George Voronovsky: Memoryscapes
March 24–August 13, 2023
George Voronovsky (American, born Ukraine, 1903–1982), Untitled (Circus), 1978–1982, paint on canvas, courtesy of the Monroe Family Collection.
George Voronovsky (American, born Ukraine, 1903–1982), My Brothers and Me, in the Forest Collecting Eggshells and Snakeskin to Have the Beauty of Nature II, 1972–1982, acrylic on canvas board, courtesy of the Monroe Family Collection.
This exhibition marks the first major museum presentation of work by the late Ukrainian American artist George Voronovksy. Born in Kiev in 1903, Voronovsky immigrated to the United States after World War II and began working in the rail industry in Philadelphia. He continued to work primarily as a train car upholsterer and followed his occupation south, ultimately settling in Miami, where he turned his room in Miami’s Colony Hotel into an art refuge, living there until his death in 1982. His paradisiacal art installation included carved Styrofoam sculptures, cut tin cans, and glorious paintings on cardboard and canvas, which melded his Old World memories and his neon present in Miami Beach. This exhibition will showcase approximately forty of his paintings alongside sculptures he created from materials discarded along the local beaches he frequented, such as old Styrofoam coolers. His work has been preserved by Florida-based collector and photographer Gary Monroe, whose photos of the artist and his vibrant art environment will also be included in the exhibition.
This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
Premier Exhibition Series Sponsor
Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
ACT Foundation, Inc.
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Dr. Joan H. Weens Estate
Benefactor Exhibition Series Supporters
Robin and Hilton Howell
Ambassador Exhibition Supporters
The Antinori Foundation
The Arthur R. and Ruth D. Lautz Charitable Foundation
Elizabeth and Chris Willett
Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Farideh and Al Azadi
Sandra and Dan Baldwin
Mr. and Mrs. Robin E. Delmer
Marcia and John Donnell
Mrs. Peggy Foreman
Helen C. Griffith
Mrs. Fay S. Howell/The Howell Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
Joel Knox and Joan Marmo
Dr. Joe B. Massey
Margot and Danny McCaul
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Wade A. Rakes II & Nicholas Miller
The Fred and Rita Richman Fund
USI Insurance Services
Mrs. Harriet H. Warren
Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, and the RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund.