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Lorser Feitelson
20th Century American Modern Hard-Edge Painting Painter
American, (February 11, 1898–May 24, 1978) Well known as an artist, teacher, and television personality (he had his own art appreciation television program in Los Angeles in the 1950’s and 1960’s), Lorser Feitelson is considered a seminal figure in the development of abstract art in Southern California in the period following World War II. Born in Savannah, Georgia in 1898, Feitelson studied in New York and Paris where he was strongly influenced by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. He moved to Los Angeles in 1927. Under the influence of Italian Surrealist Giorgio de Chirico, Feitelson, his future wife Helen Lundeberg, Knud Merrild, and several other artists, formed the California Post-Surrealist movement.
Death
May 24, 1978, Los Angeles, California

Exhibitions
2008: "Thirty Years of California Modernism," September 25 - December 31, 2008, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2006: Joan Washburn Gallery, New York, New York
2005: “Lorser Feitelson: The Kinetic Series - Works from 1916-1923,” September 10 - December 23, 2005, Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles, California
2004 - 2005: “The Los Angeles School,” November 13, 2004 - January 25, 2005, Otis College of Art + Design, Los Angeles, California
2003: “Lorser Feitelson and the Invention of Hard Edge Painting 1945-1965,” May 15 - July 12, 2003, Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles, California
2002 - 2003: “Post Surrealism,” Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
2002: “Post Surrealism,” Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, California
2001: “American Surrealism,” Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2001: “California Modernism,” Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2001: “Four Abstract Classicists,” Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York, New York
2000: “Four Abstract Classicists Plus One,” January 15 - February 25, 2000, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1999: “Gold Rush Pop: 200 Years of California Art,” Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California
1999: "Lorser Feitelson: Paintings of the 1960s," February 4 - March 6, 1999, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
1997: “On the Edge of America: California Modernist Art,” Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, California
1996: "Lorser Feitelson: The Romantic Years, 1919 - 1949," October 26 - December 31, 1996, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1995: “Pacific Dreams,” Armand Hammer Museum of Art, University of California, Los Angeles, California
1995: "Post-Surrealism, Abstraction & Fantasy," July 15 - August 12, 1995, Tobey C. Moss Gallery Annex, Los Angeles, California
1992: “California Painting: Essential Modernist Framework,” California State University, Los Angeles, California
1992: "Lorser Feitelson: Motion as Line - Works of 1919 to 1977," September 13 - October 28, 1992, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1990 - 1992: “Turning the Tide: Early Los Angeles Modernists 1920-1956,” Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California; Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California; Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah; Palm Springs Desert Museum (Palm Springs Art Museum), Palm Springs, California
1989: "The Kinetic Line: Lorser Feitelson," March 5 - April 23, 1989, University Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside, California
1989: "Lorser Feitelson: Artist/Teacher," October 18 - November 8, 1989, Fine Arts Gallery, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, California
1988: "Lorser Feitelson 1898 - 1978," November 1 - December 31, 1988, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1986 - 1987: "Four Abstract Classicists," December 2, 1986 - January 3, 1987, R.C. Erpf Gallery, New York, New York
1986: “Aspect of California Modernisms 1920-1950,” Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington D.C.
1985: “Colorforms,” Security Pacific National Bank, Gallery at the Plaza, Los Angeles, California
1985: "Lorser Feitelson: The Senuous Line, Paintings, Prints, Drawings," May 8 - June 22, 1985, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1984: “The Fredrick Wiseman Collection of California Art,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
1982: “Drawings and Illustrations by Southern California Artists before 1950,” Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
1982: "Lorser Feitelson: Paintings 1964 - 1971," March 2 - 27, 1982, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1981: "Art in Southern California: 1940 - 1980," July 24 - September 7, 1981, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, California
1981: "Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg: A Retrospective Exhibition," March 17 - May 3, 1981, Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, California
1980: “50’s Abstract: A Summary of Los Angeles Painting from the 1957- 1960,” Conejo Valley Art Museum, Thousand Oaks, California
1980: "Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg: A Retrospective Exhibition," October 2 - November 16, 1980, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
1979: “Black and White are Colors: Painting of the 1950’s - 1970’s,” Montgomery Art Gallery, Pomona College, California
1978: “Selections from the Frederick Weisman Company Collection of California Art,” The Art Museum and Galleries (University Art Museum), California State University, Long Beach, California
1977: “Los Angeles Hard-Edge: The Fifties and Seventies,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
1976: “American Artists ’76: A Celebration,” Marion Koogler McNay Art Insitute, San Antonio, Texas
1976: “Los Angeles: A Continuing Frontier 1940-1961,” Occidental College Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1976: “Painting and Sculpture in California: Modern Era,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
1975: “Avant-Garde Painting and Sculpture in America 1910-1925,” Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
1974: “Nine Senior Southern California Painters,” Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
1972: “Los Angeles Painters of the Nineteen-Twenties,” Pomona College Gallery, Montgomery Art Center, Claremont, California
1972: "Lorser Feitelson: A Retrospective Exhibition," August 16 - September 17, 1972, Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, California
1970: “American Contemporary Art,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
1970: “A Century of California Painting 1870-1970,” E.B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, California
1969: “Color in Control,” Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Petersburg, Florida
1968: “1968 Invitational, West Coast ’68 Painters and Sculptors,” E.B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, California
1968: “Group Exhibition,” David Stuart Galleries, Los Angeles, California
1967: “Artist’s Artists,” Lytton Center for the Visual Arts, Los Angeles, California
1967: “Cubism, Its Impact on the USA, 1910-1930,” University of New Mexico, Taos, New Mexico
1967: “1967 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
1966: “1966 Invitational, California ’66 Painters and Sculptors,” La Jolla Museum of Art (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego), La Jolla, California
1966: “New Modes in California Painting from the Lytton Collection,” Lytton Center for of the Visual Arts, Los Angeles, California
1965: “Colorists 1950-1965,” San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California
1965: “1965 ANNUAL Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
1965: “The Responsive Eye,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
1965: “Twelfth Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture,” Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Illinois
1964: “California Hard Edge Painting,” Pavilion Gallery, Balboa, California
1964: “1964 Festival of Fine Arts/Art and Anti-Art,” Occidental College, Los Angeles, California
1964: “Of Time and the Image,” Ankrum Gallery Artists, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
1964: “Southern California Original Hard Edge Painters,” Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1962: Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1962: “The Artist’s Environment: West Coast,” The Amin Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, Texas; UCLA Art Galleries, Los Angeles, California, Oakland Museum of Art (Oakland Museum of California), Oakland, California
1962: “Fifty California Artists,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
1961: “The Nude in American Painting,” The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
1961: “Painting from the Pacific: Japan, America, Australia, New Zealand,” Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
1959: "Four Abstract Classicists,” Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1959: “1949/1959 A Decade in the Contemporary Galleries,” Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, California
1959: “Fifty Paintings by Thirty Seven Painters of Los Angeles Area,” San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California
1958: “Artists Invite Artists,” Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1958: “Sixty-Eighth Annual Exhibition," University of Nebraska Art Galleries, Lincoln, Nebraska
1955: “Annual Exhibit: Paintings, Sculpture, Watercolors, Drawings,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
1955: “III Bienal de São Paulo," Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
1954: “Factionists West,” Los Angeles Art Association Galleries, Los Angeles, California
1953: “Fourteen Artists West of the Mississippi,” Colorado Springs Dine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
1952: “American Water Colors Drawings and Prints/A National Competitive Exhibition,” The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
1951: “Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Painting in the United States,” Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1951: “Seventh Annual Exhibition by the Artists of Los Angeles and Vicinity,” Municipal Art Commission and the Los Angeles City Council, Greek Theater, Los Angeles, California
1951: “146th Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture," Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1950: “Sixth Annual Exhibition by the Artists of Los Angeles and Vicinity,” Municipal Art Commission and the Los Angeles City Council, Greek Theater, Los Angeles, California
1949: "California Centennials Exhibition of Art,” Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1947: “Abstract and Surrealist American Art,” The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
1947: “Eighteen California Artists,” Pasadena Institute of Art, Pasadena, California
1946: “Painting of the Year,” National Academy of Design, New York, New York
1945: “The First Biennial Exhibition of Drawings by American Artist,” Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1945: “Group Exhibition,” Fitzsimmons Studio, Los Angeles, California
1944: “The Forty-Fifth Annual Exhibition: Watercolors and Drawings,” The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
1944: “The Forth Biennial Exhibit of Contemporary American Painting,” Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
1940: “California Creates,” Stendahl Galleries, Los Angeles, California
1940: “1940 Exhibition of Contemporary American Art,” Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, New York
1939: “All California Painting and Sculpture Exhibition,” Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1939: “Southern California Art Project,” Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1938: “Post Surrealism,” Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1937: “1937 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
1936: “Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
1936: “The Post Surrealist Show,” Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York
1935: “Fifty Fifth Exhibition of the San Francisco Art Institution,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
1935: “Post-Surrealist Exhibition,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
1935: "Post-Surrealist and Other Moderns,” Stanley Rose Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1934: “Fifteenth Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture,” Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1934: “Progressive Painters of Southern California,” Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1934: “Surrealism & Post-Surrealism (New Classicism),” Centaur Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1933: “Fourteenth Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture,” Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1933: “Progressive Painters of Southern California,” Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California; San Diego, California
1932: “Thirteenth Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture,” Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1930: “Eleventh Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture,” Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1929: “Tenth Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture,” Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1929: “Conrad Bluff, Lorser Feitelson, Nathalie Newking, Hans Puthuff,” Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1928: “Ninth Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture,” Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1928: San Francisco California Palace Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California
1927: “Whitney Studio Club Exhibition”, New York, New York
1926: “Independent Exhibition,” New York, New York
1926: Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
1924: “A Group of Modern Painters,” Daniels Gallery, New York, New York

Collections
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California
Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Work History
1944 - 1978: Faculty, Art Center of Design, Los Angeles/ Pasadena, California
1951: Carnegie visiting Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
1937 - 1941: Supervisor of murals, paintings, and sculpture, Southern California FAP/ WPA, Los Angeles, California
1935: Owner, Gallery of Modern Art, Hollywood, California
1930 - 1933: Instructor, Stickneu Memorial Art School, Pasadena, California
1929: Instructor, Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, California

Born
February 11, 1898, Savannah, Georgia


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