Gerome Kamrowski - Untitled Creature
American, 1914 - 2004
Untitled Creature, 1992
Polychromed wood and Glass Beads, 19.625 x 36 inches

Gift of family and friends in memory of Charles H. Ihling (MBA '78)

Ann Arbor artist Gerome Kamrowski's contributions to the surrealist and abstract expressionist movements in American art are represented in major museums in the U.S. and worldwide. During the late 1930s and 40s, Kamrowski was part of a group of young artists based in New York, which included Jackson Pollack and Robert Motherwell. Kamrowski's work from this period, including his collaborative painting with Pollock and William Baziotes, is still being shown internationally. In 1948, Gerome Kamrowski moved to Ann Arbor, where he taught at the University of Michigan School of Art until his retirement in 1982. During the Art School years he continued to exhibit widely and maintained an active studio life. His work ranges from paintings and collages on canvas and paper to an investigation of the use of industrial materials and an interest in painted geodesic domes.

Kamrowski's 20-year love affair with a menagerie of extravagantly colored and decorated fantastic animals led to his current interest in glass and mosaic tile constructions and installations. His work demonstrates what Evan Maurer, former director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art and current director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, has called one of Kamrowski's greatest gifts: his ability to combine "the innocence of the child with the ambitions of the alchemist, without losing sight of the process of interaction between object and viewer that makes his art so immediate and attractive."