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Joseph Glasco: East End Echoes
May 2 – July 27, 2019
Reception and gallery talk by Marti Mayo, Sunday, May 26 from 5 – 7 pm
Born in Oklahoma and raised in East Texas, Joseph Glasco (1925-1996) studied art in Los Angeles and Mexico after serving in the Army Air Force in World War II. He came to New York City in 1949 and befriended Alfonso Ossorio and Ted Dragon. Through them, he met many influential members of the New York art world, including Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. His early successes included a solo exhibition at the Perls Gallery in 1950, when he was only 25 years old, and purchases by the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1952, together with Pollock, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, William Baziotes and others, he was represented in “15 Americans” at the Museum of Modern Art. Glasco spent that summer at Ossorio’s Wainscott estate, The Creeks, where he cemented his friendship with Pollock, Krasner and their circle.
In this exhibition, guest curator Marti Mayo examines the lingering influence of those early associations on Glasco’s late work. After gaining acclaim for his stylized figure paintings, drawings and sculptures, in the 1970s his work became totally abstract. His freely brushed paintings and all-over collages express a kinship with the action painters with whom he associated on the East End, as well as the new expressionists of the 1980s, especially his close friend Julian Schnabel, whom he visited in Montauk toward the end of his life. We are grateful to the Estate of Joseph Milton Glasco, Talley Dunn Gallery of Dallas, Texas, and Julian Schnabel for their generous loans.
Joseph Glasco (1925-1996), Untitled, 1996.
Acrylic on paper, 27 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches
Lent by the Joseph Milton Glasco Estate and Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX
Walter Plate: East End Abstractions
August 1 – October 31, 2019
Reception and gallery talk by Marc Plate, Sunday, August 4 from 5 – 7 pm
Like his contemporary Joseph Glasco, Walter Plate (1925-1972) served in the military during World War II. He continued his art studies on the G.I. Bill in Paris and at the Art Students League summer school in Woodstock, New York, where he moved in 1951 and became a close friend of Herman Cherry and Philip Guston. Also like Glasco he achieved early recognition, with work included in five Whitney Annuals in the 1950s and the Gold Medal at the Corcoran Biennial in 1959. As a rising star among the younger generation of abstract expressionists, his gestural canvases were also shown at the Chicago Art Institute, The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy and the 1955 Pittsburgh International Exhibition, and were reproduced in ART/USA/NOW in 1963. His career was cut short by his untimely death at age 47.
Plate spent his last years on eastern Long Island, where he painted subjective evocations of the maritime environment, returning to a theme that had been praised early in his career. In 1954, while he was living and working in a wooded area far from the coast, a reviewer of his solo exhibition at the Ganso Gallery declared that “Plate’s forte in his first New York show is clearly the seascape.” The current exhibition comprises beach paintings of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which combine abstract and figurative elements in open, light-drenched compositions. The works are on loan from the artist’s estate, courtesy of Levis Fine Art, New York.
Walter Plate (1925-1972),
Georgica Beach-The Hamptons, 1971.
Oil on canvas, 60 x 66 inches. Courtesy of Levis Fine Art.
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