Emil James Bisttram (American, 1976)

Timeline

1895
Born in Hungary, near the Romanian border
1906
Immigrated with his family to New York, NY
1923
Began teaching at the Master Institute of the Roerich Museum, New York, NY
1920–1925
Instructor, Parson's School of Design, New York, NY
1931
Recipient, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship to study in Mexico with Diego Rivera
1932
Founded the first commercial art gallery, the Heptagon Gallery, in Taos, NM
1933
Became supervisor for Treasury Relief Act Project, awarded Taos courthouse mural commission, Taos, NM
1936
Department of Justice Building mural commission, Washington, DC
1937
United States Post Office mural commission, Ranger, TX
1938
Founded the Transcendental Painting Group with Raymond Johnson and several other painters, Santa Fe, NM
1941
Opened the Bisttram School of Fine Art, Phoenix, AZ
1952
Co-founded the Taos Art Association, Taos, NM
1959
Grand Prize for painting at the New Mexico State Fair, NM
1975
April 7th declared “Emil Bisttram Day,” a New Mexico state holiday
1976
Died in Taos, NM

Exhibitions

2010
Inspired Vistas: Modernist Landscape Paintings of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
2007
Emil Bisttram, major works from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Aaron Payne Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
2003
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2001
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1989
Modernist Themes in New Mexico: Works by Early Modernist Painters, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1980
The New Deal in the Southwest: Arizona and New Mexico, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; Northern Arizona University Art Gallery, Flagstaff, AZ; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
1971
Jamison Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
1970
Jonson Gallery, University Art Museum, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (solo)
1968
Taos Collects Bisttram, Taos Artists Association, Taos, NM
1959
Retrospective, Harwood Art Museum, Taos, NM (solo)
Retrospective, Leone Kahl Galery, Dallas, TX (solo)
1953
Jonson Gallery, University Art Museum, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (solo)
Santa Fe Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
Beaumont Museum of Art, Beaumont, TX (solo)
Springville Annual, UT (solo)
1951
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1946
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1943
Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK (solo)
1936
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX (solo)
Denton College for Women, Denton, TX (solo)
Houston Museum of Art, Houston, TX (solo)
1933
Witte Memorial Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX (solo)
Santa Fe Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1928
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Boston Art Association, Boston, MA (solo)
1927
Buffalo Art Museum, Buffalo, NY (solo)

Public Collections

Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, New York
Philadelphia Museum or Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Literature

1988
Walt Wiggins. The Transcendental Art of Emil Bisttram. Ruidoso Downs, NM: Pintores Press, 1988