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Semiatin, Jacob (1915-2003)

Untitled Abstract (c1960)





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Jacob Semiatin was an American abstract expressionist who was born in Ireland to Hungarian Jewish parents. His family immigrated in 1920 to New York City, where he spent the rest of his life. In the early years of his career (late 1930s and 1940s) he exhibited with the Brooklyn Society of Artists.

After serving in the military during World War II, he returned to New York and switched from figurative to abstract painting. He had a close friendship with James Johnson Sweeney, second director of the Guggenheim Museum and had his first one-man show at the Contemporary Arts Gallery in New York, which is known for introducing artist Mark Rothko. He exhibited often at the Brooklyn Museum which holds some of his paintings in their collection and at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. His works are also in the collections of The Houston Museum of Modern Art and The Jewish Museum of Dublin, Ireland.
Source: George Glazer Gallery, New York

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