Fredric Karoly (1898-1987)


Fredric Karoly (1898-1987). Picasso, 1949, 1965. Ban-day dot process silkscreen ink on canvas measures 38 x 45 inches. Unframed. Signed and titled on reverse. Excellent condition with no damage or restoration.


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Frederic Karoly, a painter whose abstract oils are in the collection of the Metropolitan, the Guggenheim and the Whitney museums, died on Dec. 15 at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Manhattan, where he had made his home for many years. He was 95 years old.

The Hungarian-born artist studied painting in Paris and architectural engineering in Berlin before coming to the United States in 1926 and beginning a successful career as a fashion and fabric designer.

In 1948, while working as a fashion director for Simplicity Patterns, he had a one-man exhibition in New York of his oil paintings, wire montages, dry-pen drawings and abstract photography. He also devised a method for using standard typewriter characters to create patterns for weaving or printing.

In 1968, he received a $5,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts for his accomplishments in

the visual arts. But for the last 30 years of his life, he refused without giving any reason to exhibit or sell any of his work, according to his son, Robert E. Karoly, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Solo Exhibitions:
Hugo Gallery (Alexandre Iolas) New York 1948; Gallery Mai. Paris 1949; New Gallery (Eugene Thaw) New York 1950; Museu de Arte, Sao Paulo, Brazil 1951; Miami Museum of Modern Art, Miami, Florida 1959; Loft Gallery, New York City, 1966.

Group Exhibitions:
Hugo Gallery, New York 1947; Salon des Realities Nouvelles, Paris 1949-1953; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (Annual) 1951-1953, 1963; Biennale of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1951; International Independent Exhibition, Tokyo, 1951; Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, 1959; The Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, Ohio, 1960; Stuttman Gallery, New York, 1960; The Art Institute of Chicago (Annual), 1960; International Watercolor Exhibition, Brookyln Museum, 1961; Westchester Art Museum, White Plains, NY, 1963; Whitney Museum, Annual, NY 1963; Cleveland Art Festival, Park Synagogue, Cleveland, 1963; Whitney Museum, Sculpture Annual, NY, 1964.