Alfred Jensen  (American, 1903-1981) 

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Alfred Jensen (American, 1903–1981) was an Abstract painter best known for grids composed of colored geometric shapes, painted in impasto. Born in Guatemala, he grew up in Denmark and studied in Paris and at Hans Hoffman’s art school in Munich. He traveled widely before settling in New York City in 1951. His early work is similar to that of Abstract Expressionists, but in the early 1960s Jensen began to paint according to symbolic geometric patterns. His work has a broad range of influences, including cosmology, Mayan and ancient Chinese calendars, the color theories of Goethe, and the writings of Leonardo da Vinci. One of his early works, Beginning Cycle – Ending (1960), is composed of five panels divided into grids, and is inscribed with a number from the Shang oracle bone inscriptions, from the 14th to 11th centuries B.C. His work is related to his contemporaries who were interested in systems of time, such as Alighiero Boetti and On Kawara. Jensen’s work has been exhibited at the Dia Art Foundation and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. His work is currently held in several public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

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Alfred Jensen, Twin Children of the Sun VI

 

Alfred Jensen
Twin Children of the Sun VI
1974

Pace Gallery
Alfred Jensen, An Influence of the Earth's Motion on Optical Phenomena

 

Alfred Jensen
An Influence of the Earth's Motion on Optical Phenomena
1961

Galerie Ziegler SA
Alfred Jensen, Progression

 

Alfred Jensen
Progression
1966

Hal Katzen Gallery
Alfred Jensen, Magic 14

 

Alfred Jensen
Magic 14
1960

Nikola Rukaj Gallery
Alfred Jensen, #2. 13 Solar Years of 360 Days

 

Alfred Jensen
#2. 13 Solar Years of 360 Days
1972

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
Alfred Jensen, Duality Triumphant I, II, III, IV

 

Alfred Jensen
Duality Triumphant I, II, III, IV
1963

Herbert Palmer Gallery
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Alfred Jensen, Untitled

 

Alfred Jensen
Untitled, 1961
oil and ink on paper

 

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Alfred Jensen, Seascape with a saling ship in high waves

 

Alfred Jensen
Seascape with a saling ship in high waves
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Alfred Jensen, Seascape with a saling ship in high waves

 

Alfred Jensen
Seascape with a saling ship in high waves
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1903   Born in Guatemala
1924 - 1925   Education San Diego Fine Arts School, San Diego, CA
1926 - 1928   Education Heymann-Schule, Hofmann-Schule, Munich, Germany
1934   Moved to the US
1929 - 1937   Studied Architecture, Painting Académie Scandinave, Paris, France
1959   Paints Mural in Time/Life Building Paris, France
1981   Died in Livingston, NJ
2010   Von Arp bis Tinguely, Galerie Ziegler SA, Zürich, Switzerland
1978   Works from 1957-1977, Albright-Knox Gallery Buffalo, NY
1977   Bienale, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1973   Traveling exhibition
1966   Galerie Renée Ziegler, Zürich, Switzerland
1963   Kornfeld & Klipstein Bern
1961   Guggenheim Museum NYC
1957   Winterthur, Switzerland
1952   John Heller Gallery NYC