Balcomb Greene (Millville, NY 1904 - Montauk, NY 1990)


Balcomb Greene was a one of the leaders of the early American Modernist movement of the 1930s. In 1935, he was included in the ground breaking exhibition, Abstract Painting in America at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Along with Ilya Bolotowsky, Charles Green Shaw and Burgoyne Diller, he founded the American Abstract Artists group in 1936. Balcomb Greene’s pure geometric style of juxtaposing hard edge shapes and lines against planes of color made the 1930s one of the most important periods in American painting, thus leading the way for the Abstract Expressionist painters who followed in the 1950s.

Balcomb Greene’s work may be found in most major public collections, including Art Institute of Chicago; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

© Berry Campbell, 2015.

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