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New York School Abstract Expressionists

New York School Abstract Expressionists Artists Choice by  Artists: A Complete Documentation of the New York Painting  and Sculpture Annuals;  1951-1957 [Hardcover]

  “Highly recommended.”
~CHOICE, current reviews for academic libraries, February 2001:
“The book is unique; it can be used as a reference for  artists’ biographies, for exhibition  documentation, or as the history of a specific artistic movement.
General readers; undergraduates through faculty.”  

Readers’ opinion:
Almost Perfect – Very Important! ~Amazon.com   

American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s

American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s: An Illustrated Survey
With Artists’ Statements, Artwork, and Biographies

​   OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLE ~ CHOICE, 2003
“This excellent publication builds on the earlier [above] publication. It has broadened  the scope to include artists from throughout the US, rectified…omission of African    American artists… and concentrated on 88 artists…excellent layout and superb  photographs. Highly recommended”  ~ CHOICE,
CURRENT REVIEWS FOR ACADEMIC  LIBRARIESJuly/August 20

American Abstract and Figurative Expressionism

American Abstract and Figurative Expressionism: Style is Timely Art is Timeless

​ CHOICE CURRENT REVIEWS FOR ACADEMIC LIBRARIES, January 10, 2010
“Highly recommended. Libraries supporting both studio
and art history programs at the lower undergraduate and
above; general readers.” ~ CHOICE  
 ​ 

Albert Kotin American Abstract Expressionist of the 1950s

Albert Kotin American Abstract Expressionist of the 1950s

on September 20, 2016
Format: Library Binding
This isn’t my first review of a NY School Press book. I get incredibly excited and anxious when I hear a new title comes out. Ms Herskovic’s books are incredibly accurate due to her research. Its not what “Joe tells Susan”. Its digging for the truth. What appears is a sumptuous, fact filled, tour d’force. I have always heard of Albert Kotin but had no idea of the breadth of his work. From his easel paintings and murals with the WPA to his breathtaking Abstract Expressionist canvases, you get to see the journey of an incredibly gifted artist. You do not have to know that he was one of the major artists of the New York School and participated in all the Annuals. Just turn the pages and you know you are in the midst of greatness. Large color photographs, over 350 pages, and artist’s statements, letters from his famous artist friends, fine portraits, and period photos, take you on a journey through the difficult hard working life of a very special talent!

          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 Ed. by Marika Herskovic,
ISBN: 0967799406
ISBN: 0967799414
 ISBN: 0967799422
ISBN: 0967799430


Hardcover with jacket, 12 x 9 inches,

Albert Kotin-Abstract Expressionism

13 Jan

Albert Kotin-Abstract Expressionism


Alexander Calder wrote in 1968:
As long as there are peo
ple such as Al Kotin, there is no danger to art.

Albert Kotin-Absract Expressionism-Action Painting

Albert Kotin, Moment of flight1948

Oil on canvas, 21 x 36 inches

All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

Albert Kotin, Struggle Between Plant And Insects,1948

Oil on canvas, 36 x 30 inchesExhibited: New School for Social Research, 1948
All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

Albert Kotin, Untitled, 1950
Oil on canvas, 36 x 30 inches
All rights reserved by the artist or by his legal delegates.

Albert Kotin, Untitled, 1951

Oil on canvas, 36 x 30 inches
Oil and enamel on canvas, 57 x 37 inches

All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates. 

Albert Kotin, Spanish Dancers,1950

Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Exhibited: Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art, 1951
All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

Albert Kotin, Predators, 1951 

Oil on canvas, 36 x 28 inches
Exhibited in the “9th St.” Show in 1951
All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.



Albert Kotin, Downbeat, 1954

Oil on canvas, 36 x 28 inches.

Exhibited: Grand Central Moderns, NYC, 1958.
All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

Albert Kotin, Untitled, 1954 

Oil on canvas, 70 x 58 inches

Exhibited:
Grand Central Modern, 1958
Tanager Gallery, 1959
New York Hilton: 1959-1964
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 1994
( catalog p.32 illustrated )
Book: amazon.com p.208 illustrated
All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

 Albert Kotin, Phoenix , 1957

Oil on canvas, 57 x 36 inches

Exhibited:
Grand Central Modern, 1958
Tanager Gallery, 1959
All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

Albert Kotin, Whispering Rain,1957

Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 inchesExhibited:
Grand Central Modern, 1958
Tanager Gallery; 1959
All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

Albert Kotin, Westerly, 1957

Oil on canvas, 69 x 79 inches

Exhibited:
Grand Central Modern, 1958
Reading Art Museum, 1995-1999
Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, 1994 ( catalog p.20 illustrated )
Rockford Art Museum, 2004 ( catalog p.48 illustrated )
Book: amazon.com p.141 illustrated
All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

Albert Kotin. Untitled, 1958

Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 inches

Exhibited:

Grand Central Moderns, 1958

All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

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Albert Kotin, Predators, 1951. Oil on canvas, 36 x 28 inches. All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates. This painting was exhibited at the famous 9th Street Art Exhibition, (9th St. Show) in May 21-June 10, 1951

Albert Kotin, Predators, 1951

Albert Kotin (1907-1980) belonged to the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionist Artists whose artistic innovation by the 1950s had been recognized across the Atlantic including Paris. New York School Abstract Expressionism represented by Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, Franz Kline and others became the leading art movement of the postwar era.

Conrad Marca-Relli, Untitled, 1958. Oil on canvas-collage on canvas, 38 x 47 1/2 inches. All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

Conrad Marca-Relli, Untitled, 1958

Conrad Marca-Relli was a New York School Abstract Expressionist artist. This period was later defined as The Abstract Expressionist Era. His "monumental collages" were hailed as a major art form. His works are in the collections of the leading museums of America and Europe and in private collections around the world.

Joe Stefanelly, Wednesday, 1958. Oil on canvas. 50 x 60 inches. All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

Joe Stefanelly, Wednesday, 1958

Joe Stefanelli (born March 20, 1921) also known as Joseph J. Stefanelli belonged to the New York School Abstract Expressionist artists whose influence and artistic innovation by the 1950s had been recognized around the world. According to John Russell art critic of the New York Times. "He has for a long time had the gift of color that sings out in tune." As one of the youngest artists of the Abstract Expressionsit Group he participated in the first artists’ annual called the "9th St. Show" His paintings are seen in a number of museums throughout the US and Europe.

Nicolas Carone, Untitled, 1957.  Oil on canvas, 60 x 74 inches. All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

Nicolas Carone (1917-2010) was among the most prominent artists associated with the American Abstract Expressionism.

Giorgio Cavallon, Untitled, 1974-75. Oil on canvas, 72 x 74 inches. All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

Giorgio Cavallon, Untitled, 1972-1975

Giorgio Cavallon (1904-1989) was born in Sorio, near Vicenza, Italy. He was influenced early in his career by Dutch modernist Piet Mondrian. In New York City during the 1930s and 1950s, he was closely associated with Arshile Gorky, William De Kooning, and other abstract expressionists. Since the late 1960s and 1970s, Cavallon has framed his surfaces with small, dark shapes in order to control the large, unified rectangles of light color. Cavallons paintings have been described as exuding a subtle, atmospheric light reminiscent of Mediterranean villages.

Julius Hatofsky, Untitled, 1990. Oil on artist board, 30 x 40 inches. All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

Julius Hatofsky, Untitled, 1990

Hatofsky first studied as a teenager in the art classes given by the Federal Art Project.  After serving in WWII, he continued in New York at the Art Students League and Hans Hofmann School and in Paris at Académie de la Grand Chaumiere.  He painted in New York until moving to San Francisco in 1961 to teach at the Art Institute where he remained for 33 years.  During the 1960s he worked in a Bay Area Abstrct Expressionist mode; however, by the 1970s his paintings moved toward Figurative Expressionism.    He died in Vallejo, CA on January 1, 2006.

Anki King, Fall, 2011. Oil oncanvas, 54 x 74 inches. All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates.

Anki King, Fall, 2011

Anki King (1970- ) was born near Oslo, Norway. In 1991 Anki King was accepted in the three year program at Oslo Drawing and Painting School before moving to New York in 1994. In New York she  has built a strong career as a painter and exhibits frequently both in Europe and in USA. Her direct and solemn work requires pondering of the image for a deeper search and understanding. Recently she has begun making sculpture part of her expressive language.

Recommended Books:

New York School Abstract Expressionists: Artists Choice by Artists;  

American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s: An Illustrated Survey;

American Abstract and Figurative Expressionism: Style is Timely Art is Timeless;

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