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Cemetery 24 Orlowsky.jpgLillian Orlowsky (1914-2007).

For more than half of a century – much of that time at 23 Brewster Street – Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed (1904-1984) shared their lives and their evolution as abstract artists. They “left a strong stamp, both socially and artistically, on the art worlds of New York and Provincetown,” The Boston Globe said in 2008. Orlowsky learned of Hans Hofmann’s Provincetown school while waiting to pick up her check as a W.P.A. artist in Manhattan. She and Freed both studied with Hofmann and worked out of the Days Lumber Yard until the late 1950s, when they built their studios on Brewster Street. As an artist herself, Orlowsky was “sensitive to the challenges artists face, especially those working against the mainstream or outside of popular schools of art,” said the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, which administers a grant program funded by an endowment that she established.

¶ Last updated on 23 July 2017.

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