Albert Alcalay

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Albert Alcalay (1917 Paris - March 29, 2008 Boston) was an American abstract artist, also known as an abstract expressionism artist.

Albert Alacay

Life[edit]

Albert Alcalay was born in Paris in 1917, a son of Samuel and Lepa Alcalay, both of whom were born in Yugoslavia (Serbia). On the eve of the outbreak of WWI, his banker father had been moved from Belgrade to Paris, and when the war ended, the family returned to Belgrade. There, whilst attending secondary school, young Albert was apprenticed to an artist. At that time, he began studying architecture. When WWII started, he joined the Yugoslavian army.

Photograph of a painting titled "No.3 Sunset" by Albert Alcalay

It was not long before Yugoslavia surrendered and he became a prisoner of war where he was imprisoned in the Ferramonti internment camp.[1] Upon regaining freedom he settled in Rome, where he began painting. In 1951, he and his wife Vera, moved to the United States. He had his first individual show at the Swetzoff Gallery in 1952. In 1959, he was a Guggenheim Fellow.[2] He taught at Harvard University, from 1960 to 1982.[3] Alcalay’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, the Museum of Modern Art in Rome, Colby College, Simmons College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts, among others. He lived on Martha's Vineyard.[3][4]

Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2008 "Albert Alcalay: Self Portraits", Fort Worth Modern [5]
  • 2009 Remembering Albert Alcalay, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts [6]

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