Joseph Glasco | East End Echoes

Reception and gallery talk by Marti Mayo, Sunday, May 26 from 5 - 7 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through July 27.

Born in Oklahoma and raised in East Texas, Joseph Glasco (1925-1996) studied art in Los Angeles and Mexico after serving in the Army Air Force in World War II. He came to New York City in 1949 and befriended Alfonso Ossorio and Ted Dragon. Through them, he met many influential members of the New York art world, including Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner.

In 1952, together with Pollock, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, William Baziotes and others, Glasco was represented in "15 Americans" at the Museum of Modern Art. He spent that summer at Ossorio's Wainscott estate, The Creeks, where he cemented his friendship with Pollock, Krasner and their circle.

In this exhibition, guest curator Marti Mayo examines the lingering influence of those early associations on Glasco's late work. After gaining acclaim for his stylized figure paintings, drawings and sculptures, in the 1970s his work became totally abstract. His freely brushed paintings and all-over collages express a kinship with the action painters with whom he associated on the East End, as well as the new expressionists of the 1980s, especially his close friend Julian Schnabel, whom he visited in Montauk toward the end of his life. We are grateful to the Estate of Joseph Milton Glasco, Talley Dunn Gallery, and Julian Schnabel for their generous loans.

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