Lawrence Kupferman

Beth Urdang Fine Arts

Lawrence Kupferman (1909–82) responded to the lessons of surrealist automatism and bio-morphism in a highly poetic and personal manner. Like his contemporary and friend Mark Rothko, Kupferman worked as a WPA artist, and first exhibited in New York in the early ’40s. However, he chose to make Boston his home and became historically more associated with the expressionist school in that city, which included Jack Levine, Hyman Bloom, and Karl Zerbe, than with the first generation of the New York School. This carefully selected exhibition of four oils and seven works on paper reinstates Kupferman as a pioneer in the development of Abstract Expressionist technique and theory.

Kupferman’s abstractions are clearly based upon the artist’s experience of the ocean. (He spent many summers in Provincetown with Hans Hofmann, Adolphe Gottlieb, William Baziotes, and Rothko.) Organic and biomorphic drips

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