Friday, July 25, 2014

Norman Carton

Norman Carton (1908 - 1980) was an artists that lived Philadelphia, educated in Paris, and worked in New York. Carton was part of the 1950's and 60' New York School of artists or commonly referred to as Abstract Expressionist. He exhibited in over 70 group shows and over 20 solo shows. He worked for the WPA in the 1930's creating murals. In the 1940's Carton founded a fabric design firm and production company. His hand-printed fabrics were featured in Harpers Bazaar, Interior Magazine, Vogue, and Women's Wear Daily. His fabrics were collected by Hattie Carnegie and Nina Ricci. In 1962, Carton founded Dewey Gallery in NYC. His work is in over 200 private collections and in the following museums: The Whitney Museum of Art in NY, Albright-Knox Gallery in NY, Chrysler Art Museum VA, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Jewish Museum in Paris, National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Museum of Art, and Musée d'Art et d'Histoire in Saint-Denis, France. His papers were donated to the Smithsonian, here is a link.

Right here in Texas, Norman Carton has a piece in Austin at the Blanton Museum of Art. These pictures below were taken from my phone at the Michelson Museum of Art in Marshall, Texas. The paint on these works are so thick, the museum staff is reluctant to rotate them into storage. You would have to build a box for each piece and install foam in the box to make sure they didn't get damages. Plus, you want to be careful your storing material doesn't stick to the painting. I guess it is easier to just leave them up. Besides, I guess it is nice to always see some late 1950's AbEx work in a small town museum.
Oil on canvas
The Barker

Oil on canvas
Dark Landscape

Oil on canvas
Ocean Brilliance II

Oil on canvas
 Game of Jacks

- source for bio was taken from several website, so I am unsure the originator -

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