POBA has developed partnerships with some eclectic and interesting art organizations throughout the US to bring you portfolios of exceptional artists whose works were not fully recognized during their lifetimes, but were recognized enough to garner collections at partnering organizations. We are working with our partners to identify some of the most intriguing, influential, yet under-recognized artists and to use POBA to bring them to a wider audience. Many of these art works are for sale in their original form; inquiries should be made through ShopPOBA.
Two artists who were pivotal in developing abstract expressionism – Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed – have collections shown here in conjunction with PAAM (The Provincetown Art Association and Museum), an art organization founded in 1914 as part of the oldest continuous art colony in the US, in Provincetown MA. This pair of artists were professional and personal soul mates, a duo without peer who together and with their colleagues in the WPA and at the Hans Hoffman School of Fine Art, forged the abstract expressionist movement that blew open the cobwebs on American artistic expression in the 1930s through the 1950s. They were long-standing members of PAAM and contributors to both its art collection and its artistic legacy in the form of the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant, awarded annually to deserving mature artists lacking resources to pursue their art.