16 Mechanic Street

16 Mechanic Street, by Josephine Del Deo (1976).

16 Mechanic Street, by Josephine Del Deo (1976).

Franz Kline's "Untitled (#10)," courtesy of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

Franz Kline’s “Untitled (#10),” courtesy of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

Drawn to town to study with Henry Hensche, Franz Kline bought the Shadowlawn estate at 15 Cottage in 1959. He used the rear shed (16 Mechanic) as a studio, as Jackson Pollock had in the ’40s. After his death in 1962, this became the Zabriskie Gallery, an outpost of Virginia Marshall Zabriskie’s gallery in Manhattan. Among the artists shown here were Bob Thompson and Robert De Niro Sr., the father of the actor and subject of a 2014 documentary, Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro Sr. In the mid-’80s, 15 Cottage was a gay guest house called the Rushes. It’s now the Kensington Gardens condo.


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