Lawrence Fine Art

Name : Harriette Joffe
Biography :


Painters, as with writers, speak to one another across generations. That is how ideas are communicated and conundrums solved. That is how the canon is built.
Much of the dialogue in art of the past century has involved form and abstraction, with abstraction seeming to win. De Kooning, famously, refused to leave form entirely, and much of his work displays his conflict.
Joffe, like all great painters, enters this dialogue between the generations. She seems to say that form and abstraction can coexist, inform one another. That is the greatness of her work, the seemless flow from abstraction to form and back again.
Joffe’s career spans the post-World War II Abstract Expressionist movement to the present. Embraced by the first generation of Abstract Expressionist painters on the East End of Long Island, she represents one of the last living links to central figures in the avant-garde of 20th century American art, including such artists as Willem De Kooning, Philip Pavia, Ibram Lassaw, John Little and Balcomb Greene.  She has exhibited nationally in galleries and museums, showing alongside artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Eric Fischel, Linda Benglis, April Gornick, Larry Rivers, and Jackie Windsor. Joffe also worked with the pioneering Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass, or DUMBO, artists finding a voice within the then emerging New York City avant-garde in the 1970s. Joffe's contribution to the history of Abstract Expressionism is featured in the East Hampton Parrish Museum's "oral histories" series.

 The Gallery will present "Harriette Joffe:  RiverJazz and All That Stuff" beginning June 27th.

A video detailing Joffe's life and work can be found here:



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