“When Albert Patecky set off for New York City for a three-month period in 1945, his goal was to develop his skills as an artist and to come to terms, in his own way, with ‘modern art.’ The debate between modernists and traditionalists had erupted in earnest a decade before, and remained hot and intense in the 1940s. Studying in New York at the Art Students League, Patecky encountered artists who aligned themselves in different ways with the on-going argument.
His letters home to his artist wife Blanche, who remained in Portland, Oregon, with their young son, reflect his naïve yet passionate inquiry into the nature of art and its relevance to modern life. Her letters, in turn, speak of her support of Albert’s search for a meaningful foundation for artmaking and of her optimism about their future as working artists in Portland. In reading the Pateckys’ correspondence, we are provided with a vivid glimpse into a period of transition and expectancy in American culture.”
-Roger Hill, Senior Faculty Curator,
Hallie Ford Museum of Art