Nicolas Carone American, 1917-2010


A member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionists, Carone was influenced by Surrealism, poetry, and Jungian psychology. Believing that every moment and experience contained inspiration, Carone once posited: "if you look at the sidewalks on a rainy day, study all the marks, you see great paintings."

Born on the Lower East Side and raised in Hoboken, Carone began his study of art at the Leonardo da Vinci School at St. Mark's Church at age eleven. He studied at the National Academy of Design under Leon Kroll-whom he would assist with the creation of the WPA Worcester War Memorial Mural from 1939-1941-then at the Art Students League of New York, Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, and the Rome Academy of Fine Arts. The '40s marked a period of success for the artist, who won the rome Prize in 1941 and a Fulbright Fellowship in 1949, both of which gave him the opportunity to study in Italy.

By this time the artist was a close friend of Jackson Pollock, and like the latter Carone opted to set up full-time residency in The Springs on Long Island. In the city, he showed at the Ninth Street Exhibition in 1951 and subsequently at the Stable Gallery. He was also represented by the Anita Shapolsky Gallery and Staempfli Gallery. He taught at Yale, Columbia, Brandeis, Cornell, the Cooper Union, the School of Visual Arts, and the Skowhegan School, later going on to help found the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture as well as the International School of Art in Montecastello, Italy.

A revived interest in Carone's work took place as a result of a 2005 show of his drawings at Lohin Geduld Gallery. He lived to the age of 93, dying in 2010. The artist is remembered for his talent for brushwork and fluency in the language of abstraction. His collage-like works juxtaposed jagged edges and viscous contours with fine lines, curvilinear contours, and lightweight patterning. Of the lyricism present in his abstractions, the artist stated in a 2006 interview:

"Don't be fooled by technique or paint quality… Fuck it! It's the imagery that goes on. It's metaphoric and it's poetry in a jazz sense. It's symbolic and it's on another dimension. It's not an order like Picasso but it's another dimension, the rhythm of mass."

—Nicolas Carone

Solo Exhibitions

1949 Cortile Galleria, Rome

1951 Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome

1952 Frumkin Gallery, Chicago

1954 Stable Gallery, New York, also 1956

1958 Stadler Gallery, Paris

1958 Staempfli Gallery, New York, also, 1959,1962

1978 Carone Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, also 1993

2003 Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown

2005 Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, also 2007, 2009

2008 Washburn Gallery, New York, also 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014

2010 Watson MacRae Gallery, Sanibel Island

2013 Pollock Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton

2016 Loretta Howard Gallery, New York


1941 Prix de Rome

1949 Fulbright Fellowship (Rome)

1955 William N. Copley Award

1956 National Council of the Arts

1964 Longview Foundation

1966 National Council on the Arts Grant

1970 Creative Arts Public Service Program

1971 New York State Council on the Arts Grant

2005 Andrew Carnegie Prize, National Academy Museum

2007 Inglis Griswold Nelson Prize for Painting, National Academy Museum

2009 Lee Krasner Award for lifetime achievement

Museums and Public Collections

Baltimore Museum of Art

The National Academy of Design, New York

Getai Group, Japan

Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington

High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Museum

Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham

Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Syracuse University Art Galleries

Tate Modern, London

Union Carbide Corporation, Danbury

The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Weatherspoon Museum of Art, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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