New York

Gerome Kamrowski

Joan T. Washburn Gallery

Gerome Kamrowski was born in Warren, Minnesota, in 1914. After studying art at the Art Students League in New York and the New Bauhaus in Chicago, he received a Guggenheim Foundation grant in 1938 to study with Hans Hofmann in Provincetown. Shortly afterward, he became friends with William Baziotes and learned firsthand of Surrealist techniques, such as collage and frottage. Kamrowski lived in New York from 1938 until ’46, when he moved to Michigan to teach. In addition to Baziotes, his circle of friends in New York included Arshile Gorky, Robert Motherwell, Peter Busa, Jackson Pollock, and Roberto Matta. It was from Matta that these artists, who were incredibly receptive and even hungry for new ideas, learned about automatism. Kamrowski’s restlessness and curiosity paralleled Gorky’s. Like him, he understood Surrealism to be a way of getting beyond what he knew how to do—i.e., make a

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