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Maine II, 1979

Betty Parsons, solo exhibition Betty Parsons: Blue Sky very High, curated by Nicole Hayes, at Art OMI, Ghent, New York.

Press Release

Championing abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Barnett Newman, Betty Parsons remains best known as the founder and driving force behind the Betty Parsons Gallery, which played a pivotal role in the history of modernism. But Parsons also was herself a painter and continued her practice throughout her long life.

On view in the Newmark Gallery, a series of paintings spanning over two decades of Betty Parsons’ career, which depict her ongoing investigation of landscape as explored through a range of approaches to abstraction. Also included in this exhibition are some of Parsons’ painted driftwood constructions.

Betty Parsons (b.1900, New York City, NY – d.1982, Southold, NY) was an abstract painter and sculptor who is best known as a dealer of mid-century art. Throughout her storied career as a gallerist, she maintained a rigorous artistic practice, painting during weekends in her Long Island studio. Parsons’ eye for innovative talent stemmed from her own training as an artist and guided her commitment to new and emerging artists of her time, impacting the canon of Twentieth-Century art in the United States.

Betty Parsons
October 20, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Art OMI
1405 County Route 22
Ghent, New York 12075