A Centennial Celebration of Nicolas Carone

The New York Studio School presents “The Thing Unseen: A Centennial Celebration of Nicolas Carone.” This exhibition marks the first historical survey to give a glimpse of Nicolas Carone’s (1917- 2010) range of accomplishments in painting, drawing, and sculpture. It is also the first of numerous Centennial Celebrations of Nicolas Carone throughout the US. A central connective figure in Abstract Expressionism, Carone has gained increasing recognition as an uncompromising and creative artist during a seven-decade career, culminating in a creative burst in his late eighties and early nineties.

Curated by Ro Lohin, who helped revitalize Carone’s reputation at her former gallery in Chelsea, this show explores the artist’s “place in the development of contemporary American art.” It reveals, Lohin notes further, that “combined with an interest in exploring the unconscious Carone broke new ground with both his figurative and abstract work.”


Exhibition details

The Thing Unseen: A Centennial Celebration of Nicolas Carone,” is on view from September 5 – October 15, 2017, at the New York Studio School, 8 West 8th St., New York, NY. Opening reception will take place on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 6pm – 8pm

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Centennial Celebration of Nicolas Carone

A member of the New York Studio School faculty for two decades beginning when it first opened, “Carone was a great mentor and a legendary figure at the School,” observes Studio School Dean, Graham Nickson. He “was considered one of the great draftsmen of his era. His art contains narratives of another time – of Fayum, of the Surrealists, and of the Abstract Expressionists. It set younger artists dreaming about space, the picture plane, and the overall.”

Carone’s development from a child of working-class Italian immigrants to a close compatriot of figures such as Jackson Pollock, William DeKooning, Roberto Matta, and Conrad Marca-Relli is extensively examined in the exhibition catalog’s biographical essay by David Ramm. The illustrated catalog is available for sale. A panel discussion, October 3, 6:30pm at the Studio School will feature art historian Martica Sawin, art critic John Yau, alongside Lohin and Ramm.


Other Centennial Celebrations of Nicolas Carone

Concurrently, September 7 – October 28, 2017, Loretta Howard Gallery, 521 West 26th Street, NY, NY, will show “Nicolas Carone: Imaginary Portraits,” an exhibition and catalog focused on haunting portrayals in painting and sculpture of people drawn from the artist’s mind.

To view this exceptional catalog online, visit their website at:  http://www.lorettahoward.com


The Nicolas Carone Centennial will be widely celebrated by other participants:

  • Rare Nest Gallery, “Carone Centennial,” Chicago, IL, October 7 – November 5, 2017


  • Koa Art Gallery, Kapi’olani Community College, “Nicolas Carone/Noreen Naughton. Sharing the Knowledge,” Honolulu, HI, January 10 – February 24, 2018


  • Boca Raton Museum, “Nicolas Carone,” Boca Raton, FL, April 23 – July 29, 2018.

The Thing Unseen: A Centennial Celebration of Nicolas Carone

Member of a City Cast,” by Nicolas Carone, 1954, Oil on panel

The New York Studio School is committed to giving a significant education to the aspiring artist that can last a lifetime. Our aim is to reveal to the entering student appropriate questions about drawing, painting and sculpture and to encourage them to work hard and think rigorously at all times, enabling them to construct an ethical and philosophical framework for their life’s work.

The graduating Certificate or MFA student leaves the School with a developed understanding of the language of art; an enlarged imagination stirred by an established work ethic, with the passion and ambition to be an artist for years to come.



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