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Dr. Joan Marter Dishes On Her New Show at Guild Hall

By Michael Raver | November 21, 2019 | Culture People

Dr. Joan Marter On Her New Show at Guild Hall


James Brooks (1906-92), “Floxurn” (1955, oil on canvas), 64 inches by 59 inches.

Dr. Joan Marter is the guest curator of a new exhibit at Guild Hall entitled Abstract Expressionism Revisited. An East Hampton resident, Marter is an award-winning art critic and author, who is currently serving as a co-editor of The Woman’s Art Journal.

The exhibition, which is on view through Dec. 30, features pieces by some of the leading artists in the expressionist movement, including Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, as well as Willem and Elaine de Kooning. Free,

How did you decide on the pieces that went into this collection?

The current exhibition of Abstract Expressionism Revisited includes works from the collection of Guild Hall, and acknowledges a digitized inventory of the permanent collection recently completed by Jess Frost, associate curator. Works for the exhibition were selected from the holdings of the museum. There were a few works that were borrowed from collections and galleries to supplement the museum inventory.

Is there a particular piece in the show that excites you?

Spectacular works are included in this exhibition! I am very excited to have Lee Krasner’s abstract painting of 1963 in this group. This large oil on canvas was recently restored to its original splendor.

Can you describe your relationship to the Hamptons?

My family has visited the Hamptons since 1978, and bought our home in East Hampton in 1987. It is a great pleasure to be a part of this community.

What do you want people to take away from this collection?

I hope that visitors will enjoy the art that they find in this show. This project is intended to celebrate the formation of an excellent collection that represents the creative energies of artists who were actively involved with one another on
the East End.


Photography by: Gary Mamay