Nicolas Carone, 1917 - 2010
Nick Carone with students (1959)
by Robert Sievert
Nicolas Carone died on July 15, 2010. He was a
supremely talented artist and influential teacher.
He has had 3 major showings of his work in the
last three years and has easily risen to the ranks
of major practitioner of American Abstract
Carone began his career with a Prix de Rome in
1941. Then after serving in the military during
World War 2. He studied with Hans Hofmann and went
on to paint a number of shows late 50's. He was
involved in the in the Stable Gallery and helped
launch the careers of Joseph Cornell, Cy Twombly,
Robert Rauchenberg and John Graham. Later he
showed with the Staemphli gallery until the mid-
60's when the bottom went out from under abstract
painting. Carone did not have another major show
until just recently.
His works are in the collections of the Whitney
Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of
Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Tate Gallery
London, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, the Walker Art
Center in Minneapolis, Weatherspoon Gallery in North Carolina
and the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana.
Carone continued to paint and went on to become an
influential and beloved teacher. He taught at
Cooper Union, Colombia University and was on the
founding faculty of the New York Studio School. He
taught in Paris and Italy. He organized an art
school in Umbria.
He was a very exciting teacher combining his
passionate love of classical art with the
teachings of Hans Hofmann and an extreme high
energy. He presence in a classroom was electric.
Students 50 years later are still devoted to his
teachings and his legacy.
It was through the efforts of a former student Ro
Lohin that his work began to reemerge in the early
21st century. Lohin, artist and director of Lohin
Geduld Gallery began showing his works on paper.
He showed at Lohin Geduld in 2005, 2007 and 2009.
His major paintings were seen at the Washburn
Gallery first in 2008 and the excitement of
showing his work inspired him to paint a new show
for the following year 2009. Then 92, he had
vision problems but confided that "I live to
paint, I get up every morning wanting to work." A
retrospective 0f his paintings from the 1950's was
seen at Washburn in 2010.
He is survived by three sons, David Hart, twins
Claude and Chris Carone, a sister, Rose
Ballentine, two brothers, David Carone, and Mathew
Carone. and a devoted throng of ex-students and
admirerers. A memorial service is planned for the
A review of the 2007 show on this website: