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Norman Lewis    (American, 1909-1979)

 Norman Lewis - Just Firmament (Paintings) h: 43 x w: 60 in / h: 109.2 x w: 152.4 cm
Norman Lewis
Just Firmament 1951
 
 Norman Lewis - Musicians (Paintings) h: 40.3 x w: 18 in / h: 102.4 x w: 45.7 cm
Norman Lewis
Musicians 1943
 
 Norman Lewis - Promenade (Paintings) h: 40 x w: 30 in / h: 101.6 x w: 76.2 cm
Norman Lewis
Promenade 1950
 
 Norman Lewis - Promenade (Paintings) h: 40 x w: 30 in / h: 101.6 x w: 76.2 cm
Norman Lewis
Promenade 1950
 
 Norman Lewis - Reflected Moon (Paintings) h: 40 x w: 52 in / h: 101.6 x w: 132.1 cm
Norman Lewis
Reflected Moon 1954
 
 

Biographie
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

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)
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