Represented by Pucker Gallery since 1979
BORN: 1928 in Salem, Massachusetts
DIED: 2012 in Brookline, Massachusetts
Joseph Ablow was born in Salem, Massachusetts and lived, worked, and taught in the Boston area for nearly six decades. After studying painting with Oskar Kokoschka and Ben Shahn, Ablow continued his education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, and received degrees from Bennington College in Vermont, and Harvard University in Massachusetts. Ablow’s art is often intertwined with his love of classical music. He drew out what he called the “expressive power of form” in his paintings, the same way that abstract music can “evoke and convey all sorts and levels of experience” by implication alone. As a professor of art at Boston University for thirty-five years, and holding academic positions at Amherst College, Wellesley College, Bard College, and Middlebury College, Ablow was an influential part of the fine art scene in New England. His work can be found in several private collections and public museums nationally and internationally, including the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Boston Public Library, Brandeis University, and the DeCordova Museum.