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Herbert Ferber

(American, 1906–1991)

black gee by herbert ferber

Herbert Ferber

Black Gee, 1963

Biography

Timeline

1906
Born in New York City
1923
Graduated from Morris High School in the Bronx
1927 - 1930
Studies sculpture at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, New York
1927
Awarded Bachelor of Science Degree, Columbia University, New York.
1930
Expelled from the National Academy of Design for sculpting nonacademic, figurative work; exhibited landscape and figure etchings at National Arts Club; received Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation scholarship and met Ilya Bolotowsky and David McCosh
1936
Participates in First American Artists’ Congress. Joins the Artists’ Union.
1940
Founds Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, a splinter group from American Artists’ Congress (with Meyer Schapiro, Adolph Gottlieb, Mark Rothko, Ilya Bolotowsky, Bradley Walker Tomlin, David Smith, and others).
1941
Elected to executive board, Sculptors’ Guild (along with Chaim Gross, Robert Laurent and Hugo Robus).
1942
Awarded Fifth Purchase Prize, Artists for Victory exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
1950
Joins “The Irascibles” in protest against juried painting exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Charter member, The Club.

Exhibitions

2007
Landscape: Form and Thought, Waqas Wajahat in association with Ingrao Gallery, New York, May 3–July 14. Catalogue with text by Christopher Riopelle.
2005
Organic New York 1941–1949m Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, September 10–November 5. Catalogue with text by Robert C. Morgan.
New York School: Another View, Opalka Gallery, The Sage Colleges, Albany, New York. Catalogue text by Ann Eden Gibson, et al.
Surrealism USA, National Academy Museum, New York. Catalogue text by Isabelle Dervaux, Gerrit Lansing, Michael Duncan, Robert Lubar, Robert Hobbs, Scott Rothkopf.
Grounded/Suspended: Herbert Ferber — Sculpture from the 1970s, Knoedler & Company. Catalogue text by Norman L. Kleeblatt, Susan and Elihu Rose Curator of Fine Arts, The Jewish Museum. (solo)
2004
My America: Art from the Jewish Museum Collection, 1900–1955, The Jewish Museum, New York.
Herbert Ferber: Painting, Sculpture, and Drawing from the 1960s. Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. Catalogue text by Debra Bricker Balken. (solo)
2002
The Tiger’s Eye: The Art of a Magazine, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. Catalogue text by Pamela Franks.
Abstract Sculpture by American Artists 1920–1950, Robert Henry Adams Fine Art, Chicago, Illinois
2001 - 2003
Vital Forms: American Art and Design in the Atomic Age 1940–1960, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York. Traveled to Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Frist Center for the Visual Arts; Phoenix Art Museum. Brooke Kamin Rapaport, curator.