b. Manhattan 1946
Steve Crohn died suddenly on August 24, 2013
Son of Janet Zuckerman and Richard Crohn. Stephen grew up in Dumont, NJ and then attended University of Wisconsin and Cooper Union Art Students League in NYC. He received his master's degree at NYU in Social Work. In addition to being a prolific painter and sculpture, he was an editor for Fodor's, and a social worker in NYC where he lived. He touched many lives with his abounding love for humanity. He is survived by his sisters, Amy Crohn Santagata (Will), Carla Crohn Friedman (Stan), and Judith Bloom (Jay) as well as many nieces and nephews whom he loved.
Beyond his artistic accomplishments, Steve was a well-known figure in medical and scientific circles because he was one of a handful of people who seemed to be impervious to infection from the HIV virus. He was featured in a NOVA special on HIV.
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Born and raised in the Metropolitan area, Steve Crohn now lives and works in Malden-on-Hudson, NY. He recently moved out of Manhattan where he had a studio since the mid 1960s.
Steve Crohn's paintings are known for a strong use of color that provides a language for landscape both subjective, literal, and spiritual. Access to the content of the paintings always begins with an emotional reaction from the viewer.
Though often abstract the paintings often deliver a literal feel about a place, a relationship to others or a feeling for nature. New work continues to explore the frame of reference we have to seeing. They strive to open us to other dimensions and feelings we hadn't encountered.
He received his education at Cooper Union and the Arts Students League where he was a student of Peter Golfinopolous. He is the recipient of an award in painting from the Royal Art Society in London (1972) and is in collections worldwide from Egypt to Japan with stops at the Beauborg/Centre de Georges Pompipou in Paris (ceiling design/construction), the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (photography), and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (painting).
"I hope my work is easy to enjoy. The paintings are meant to have a visceral 'feel' to them. I paint them in relation to a landscape or a feeling, a situation or an idea. Sometimes they are literal explorations of a classical theme or figure.
22nd Annual New England Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture. Silvermine Guild. 1971
Soho Artists' Association NYC Group show 1971
New York Civil Liberties Union NYC Benefit exhibit and auction 1972
New York City Board of Education Traveling exhibit of drawings 1971-72
Safr Khan Gallery-Zamalek Cairo, Egypt Drawings. 1973-74.
Mari Gallery Mamaroneck, NY Color woodblock prints. 1974
David Deitcher Gallery NYC Group show 1975
Incorporated Gallery NYC The World Windows One-man show Paintings 1975-76.
Haller Gallery NYC Dealer for Uranus Series (by commission only) 1976-77
Dunaway O'Neill Gallery Santa Monica, CA Group show 1980
China Club. Los Angeles CA New Paintings 1983
The Kent School Art Gallery Kent, CT The Bar Painting Series One-man show 1990
Opsis Gallery Mykonos, Greece Works on paper One-man show 1991.
MK Gallery NYC 7th Annual Belgian Hat Festival Produced by Richard Currie & SLC 1995
Collage Gallery San Francisco Works on paper 1996
The Hudson Guild NYC Textile Design: An Introduction Drawings Group show 1996
The Hudson Guild NYC Abstract Expressions Group show 1996
The Cooper Union NYC A Large Show of Small Work Group show 1996
The Hudson Guild NYC Color in Art Group show 1997
The Hudson Guild NYC Fifty Years of Art Group show 1998
Salander - O'Reilly Gallery NYC Group exhibition to benefit The Art Students League 2003
Collage Gallery San Francisco Painted Ties. 2004-05
The Duck Inn Martha's Vineyard, MA Watercolors and landscape drawings 2004-05
The Market Café NYC Selected Works 1971-2004 2004-05.
The Noble Museum Snug Harbor, S.I. Selected Work 2005
Catskill Gallery Group Show 2006
Saugerties Artists' Studio Tour 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009