John Civitello, American (1939 - )
Civitello graduated in 1961 from William Pater-son College and received an M.A. degree from New York University. He then spent two years in Italy as a Prix de Rome winner. On his return, Civitello—struck by the industrial quality of New York—was determined to transform the city's industrial machinery and architectural scenes into symbols of people and their environment. Blending the clarity of Charles Sheeler's Precisionism with spatial and light dislocations more typical of de Chirico, Civitello uses muted, pastel colors to soften the hard-edged geometry inherent in his subjects. The absence of people lends a surreal note to his work that is consistent with Civitello's exploration of the world of subjective reality.
Virginia M. Mecklenburg Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Museum of American Art, 1987)
Born: 1939, Paterson, N. J.
B.A.: William Paterson University, 1961
M.A.: New York University, 1962
Reference: Who’s Who in American Art
Grants, Fellowships, Awards:
~Rome Prize Fellowship: 1968-71; American Academy in Rome.
~Visual Arts Fellowship: 1971; N.J. State Council on the Arts.
~Governor of N.J. Purchase Award: 1971; N.J. State Museum.
~ Creative Artist Public Service Award: 1972; Cultural Council
Foundation, New York.
~Childe Hassam Purchase Award: 1976; American Academy of
Arts and Letters, New York, New York.
~Visual Arts Fellowship:1980; N. J. State Council on the Arts
Trenton, New Jersey.
~Best & Company: Richmond, Virginia.
~Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing: St. Paul, Minnesota.
~NBC Television: New York, New York.
~Lloyd’s Bank: Los Angeles, California.
~Metropolitan Museum of Art: Miami, Florida.
~Computer Sciences Corporation: Los Angeles, California.
~The New Jersey State Museum: Trenton, New Jersey.
~Schenectady County Museum: Schenectady, New York.
~Monterey Peninsula Museum: Monterey, California.
~Orlando National Bank: Orlando, Florida.
~Broadway Bank & Trust Company: Paterson, New Jersey.
~A.M. Sachs: New York, New York.
~Robert Tobin: San Antonio, Texas.
~Sarah Roby Collection: National Museum of American Art,
Smithsonian, Washington, D. C.
~Ernst Beyeler: Basel, Switzerland.
~Wood Arnold, Kansas City, Missouri.
Selected Group and One Man Shows:
~American Academy in Rome: 1970, Rome, Italy.
~A.M. Sachs Gallery: 1972, 74, 75, 29 W. 57th St., New York, N.Y.
~The Arts Club of Chicago: 1974, Chicago, Illinois.
~The Dubins Gallery; 1984,85, Los Angeles, California.
~Drawning Today in New York; 1977, Rice University, Houston,
~ What’s Happening in Soho: 1974, University of Maryland Art
Gallery; University Park, <aryland.
~Power and Energy, 1975: The Neuberger Museum; Purchase
~ 30th Biennial of American Art: 1967; The Corcoran Gallery of
American Art; Washington, D. C.