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Carl Plansky

 (1951 - 2009)
Carl Plansky was active/lived in New York / Hungary.  Carl Plansky is known for abstract landscape and self portrait painting, teaching, printmaking.

Carl Plansky

Biography from the Archives of askART

Carl Plansky
(1951 – 2009)

Carl Plansky was born in Miami, Florida in 1951 and died in New York in 2009.  He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to New York City at age 19. He maintained studios in Brooklyn, NY, Budapest, Hungary, and East Meredith, NY.  

Abstract Expressionist painter Joan Mitchell was his mentor for several years, and he painted with her in her studio in France for months at a time.

He was mentioned several times in Patricia Albers' biography Joan
Mitchell, Lady Painter
, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher, New York,
1970-71; 74-76 New York Studio School
1969-70 Maryland Institute College of Art

Selected Collections
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
Bank of America, San Francisco, CA
Bankers Trust, New York City, NY
Belk Gallery, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
The Butler Museum, Youngstown, OH
Hercules Corporation, Wilmington, DE
Hobart and William Smith College, Geneva, NY
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Northern Alleghenies Museum, PA
Spartanburg Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC
Wilmington National Bank, Wilmington, DE
Teaching Experience
Harvard University, Visiting Teacher/Lecturer 
Smith College, Visiting Teacher/Lecturer/Critic
Hoffgberger School, Maryland Institute College of Art, Visiting Teacher
Bennington College, VT, Visiting Teacher
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, Visiting Lecturer
State University of New York at Purchase, Visiting Lecturer
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Visiting Lecturer
Oxbow School of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Professor of Painting
Parsons School of Art Graduate Program, Visiting Critic
The Cooper Union, New York, Visiting Critic
Hobart and William Smith College, Geneva, NY, Visiting Lecturer

Submitted by Larry Elder

Biography from the Archives of askART
Carl Plansky, the man who loved colors, went beyond the call of duty implied by the term “painter’s painter.”  For besides his authorship of rich, effulgent, exploratory, expressive landscape paintings, floral still lifes, and raucous self-portraits dressed as his favorite operatic divas, Plansky was a master paint maker whose products, marketed as Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors, are revered by countless painter addicts. 

He founded his company when the painter Milton Resnick gave him a mixing machine in exchange for his own private supply.  Since 2000 the company was managed by Carl’s sister Beverly, allowing Carl full time in his studio – with unlimited paint supplies, needless to mention.

Plansky died of a heart attack in the last week of his show of “Divas” at the New York Studio School: the final day of the show served as his memorial.

In June of this year, the redoubtable Golden Artists Colors, whose acrylic paints are held in similar affection by its users as Williamsburg’s oils are by theirs, acquired Plansky’s brand. 

They are now celebrating the event with a sumptuously oil-filled show of Plansky and friends, including Resnick, Resnick’s widow Pat Passlof, and customer-friends Jake Berthot, Susanna Coffey, Cora Cohen, Bill Jensen, Margrit Lewczuk (working in acrylics), Judith Linhares, and Mary Jo Vath.

"Golden Handshake for Carl Plansky," Art Critical, Web, Mar. 2016

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About  Carl Plansky

Born:  1951 - Miami, Florida
Died:   2009 - New York City
Known for:  abstract landscape and self portrait painting, teaching, printmaking