Leon Polk Smith  (American, 1906-1996) 

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Leon Polk Smith Biography
1906   Born May 20, Indian Territory, Chichasha, OK
1934   BA Oklahoma State University, Ada, OK
1938   MA Columbia University, New York
1943   Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship
1958   Longview Grant
1966   National Council of Arts Award
1968   Artist in Residence, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
1972   Artist in Residence, University of California at Davis
1979   Hassam and Speicher Fund Purchase Award, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York
1986   Distinguished alumnus award, East Central University, Ada, OK
1996   Died December 4, 1996, New York, NY
Selected Exhibitions
2011   Situation Kunst, Bochum, Germany (solo)
2008   2008- Washburn Gallery, New York (solo)
2001   Arithmeum, Bonn, Germany (solo)
1999 - 2000   Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany (solo)
1993 - 1995   The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York (solo)
1991   "Between Mondrian and Minimalism: Neo-Plasticism in America," Whitney Museum of American Art, Federal Reserve Plaza, New York
1987   The Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio (solo)
1982   Washburn Gallery, New York (solo)
1979   "Collection: Art in America After World War II," Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
1977   Galerie Denise Rene, New York (solo)
1976   "Contemporary Paintings, " Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, New York Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
1975   "American Art Since 1945," traveling exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
1973   "Post-Mondrian Abstraction in America," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
1969   Museum of Fine Arts, Fort Worth, Texas (solo)
1968   San Francisco Museum of Art, California (solo)
1965   "The Responsive Eye," The Museum of Modern Art, New York
"A Decade of American Drawings,1955-1965, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1963   "Twenty-eighth Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting," The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
1962   "Geometric Abstraction in America," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1961   Stable Gallery, New York (solo)
"American Abstract Expressionist and Imagists, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
1956   Camino Gallery, New York (solo)
1952   Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1948   "Abstract and Surrealist American Art Fifty-eighth Annual Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculpture," The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
1946   Egan Gallery, New York (solo)
"Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Sculpture;, Watercolors and Drawings," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1943   "Contemporary American Paintings from the Collection of the University of Arizona," Presented under the Auspices of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1941   Uptown Gallery, New York (solo)
"International Water Color Exhibition-Eleventh Biennial," The Brooklyn Museum, New York
Selected Public Collections
  University of Sydney Museum, Sydney, Australia
  Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver B.C.
  Weisbaden Museum of Art, Weisbaden, Germany
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshaafen Am Rhein, Germany
  Museum Fur Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Germany
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
  National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  Portland Art Museum, OR
  Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum, Providence, RI
  Rose Museum, Brandies University, Waltham, MA
  Sammlung Ludwig Museum Moderner Kunst, Wien, Cologne, Germany
  Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  State Art Collection, Oklahoma City, OK
  Grenoble Museum, Grenoble, France
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, NY
  The Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
  Kunsthalle Nürenberg, Nürnberg, Germany
  Los Angeles County Museum, CA
  Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
  Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
  Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA
  Albright-Knox Museum of Art, Buffalo, NY
  The Brooklyn Museum, New York
  Birmingham Museum of Art, AL
  Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
  Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
  The Art Collection of the First National Bank of Chicago
  Fort Worth Art Museum, TX

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