Abstracted : Lumen Winter


SAL record control number: 101419 ;

Record level: Listing ;

Record type: Exhibitions ;

Exhibition type: Solo show ;



Title: Abstracted : Lumen Winter ;

Begin Date: June 1, 2022 ;
End Date: July 30, 2022 ;

Exhibition hours:
Monday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Tuesday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Wednesday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Thursday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Friday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Saturday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Location: Salmagundi townhouse, parlor gallery ;

Admission: This event is FREE and open to the public ;

Opening event: Tuesday, June 7, 2022 5:30 PM

Join us for both an opening reception and a lecture by Long Island Museum
Senior Curator Joshua Ruff about Lumen Martin Winter. Tickets are required for both events and must be RSVP-ed separately.


The exhibition includes rarely seen art by historic Salmagundi member Lumen Winter (1908-1982) who was known as a regionalist artist and WPA muralist. Lumen Winter’s art may be seen in Washington, DC, the United National and the 1964 World’s Fair.

The artworks from this exhibition come from courtesy of Long Island Museum, the Heckscher Museum, and private collections. The art from private collections will be available for sale. Proceeds (after commissions) will be donated to the Salmagundi Smith library fund and will support club library events. Please contact Exhibition Manager Susan Nelly for sales information.

ABOUT MARTIN LUMEN WINTER by Franklin Hill Perrell and Debbie Wells

Artist and Salmagundi Club member Martin Lumen Winter (1908-1982) was an active public figure whose art in a wide variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, was widely known during his lifetime.

Mural painting arguably dominated Winter’s oeuvre, where he created over 50 public commissions of wide description and categories, beginning in 1934 and running until the year of his death, when he produced his final sculpture for the Kansas State Historical Society. Lumen Winter’s life spanned the era of Theodore Roosevelt, from when the United States completed its expansion west through the space age. The latter became a special subject for Winter, who created a mission insignia medallion for the Apollo XIII Mission of 1970. The celebrated artwork also became a commemorative stamp by the US Postal Service that same year.

The artist grew up on a Kansas ranch along the old Santa Fe trail. Though he trained and resided in New York, he eventually returned west and established a studio in Santa Fe. Winter’s emphasis on the topography of the West and Midwest reflected his own biography. His art was attuned to his sensibility of themes of nature, especially western skies imbued with intensely pigmented light, and plant-life carefully observed, yet executed with painterly verve. Winter built form through lively color, exquisite line rendering and gestural shading to capture the animated spirit of his natural subjects, especially horses.

Coming to New York during the 1930s, Winter studied drawing with Ashile Gorky, and knew Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Alexander Calder, and Thomas Hart Benton. His art flourished in the period following the WPA, when he began his work as a muralist, later exhibiting paintings, drawings, and watercolors, at an impressive array of museums and galleries. An accomplished American scene painter, Winter’s work has a distinctive story-telling style because of his fusion of classicism, romanticism, and regionalism.



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