Chronologie

1909
Born: in New York, NY
1933
Began painting at Augusta Savage’s Uptown Art Laboratory, New York, NY
1934
Became a member of the famed 306 Group, an organization of artists and writers that met at the studio of Charles Alston
1933 – 1935
Studied at Columbia University and at The John Reed Club Art School, New York, NY
Accepted into the Federal Art Program of the Works Progress Administration, (WPA)
1935
Founding member of the Harlem Artists Guild
1935 – 1937
Taught at P.S.139 and the Harlem community Art Center in New York, NY
1952
Received honorable mention in the 10th Annual American Drawing, Virginia Museum, Norfolk, VA
1963
Founding member of Spiral, a group of African-American Artsts that included Charles Alston, Romare Bearden and Hale Woodruff
1969
Founded the Cinque Gallery in New York, NY along with Bearden and Ernest Crichlow
1972
Awarded Mark Rothko Foundation grant and an Individual Artists’ Fellowship for the National Endowment for the Arts
1975
Awarded a fellowship from the John Solomon Guggenheim Memorial
1972 – 1979
Taught at The Art Students League, New York, NY
1979
Died: in New York, NY

Expositions

2009
Norman Lewis: PULSE, A Centennial Exhibition, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Hidden Gems: Works on Paper, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
2008
Norman Lewis, Twilight Sounds, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (solo)
2004
Norman Lewis: Master Paintings from 1944-1975, Bill Hodges Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2002
Norman Lewis: Linear Abstractions, Bill Hodges Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2002
Visions of America: A Black Perspective, ACA Galleries, New York, NY
1999
Intuitive Markings: Works on Paper, 1945-1975, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Norman Lewis, G.R. N'Namdi, Chicago, IL (solo)
1998
Black New York Artists of the 20th Century: Selections from the Schomburg Center Collection, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY
Norman Lewis: Black Paintings 1946-1977, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; NY; The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH (solo)
1960s: Paintings & Works on Papers, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
1997
Norman Lewis: Social Realism to Abstraction 1933-48, Bill Hodges Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Norman Lewis, Ben Shahn Galleries, William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ (solo)
1994
The Second Transition: 1947-1951 Abstractions, A.F.T.U. Bill Hodges Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1993
Norman Lewis Returns, Paintings from the Harlem Renaissance, Cotton Exchange Gallery, Augusta, GA (solo)
Norman Lewis, Berman/Daferner Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1989
Norman Lewis: From the Harlem Renaissance to Abstraction, Kenkeleba, Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1976
Norman Lewis, A Retrospective, Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, NY (solo)
1971
Black Artists: Two Generations, The Newark Museum, Newark, NY
1964
Willard Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1961
Willard Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1958
Nature in Abstraction, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1957
Willard Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1954
Willard Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1952
Willard Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1951
Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1949
Willard Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1940
Art of the American Negro, Tanner Galleries, Chicago, IL

Collections publiques

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA

Publications

1998
Black New York Artists of the 20th Century: Selections from the Schomburg Center Collection. New York, NY: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 1998 (catalogue)