Enrico Donati  (American, 1909-2008) 

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Enrico Donati (American, 1909–2008), most often associated with the Surrealist movement of the 1940s, was born in Milan, Italy. He studied economics at the Universita degli Studi in Pavia before moving to New York City in 1934, where he studied at the New School for Social Research and the Art Students’ League. In 1947 Donati helped to organize and contribute to the Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme in Paris. Following the decline of Surrealism in the late 1940s, Donati stayed current and adapted to changing trends by using new materials and textures in his work. He grew interested in Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s, which involved painting in a manner that appeared random and accidental, while in reality was thoroughly planned. A retrospective of Donati’s work was held in Brussels in 1961, and he was asked to exhibit at the Betty Parsons Gallery with other important Abstract Expressionist painters: Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Barnett Newman. This period of his career is the most exceptional and imaginative one. Donati continued to work in the United States for the rest of his life, including teaching and lecturing at many locations including Yale University, and painting from his New York studio.

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Enrico Donati, Mystery of a Birth

 

Enrico Donati
Mystery of a Birth
1993

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Enrico Donati, Double Exposure III

 

Enrico Donati
Double Exposure III
1967

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Enrico Donati, Eclipse IV

 

Enrico Donati
Eclipse IV, 1968
oil and sand relief on canvas

 

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Enrico Donati, Jupiter and Its Family

 

Enrico Donati
Jupiter and Its Family, 1991
oil and ground quartz on canvas

 

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Enrico Donati, Saimant

 

Enrico Donati
Saimant, 1990
acrylic and ground quartz on canvas

 

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1909   Born: in Milan, Italy
1928   Enrolled at University of Pavia, Italy
1933   Moved to Paris, France; joined a group of composers
1936   Returned to Paris, France. Enrolled in art school at the École de la rue de Berri
1940   Moved to New York, NY
1945   Naturalized American citizen
1960 - 1962   Visiting Lecturer at Yale University, New Haven, CT
1970   Chairman National Committee, University Art Museum of California, Berkeley, CA
1972   Became a Member of the Yale Univ. Council for Arts & Architecture, New Haven, CT
1972   Chairman National Committee, University Art Museum of California, Berkeley, CA
2008   Died: in New York, NY
2007   The Surreal World of Enrico Donati, De Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Retrospective, Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2006   Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2005   National Academy of Design, New York, NY
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix , AZ
Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilboa, Bilboa, Spain
2002   Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
2001 - 2002   Tate Gallery, London, UK
Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York, NY
1999   Musee National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
1997   Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL (solo)
Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1996   Horwitch Newman Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (solo)
1995   Horwitch Newman Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (solo)
Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1994   Carone Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL (solo)
Louis Newman Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
1992   Carone Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL (solo)
1991   Louis Newman Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
1990   Carone Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL (solo)
1989   Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, France (solo)
Louis Newman Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
1987   Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, France (solo)
1986   Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Louis Newman Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
1985   Georges Fall, Paris, France (solo)
1984   Carone Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL (solo)
Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1982   Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1980   Palm Springs Desert Museum, CA (solo)
International Art Fair, Grand Palais, FIAC, Paris, France (solo)
1979   Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (solo)
Osuna Gallery, Washington, D.C. (solo)
The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
1978   Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, Davenport, IA (solo)
Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN (solo)
Wildenstein Art Center, Houston, TX (solo)
1977   Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN (solo)
The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA (solo)
Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
Tennessee Fine Arts Center, Nashville, TN (solo)
1976   Staempfli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1974   Staempfli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1972   Staempfli Gallery, New York, NY(solo)
1970   Staempfli Gallery, New York, NY(solo)
1968   Staempfli Gallery, New York, NY(solo)
1966   Staempfli Gallery, New York, NY(solo)
J.L. Hudson Gallery, Detroit, MI (solo)
1965   Obelisk Gallery, Washington, D.C. (solo)
1964   J.L. Hudson Gallery, Detroit, MI (solo)
Whitney Museum, New York, NY
1963   Staempfli Gallery, New York, NY(solo)
1962   Staempfli Gallery, New York, NY(solo)
Neue Galerie im Kunstlerhaus, Munich, Germany (solo)
1961   Retrospective, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles, Belgium (solo)
1960   Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1959   Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1958   Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University, NY (solo)
1957   Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1956   Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, Italy (solo)
1955   Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1954   Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1953   Galleria d’arte del Cavallino, Venice, Italy (solo)
1952   Alexandre Iolas Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Galleria d’arte del Cavallino, Venice, Italy (solo)
Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, Italy (solo)
1950   Galleria Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan, Italy (solo)
Galleria del Milione, Milan, Italy (solo)
Paul Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Galleria dell’Obelisco, Rome, Italy (solo)
1949   Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York, NY (solo)
A. Weil, Paris, France (solo)
1947   Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York, NY (solo)
Gallery Studio, Chicago, IL (solo)
Krouse College, Syracuse University, NY (solo)
1946   Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York, NY (solo)
1945   Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York, NY (solo)
1944   The Arts Club of Chicago, IL (solo)
G. Place Gallery, Washington, D.C. (solo)
Passedoit Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1942   New School for Social Research, New York , NY (solo)
Passedoit Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1942   New School for Social Research and the Passedoit Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
  SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
De Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Fransisco, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Detroit Institute of Arts, detroit, MI
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Milan, Italy
Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, D.C.
Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
1996    Wolff, Theodore F. Enrico Donati: Surrealism and beyond. New York, NY: Hudson Mills Press, 1996