: “The painters who gravitated to Long Island's South Fork in the mid-twentieth century were a far more varied group than the earlier art colonists, who came primarily for the picturesque scenery. They ran the gamut from landscape painters to Surrealists, Abstract Expressionists, and Pop artists, so it's clear that many were motivated by factors other than subject matter. Perhaps even more important than the beautiful surroundings and the ease of access from New York City was the magnetism of association, as artists attracted one another to form a vibrant creative community that continues to thrive today.”

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Jane Freilicher

Landscape in Water Mill

1962

oil on linen

18 x 20 inches
45.7 x 50.8 cm

"…once one or two artists put down roots, others followed. And the picturesque coastal scenery, charming rural villages and rustic farms, which had lured landscape and genre painters since the eighteen seventies, were no less appealing to the Surrealists, Abstract Expressionists, Pop artists, minimalists and conceptual artists who succeeded them."

Lee Krasner

Untitled (Abstract)

1979

oil on paper

22 1/4 x 30 1/2 inches
56.5 x 77.5 cm

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Elaine de Kooning

Untitled

1949

oil on board

10 x 8 inches
25.4 x 20.3 cm

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Mary Abbott

Untitled

1951

oil pastel on paper mounted on canvas

18 x 24 inches
45.7 x 61 cm

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Charlotte Park

Untitled

ca. 1967

oil and oil crayon on paper mounted on linen

22 3/4 x 25 inches
57.8 x 63.5 cm

Lee Krasner

Seed No. 10

1969

gouache on Howell paper

16 1/2 x 13 inches
41.9 x 33 cm

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Betty Parsons

Early Light

1965

acrylic on canvas

30 3/4 x 25 5/8 inches
78.1 x 65.1 cm

Joan Mitchell

UNTITLED

1960

oil on canvas

39 3/8 x 39 3/8 inches
100 x 100 cm

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Perle Fine

Image d'Hiver

1958

oil and mixed media on canvas

36 x 36 inches
91.4 x 91.4 cm

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Charlotte Park

Departure

ca. 1955

oil on canvas

36 x 45 inches
91.4 x 114.3 cm

"Of course there are also many artists for whom the East End environment has been a direct stimulus, as it was for the nineteenth century landscape painters. Both Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson first visited the area in the early 1950s and established studios in Water Mill. They were captivated by the coastal scenery, with its open vistas across farm fields and over the dunes toward the ocean."

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Jane Freilicher

Landscape with Ploughed Potato Field

1966

oil on linen

60 x 40 inches
152.4 x 101.6 cm

Jane Wilson

Four Paper Palettes

1973

oil on canvas

25 x 35 inches
63.5 x 88.9 cm

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Mary Abbott

Island Edge

1950s

oil on canvas

75 1/2 x 60 inches
191.8 x 152.4 cm

Nell Blaine

Merry-Go Round

1955

oil on canvas

70 x 54 inches
177.8 x 137.2 cm

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Perle Fine

Untitled

ca. 1965

oil on canvas

50 x 50 inches
127 x 127 cm

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Charlotte Park

Untitled

ca. 1965

oil and oil crayon on canvas

30 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches
76.8 x 76.8 cm

"Artists, having an affinity for one another, tend to gather in colonies where they can love and hate each other most conveniently."

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Helen Frankenthaler

White Flight

1974

acrylic on canvas

16 x 39 1/2 inches
40.6 x 100.3 cm

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Nell Blaine

Shell and Wine Bottle

1967

oil on canvas

18 x 24 inches
45.7 x 61 cm

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Joan Mitchell

Untitled

1967

charcoal on vellum

14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm

Jane Wilson

Some Trees in New Canaan

1965

oil on canvas

36 x 36 inches
91.4 x 91.4 cm

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