Rolph Scarlett

(American, 1891–1984)

endless universe by rolph scarlett

Rolph Scarlett

Endless Universe, ca. 1935

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surreal landscape by rolph scarlett

Rolph Scarlett

Surreal Landscape, 1950

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Rolph Scarlett

Untitled

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untitled by rolph scarlett

Rolph Scarlett

Untitled

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Biography

Timeline

1889
Born in Guelph, Canada
1900
Won Guelph Public School certificate of merit in drawing, Guelph, Canada
1901
Began art lessons, Loretto Academy, Guelph, Canada
1907 - 1936
Theater Designer, Hollywood, CA
1924
Moved to New York, NY
1938
Recipient, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1940
Chief Lecturer, Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY
1952 - 1958
Taught painting at the Edgewater artist's colony, Edgewater, FL
1955
Moved to the artist's colony in Woodstock, NY
1965
Became an American citizen

Exhibitions

2009
Rolph Scarlett (1889-1984): A Canadian-American Abstractionist, Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007
Alan Davie (1920 - ) Mystic Visions, Rolph Scarlett (1889-1984) Abstract Interludes, ACA Galleries, New York, NY
2006
Rolph Scarlett: Painter, Designer, Jeweller, Embassy of Canada, Prince Takamado Gallery,
2005
Rolph Scarlett Paintings and Works on Paper, The Saint Joseph College Art Gallery. New York, NY (solo)
An important collection of paintings, watercolours, and gouaches by Rolph Scarlett, La Parete Gallery, Toronto, Canada (solo)
Art of Tomorrow: Hilla Rebay and Solomon Guggenheim, Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY; St. Joseph Art Gallery, West Hartford, CT
2004
Rolph Scarlett, Roshkowska Galleries, Windham, NY (solo)
Breaking Boundaries: American Abstract Art, 1930 - 1945, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
1930s: Modern American Art & Design, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
2003
Rolph Scarlett: Art, Design and Jewelry, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec (solo)
Rudolph Bauer, Hilla Rebay, Rolph Scarlett and the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York, NY
2002
Rolph Scarlett: Abstract Expressionist Works from the 1940s and 1950s, Fletcher Gallery, Woodstock, NY (solo)
Art for the New Collector, Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY
2001
Abstract Expressionism: Expanding the Canons, Snyder Fine Art, New York, NY
Rolph Scarlett: Art, Design and Jewelry, The Macdonald Steward Art Center, Guelph, Canada; Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia (solo)
2000
The American Century, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1988
Washburn Gallery, New York, NY

Public Collections

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Canada
Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal, Canada
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Literature

2004
Nasby, Judith. Scarlett, Rolph: Art, Design and Jewelry. Montreal, Quebec: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004
1993
Rolph Scarlett: Early Master of the Non-Objective. Woodstock: Woodstock Artists Association, 1993 (catalogue)
1988
Rolph Scarlett: A Collection of Prints from the Estate. New York: Associated American Artists, 1988