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Mark Tobey    (American, 1890-1976)

 Mark Tobey - Calligraphic (Works on Paper (Drawings, Watercolors etc.)) h: 17.8 x w: 11.5 in / h: 45.2 x w: 29.2 cm
Mark Tobey
Calligraphic 1956

1890 Born in Centerville, WI, USA on December 11th
1906 His family moved to Hammond near Chicago; visited courses at the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
1906 - 1908 Studied under Frank Zimmerman and Professor Reynolds at the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1909 Worked as fashion-designer in Chicago, IL
1911 Moved to New York, still working as fashion-designer
1913 - 1917 Lived alternately in New York, NY and in Chicago; autodidactic artistic studies; has success as a portraitist
1922 - 1925 Studied calligraphy and composition under Teng Kwei, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1926 Traveled to Akka and Haifa; studied Persian and Arabian literature
1927 Lived alternately in Seattle, Chicago and New York
1934 Travelled to China and Japan; spent time in a cloister of the Zen-Buddhism and studies Zen-painting and calligraphy
1935 Trips to Seattle and New York; back in South-England he created the first 'white writing'
1931 - 1938 Lived in England
1940 Studied music (flute, piano, composition); friendship with Lyonel Feininger
1940 Katherine Baker Memorial Award, Seattle Art Museum
1942 His painting 'Broadway' was honoured and purchased by the Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY
1942 Artists for Victory Prize
1956 Guggenheim International Award
1956 Honorary Member, National Institute of Arts and Letters
1957 Fine Arts Medal, American Institute of Architects
1958 First Prize for Painting, Biennale, Venice
1960 Moved to Basel
1961 First Prize for Painting, Carnegie International, Pittsburgh
1968 Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Paris
1970 - 1976 Lived and worked in Basel, Switzerland
1976 Died in Basel, Switzerland on April, 24th

2009 Synchronies: Undercurrrents in Postwar European and American Abstraction, Hackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
2008 Auktion 27, Lehr, Auktionshaus und Galerie, Berlin
2008 Künstler der Galerie - Zeichnungen, Bilder, Skulpturen, Fotografien, Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
2007 Contemporary, Cool and Collected, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, USA
Le Corps et son double, Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris, France
The Passionate Gesture, Hackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Jan Bouman Collection, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
Shining Spirit: Westheimer Family Collection, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Pathways and Parallels: Roads to Abstract Expressionism, Hollis Taggart Galeries, New York, NY
American Modernists, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY, USA
2006 La Tentation de l'Orient, Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris, France
Künstler der Galerie, Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
Wilfrid Moser/Mark Tobey, Galerie Carzaniga GmbH, Basel, Switzerland
Night Sounds: Nocturnal Visions of Mark Tobey and Morris Graves, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA
Inner Worlds Outside, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Collection 1, NMAO National Museum of Art Osaka, Japan
2005 Light Space, Hachmeister Galerie, Munster, Germany
Peintures et Sculptures, Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne, Switzerland
Little Treasures from the Permanent Collection, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL, USA
2005 Internationale Zeichnungen, Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
2004 Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, Germany (solo)
An American Odyssey, 1950-1980 - Debating Modernism, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Spain; Kiosco Alfonso, La Coruna, Spain
Onbegrensd – Unbegrenzt - Roger Raveelmuseum, Machelen, Belgium
Chine - Occident ou l'aventure du signe. Michaux, Tobey, Degottex, Zao Wou-Ki, Shan Sa - Galerie Berthet-Aittouarès, Paris, France
Künstler der Galerie, Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
El Expresionismo Abstracto Americano en las Colecciones Españolas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain
The Edge of Tomorrow - Tobey, Price and Graves from the 1940’s, Museum of Art, University of Oregon; San José Museum of Art, CA, USA
2003 Unaussprechlich schön - Das mystische Paradies in der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts - Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany
Two Friends - Lyonel Feininger, Mark Tobey, Achim Moeller Fine Art, New York, NY
Northwest Mythologies - The Interactions of Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan and Guy Anderson, Tacoma Art Museum, WA, USA
La collection Jean Planque, Salle St. Jean, Hotel de Ville, Paris, France
Separated Colours of Hachmeister, Hachmeister Galerie, Munster, Germany
Acquisitions Nouvelles, Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne, Switzerland
Abstract works on paper, autour de Mark Tobey, Galerie Darthea Speyer, Paris, France
2002 - 2003 Mark Tobey - Smashing Forms and Mark Tobey and Friends, Seattle Art, WA, USA
2002 Tobey – Price – Graves, University of Oregon Museum of Art, OR, USA
Klänge des Inneren Auges. Mark Tobey – Morris Graves – John Cage, Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany; Museum Tacoma, Tacoma, WA, USA
Baukunst Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Mark Tobey - Bilder von 1940 bis 1975, BAUKUNST GALERIE, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2001 - 2002 Da Kandinsky a Pollock: La vertigine della non-forma, Museo Cantonale d'Arte Lugano, Switzerland
2001 Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
Galerie Carzaniga + Uecker, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
Hachmeister Galerie, Munster, Germany (solo)
Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot, Germany (solo)
The spirituality of the void, Fundacion Bancaja, Valencia, Spain
Asian Influences I, Kurt Lidtke Galleries, Seattle, WA, USA
Hue, Schmidt Bingham Galleries, New York, NY
2000 Zen und die westliche Kunst, Museum Bochum, Germany
Kurt Lidtke Galleries, Seattle, WA, USA (solo)
Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany (solo)
Native American Influences on 1930s & 1940s Modernists, David FIndlay Jr. FIne Art, New York, NY
Cross-Currents in Modern Art, Achim Moeller Fine Art, New York, NY
1999 Galerie Carzaniga + Uecker, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
Kurt Lidtke Galleries, Seattle, WA, USA (solo)
1998 - 1999 Closeness of Distance, Khmer Skulpturen und Mark Tobey Bilder, Emil Mirzakhanian, Milan, Italy and Hachmeister Galerie, Munster, Germany
1998 Kurt Lidtke Galleries, Seattle, WA, USA (solo)
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Baukunst Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1996 Luhring Augustine, New York, NY
1992 - 1993 Baukunst Galerie, Cologne, Germany
1991 - 1992 Galerie Lea Gredt, Luxemberg
1991 Valley Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA, USA
1990 Galerie Jeanne Bucher, FIAC, Paris, France
1977 "Mark Tobey Retrospective", Ruth S. Shaffner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
1974 Retrospective, National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, USA
1968 Retrospective, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, USA
1967 Willard Gallery, New York, NY
1966 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1962 Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
1961 Retrospective, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, subsidiary of the Louvre, Paris, France
1952 film “Tobey Mark: Artist” debuted in the Venice Film Festival and Edinburgh Film Festival
1951 (first retrospective), California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA, USA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (group)
1945 Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, USA (solo)

2004 Heiner Hachmeister (ed.), Mark Tobey Light Space, Muenster 2004
1991 Heiner Hachmeister (ed.), Mark Tobey Werke / Oeuvres 1945-1975, Muenster 1991
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