Anna Walinska (1906-1997)

Born in London, raised in NYC, Anna Walinska headed for Paris in 1926 to study painting. She lived around the corner from Gertrude Stein and became fast friends with Poulenc and Schoenberg. In the WPA era, she founded the Guild Art Gallery on 57th Street, where she gave Arshile Gorky his first NYC one-man show. She danced flamenco at Town Hall to benefit the Spanish Loyalistas, and served as Assistant Creative Director of the Contemporary Art Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair. In the fifties, she traveled around the world ... by herself. Her diary of that six-month journey now resides in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. In 1979, 93 paintings, drawings and collages she created in response to the Holocaust were showcased at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Her work is included in numerous collections, including the Phillips Collection, the Jewish Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Hudson River Museum, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis, the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. For more about Anna Walinska, please see

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