John Himmelfarb, American (1946 - )

John Hibbelfarb

In the past, John Himmelfarb--the Chicago born, bred and based working artist-- has occasionally incorporated truck imagery in his work, usually in an ancillary role, or as a single character in larger, more complicated pieces. In more recent years, he has been using the image of a truck as the central organizing principle in his paintings, drawings, prints, and now in sculpture.

Rather rickety and tired from countless trips and loads, perhaps, but Himmelfarb captures the very essence of trucks. And with artistic wit and inventiveness in the line and form of his depiction, the truck imagery morphs into almost human physical attributes and attitudes in the viewer’s imagination.

John Himmelfarb's work is represented in more than fifty public collections and he has had seventy solo exhibitions.

Education
B.A Harvard University, 1968

Awards

2007
John Kohler Arts and Industry Residency
2003
Illinois Arts Council Grant
2002, 86
Pollack-Krasner Foundation
1989
Chicago Artists Abroad
1986
Illinois Arts Council Fellowship
1985, 82
National Endowment for the Arts

Selected Recent Solo Exhibitions

2010
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery
2009
Kenosha, WI; H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art, Carthage College
Chicago, IL; Finestra Art Space
Chicago, IL; Vector Custom Fabricating
2008
Omaha, NE; Gallery 72
2007
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery
DeKalb, IL; Jack Olson Gallery, Northern Illinois University
Chicago, IL; Union League Club
2006
Brooklyn, NY; Brooklyn Public Library
2005
New York, NY; Phyllis Stigliano Gallery
Chicago, IL; Jean Albano Gallery
Brooklyn, NY; Salena Gallery, Long Island University
2003
Chicago, IL; Cook County Administration Building
Dallas, TX; Southern Methodist University
2002
Gary, IN; Indiana University Northwest
Chicago, IL; Jean Albano Gallery

Selected Recent Group Exhibitions

2010-11
Auburn, AL, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University; 1072 Society Exhibition
Chicago, IL, Hyde Park Art Center; Not Just Another Pretty Face Part IV
Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN
2010
Washington DC, Smithsonian American Art Museum;Graphic Masters III
2009
Winnetka, IL, John Almquist Gallery, North Shore Country Day School; Eleanor and John Himmelfarb: Two Generations of Chicago Artists
New York, NY, Luise Ross Gallery; Pretty, Strange
2007
New York, NY, Luise Ross Gallery; RARE BIRDS
Little Rock, AR, Arkansas Arts Center; Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American Drawing
Chicago, IL, Flatfile Gallery; Bridge Art Fair Chicago
2006
Tulsa, OK, Gilcrease Museum; Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American Drawing
Kalamazoo, MI, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American Drawing
Chicago, IL, Flatfile Gallery; Black & White
Mexico City, Mexico, Museo Nacional de la Estampa; Conjeturas
2005
Detroit, MI, Detroit Institute of Art; The Art of Screenprint
Chicago, IL, Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery; Art in the Abstract
Chicago, IL, Chicago Cultural Center; On the Mark: Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Evanston, IL, Block Museum; Currents: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Prints
New York, NY, IPCNY; New Prints 2005/Summer: Etchings
Birmingham, AL, University of Alabama-Birmingham; Information In Formation
Morgantown, WV, West Virginia University; Normal Editions Workshops: Selected Works
Kenosha, WI, Carthage College; Chopmark II

Selected Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Arkansas Art Center
Baltimore Art Museum
La Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Blanden Museum of Art
British Museum
Boston Public Library Print Collection
Brooklyn Museum
Cleveland Museum of Art
Danforth Museum of Art
Davenport Art Museum
Des Moines Art Center
Elvehjem Art Center, University of Wisconsin
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Wight Art Gallery, UCLA
High Museum of Art
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, AL
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Art, University of Iowa
Museum of Modern Art
Smithsonian American Art
New York Public Library
Portland Art Museum
Toledo Museum of Art
Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

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