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Opening with a reception on Saturday, June 15, 5-7PM, David M. Hunt Library (Falls Village, CT) will host an exhibition of abstract paintings by Robert Cronin, Serious Paintings, which will be on display through July 12.  Cronin recently said, “During most of my career, since I majored in painting at RISD, I have worked within the process of adding and subtracting in order to reach a situation that feels like it has arrived on its own–an intelligent but feeling situation of implication that is visibly and wonderfully believable.”  The artist will also give an art talk on Thursday, June 27 at 5:30PM.  A selection of Mr. Cronin’s figurative paintings is currently on display in the library’s Art in the Stacks exhibit area.

Robert Cronin received his degrees at RISD and Cornell University.  Within his eighteen years of teaching full-time college level studio courses, two were at Bennington College and three were at Brown University. His work is in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Academy Museum (New York), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston).  Notable exhibitions include those at the ICA, Boston in 1971; ten one-man exhibitions in New York City from 1974 to 2007 including five at Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery and two at Zabriskie Gallery; and one-man exhibitions in San Francisco and at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.  Internationally, he has had one-man exhibitions in Zurich, Hamburg, Tokyo, Osaka, Toronto, and Montreal.

In 2021, Mr. Cronin sold his remaining works of sculpture to art dealer Simon Bentley of Toronto.  These works and the artist’s full biography can be found at simonbentleyfineart.com.

Robert Cronin’s webpage can be found at robertcroninart.com.


From my art student days of the late 1950s, I have mostly preferred an alignment with what seemed to be a linear development in the serious history of modernist art.  Let’s start with the Impressionists and Cezanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, then the Fauves, leading to Matisse. Picasso’s Cubism of the time opened more doors, especially to Gorky and de Kooning in New York. Then we had more emphasis in less suggestive, more direct abstraction, such as with Pollock and Ad Reinhardt. And more, specifically from Matisse, we had color field painting such as with Noland and Louis. In sculpture we saw a strictly 20th century development of constructivist sculpture from Picasso to David Smith to Anthony Caro. All of this was serious painting and sculpture with emphasis on the strictly visual.  Parallel to this evolution have been more novel activities such as Dada, Surrealism, Minimalism, Super Realism, and Pop Art.  But then we had Giacometti in Paris and Max Beckmann in Germany.  How about Morandi?  No tight fit to this or that with them.  And now, the present day? Since perhaps the 1980s, can anything be defined as development beyond the offerings from the individual artist?  Whatever, it feels best to want to discern what is of visual quality, or the lack of it, in whatever you are looking at. This is serious business.

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