Pioneers of Provincetown: The Roots of Figurative Expressionism
In the 1950s a new wave of painters invigorated Cape Cod’s artistic community and challenged the Abstract authority, using the figure as the key structural element in their compositions. As a group at large these seminal Figurative Expressionists—including Lester Johnson, Jan Müller, Bob Thompson, Tony Vevers, Red Grooms, Robert Beauchamp, Bill Barrell, Robert DeNiro Sr, George McNeil, Peter Passuntino, Gandy Brodie, Mimi Gross, Yvonne Anderson, Jay Milder, Bob Henry, Selina Trieff, and Emilio Cruz – remain underappreciated and have been marginalized by critics and art historians. Whether drawn to Provincetown by the charismatic and influential artist-teacher Hans Hofmann, the promise of like-minded community, cheap rent, or the brilliant seaside light, the influence of these artists continues to be felt today. Join curator Adam Zucker for a discussion of the exhibition Pioneers of Provincetown and an exploration of this important moment in art history.