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Abraham Walkowitz
19th - 20th Century Modern Modernism Painter
Russian-American, (March 28, 1878–January 27, 1965) Walkowitz’ artistic development was shaped by contact with the works and writings of his great contemporary, Kandinsky. Both were born in Siberia; both were spiritual men who turned their love of music into theories of visual creation. Walkowitz’ interpretations of musical rhythms in line are visible in the hundred of abstract drawings that he made around 1914. Both artists realized the importance of freedom from strict representation. A large group of works by Walkowitz from the early twentieth century came to the Long Beach Museum of Art in 1959 as the result of the idealism of the artist who placed works in the custody of the Whitney Museum of American Art for free distribution to interested institutions. As the fledging Municipal Art Center was intent on building a collection and transforming itself into a collecting museum, application was made to the Whitney Museum for a selection of twenty-three Walkowitz artworks. The Long Beach Museum of Art holds the largest number of works donated by Walkowitz to any single museum under this agreement with the Whitney and it is assumed that Walkowitz may have personally reviewed the donation to the Long Beach Museum of Art. In 1982, the Museum presented the first retrospective for the artist on the West Coast.
Death
January 27, 1965, Brooklyn, New York

Exhibitions
2006: "Modernism: The Aesthetic of Change," February 17 - April 1, 2006, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2006: "Splash: Artists' Reflections on the Water," July 13 - August 18, 2006, ACA Galleries, New York, New York
2005: "Abraham Walkowitz, Forgotten Pioneer of American Modernism: Selections from the Collection of Eugene DeGruson and the Collection of the Wichita Art Museum," May 29 - October 23, 2005, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas
2005: "Abraham Walkowitz, Isadora Duncan and the Dance," July 25 - September 10, 2005, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, New York
2004: "Petite Watercolor Miniatures," March 4 - March 31, 2004, Galerie Yoram Gil, Beverly Hills, California
2003: "Women Artists and Women in Art," January 11 - March 2003, Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2001: "Chaim Gross (1901 - 1991): The Jewish Holidays," September 6 - September 29, 2001, Forum Gallery, New York, New York
2000: "Line Dance: Abraham Walkowitz's Drawings of Isadora Duncan," October 19 - December 17, 2000, University Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
2000: "American Impressionism and Modernism," May 1 - June 9, 2000, Adelson Galleries, Inc., New York, New York
1999 - 2000: "Turn of the Century: American Art 1880-1920," November 29, 1999 - January 29, 2000, Richard York Gallery, New York, New York
1998: "Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America," January 16 - March 29, 1998, The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
1997: "Modernist Works on Paper," October 2 - November 1, 1997, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, New York
1996: "After Dark: Nocturnal Images," April 27 - June 21, 1996, Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York, New York
1992: "Abraham Walkowitz 1878-1975, Works on Paper," January 16 - January 29, 1992, Louis Newman Galleries, Beverly Hills, California
1992: "Abraham Walkowitz 1878-1965: Isadora," September 8 - October 17, 1992, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, New York
1992: "Abraham Walkowitz: Major Works," September 17 - October 17, 1992, Forum Gallery, New York, New York
1989: "Abraham Walkowitz: American Modernist," February 14 - March 18, 1989, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, New York
1983: "The Stieglitz Circle," July 18 - August 21, 1983, University Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1982: "Abraham Walkowitz, New York Cityscapes," March 28 - May 30, 1982, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, New York
1973: "Abraham Walkowitz: The Early Years," Zabriskie Gallery, New York, New York
1971: "Abraham Walkowitz," Danenberg, New York, New York
1969: Reese Palley Gallery, San Francisco, California
1969: "Walkowitz Watercolors," Harbor Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
1968: "Abraham Walkowitz," April 2 - 27, 1968, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, New York
1966: "Abraham Walkowitz: 1900-1920," Zabriskie Gallery, New York, New York
1964: Zabriskie Gallery, New York, New York
1962: American Academy of Arts and Letters Gallery, New York, New York
1959: “Works: 1895-1932,” January 5 - January 31, 1959, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, New York
1958: “A Decade of American Cubist Painting, 1913-1923,” September 15 - October 4, 1958, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, New York
1957: “The City: 1900-1930,” June 17 - July 31, 1957, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, New York
ca. 1948: Chinese Gallery, New York, New York
1944: “One Hundred Artists and Walkowitz,” February 9 - March 12, 1944, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
1939: “Paintings, Drawings and Prints, 1900-34,” July 31 - September 10, 1939, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
1939: Solo show, The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
1930: "Exhibition Commemorativ des Dessins: Isadora Duncan par A. Walkowitz,” April 1 - April 14, 1930, Galerie Brummer, Paris, France
1928: Kraushaar Galleries, New York, New York
1920: Society Anonyme, New York, New York
1917: 291 Gallery, New York, New York
1917: “Interpretation of the Dances of Isadora Duncan,” April 21 - May 12, 1917, Daniel Gallery, New York
1916 - 1917: 291 Gallery, December 27, 1916 - January 17, 1917, New York, New York
1916: Forum Show, Anderson Galleries, New York, New York
1915: 291 Gallery, February 4 - March 12, 1915, New York, New York
1913 - 1914: 291 Gallery, November 19, 1913 - January 10, 1914, New York, New York
1913: "International Exhibition of Modern Art," February 15 - March 15, 1913, The Armory, New York, New York
1912: 291 Gallery, New York, New York
1908: One Man Show, Haas Gallery, New York, New York
1904: National Academy of Design, New York, New York
1902: University Settlement, New York, New York

Collections
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, Canajoharie, New York
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virgina
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
The Columbus Museum-Georgia, Columbus, Georgia
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Florence Museum of Art, Science and History, Florence, South Carolina
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Guildford College Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C.
The Jewish Museum, New York, New York
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Florida
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
Michelson Museum of Art, Marshall, Texas
Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York
The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey
New York Public Library, New York, New York
The Phillips Collection, Washington, D. C.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington, Vermont
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D. C.
Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas
Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana
University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, Kentucky
The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Zanesville Art Center, Zanesville, Ohio

Work History
1918 - 1938: Director, Society of Independent Artists, New York, New York
1917: Co-founder, Society of Independent Artists, New York, New York
1912: Member, Stieglitz Circle, New York, New York
1900 - 1906: Teacher, Educational Alliance, New York, New York

Education
1906 - 1907: Academy Julian, Paris, France
1898 - 1900: National Academy of Design, New York, New York

Born
March 28, 1878, Tyumen, Siberia, Russia


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