The opening reception is Thursday, August 1st, from 5 - 7pm.
Maurice (1904-1985) had his first show at Midtown Galleries, New York City, in 1934 under the directorship of legendary dealer Alan Gruskin. His last show, a retrospective, was at Midtown and Hobe Sound North (Portland, ME) in 1987. During his lifetime he was included in exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York, and the Cape Cod Museum of Fine Art, to name a few.
His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Butler Institute, Carnegie Institute, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, and many others. He had several reviews in the New York Times, by John Russell and others. His work was often favorably compared with John Marin, Marsden Hartley, and Milton Avery.
After his retrospective in 1987, his work was taken off the market by his two sons, who had inherited the artist's estate. They needed to reassess their father's body of work and create a strategy for maintaining it, deciding what they could part with and how best to manage the estate. In 2004, Peg Greenhut Golden, owner of Greenhut Galleries, persuaded the brothers to honor their dad on what would have been his centennial year with a show here at Greenhut. The Cape Cod Museum also mounted a retrospective last summer. Peg has spent a good deal of time this year trying to place his work with a good dealer back in NYC in hopes of continuing his legacy. D.Wigmore Gallery, on 76th and 5th, is currently re-introducing Maurice Freedman's paintings to a New York City audience in this summer of 2005.