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Brooklyn Museum: Williamsburg Murals — A Rediscovery

Brooklyn Museum

https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238

The exceptional murals installed in this area, executed by the pioneer American abstractionists Ilya Bolotowsky, Balcomb Greene, Paul Kelpe, and Albert Swinden, were commissioned by the Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project in 1936 for Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Houses, one of the earliest and best public housing projects in New York City.

Designed by pioneering modernist architect William Lescaze, the four-story houses included basement community rooms decorated with murals in “abstract and stimulating patterns” designed to aid relaxation. Burgoyne Diller, the New York head of the Mural Division, recruited younger, innovative artists for the project, reiterating Lescaze’s viewpoint that standard realist subject matter, which celebrated productivity, would not be a source of relaxation for waterfront and factory workers.

While the prevailing subject matter in American art—and especially WPA-funded works—centered on narrative scenes of American life, these murals were virtually unique, in that they were the first non-objective public murals in the United States, containing no recognizable figures, symbols, or objects. —Brooklyn Museum

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Brooklyn Museum Williamsburg Murals A Discovery

Albert Swinden: Untitled, From the Williamsburg Housing Project Murals, circa 1939; oil on canvas, 111 1/„2 x 168 in. (283.2 x— 426.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, On loan from the New York City Housing Authority.

 

Brooklyn Museum Williamsburg Murals A Discovery

Balcomb Greene: Untitled, From the Williamsburg Housing Project Murals, circa 1936; oil on canvas, 91 1/„2 x 129 1/„4 in. (232.4 x 328.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, on loan from the New York City Housing Authority.

 

Brooklyn Museum Williamsburg Murals A Discovery

Paul Kelpe: Untitled (right panel of a pair), From the Williamsburg Housing Project Murals, circa 1938; oil on canvas, 98 3/4 x 90 1/„2 in. (250.8 x 229.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, on loan from the New York City Housing Authority.

 

Brooklyn Museum Williamsburg Murals A Discovery

Ilya Bolotowsky: Untitled, From the Williamsburg Housing Project Murals, 1936; oil on canvas, 85 x— 211 in. (215.9 x— 535.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, on loan from the New York City Housing Authority.


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