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Paul Brach
Ahola 13 Oil on Canvas Geometric Painting New York School Abstract Expressionist

1992

$5,000

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Paul Brach (American, 1924-2007). "Ahola #13". Oil on canvas. Ex. David and Marion Porter estate. Inscribed on the reverse "Ahola #13 1992, Paul Brach for David - 80 more." This painting was given to Paul's good friend David Porter on his 80th birthday. The East Hampton, NY artist David Porter (1912-2005), was a personal friend of the artist. Included is an exhibition catalogue of Paul Brach paintings. In good condition. Painting measures 23 1/2" x 23 1/2" without the frame. Minimalism, Monochrome Painting in shades of purple and violet. Paul Henry Brach, (born March 13, 1924 in New York City - d.November 16, 2007 in Easthampton, New York) was an American abstract painter and a lecturer and educator. As an abstract painter Paul Brach exhibited his work in New York with the Leo Castelli Gallery, the Cordier & Eckstrom Gallery, and with the André Emmerich Gallery and then later with Flomenhaft Gallery. Paul Brach's estate is represented exclusively by Eric Firestone Gallery. Paul Brach was born in New York City and was raised in Brooklyn and the Bronx. He went to the University of Iowa where he studied painting with Grant Wood. He served in the US Army during World War II. After the war, he finished school in Iowa on the GI Bill. At the University of Iowa he met the artist Miriam Shapiro and in 1946 they married. By 1951 they moved back to New York City and befriended many of the artists in the downtown Abstract expressionist New York School, including Joan Mitchell, Larry Rivers, Knox Martin and Michael Goldberg. During the early 1960s Brach had part-time teaching jobs at The New School, Cooper Union, The Parsons School of Design and Cornell University's New York City Program. In 1967 Brach and his wife Miriam Schapiro moved to Southern California. He became the Dean of the CalArts program in Los Angeles in 1969. As dean of the School of Art at the California Institute from 1969 to 1975, Mr. Brach hired John Baldessari, Allan Kaprow and the critic Max Kozloff, among others. He helped to create a freewheeling experimental atmosphere out of which emerged artists like David Salle, Eric Fischl, Barbara Bloom and Jack Goldstein, eventual luminaries of the New York art world. As a painter based in New York, Mr. Brach evolved from Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s to monochromatic Minimalism in the ’60s. From the ’70s on he produced simplified landscapes of the American West with horses galloping through them. In recent paintings he blended geometric abstraction and spacey, cosmic atmospheres "In 1967 I was offered the chair of a new art department at the University of California at San Diego. After two years at UCSD, I became the founding dean of the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts. I decided to come to [CalArts] because Los Angeles was more fun, and I could find my peers here. I mean there are artists like Bob Irwin, and Ed Kienholz, and Larry Bell, and people who I think are doing good work. And CalArts seems goofy enough. What really knocked me out was that the makers of Mary Poppins are inadvertently funding something that's going to make Easy Rider." CalArts quickly became one of the best art schools in the country. In 1975 they returned to the New York art world. Brach became the chair of the Division of the Arts of Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Eventually he gave up teaching and administration and devoted himself to his painting. His work was represented by various galleries until 1998. In 1997, Brach was elected into the National Academy of Design. In 1998, they moved permanently to East Hampton.

Details

  • Creator
    Paul Brach (1924 - 2007, American)
  • Creation Year
    1992
  • Dimensions
    Height: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Width: 25.25 in. (64.14 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    minor wear.
  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3823025713

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