الخميس، 5 أبريل، 2012

Warren Brandt / American 1918–2002




























































Warren Brandt
American 1918–2002
A longtime resident of Water Mill, on Long Island’s East End, Warren Brandt came of age as an artist in the late 1930s, graduating from Pratt Institute; he served as a portraitist for the U.S. Army during World War II. As the New York School emerged in Manhattan during the late 1940s, Brandt shuttled between teaching jobs in New York City and his native South Carolina, and concurrently pursued an MFA degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Complementary studies with Philip Guston and Max Beckmann at Washington University in St. Louis contributed decisively to Brandt’s development of a primarily figurative art characterized by brilliant, freely-applied color. He later studied with the Japanese-American painter Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Art Students League. (A former student of Robert Henri, Kuniyoshi taught at the League from 1933 to 1953.) Brandt exemplifies a generation that maintained close ties to the founding members of the New York School while seeking a newly figurative idiom, one based as much on the “decorative” color aesthetic of Henri Matisse as on the expressionistic brushwork of Willem de Kooning. In 1960, Brandt married the painter and prominent art dealer Grace Borgenicht, with whom he enjoyed the frequent company of a lively artistic circle that migrated annually from Manhattan to the East End for creative rejuvenation. [Gregory Galligan]

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