Aubrey Schwartz, American (1928 - )

Aubrey Schwartz

Though really an "independent" and not beholden to any style, school, or movement, Schwartz's vision contributes to what we might call an American version of European Expressionism. (Expressionism used in the broadest sense to include such artists as Kollwitz, Barlach, Rouault.)

The intensity, the expressiveness, of his art suggests such an affinity. America seldom borrows directly from European culture; the best of American art, as with its thought and literature, is indigenous to its own place and temper--though sometimes inspired or agitated by European models. Expressionism is no exception. Its vision--both in subject matter and style--arose in the darkest period of European history and reached its zenith as that darkness, too, reached its apotheosis. Schwartz's work takes cognizance of this vision--this past--in an important way; as such it serves as countervail to much of the art of his American contemporaries. It reprises much that was truly marvellous and untapped within that remarkable tradition. It continues where modernism, one strain of modernism, leaves off; where art veers from the representational and figurative and turns cerebral and abstract

Aubrey Schwartz was born in New York City in 1928. His work at an early stage drew the attention of collectors and museum curators and won him many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Print-making. In 1969 he accepted a professorship at The State University of New York at Binghamton. He taught at that institution for many years (becoming in time Chair of its Department of Fine Art) and influenced the creative lives of many students, some of whom have gone on to distinguish themselves as artists.

EXHIBITIONS
NUMEROUS ONE MAN AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS SINCE 1956
AWARDS AND GRANTS
1958-60 GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP IN CREATIVE PRINTMAKING
1960 FIRST PRIZE, GRAPHIC ART, BOSTON ARTS FESTIVAL
1960 TAMARIND FELLOWSHIP IN CREATIVE LITHOGRAPHY
PUBLICATIONS
“PREDATORY BIRDS,” 1958, A PORTFOLIO OF TEN LITHOGRAPHS
“MOTHERS AND CHILDREN,” 1959, A BOOK OF EIGHTEEN MINIATURE ETCHINGS
“THE MIDGET AND DWARF,”1960,PORTFOLIO OF TEN LITHOGRAPHS,TAMARIND WORKSHOP
“A BESTIARY,” 1961, A PORTFOLIO OF TWENTY LITHOGRAPHS, POEMS BY ANTHONY HECHT
“WILDFLOWERS,” 1966, A PORTFOLIO OF TEN ETCHINGS
“HOMAGE TO CLAUDE LORRAIN,” 1986 A PORTFOLIO OF 31 MONOTYPES
“CATS,” 1966 A PORTFOLIO OF 20 ETCHINGS, WITH A POEM BY CZESLAW MILOSZ
“NEWBORN,” 1997, A PORTFOLIO OF 20 ETCHINGS, WITH POETRY BY LIZ ROSENBERG
“EDVARD MUNCH,” 1998, A PORTFOLIO OF 10 ETCHINGS WITH POETRY BY DON COLES
“GARGOYLES,” 1999, A PORTFOLIO OF 20 ETCHINGS.
“DOGS,” 2005, A PORTFOLIO OF 20 ETCHINGS

REPRESENTED IN THE COLLECTIONS OF
THE NATIONAL GALLERY, THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF T, THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, THE MORGAN LIBRARY, THE JEWISH MUSEUM, AND VARIOUS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

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