The death of Gerome Kamrowski in March, 2004 essentially brought to a close the era in the early 1940s when a generation of American artists were active in the surrealist world introduced to them first hand by the European surrealists in New York to escape the war.
The Gerome Kamrowski memorial exhibition of works from the 1940s opening on October 28 will be the artist’s third show at the Washburn Gallery. It will include paintings, drawings and collage boxes, some seen for the first time, along with others from previous exhibitions held at the gallery in 1987, 1989 and 1995.
The Washburn Gallery has also organized a companion exhibition, The Surrealist Influence. This survey of works from 1940 - 1960 will include the collaborative painting by Baziotes, Kamrowski and Pollock along with paintings and works on paper by William Baziotes, Arshile Gorky, Leon Kelly, Jackson Pollock, Richard Pousette-Dart, Mark Rothko, Kurt Seligman and David Smith.