Pioneers of Provincetown: The Roots of Figurative Expressionism

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Jocastra (Jocasta), 1962 Oil On Paper, Mounted 14 X 11" © Courtesy of The Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Pioneers of Provincetown: The Roots of Figurative Expressionism
Curated by: Adam Zucker

460 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
July 19th, 2013 - September 2nd, 2013

United States
508. 487.1750
Memorial Day - September: M-Th: 11- 8 pm, Friday: 11- 10 pm, Sat-Sun: 11-5pm. October - May: Th-Sun: Noon-5pm


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.

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