Pinajian was an Abstract Expressionist landscape and figurative painter who stands as the quintessential example of the forgotten American artist who was highly gifted yet was completely unknown in his lifetime. It was not until March of 2007, when the New York Times featured a story titled, “Closing on a House, and a Life’s Story, Told in Art.” Fortunately for American art history, the buyer of the Pinajian cottage in Bellport, Long Island, also became dedicated to preserving the cottage’s large art collection of abstract paintings that had been destined for the dumpster
The first art historian on the scene was William I. Homer, Professor Emeritus and former Chair at the University of Delaware. (The University is internationally recognized as having one of the country’s most prestigious graduate programs in American Art History.) Homer was stunned by what he found, and enlisted me to assume management of the project. I united a team of art historians to conduct research into the life and art of this extraordinary artist. The project team is preparing a book on Pinajian to be published concurrently with a traveling exhibition that will open at the Woodstock Art Museum July-Oct 2010; then travel to the Armenian Museum in Boston.
- Peter Hastings Falk, Director CMCM