7 Brewster Street

7 Brewster Street, Seong Moy studio, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

7 Brewster Street, Seong Moy studio, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

"The Wanton Alchemist," by Seong Moy, courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

“The Wanton Alchemist,” by Seong Moy, courtesy of the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

The Abstract Expressionist Seong Moy immigrated from China in 1931, studied with Hans Hofmann and at the Art Students League, served in China and Southeast Asia during World War II, was introduced to town in 1946 by Cameron Booth, then established the Seong Moy School of Painting and Graphic Arts in 1954. The next year, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship. He and his wife, Sui Yung Moy, bought this property, on which his studio was built in 1970. After 20 years of teaching, Moy told Paul Cummings, in an interview for the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art: “A sort of commercialized kind of resort thing is coming into the town. It’s more difficult to live and to work there.” The year was 1971. He died 42 years later.


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One thought on “7 Brewster Street

  1. thank you for including my father in your book..love the book but the dates are wrong..I had emailed you in August or Sept. with no response.
    Studio was built in winter of 1957 and completed during summer of 1958..Also..school closed in1974 and my dad passed away 6/2013.
    We also have the house next to studio. My dad had printing classes in basement.
    Thanks again…we all enjoy the book and look forward to the second one.!!
    Jackie Moy

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