Nicolas Carone

Loretta Howard Gallery is pleased to represent the estate of Nicolas Carone.

Nicholas Carone (1917-2010) is best known for his association with the New York School of Abstract Expressionists who came to prominence in the 1950s. He was born to Italian immigrants in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1917, the eldest of seven children. He was raised in Hoboken, New Jersey and began attending art school on the nights and weekends at age eleven at the Leonardo da Vinci Art School in Manhattan. After high school he studied at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design and with Hans Hoffman before serving in World War II. In 1947 he won the prestigious Prix de Rome and spent three years in Italy on the G.I. Bill starting in 1948. In 1949, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. In Rome, living on Via Margutta, he met Alberto Burri, Conrad Marc-Relli and the surrealist Matta, all of whom he would form important, lifelong friendships with. In 1951 he returned to New York City, exhibiting his paintings in the now famed “Ninth Street Show”. He became the founding director of Eleanor Ward’s seminal Stable Gallery and had several important one-man exhibitions of his paintings there, beginning in 1954. As the gallery curator, he gave shows to friends and painters he admired such as Guston, de Kooning, Pollock and Motherwell.

In the early 1950s, he moved to the Springs at the far end of Long Island. With the help of close friend Jackson Pollock he found a house near the other artists. He maintained a studio and apartment in Manhattan and exhibited at the Stable and then at Staempfli gallery, throughout the next decade. In the 1960s he was a founding faculty member of the New York Studio School, where he taught for over 20 years, also teaching at Columbia and Cornell. Continually returning to Italy Carone bought a farmhouse in Umbria in the 1970s and during the 1980s he founded an art school The International School in the area.
Besides being known as a New York Abstract Expressionist using the freewheeling gesture of action paintings and loose, painterly style, his work is imbued with a sensibility honed by studying Italian antiquities and the Renaissance masters. Beginning in the early 1960s Carone reintroduced figuration into his work, mining the human form as a source of inspiration. The majority of his body of work blurs the lines between figuration and abstraction conjuring a sense of mysticism and symbolism evocative from friend and fellow Hamptons resident John Graham.

In the early 2000’s, the artist began making stark, black and white abstractions that again obscure the boundary between figuration and abstraction. Wrought in thin skeins of loosely flowing white paint, these late works have an immediacy and sense of mastery culminating in over 50 years of painting

Untitled , 2003
Oil on canvas
36 1/4 x 43 3/4 inches

Off The Chart, 2009
Acrylic on tarpaulin
33 x 42 inches

Untitled (P-2619-S), 1958
Oil on paper mounted to panel
28 x 39 1/2 inches

Untitled (P-2618-S), 1957
Oil on paper mounted on panel
28 x 41 inches

Untitled (W-1351-S), 1965
Oil and pencil on board
26 x 40 inches

Untitled (W-1816-S), 1959
Oil and pencil on board
27 1/2 x 41 1/8 inches

blue blue
Untitled (W-0979-S), 1971
Oil and pencil on paper
19 1/2 x 13 7/8 inches

Untitled (B-2901-U), 1973
3 x 9 x 4 1/2 inches- Can be made larger
Edition 1 of 3

Untitled (P-2616-S)
Oil on canvas
22 x 29 inches

Nuptial Waters
Nuptial Waters
Oil on linen
62 x 81 inches

Oil on canvas
48 3/8 x 60 inches

Lost Tribe
Lost Tribe
Acrylic on canvas
84 x 119 1/2 inches

new office drawing
Untitled (W-0257-S), 2005
Conte crayon and gesso on paper
17 7/8 x 23 5/8 inches

Shadow Dance
Shadow Dance
Acrylic on canvas
84 x 119 3/4 inches

Lost Tribe
High Spirit
Acrylic on tarpaulin
30 x 40 inches

Umbrian Head
Umbrian Head in Stone
c. 1979
Italian field stone
9 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 8 inches