Edward Hopper House is pleased to present an exhibition of the work of Robert Natkin (1930-2010) and Judith Dolnick (b. 1934). Natkin and Dolnick were second-generation abstract expressionists whose lyrical canvases share similar color palettes, while details and expression remai
EDWARD HOPPER HOUSE PRESENTS AN EXHIBITION OF ABSTRACT ARTISTS JUDITH DOLNICK AND ROBERT NATKIN
Side-by-Side: Judith Dolnick and Robert Natkin April 30 – June 19, 2016
Edward Hopper House will present an exhibition of the work of Judith Dolnick (b. 1934) and her late husband Robert Natkin (1930-2010) from April 30 through June 19, 2016. Dolnick and Natkin were second-generation abstract expressionists whose lyrical canvases share similar color palettes, while details and expression remain individual. Natkin’s paintings feature textured planes of seemingly shifting veils of color, while luminous, floating coral-like forms inhabit Dolnick’s paintings.
Both born and raised in Chicago, Dolnick and Natkin painted side by side for nearly 60 years in a shared studio. Together they opened the Wells Street Gallery in Chicago in 1957, where they exhibited their own work and also gave exposure to artists who later gained notoriety, including Aaron Siskin and John Chamberlain. They closed the gallery in 1959 and relocated to New York City, where they immersed themselves in the vibrant arts culture and where, as Dolnick says, “Everyone new everyone.” By the late 1960s, the artists had grown disenchanted by the New York art scene and moved to rural Connecticut, where they raised their children and painted together until his death in 2010. Dolnick now lives and continues to paint in New York City.