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Jacob Lawrence

(American, 1917–2000)

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Jacob Lawrence

Carpenters, 1977

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Jacob Lawrence

Confrontation at the Bridge, 1975

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Jacob Lawrence

Lawyers and Clients, 1994

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Biography

Timeline

1917
Born in Atlantic City, NJ
1930
Moved to Harlem, New York, NY
1934 - 1939
Attended the Harlem Art Workshop, New York, NY
1939 - 1941
Worked on Federal Arts Project as part of Works Progress Administration
1943 - 1945
Served in the US Coast Guard and Navy during WWII
1947
Taught at Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, NC
1953
Received an American Academy of Arts and Letters grant
1955 - 1970
Taught design and figure drawing at Pratt Institute, New York, NY
1971 - 1983
Taught at University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2000
Died in Seattle, WA

Exhibitions

2010
Jacob Lawrence, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
2006
Jacob Lawrence: Tales of Freedom, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA (solo)
2005
Jacob Lawrence: Three Series of Prints, Genesis, Hiroshima, and Toussaint L'ouverture, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL (solo)
2004
Jacob Lawrence's War Series, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
2001 - 2003
Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (solo)
2001
Jacob Lawrence Memorial Exhibition, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2000
Jacob Lawrence: Games, Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, WA (solo)
The Toussaint L'Ouverture Series, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (solo)
1999
The Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman Series of Narrative Paintings, Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA (solo)
1998
Lives Connected: Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
1996
Jacob Lawrence: The Hiroshima Paintings, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX (solo)
Jacob Lawrence: An American Society in Transition, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX (solo)

Public Collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of the National Academy of Design, New York, NY
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Literature

2010
Hills, Patricia. Painting Harlem Modern: The Art of Jacob Lawrence. California: University of California Press, 2010
2000
Nesbitt, Peter T.; DuBois, Michelle, Jacob Lawrence, Paintings, Drawings and Murals (1935-199) A Catalogue Raisonne' , University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA
Nesbitt, Peter T.; DuBois, Michelle, Over The Line the Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence, University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA
1986
Wheat, Ellen. Jacob Lawrence, American Painter. Washington: University of Washington Press, 1986