Long Point: An Artist’s Place

July 13 - September 2, 2012

Curated by:
Mary Ellen Abell, Ph.D.
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Exhibition Catalogue:
LONG POINT: An Artists' Place (1977-1998)

About the Exhibition

In the summer of 2012, Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) honored the legendary cooperative gallery space, Long Point, in Long Point: An Artists’ Place. Curated by Mary E. Abell, Ph.D., art historian and former director of Long Point, this exhibition paid tribute to the gallery that became known for re-invigorating the Provincetown art scene with its inception in 1977.

Long Point was founded by thirteen artists who shared ideologies and viewed art as more of a spiritual quest than a commercial enterprise. Over time, Long Point evolved into less of a traditional gallery and into an experimental creative space. “It was an idealistic place, without the usual commercial focus, that existed as part showcase for work…by members and as a kind of club,” writes Abell. It was likely that the dedication and innovation of the Long Point artists influenced others to follow in its path: when Long Point cooperative organized in 1977 there were fewer than five commercial galleries in Provincetown; ten years later there were more than twenty, some of them also artist-run initiatives.

Most of the members of Long Point had connections with the Abstract Expressionism movement in New York, and had been working artists for their entire adult lives. This exhibition ran concurrently with Robert Motherwell: Beside the Sea, featuring the Provincetown-based work of Robert Motherwell, one of the founding members of Long Point.