NSU Art Museum Features Works by Matthew Carone

The Fort Lauderdale art museum is presenting works from the 94-year-old resident, gallerist, and Surrealist artist

La Boheme by Matthew Carone. Courtesy of the artist / © Matthew Carone
La Boheme by Matthew Carone. Courtesy of the artist / © Matthew Carone

NSU Art Museum is presenting the works of 94-year-old Fort Lauderdale resident Matthew Carone in the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in more than 60 years. Titled “Hidden Visions Past and Future,” Carone’s collection is part of the museum’s larger exhibit “The Daily Act of Art Making,” on view through August 4.

The accomplished musician and violinist took up painting in the 1940s after Hans Hoffman asked him to model in an art class. Years later, Carone opened his famed Carone Gallery on Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Carone built a roster that included such artists as Wolf Kahn, Leon Kroll, Wifredo Lam, and the great Chilean Surrealist Roberto Matta, while quietly continuing his own work as a painter.

Carone’s works range from pure abstract expressionist painting to figurative expressionism to an almost Surrealist calligraphic abstraction. He has participated in more than 40 solo and group shows and has been selected to be a part of more than 15 permanent collections.

“The Daily Act of Art Making” presents three concurrent solo shows from Jaime Grant, Elizabeth Thompson, Matthew Carone, veteran South Florida artists who have spent the majority of their lives dedicated to the practice of creating artwork daily, but are just now being recognized. The show emphasizes Carone’s daily gestural abstractions that have made him a mainstay in the South Florida art scene.

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