William Baziotes  (American, 1912-1963) 

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William Baziotes Biography
1912   Born June 11 in Pittsburgh, PA
1913   Family moved to Reading, PA
1931   Employed by the Kase Glass Company
1933   Moved to New York City
Studied art at the National Academy of Design under artists such as Charles Curran, Ivan Olinsky, Gifford Beal, and Leon Kroll
1933 - 1936   Attended the National Academy of Design
1936   Hired by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a teacher at Queen's Museum
1938   Began WPA Easel Painting Project
1941   April 12, married Ethel Copstein
1947   Awarded the Walter M. Campana Memorial Purchase Prize by the Art Institute of Chicago
1948   Founded and taught at the Subject of the Artist art school, New York, NY
1949 - 1952   Taught painting at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and New York University
1950 - 1952   Taught at the People's Art Center for the Museum of Modern Art, New York NY
1961   Awarded the Frank Logan Medal by the Art Institute of Chicago
1952 - 1963   Associate Professor of Art at Hunter College, New York, NY
1963   Died June 5, 1963 in New York, NY
Selected Exhibitions
2008   "Peggy Guggenheim e la Nuova Pittura Americana, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
"Paper Trail II: Passing Through Clouds," The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA
2007   "Pathways and Parallels: Roads to Abstract Expressionism," Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, NY
2005   "Ecole de New York: Expressionnisme Abstrait: oeuvres ur papier," Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain Nice, Nice, France
"Informalismo y Expresionismo abstracto en las colecciones Guggenheim," Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporaneo, Bilbao
2004 - 2005   "William Baziotes," Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (solo exhibition)
2004   "Pioneering Spirits: Contemporary Art from Arizona Collections," Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2002   "Perspectives II: Five Decades of Seminal Work," Kouros Gallery, New York, NY
2001   "William Baziotes: The Poetic Spirit," Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH (solo exhibition)
"Vital Forms: American Art in the Anatomic Age, 1940-1960," Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
"Surrealism: An American Attitude," Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000   "Modern Odysseys, Greek-American Artists of the 20th Century," Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
"Art at Work: Forty Years fo the Chase Manhattan Collection," Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY
"Expresionismo Abstracto," Fundacion Juan March, Madrid
1999   "Modern Odysseyes: Greek American Artists of the 20th Century," Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY
1996   "Baziotes, Kamrowski and Pollock," Joan T. Washburn Gallery, New York, NY
1993   "Expressive Heads," Jason McCoy, Inc., New York, NY
1989   "Abstract Expressionsim," Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1987   "William Baziotes: A Commemorative Exhibition," Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL and Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA (solo exhibition)
1984   "William Baziotes, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1952-1961," Blum Helman Gallery, New York, NY
1982   "In Our Time: Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum, 1948-1982," Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
1978   "William Baziotes: A Retrospective," Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY and Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA (solo exhibition)
1973   "American Art at Mid-Century," National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1965   Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1959   "Documenta 2," Documenta, Kassel
1957   "The magical Worlds of Redon, Klee and Baziotes," Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
1956   "Large Scale Paintings II," Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
1953   Second Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture at the Stable Gallery, New York, NY
1952   Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Modern Art Society, Cincinnati, OH
1948   "Recent Paintings by Baziotes," Samuel M. Kootz Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
1944   Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century Gallery, New York, NY (first solo exhibition)
1943   Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century Gallery, New York, NY
1942   "First Papers of Surrealism," Whitelaw Reid Mansion, New York, NY
1936   Municipal Art Gallery, New York, NY

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