The art of expression: A German art movement that took root in Boston is on display in Beverly

The art of expression

A German art movement that took root in Boston is on display in Beverly

By Will Broaddus Staff Writer
Feb 15, 2017

The rivalry between Boston and New York isn’t limited to baseball.

There was a period following World War II when the two cities also competed in the art world, and offered contrasting styles of painting and sculpture.

When you consider the number of famous names associated with abstract expressionism, which was practiced by New York artists, it is safe to say they prevailed in this showdown.

But Boston expressionism, which can be seen at Endicott College in the new exhibit “Color and Line: Expressive Traditions in Boston,” offered a fascinating alternative.

Hyman Bloom’s “Seascape II,” for example, shows an ocean filled with fish, writhing in a feeding frenzy, which are painted in sharply contrasting reds and blues.

“It is one of the signature pieces in our collection, and while the show did not evolve aesthetically from that work alone, it is a focal point,” Roscio said. “Bloom and Zerbe are in many ways the basis for many of the ideas and themes represented in the show overall.”