Alternative title: "Working Alone Together : Gershon Benjamin and the Circle of Artists around Milton Avery in Gloucester in the Early 1930s"
This lecture and slideshow by Lisa Peters, director of research and publications at the Spanierman Gallery in New York from 1985 to 2012, was offered at the Cape Ann Museum to coincide with its exhibition “Gershon Benjamin and his Contemporaries,” which ran from November 8, 2008, until January 31, 2009. Many artists were attracted to the unpretentious setting and diverse nature of the arts culture in Gloucester in the early 1900s, and for Gershon Benjamin (1899-1985) and Milton Avery (1885-1965), Cape Ann in the 1930s offered the opportunity for both individual exploration and convivial gathering. Lisa Peters discusses their early careers, artistic development, and contrasting personalities in light of their friendship, and presents the duo as the nucleus of a larger group of whom many went on to play prominent roles in 20th century American art.
Subject List: Benjamin Gershon, Spanierman Gallery, Milton Avery, Gloucester Society of Artists, John Twachtman, European modernism, Wallace Putnam, Abstract expressionism, Thomas Nagai, Color field painting, Stuart Davis , The Ten, Mark Rothko, Regionalism, Otto Neumann, Adolph Gottlieb , Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, T. S. Eliot, Lisa Peters