Some associate his name with art and ballet critics, others recall his exhibition of artist portraits at New York’s Whitney Museum in 2010. During World War II, John Jonas Gruen immigrated to the United States, where he met his wife, the landscape painter Jane Wilson, and other artists who would go on to revolutionize the American art scene. Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and other Abstract Expressionists moved to the Hamptons to work. As a member of this community of critics, composers (Leonard Bernstein), avant-garde poets (John Ashberry, Frank O’Hara), and other versatile artists like Larry Rivers, John Jonas Gruen documented their creative activity.
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