Friday, July 16, 2010

Nicolas Caroni dies

(Post fed as reference to page on Nicolas Carone)

Lohin Geduld Gallery in Chelsea made the following statement today:

"Nicolas Carone, 1917 - 2010. It is with sadness that we tell you of the death of Nicolas Carone. Nick died at his home in Hudson, NY on July 15. Nick touched many lives as an inspiring teacher and brilliant artist."

According to wikipedia, Nicolas Carone was "an Italian-American painter and sculptor, born June 4, 1917 in New York City and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey. Carone belonged to the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionist artists, whose artistic innovation by the 1950s had been recognized across the Atlantic, including Paris."

I find there to be a humorous stroke of irony in the way Nick Carone and his work gets tied to the subject of Abstract Expressionism. As far as I can see, there's seldom any mention that Carone's pictures were most often figurative throughout the span of his life. An example is this work done when he was eighty-six.

Untitled, 2003, mixed media on paper, 10 3/4 x 11 inches (private collection)