A New York City native, Solomon Ethe, b. 1924, began as an economist, receiving his MBA from Columbia University. After spending 15 years as an economist, he turned his interest to art. In the late 1950s, he acquired a collection of works by influential artists, including Picabia, Klee, Cornell, Miro, Mondrian, Severini, Malevich, Delaunay and Kupka. Living with this great art became his education and inspiration to pursue the creation of his own art.
Self taught, Ethe utilizes the medium of paint as a conduit of expression to explore the possibilities and potentials inherent in form, color and space. Eschewing the representational or referential, Ethe embraces his medium with adroit skill and undeniable intuition. His canvases, rich in depth and palette, engage the viewer to join him as an equal and active participant in his expressive journey.
Ethe has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions, including at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Most recently, his painting Concatenation, has been featured as the cover of a new book “Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture,” published by the Oxford University Press, October 2014.
October 24 to November 27, 2013
Solomon Ethe: Significant Form/Significant Space