Weinstein Gallery Presents Abstract Expressionist Pioneer

Gerome Kamrowski Abstract Surrealism Into Abstract Expressionism

Opening May 6th, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO, April 19 /PRNewswire/ — It is with great respect for Gerome Kamrowski’s art, and his inextricable place in the development of Abstract Expressionism, that Weinstein Gallery proudly presents the first twenty-five years of his life’s body of work from May 6th, 2005-June 6th, 2005 at the 383 Geary Street venue in San Francisco. After recently obtaining the exclusive representation of Kamrowski’s entire oeuvre through the Mary Jane Kamrowski Trust, Weinstein Gallery will debut his work in two select exhibitions, the first featuring paintings from 1940 to 1965.

In 1950 Surrealist leader Andre Breton said of Kamrowski, “Of all the young painters whose evolution I have been able to follow in New York during the last years of the war, Gerome Kamrowski is the one who has impressed me far the most … he was the only one I found tunneling in a new direction.”

In New York during the early 1940′s many of the artists who would later be known as the pioneers of Abstract Expressionism were involving themselves with the European Surrealist emigres. When Roberto Matta asked William Baziotes and Robert Motherwell to recruit young artists into a splintered faction of the then New York Surrealist group, they invited Kamrowski and Pollock, which led to a series of studio sessions headed by Matta to extol a new surrealism that he called Abstract Surrealism. Motherwell would later refer to Kamrowski as “the most Surrealist of us all.”

In 1937 Kamrowski received a Guggenheim fellowship that allowed him to move from Minnesota to New York, where he attended the Hans Hoffman summer school for art, and then later landed in the same mural division of the Federal Works Project as Jackson Pollock. Fast friends, Kamrowski, Pollock, and fellow Federal Arts Project artist William Baziotes collaborated on a series of paintings in the winter of 1940-41, one of which survived, titled “Collaborative Painting,” and is included in Weinstein Gallery’s exhibition, currently on loan to The National Academy Museum’s “Surrealism USA” exhibit.

Gerome Kamrowski was born in Minnesota in 1914, and died in Ann Arbor in 2004, where he had relocated to teach in 1946 at the University of Michigan. He has been included in countless museum shows at such prestigious institutions as the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, the New York Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian Institute, The Brooklyn Museum, and currently The National Academy in New York, where his paintings are on display. He has been shown in many established galleries, including the Joan T. Washburn Gallery in New York. Kamrowski has had several articles written about him, including write-ups in the New York Times and ArtNews. Renowned author of Surrealism in Exile, Martica Sawin, penned Weinstein Gallery’s introductory essay for this exhibition.

Weinstein Gallery is open daily, 10-7, Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 415-362-8151, and is free and open to the public.

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