March 7, 1960: Approximately fifty early pictures by the Brooklyn Museum Art School Supervisor, Augustus Peck, are on exhibition in the School’s gallery on the second floor of the Museum. This showing of DRAWINGS AND PRINTS OF THE 30’s, which includes etchings, lithographs and magazine illustrations, continues until mid-April.
Mr. Peck, who assumed the direction of the Art School more than twenty years ago, has been exhibiting since 1927 when he had his first show in Cleveland, his home town. During the 30‘s he worked mostly in etching and drawing, creating pictures which gave him his first New York exhibition, at the FAR Gallery in 1938. A few of them, from the artist’s own collection, are in the current exhibition. Following three years service in the Army during World War Two, Peck did a series of satirical paintings of Army life which comprised his second New York show at FAR. Since then his work has turned to austere poetic depictions of sea and sky painted in a very personal semi-abstract manner.
The work of Augustus Peck is in collections of the Metropolitan, the Cleveland and Brooklyn Museums, and in many private collections. Some of the pictures in the current exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum are for sale. Interested visitors may make purchase arrangements at the Art School desk.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1960, 018.