Patricia Broderick  (American, 1925-2003) 

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Patricia Broderick, St. Frances

 

Patricia Broderick
St. Frances
1984-1986

Tibor de Nagy Gallery
Patricia Broderick, Self Portrait

 

Patricia Broderick
Self Portrait
1982

Tibor de Nagy Gallery
Patricia Broderick, Boy Having a Nightmare

 

Patricia Broderick
Boy Having a Nightmare
1976

Tibor de Nagy Gallery
Patricia Broderick, A Lesson in Minimal Art or- God, With all the Rest of Us

 

Patricia Broderick
A Lesson in Minimal Art or- God, With all the Rest of Us
1988-1998

Tibor de Nagy Gallery
Patricia Broderick, Janet and Me and Mrs. R at C.P.W.

 

Patricia Broderick
Janet and Me and Mrs. R at C.P.W.
circa 1980-1989

Tibor de Nagy Gallery
Patricia Broderick, Trying on a Dress at Cooperman's

 

Patricia Broderick
Trying on a Dress at Cooperman's
1988

Tibor de Nagy Gallery

1925   Born February 23 in New York City to Milton and Sophie Taub Biow
1939 - 1943   Attended The Dalton School where she studied art with Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, and Vaclav Vytiacil. At 15, Broderick was invited by Tamayo to live and study with him and his wife Olga in San Miguel. Spent two summers studying with Tamayo in Mexico at ages 15 and 16. Attended classes at the Art Students League, where she continued her studies with Vytiacil.

Graduated from high school at age 17 and attended Sarah Lawrence College for six weeks after which Broderick was thrown out for returning to her dorm after curfew. In the same year, her mother died of cancer at age 47 after a seven-years illness.

Married a soldier in order to get out of the house, on his promise, she claimed, that he will be killed in the war anyway. He returned from the war and she lived with him for about six months before they separated.
1944 - 1945   Traveled to Mexico again at the invitation of Tamayo, where she continued to live with him and Olga at what is now the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende.

After a violent falling out with Tamayo, caused by his disapproval over her love affair with a bullfighter, Broderick stopped painting abruptly and moved to Mexico City for a short time, where she worked as a stage manager.

Shortly before her 21st birthday, Broderick travelled to Reno to obtain a divorce. While there, she met Sanford Meisner, founder of the Neighborhood Playhouse acting school. He urged her to return to New York and attend his school. She enrolled in the school, where she meets James Broderick.
1947   Married James Broderick
1950 - 1966   Had three children (Martha, born 1951; Janet, born 1955; and Matthew, born 1962).

Directed plays at Falmouth Theatre, Herbert Berhoff Studio, Dobbs Ferry Theatre, Lincoln Center Staged Readings and Chelsea Theatre Center. Wrote teleplays for Fred Coe for "The Philco Television Playhouse." Worked as assistant on Jerome Robbins' West Side Story.

Wrote her first play, Molly and the Independent Line, which was performed at the Actor's Studio.

The Admiration of Life was performed in London and New York to positive reviews. With or Without People performed at the Chelsea Theatre Center, and The Graduation performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
1967 - 1968   Staged reading of her last play, Mavromachealis, at Lincoln Center. Despite her ongoing interest and involvement in the theater as an acting coach and dramaturg Broderick soon returned to painting.

Renovated the flat where she wrote her plays at 58 St. Mark's Place, then moved her studio in 1968 to a loft on West 31st Street.
1970 - 1978   Works included in numerous gallery exhibitions in New York.

Started traveling to Ireland and doing watercolors there. Bought a house in County Donegal in 1973 and began regularly visiting Ireland a few times a year.

Moved her studio to a larger loft on West 36th Street.
1980 - 1985   Moved to her last studio on West 36th Street, where she worked for the rest of her life, interrupted by various medical disasters, beginning in 1982 with the death of Jimmy Broderick at 55 of thyroid cancer.

In 1983, she had surgery for lung cancer, and a triple bypass in 1985. Continued painting throughout as her health permitted.
1995 - 1996   Wrote the screenplay for the film Infinity, directed by and starring her son Matthew Broderick. The film opened to positive reviews and was a finalist at the Toronto Film Festival.

Began living with noted painter John Wesley.
2003   Died on November 18 in New York of cancer at age 78
2013   Patricia Broderick: Selected Paintings, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
2006   Patricia Broderick (1925-2003), Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
2000 - 2003   Two-person exhibition with John Wesley, Art Resources Transfer, Inc., New York, NY
Exhibition curated by John Wesley, Art Resources Transfer, Inc., New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1980 - 1985   James Graham and Sons, New York, NY (solo and group exhibitions)
1970 - 1978   Bodley II, New York, NY (solo exhibition)