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"Overview: The Art of Fannie Hillsmith and Walter Kamys"
2000-06-10 until 2000-08-02
Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery
USA United States of America
Fannie Hillsmith and Walter Kamys, two
life-long artists influenced by surrealism and cubism, will be the focus of
the summer exhibition at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery in Keene. Both artists are in their 80s and continue to develop their style
using some of the influences from their early work. Hillsmith and Kamys
were among the many artists influenced by cubism and surrealism in the
1940s and '50s. The exhibit will include 20 to 30 pieces from each artist.
Kamys's work is bright and colorful while Hillsmith's pieces range from the
colorful to the monochromatic. Although their work looks very different,
they have a similar abstract core and expressive delineation. The exhibit
will highlight how both artists personalized their influences and brought
fresh visions to their work throughout long careers.
Many life-long artists reach a certain level and remain there, but
Fannie Hillsmith and Walter Kamys continue to reinvent themselves,
explains Maureen Ahern, director of the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery.
Walter Kamys, who lives in Sunderland, Mass., was a professor of
art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he also was director
of the University Collection Art Acquisition Program. He was born in
Chicago and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He
continued art studies on a fellowship in Mexico where he shared studio
space with the English surrealist painter Gordon Onslow-Ford. He also was
influenced by abstract expressionist, Robert Motherwell. Kamys's many
honors include the Prix de Rome in New York.
Fannie Hillsmith, who lives in New York City, spends the summers in
Jaffrey, N.H. She was born in Boston, Mass., and attended the School of the
Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Students' League in New York. She
recalls that Paul Klee influenced her early work but she also was motivated
by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Her work is found among the permanent
collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and many other art galleries
including the Thorne.