Exhibitions: Paintings & Drawings by Augustus Peck

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    Paintings & Drawings by Augustus Peck

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    • Date unknown, 1978: The Brooklyn Museum Art School is currently hosting an exhibition of the works of Augustus Peck. The exhibition will continue through November 27. Museum hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 10-5 p.m. Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

      Augustus Peck, Director of The Brooklyn Museum Art School, 1945 - 1968

      Countless artists and former art students remember Augustus Peck with affection and gratitude. He was selfless in helping anyone interested in art. In 1945 he began to build The Brooklyn Museum Art School into a place of international reputation. Peck hired an outstanding faculty. G.I.‘s returning from the war entered the school on the G.I. Bill to receive instruction from such artists as Max Beckmann, William Baziotes, Edwin Dickinson, Gabor Peterdi, Ben Shahn, Rufino Tamayo and Reuben Tam, to name a few. At the same time, Peck gave the school a strong base in the community. The positive relationship between students and faculty and the small classes are part of the heritage which we enjoy today.

      Peck was a prolific artist. The work that was selected for this show falls into three categories: nudes, seascapes and the “target’’ paintings, derived from his army experience in World War II. An imaginative photographer, the connection between his photographs and drawings is made apparent.

      Augustus Peck died September 25, 1975, in a loft on 18th Street in New York. He was 69 years of age.

      With this modest exhibit of some of his work, we honor and thank this enigmatic man in the way we think he would most like to be remembered--as an artist who tried to express his experience.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1971 - 1988. 1978, 001. View Original

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