Walter Plate: East End Abstractions

August 1 – October 31, 2019

Pollock Krasner House and Study Center

AUGUST 1 – OCTOBER 31, 2019

Reception and gallery talk by Marc Plate, Sunday, August 4 from 5 – 7 pm

Like his contemporary Joseph Glasco, Walter Plate (1925-1972) served in the military during World War II. He continued his art studies on the G.I. Bill in Paris and at the Art Students League summer school in Woodstock, New York, where he moved in 1951 and became a close friend of Herman Cherry and Philip Guston. Also like Glasco he achieved early recognition, with work included in five Whitney Annuals in the 1950s and the Gold Medal at the Corcoran Biennial in 1959. As a rising star among the younger generation of abstract expressionists, his gestural canvases were also shown at the Chicago Art Institute, The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy and the 1955 Pittsburgh International Exhibition, and were reproduced in ART/USA/NOW in 1963. His career was cut short by his untimely death at age 47.

Plate spent his last years on eastern Long Island, where he painted subjective evocations of the maritime environment, returning to a theme that had been praised early in his career. In 1954, while he was living and working in a wooded area far from the coast, a reviewer of his solo exhibition at the Ganso Gallery declared that “Plate’s forte in his first New York show is clearly the seascape.” The current exhibition comprises beach paintings of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which combine abstract and figurative elements in open, light-drenched compositions. The works are on loan from the artist’s estate, courtesy of Levis Fine Art, New York.  Please contact Jim Levis if you have any questions : 646-620-5000 or