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John Ferren    (American, 1905-1970)




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Biography
1905 Born: Pendleton, OR
1923 Graduated from Polytechnic High School, Los Angeles, CA
1925 Attended California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
1929 Traveled to Europe, attended classes at the Sorbonne, University of Florence, Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, University of Salamanca, Academie Ranson, Paris, and Academie Colarossi, Paris
1930 Returned to California
Debuted exhibition at the Arts Center in San Francisco, CA
1935 George L.K. Morris and Albert E. Gallatin are the first Americans to purchase Ferren’s Parisian works
1936 Pierre Matisse hosts solo exhibition of Ferren’s art at Matisse’s New York gallery
1936 - 1937 Studied engraving at S.W. Hayter's Studio 17, Paris
1938 Moved to New York City
Became one of the founding members of the American Association of Abstract Artists
1947 Moved back to California
Began teaching summer sessions at the Art Center School and UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
1946 - 1950 Taught at the Brooklyn Museum School, NY
1947 - 1954 Taught at Cooper Union, NY
1955 Artistic consultant for director Alfred Hitchcock's film "The Trouble with Harry"
1958 Artistic consultant for director Alfred Hitchcock's film "Vertigo"
1952 - 1970 Taught at Queens College, NY
1970 Died: Southampton , NY

Exhibitions
2009 American Abstractions Part 2: Paintings 1950's - Present - Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York City, NY
Hot and Cool Abstractions, 1940s to the Present - Spanierman Modern, New York City, NY
2008 Order and Intuition: American Abstraction from the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art, 1913-1954, Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY
Leaders in American Modernism, Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
2006 Geometric Abstraction and Color Function: Two Generations, D. Wigmore Fine Art Inc., New York, NY
2005 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY
Art of Tomorrow: Hilla Rebay and Solomon R. Guggenheim, Guggenheim Museum, NY
Jean Hélion and American Art, National Academy Museum, NY
Artists & Nature on Eastern Long Island: 1940’s to the Present, Spainerman Gallery at East Hampton
New York School: Another View, Opalka Gallery, Sage Colleges, Albany, NY
Hilla Rebay & the Museum of Non-Objective Painting DC Moore Gallery, NY
2003 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY
The American Avant-Garde in Paris 1918-1939- An Ambivalent Fascination, Musée d'Art Américain, Giverny, France
2001 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY
2000 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY
The American Avant-Garde: A Decade of Change 1936-1946, The Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Greenwich, CT
1998 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY
Snyder Fine Art, NY
Defining the Edge: Early American Abstraction, Selections from the Collection of Dr. Peter B Fischer, catalogue illus. cover
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
1997 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY
1996 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY
1995 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery New York, NY
The Abstract Spirit: John Ferren (1905-1970), Curated by Helen Harrison, Pollock-Krasner Found. Queens Col.; SUNY, Stonybrook; East Hampton, NY
1992 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1990 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1988 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1987 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1986 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1985 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1985 A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1983 A. M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1982 A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1980 A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY
1979 A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY
1979 Retrospective, The Graduate Center of the City Univ. of New York New York, NY
1978 A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1977 A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1975 A.M. Sachs Gallery New York, NY (solo)
1974 A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1972 A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1971 John Ferren Memorial Show, The Century Club New York, NY
1969 A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
The Parrish Museum, Southampton, NY (solo)
1965 - 1968 Rose Fried Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1964 Centre d'Art, Centre d'Art Beirut, Lebanon
1962 Rose Fried Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1958 The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (solo)
1958 Stable Gallery, New York, NY
1957 Stable Gallery, New York, NY
1956 Stable Gallery, New York, NY
1955 Stable Gallery New York, NY
1954 Stable Gallery, New York, NY
1953 Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1952 San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA (solo)
1949 Kleemann Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1947 Kleemann Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1942 The Willard Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1940 Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, D.C.
1938 Pierre Matisse Gallery New York, NY
1937 Pierre Matisse Gallery New York, NY
1937 Arts Club of Chicago Chicago, IL
1936 Pierre Loeb Paris, France
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minneapolis, MN
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1932 Galerie Zack, Paris, France (solo)
1930 Art Center, San Francisco, CA (solo)
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
The James Michener Collection, Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX
Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, NYC
Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State Univ., Logan, UT
PepsiCo, Purchase, NY
Arts Club of Chicago, IL
Enid Haupt Collection
Mitsui Bank, NYC
Queens College, NY
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Chase Manhattan Bank, NYC
Ciba-Geigy Corporation, Long Island City, NY
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
The Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
The Newark Museum, NJ
The Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA
University of Utah Art Museum, Salt Lake City, UT

Literature
1980 John Ferren (1905-1970): Paintings of the 30's through the 50's
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