Julian Allen‘s watercolors made the real even more vivid. The master of visual journalism in the 1970s, 1980s and ’90s, he captured the terror of war, pain of Watergate and extravagance of high society, among scores of portraits, tableau, and recreations of famous events, scandals and more. His first solo exhibit in New York State since his untimely death almost two decades ago it opens this coming Saturday August 19th, with the Opening from 5-8 at The Fletcher Gallery 40 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock., and continues until Oct. 15. Images can be viewed here.
Allen‘s work is a slice of American history in living color. In 1973 his illustrations caught the attention of Clay Felker and Milton Glaser, then editor and art director of the newly created New York magazine. On their invitation Allen moved to New York to work as a contributing editor and resident artist. During his employment at New York, he covered such diverse subjects as the Yom Kippur war in the Middle East (where he was injured in a bomb explosion); the Entebbe rescue; gypsies in New York; the bicentennial of the Revolutionary War; youth gangs in the South Bronx; and numerous stories about New York subculture, crime, politics and food. When New York magazine changed hands in 1977, he decided to return to freelancing. He died in 1998 from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 55.
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