In the fall of 2020 Woodmere Art Museum will present
an exhibition featuring the artists associated with Group ’55 and mid-century
abstract painting in Philadelphia. A
concurrent installation will feature the later, large scale, immersive
paintings of Sam Feinstein, a founder and President of the group.
In 1955, Philadelphia painters, architects,
musicians, and dancers organized a series of exhibitions and public forums
across the city, presenting their work as a catalyst for vigorous public
dialogue about the role of art and science in the postwar era. Group ’55, as they came to be known, included
architect Louis Kahn, composer George Rochberg, and artists Quita Brodhead,
Michael Ciliberti, Sam Feinstein, Sam Fried, Sanford Greenberg, Raymond
Hendler, Jane Piper, and Doris Staffel.
Group ’55 and Midcentury Modernism in Philadelphia
will include professionally recorded sessions and historical materials never
before made public. Patricia Stark Feinstein, who has overseen the important
archive of the group’s work, is organizing the exhibition in collaboration with
the Museum. Barbara Wolanin, a
distinguished art historian whose specialization is American modernism, will
contribute the main essay for the accompanying catalogue.
Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Lane
Dennis, MA 02638
Thursday, July 7th 6 pm Deborah Forman gallery talk and book signing
Five of Sam Feinstein’s paintings are reproduced in Forman’s book Perspectives on the Provincetown Art Colony. One portion of text is titled “Sam Feinstein’s nature.” Summertime 53” x 44” acrylic by Sam is included in the exhibition (p 157 of monograph)