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 Prix de Roma 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."
Carone's Untitled c. 1950s belies the degree to which the artist derived rhythm from automatism. Within the piece, thick strokes of pale beiges and whites meet forceful calligraphic black marks, to the degree that as a whole it appears not unlike an ancient text written in runes. Untitled bears witness to the artist's surrealist impulse, whose form and subject were directly inspired by personal observation of everyday detail. A member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionists, Carone was influenced by Surrealism, poetry, and Jungian psychology. As opposed to the work of his friend and contemporary Jackson Pollock—relying on intricate networks of interlaced drips and splatters—Carone's paintings from the 1950s tended toward thicker applications of paint, graphic asymmetry, explosive and carnal imagery, and chromatic discord. Untitled is an obscure picture of Carone's painting philosophy: every experience and moment, no matter how random or inconsequential, contains inspiration. The subject of this work is unclear, but its power is evident.
Washburn Gallery, New York (label on stretcher bar)