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Charlotte Park

American, 1918-2010


Curating Works


Charlotte Park was born in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1918. In 1939, she graduated from the  Yale School of Art. During World War II, she was working in Washington, DC for the United States  Housing Authority, and the Office of Strategic Services. It was in Washington that she met James  Brooks who was an accomplished painter. In 1945, they moved together to New York, where Park  studied privately with Wallace Harrison. In 1947, she and Brooks married. They had already  become part of the downtown avant-garde art scene that revolved around the CedarTavern and  the Eighth Street Artists Club. Park and Brooks were also good friends with Jackson Pollock and  Lee Krasner. Park and Brooks followed Krasner and Pollock’s lead in moving out to the Hamptons settling in Montauk and later in Springs, East Hampton. Park began exhibiting her work in 1952  in group shows at the Peridot Gallery and was included in the Whitney Annual of 1953. She followed, with annual group shows at Tanager Gallery and Stable Gallery from 1954–58. Her work is in the collections of the Whitney, Parrish Art Museum, Telfair Museum, and Corcoran Gallery of Art.