Plans for La Salle University Art Museum’s new exhibition, Paul Keene: Post War Explorations in Painting began with the discovery of paintings stored in the attic of the Keene home. Hidden way for decades, these works are a rich record of Paul’s early career. His GI Bill opportunity to work in Paris was soon followed by a John Hay Whitney Fellowship which supported a two year residency in at the Centre d’Arte, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1951-1953).
The exhibition celebrates a too little known period of Paul’s career. The paintings are hybrids of Paul’s exposure to the early Modern & Contemporary art he found in Paris and the authentic West African cultural traditions he sought in Haiti. Gallery shows upon his return from both sojourns sold out thanks to the astute Philadelphia collector and philanthropist, Ben Bernstein. Bernstein’s gift of two large 1950s paintings make LaSalle the perfect museum to organize this exhibition which will travel in 2017 to the North Carolina Central University Art Museum and the Georgia College Museum of Fine Arts.
La Salle’s exhibition opens September 28, 2016 and remains on view thru December 2, 2016. La Salle University is located at 1900 Olney Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19141, firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you will see this important exhibition.