Giorgio Cavallon

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Giorgio Cavallon
Born (1904-03-03)March 3, 1904
Sorio, Italy
Died December 22, 1989(1989-12-22) (aged 85)
New York City, New York, United States
Nationality American
Known for Painting
Movement Abstract expressionism;

Giorgio Cavallon (1904–1989) was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists and a pioneer Abstract Expressionist.[1]


Giorgio Cavallon was born March 3, 1904 in Sorio, near Venice Italy and immigrated to the USA in 1920. He became a US citizen in 1929.[2]


Giorgio Cavallon studied: in 1926 at the National Academy of Design, New York City; in 1927 and 1928 with Charles Hawthorne, Provincetown, Massachusetts; from 1934 evenings with Hans Hofmann’s School of Fine Art.

Participation in the WPA[edit]

In 1934 Giorgio Cavallon was employed in the Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project (WPA/FAP) Easel & Mural Division as Arshile Gorky’s assistant.

Participation in American Abstract Artists group[edit]

In 1936 Giorgio Cavallon joined other like-minded artists in founding the American Abstract Artists group.[3][4][5] This major movement of abstract art in America began in the 1930s with a strong direction toward an emphasis in structural quality in art. Juan Gris statement sums up the movement:

"Artists have thought to produce a poetic effect with a beautiful model or beautiful subjects. We on the other hand believe that we can produce it with beautiful elements, for those of the intellect are certainly the most beautiful." [6]

By the end of the 1940s Giorgio Cavallon connected to the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionist artists whose artistic innovation by the 1950s had been recognized across the Atlantic, including Paris.[7]

Participation in the artists' annuals[edit]

In 1949 Giorgio Cavallon joined the "Artists' Club"[8] located at 39 East 8th Street. He was chosen by his fellow artists to show in the Ninth Street Show held on May 21-June 10, 1951.[9] The show was located at 60 East 9th Street on the first floor and the basement of a building which was about to be demolished.

"The artists celebrated not only the appearance of the dealers, collectors and museum people on the 9th Street, and the consequent exposure of their work but they celebrated the creation and the strength of a living community of significant dimensions." [10]

Giorgio Cavallon participated from 1951 to 1957 in the invitational New York Painting and Sculpture Annuals including the Ninth Street Show.[11] He was among the 24 out of a total 256 New York School artists who was included in all the Annuals.[12] These Annuals were important because the participants were chosen by the artists themselves.[13]

Giorgio Cavallon died on December 22, 1989 at New York Hospital. He was 85 years old and lived in Manhattan.

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

Selected public collections[edit]


  1. ^ Giorgio Cavallon, a pioneer in Abstract Art
  2. ^ Giorgio Cavallon: paintings, 1937-1977:(exhibition): May 3-September 4, 1977, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, College at Purchase, Purchase, New York’’ (Purchase, N.Y.: The Museum,[©1977])
  3. ^ American Abstract Artists : 1938. [New York, N.Y. : AAA], 1938)
  4. ^ American abstract artists : articles by Albers, Gallatin, Knaths, Léger, Maholy-Nagy, Mondrian, Morris.
  5. ^ The 30's : painting in New York (New York : Profile Press, [1957?])
  6. ^ The world of abstract art. (New York, G. Wittenborn [1957?])
  7. ^ "Art History, Marilyn Stokstad, Vol. 2, p. 1109"
  8. ^ Artists' Club
  9. ^ 9th Street Show Poster Archived February 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Bruce Altshuler, Avant-Garde In Exhibition New Art in the 20th Century, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1994, Chapter 9, p.171
  11. ^ New York school : abstract expressionists : artists choice by artists : a complete documentation of the New York painting and sculpture annuals, 1951-1957, p.16; p.37
  12. ^ New YorkPainting and Sculpture Annuals Poster
  13. ^ New York school : abstract expressionists : artists choice by artists : a complete documentation of the New York painting and sculpture annuals, 1951-1957 p. 11-29
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Giorgio Cavallon, 1904-1989, a retrospective view. ([Storrs, Conn.] : William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, [1990])

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