Syd Solomon 1917 - 2004 American Abstract Expressionism/ New York School Painters
Syd Solomon arrived in New York in 1947 after having completed studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and establishing his primary home, with his wife, Annie, in Sarasota, Florida. By 1950 the Solomons’ homes in Sarasota and the Hamptons were important sites of communion among some of the era’s more celebrated artistic and literary figures—the New York School painters James Brooks, Philip Guston, and Conrad Marca-Relli among the East End circle; the feminist Betty Friedan and the novelist Kurt Vonnegut among the literary regulars in Sarasota. Solomon originally experimented with painterly idioms pioneered by the first-generation Abstract Expressionists Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock while incorporating various coloristic and atmospheric effects gleaned from the expansive tropical environs and seascapes of Sarasota, as well as the temperate coastline of the East End, where by the mid-1950s he had built a house and studio, in East Hampton's Georgica section. Others in the region by then included Norman Bluhm, Jim Dine, Adolph Gottlieb, and Conrad Marca-Relli. Solomon’s painting career was complemented by teaching at the Ringling Museum of Art, the Sarasota School of Art (he encouraged New York School painters to take up visiting residencies in the area), the University of Illinois in Urbana, the Robertson Center for the Arts (Binghamton, New York), and the Tampa Bay Art Center. [Gregory Galligan]
Syd Solomon divided his time between East Hampton and Sarasota, Florida, from 1950 to 1999.