Paul Henry Brach 1924 - 2007 American Geometric Abstraction/ Hard Edge Painters
The painters Paul Brach and Miriam Schapiro, his wife, first summered in East Hampton in 1953, when they rented a house with the Joan Mitchell. The following summer they were guests of the art dealer Leo Castelli in Georgica, and in 1955 they purchased a barn in Wainscott, adjacent to Alfonso Ossorio’s estate The Creeks. This would remain their East End home until Brach’s death in 2007. The couple had met at the University of Iowa, then returned to New York City in 1951, where Brach became friendly with Michael Goldberg, Joan Mitchell, Larry Rivers and other second generation Abstract Expressionists. Brach’s work evolved over the years from Abstract Expressionism to monochromatic minimalism to simplified landscapes of the American West to colorful geometric abstraction. As first dean of the School of Art at the California Institute of Arts, he hired John Baldessari, Allan Kaprow, Max Kozloff, and others, and created an open-minded environment that nurtured such notable artists as Eric Fischl, David Salle and Barbara Bloom.
Painters Paul Brach and Miriam Schapiro purchased their house in Wainscott, adjacent to Alfonso Ossorio’s estate “The Creeks,” in 1952.