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Biography

1919		Born Minneapolis Minnesota
1942-47	Studied at the Minneapolis School of Art, St. Paul Art School, 
			The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1947		Came to New York
1964 Summer aritist-in-residence University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 
Wisconsin
1964-89	Professor (Adjunct) of Painting Yale University New Haven
1969-74	Director of Studies Graduate Painting School of Art and Architecture 
			Yale University New Haven Connecticut

Awards & Prizes

1987		Elected Associate National Academy of Design
1978		Brandeis University Creative Arts Award for Painting
1973		Guggenheim Fellowship
1961		Longview Fellowship Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1942		Midwestern Artists Competition 1st prize
1941		St. Paul Gallery Scholarship
1940-41	The President’s Scholarship Minneapolis School of Fine Arts
1939		Alfred Pillsbury Scholarship


Solo exhibitions

1998	Peter Findlay Gallery New York
1996	Peter Findlay Gallery 	New York
	Denise Cade Gallery in association with Joseph Rickards Fine Art New York
	UFO Gallery Provincetown Massachusetts
1994	Edward Thorp Gallery 	New York
1991	Erector Square Gallery	“A Print Retrospective 1960-1990” 
		New Haven Connecticut
1990	Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery	New York
1989	David Barnett Gallery	“Retrospective”	Milwaukee Wisconsin
1988	Cone Editions	“35 Years of Prints”	New York
	Munson Gallery	New Haven Connecticut
	Goldman-Kraft Gallery	Chicago Illinois
	Walter Moos Gallery	“Recent Works”	Toronto Canada
	Augustana College	Rock Island Illinois
1987	Westmoreland Museum of Art	Greensburg Pennslyvania (traveling)
	Gallery Moos Ltd.	Toronto Canada
	Gallery Moos Ltd.	New York
	Jack Schainman Gallery	“Works on Paper 1960-87”	Washington DC
1986	Gallery Moos Ltd.	Toronto Canada
	Munson Gallery	New Haven Connecticut
1985	Zabriskie Gallery	New York
	Donald Morris Gallery	Detroit Michigan
	David Barnett Gallery	Milwaukee Wisconsin
1984	Kansas City Art Institute	Kansas City Missouri
	Munson Gallery	New Haven Connecticut
1983	Chicago International Art Fair (Donald Morris Gallery Booth) Chicago Illinois
	The PaperWork Gallery	Larchmont New York
	Zabriskie Gallery	“The Early Paintings 1957-67”	New York
1982	Alpha Gallery	Boston Massachusetts
	Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery	New York
1981	Donald Morris Gallery	Detroit Michigan
	University of Virginia Art Museum		Charlottesville Virginia
1980	Swain School of Art	New Bedford Connecticut
	Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Galery	“Street Scenes” New York
	Gimpel-Hanover & Andre Emmerich Galerien	Zurich Switzerland
1979	Gimpel Fils	London England
	Foster Gallery	Louisiana State University	Baton Rouge Louisiana
1978	Donald Morris Gallery	Detroit Michigan
	Ruth Schaffner Gallery	Los Angeles California
	Peter M. David Gallery	Minneapolis Minnesota
1977	Gallery Moos Ltd.	Toronto Canada
	Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer	“The City”	New York
	Hurlbutt Gallery	Greenwich Library	Greenwich Connecticut
1976	Alpha Gallery	Boston Massachusetts
1975	Martha Jackson Gallery	New York
	Livingston-Learmonth Gallery	“Early Works”	New York
	Jorgensen Gallery	University of Connecticut at Storrs
1974	Willaim Cooper Proctor Art Center Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson
	Ruth Schaffner Gallery	Los Angeles California
	Galerie Smith-Anderson	Palo Alto California
	Donald Morris Gallery	Detroit Michigan
1973	Martha Jackson Gallery	New York
	Gallery Moos Ltd.	Toronto Canada
	Richard Gray Gallery	Chicago Illinois
	Ruth Schaffner Gallery	Santa Barbara California
	Smith Andersen Gallery	San Francisco California
1972	Alpha Gallery	Boston Massachusetts
1971	Martha Jackson Gallery “The Human Situation: Street Scene 1969-71” New York
	Merridin Gallery	London England
1969	Martha Jackson Gallery	New York
	Martha Jackson Graphics	New York
	BC Holland Gallery	Chicago Illinois
1968	Smithsonian Institution (traveling exhibition to South America and Europe)
	CCAC Gallery California College of Arts and Crafts Oakland California
1967	Temple Sholom	New York
	Donald Morris Gallery	Detroit Michigan
	Martha Jackson Gallery	New York
1966	Martha Jackson Gallery	New York
1965	Donald Morris Gallery	Detroit Michigan
	Yale University Art Museum	New Haven Connecticut
	Anderson-Mayer Gallery	Paris France
1964	Martha Jackson Gallery	New York
1963	Martha Jackson Gallery	New York
1962	Martha Jackson Gallery	New York
	BC Holland Gallery	New York
	Art Institute of Chicago	Chicago Illinois
	Dayton Art Institute	Dayton Ohio
	Ohio State University Museum	Columbus Ohio
	HCE Gallery	Provincetown Massachusetts
1961	Minneapolis Art Institute	Minneapolis Minnesota
	Zabriskie Gallery	New York
	Ohio State University Gallery	Columbus Ohio
1960	HCE Gallery	Provincetown Massachusetts
	Sun Gallery	Provincetown Massachusetts
1959	Zabriskie Gallery	New York
	City Gallery	New York
	Sun Gallery	Provincetown Massachusetts
1958	Zabriskie Gallery	New York
	Sun Gallery	Provincetown Massachusetts
1957	Zabriskie Gallery	New York
	Sun Gallery	Provincetown Massachusetts
1956	Sun Gallery	Provincetown Massachusetts
1955	Zabriskie Gallery	New York
1954	Korman Gallery	New York
1951	Artists Gallery	New York

Group exhibitions

1995	Skoto Gallery “Editions” New York
	Pharos Gallery “Editions 1974-1991” New York
	The Neuberger Museum of Art Puchase New York
1986	The Museum of Modern Art New York “Naked/Nude” print exhibition
1985	The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York “The Artist Celebrates New York” 
			traveling exhibition
	Museum of American Art Washington DC
“Martha Jackson Memorial Collection”
	Guild Hall Museum East Hampton New York 
“Federal Support for the Permanent Collection”
	The Katonah Gallery Katonah New York (Pratt Graphics Center) “Prints Ensuite”
	Provincetown Art Association and Museum Provincetown Massachusetts 	
			“Expressionism, An American Beginning”
1984	The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York “Aspects of the City”
	Art Museum Association of America San Francisco traveling exhibition 
					“Figure Expressionism”
	Artists’ Choice Museum New York “The First Eight Years”
	University of Hartford Joseloff Gallery Hartford Connecticut 
		“David Hayes - Lester Johnson”
	The Arkansas Arts Center Little Rock Arkansas “Twentieth Century American 
		Drawing from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection”
1983	Wadsworth Atheneum Hartford Connecticut “Connecticut Painters 7+7+7”
	Guild Hall Museum East Hampton New York 
		“Selections from the Permanent Collection”
	Monique Knowlton Gallery New York “The Painterly Figure”
	Munson Gallery New Haven Connecticut “Contemporary Prints”
	Summit Art Center Summit New Jersey “American Realism 1930s-1980s,
							A Contemporary Perspective” 
	University of Arizona Museum of Art “Paintings and Sculpture in the 
							Permanent Collection”
1982	Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Texas “In Our Time”
	Neuberger Museum of Art SUNY Purchase New York
	The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Ridgefield Connecticut 
				“Homo Sapiens”
	Hamilton College Museum Clinton New York “Contemporary Masters”
	Marilyn Pearl Gallery New York 
“American Figurative Expressionism 1950-1960”
	Landmark Gallery New York “The Changing Figure 1962-1982”
	Lever House New York “Street Painters”
1981	Provincetown Art Association Provincetown Massachusetts “The Sun Gallery”
	Moravian College Bethlehem Pennslyvania “12th Annual Invitational Exhibitions 
				of Paintings by Figurative Painters”
1980	Guild Hall East Hampton New York “Portraits Real and Imagined”
	Harold Reed Gallery New York “Selected 20th Century American Self Portraits”
	Oklahoma Art Center Oklahoma City “Masters of American Watercolor”
	Provincetown Art Association Provincetown Massachusetts 
					“James Joyce in Perspective”
1979	The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York
		“Collection: Art in America After World War II”
	The Art Institute of Chicago “Alumni of School of the Art Institute”
	Washington County Museum of Art, Hagerstown, MD “Art in Bloom”
	The Oklahoma Museum of Art Oklahoma City Oklahoma 
“Masters of the Portrait”
1978 Carlson Art Gallery University of Bridgeport Connecticut “Connecticut Painting, 
				Drawing and Sculpture 1978”
	Green Mountain Gallery New York “From the Imagination”
New Britain Museum of American Art Connecticut 
“Connecticut Painting, Drawing and Sculpture 1978”
	Harold Reed Gallery New York “A Benefit for the Yale School of Art: Works by 	
			Members of the Yale Faculty 1950-78”
	Cummings Art Center Connecticut College New London Connecticut 
			“Connecticut Painting, Drawing and Sculpture 1978”
1977	Pleiadea Gallery New York “Tenth Street Days: The Co-ops of the 50s”
	Oklahoma Art Center “Manscape 77”
	Provincetown Art Association Provincetown Massachusetts 
“Provincetown Artists”
	The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Ridgefield Connecticut 
					“Fall 77: Contemporary Collectors”
1976	The Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis Indiana 
				“Painting & Sculpture Today 1976”
	Skidmore College Saratoga Springs New York
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago Illinois 
“Visions: The Paintings and Sculptures of Distinguished Alumni”
1975	Landmark Gallery New York “Subject Matter”
1974	The Brooklyn Museum New York “Nineteenth National Print Exhibition”
1973	Lerner-Heller Gallery New York “Voices of Alarm”
	Whitney Museum of American Art New York “1973 Biennial”
	La Bibliotheque Nationale Paris France “L’Estampes Contemporaine”
	Minnesota Museum of Art Saint Paul Minnesota “Drawings U.S.A. 73”
	University of Maryland organized by the Finch College Museum of Art and the 
		Albright-Knox Art Gallery “The Private Collection of Martha Jackson”
1972 The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum New York “Ten Independents - An Artist 	
		Initiated Exhibition”
	Hamilton College Clinton New York “Cross-Section New York 1972”
	Palazzo dell’Academia Palazzo Reale Genoa Italy “Immagine per la Citta”
	The Art Institute of Chicago “70th American Exhibition”
	Rockland Community College Suffern New York “Martha Jackson Collection”
	Lehigh University Pennsylvania “Contemporary Painting”
	Landmark Gallery New York “118 Artists”
	The Brooklyn Museum New York “Seventeenth National Print Exhibition”
1971	Jewish Community Center Bayone New Jersey “18th Annual Art Exhibition: 
			From Madison Avenue to the Sohos”
	Roko Gallery New York “Homage To Tanager”
	Seibu Department Store Tokyo Japan “Martha Jackson Gallery Collection”
	New England Art Provincetown Massachusetts 
		“Painting and Sculpture Invitational Show”
	Weatherspoon Art Gallery University of North Carolina “Art on Paper”
1970 Heckscher Museum Long Island New York “Artists of Suffolk County - Part III 
				Figurative Tradition”
	Fondation Maeght Vence France L’Art Vivant aux Etats-Unis
	Galerie Paul Facchetti Paris France “Regards Privileges 1951-70”
The Baltimore Museum of Art Baltimore Maryland 
“The Thomas Edward Benesch Memorial Exhibition of his Collection”
	Virginia Museum Richmond Virginia “Works on Paper”
	The Carnegie Institute of Art Pittsburgh Pennsylvania “Carnegie International”
1969	II Bienal Internacional del De Porte en Ias Bellas Artes Madrid Spain
	Fondation Marguerite et Aime Maeght L’Art Vivant aux Etats Unis 
		St. Paul-de-Vence France
	Northern Arizona University “Dealers’ Choice”
	John Bolles Gallery San Francisco California 
		“Paintings Courtesy of Martha Jackson”
	Philadelphia Art Alliance Philadelphia Pennsylvania
	Smithsonian Institution Washington DC (traveling Show) 
		The New Vein: The Human Figure 1963-68
1968	The Museum of Modern Art New York (traveling show) 
			Social Comment in American Art
	Whitney Museum of American Art New York
	The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo New York “Buffalo Art Festival”
	University of Texas Austin Texas
	The New School for Social Research New York “Figuration”
	Northwestern University Evanston Illinois “Ravina Festival”
	Center of Visual Arts Institute Torcuato Di Tella Buenos Aires Argentina 
					“The Figure: A New Vein 1963-1968”
	Forth Worth Art Center Fort Worth Texas 
		“Six Painters from the Martha Jackson Gallery”
	Cincinnati Art Museum Cincinnati Ohio 
“American Paintings on the Market Today”
	Akron Art Center Akron Ohio
	Paul Facchetti Gallery Paris France “Timeless Paintings from the U.S.A.”
	ROSC Dublin Ireland The Poetry of Vision
	Rhode Island School of Design Providence Rhode Island 
				“Paintings for Your Collection”
	Detroit Institute of the Arts Detroit Michigan “Project Outreach”
1967	The Museum of Modern Art New York “the 1960’s”
	The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Ridgefield Connecticut
	The Carnegie Institute Pittsburgh Pennsylvania “Carnegie International”
	Lehigh University Pennsylvania “Fourteenth Annual”
	The School of Visual Arts New York “Homage to Morandi”
	Fort Worth Art Center Museum Fort Worth Texas 
“Junior Council Purchase Show”
	Whitney Museum of American Art New York “1967 Annual”
	Martha Jackson Gallery New York “A Christmas Show”
1966	Zabriskie Gallery New York
	Lehigh University Pennsylvania “Thirteenth Annual”
	The New School for Social Research New York “Contemporary Urban Visions”
	Harpur College New York “New Figuration”
	Oakland University Michigan “A Point of View”
1965	Martha Jackson Gallery New York “Figuration”
	American Federation of Arts New York (traveling show)
	Bucknell University
1964	The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York 
		“Contemporary American Drawings”
	Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia Pennsylvania 
							“Annual Exhibition”
	New School Art Center The New School for Social Research New York 
					“Portraits from the American Art World”
	New School Art Center The New School for Social Research New York 
						“The American Conscience”
	Museum voor Schone Kunsten Ghent Belgium “Figuration into Abstraction”
	Carnegie Institute Pittsburgh Pennsylvania “Carnegie International”
	Larry Aldrich Museum Ridgefield Connecticut “Old Hundred”
1963	Martha Jackson Gallery New YUork “Eleven Americans”
	Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts Lausanne Switzerland “L’Avant-Garde”
	Ohio State University Museum Columbus Ohio
	Forth Worth Art Center “Selections from the Fort Worth Collections”
1962	The Museum of Modern Art New York “Recent Paintings USA: The Figure”
	The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago Illinois “Recent Trends in Painting, USA”
1961	The Museum of Modern Art New York “Recent Painting and Sculpture”
	The Carnegie Institute Pittsburgh Pennsylvania “Carnegie International”
	The Museum of Contemporary Art Houston Texas The Emerging Figure
1960	Felix Landau Gallery Los Angeles California
	American Federation of Arts New York “Figure in Contemporary Painting”
	City and Town School New York “Critics Choice”
	Institute of Contemporary Art Boston Massachusetts Future Classics
	American Federation of Arts New York “Graphics 1960”
	Weatherspoon Art Gallery University of North Carolina 
		“Pusuit and Measurement of Excellence”
	University of Nebraka Lincoln Nebraska “Nebraska Annual”
1959	Ellison Gallery Fort Worth Texas (two person exhibition)
	Institute of Contemporary Art Boston  Massachusetts “100 Works on Paper”
	Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville New York Art U.S.A.
	University of Colorado Boulder “Painting Annual”
	Nebraska Art Association Lincoln Nebraska
	Salzburg Festival Germany
1958	The Baltimore Museum of Art Baltimore Maryland “Critics Choice”
	Whitney Museum of American Art New York “Annual”
1957	Minneapolis Institute of Art Minneapolis Minnesota American Painting 1945-57
	Stable Gallery New York
	Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia Pennsylvania
1956	The Jewish Museum New York 
		Artists of the New York School: Second Generation
1955	813 Broadway 813 Broadway with Jan Muller, Wolf Kahn, Miles Forst and others
1951	Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia Pennsylvania 
						Annual Watercolor Exhibition
1949	Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia Pennsylvania 
						Annual Watercolor Exhibition

Selected  public collections

Harry N. Abrams Inc. Publishers New York
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo New York
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Ridgefield Connecticut
The Baltimore Museum of Art Baltimore Maryland
Boca Raton Museum Boca Raton Florida
The Bruce Museum Greenwich Connecticut
The Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
The Chase Manhattan Bank New York
The Chrysler Museum Norfolk Virginia
Dayton Art Institute Dayton Ohio
The Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit Michigan
Fogg Art Museum Harvard University Art Museums
Fort Lauderdale Museum Fort Lauderdale Florida
Fort Worth Art Museum Fort Worth Texas
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York
Guild Hall Eastman Hampton New York
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington DC
Honolulu Academy of Arts Honolulu Hawaii
Housatonic Museum of Art Bridgeport Connecticut
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Kalamazoo Michigan
Madison Art Center Madison Wisconsin
The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York
Minneapolis Institute of Art Minneapolis Minnesota
The Museum of Modern Art New York
National Museum of American Art Washington DC
Neuberger Museum SUNY Purchase New York
The New Jersey State Museum Trenton New Jersey
The New School for Social Research New York
The New York Public Library New York
Orton Museum Ohio State University Dayton Ohio
Phoenix Art Museum Phoenix Arizona
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery University of Nebraska Art Galleries Lincoln Nebraska
U.S. Steel Corporation Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
University of Arizona Museum of Art Tucson Arizona
Westmoreland Museum of Art Greensburg Pennsylvania
The Walker Art Center Minneapolis Minnesota
The Wadsworth Atheneum Hartford Connecticut
Wichita Art Museum Wichita Kansas
Williams College Museum of Art Williamstown Massachusetts
Milwaukee Union Art Gallery University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Wisconsin
Rose Art Museum Brandeis University Waltham Massachusetts
The Yale University Art Gallery New Haven Connecticut

Selected Bibliography

Ashton, Dore “Show at Zabriskie” Arts & Architecture April 1961
Ashton, Dore “New York Exhibitions” Arts & Architecture January 1963
Ashton, Dore “Show at the Martha Jackson Gallery” Arts & Archiitecture April 1966
Ashton, Dore “Lester Johnson’s Strolling Players” Arts April 1982
Baldwin, Roger “Connecticut Painter 7+7+7” Art New England March 1983
Berlind, Robert “Lester Johnson at Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer” 
			Art in America January-February 1978
Bass, Ruth “Lester Johnson” Art News September 1980
Bass, Ruth “Lester Johnson” Art News October 1982
Bass, Ruth “Lester Johnson” Art News December 1983
Campbell, Lawrence “Lester Johnson in the Bowery” Art News February 1964
Campbell, Lawrence “Lester Johnson Paints a Picture” Arts Magazine March 1961
Campbell, Lawrence “Lester Johnson at Gimpel Weitzenhoffer” 
				Art in America Summer 1982
Campbell, Lawrence “American Figurative Expressionism” 
				Art in America December 1982
Campbell, Lawrence “Going On Instinct” Art in America February 1984
Chernow, Burt (introduction) and Rosenberg, Harold (statement) 
	Lester Johnson Paintings 1970-74 New York: David Anderson Publications 1974
Chernow, Burt “Lester Johnson” Arts Magazine November 1977
Chernow, Burt “Lester Johnson and the Kaleidoscopic Crowd” 
				Intellect Magazine April 1977
Colby, Jay Hakanson “Three Graces Walking” The Detroit News June 7 1981
Colt, Priscilla “Remarks of the Figure and Lester Johnson” Art International January 
1964
“Combining Man and the Monument” Time Magazine February 18 1966
Flash Art “Lester Johnson” January 1984
Fleischmann, Eric “A Master’s Telling Retrospective” New Haven Register April 21 
 		1991
Giuliano, Charles “Provincetown: It Figures
 Art New England July/August 1985
Gruen, John “Lester Johnson” New York Magazine March 21 1971
Gruen, John “The New Road to Classical Purity” 
	New York Herald Tribune February 6 1966
Iovine, Julie “Connectiicut Painters at the Wadsworth” 
	Connecticut Magazine February 1983
Kramer, Hilton “Lester Johnson’s New Painting on View” 
	The New York Times February 19 1966
Kramer, Hilton The New York Times February 8 1969
Mathew, Ray “Johnson’s Myths” Art World April 22 1982
Mellow, James “A Movement of Strength in Art by Lester Johnson” 
	The New York Times March 3 1973
Parrino, George “A Talk with Lester Johnson” The Soho Weekly News March 13 1975
Ratcliff, Carter “Lester Johnson” Art International August-September 1981
Ratcliff, Carter “The Short Life of the Sincere Stroke” Art in America January 1983
Raynor, Vivian “A Quartet of Styles in New Haven” The New York Times April 20 1986
Rosenberg, Harold Art on the Edge Macmillan Publishing New York 1975
Rosenberg, Harold Artwork and Pac
kages Horizon Press New York 1969
Rosenberg, Harold “Images and Counterforce” Art News February 1966
Rosenberg, Harold “Johnson’s Men” The New Yorker February 18 1966
Russell, John “Lester Johnson’s Outgoing People” 
	The New York Times November 4 1977
Sandler, Irving The New York School: The Painters and Sculptors of the Fifties Harper & Row New York 1978
Schwartz, Barry The New Humanism Praeger Publishers New York 1974
Temin, Christine “Perspectives” The Boston Globe November 18 1982
Thomsen, Barbara “The Individual as a Crowd: Lester Johnson’s Recent Paintings” Art 
in America November-December 1973
Witbeck, Doris “Artists Judge Peers” The Hartford Courant January 14 1983
Weiss, Jim “Lester Johnson” Issue 4 Fall 1985
Zabriskie, George director Lester with narration by the artist New York: Brandon Films
Zimmer, William “Three Exhibitis at the Aldrich” The New York Times February 26 
1984
Zimmer, William “Three Exhibitis at the Aldrich” The New York Times February 26 
1984


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