John Hardy

American (1923–2014)

About the artist:

John Hardy was born in Tours, France, on March 23, 1923, to Charles Crum Hardy and the former Jacqueline Gadois. He lived in Brooklyn from age 1 to 6, when his family relocated to suburban Long Island. His mother died when he was 8, after which he was sent to live with another family in Roanoke, Va., while his father remained in New York. As a teenager, he lived with an aunt in Guilford, N.C He spent his childhood in various parts of the country including New York, Virginia, and North Carolina, and later lived in Florida and Georgia. His travels outside the USA include Europe, Greece, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, the Caribbean Islands, Panama, and Mexico. In 1942, he married Betty Blackman, with whom he lived for 26 years and raised four children. He served in the Army from 1940 to 1945, spending 16 months in Europe during World War II. At age 52, he moved to New York City with Page Ogden, to whom he was married for 12 years. He subsequently lived with Naomi Lionni, who died in 1992. He taught drawing and painting from 1958 to 1981, first at the Atlanta College of Art, and subsequently at the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology and at New York University. A figurative painter known especially for his portraits, cityscapes, and sea?scapes, his work captured the depth and complexity of his subjects with empathy, humor, and, in some cases, astute social commentary. According to Gail Levin, an art historian, professor, and author specializing in the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, “Like those of [Edward] Hopper and [Reginald] Marsh, Hardy’s paintings often imply multi-layered meanings, enabling him to distill the essence of a cultural moment. . . . He selects and manipulates with an uncanny power, achieving ironic realism.” John C. Hardy, an artist and teacher who lived in SoHo and Springs, died of complications from a stroke at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City on Oct. 10 2014 in the company of Joan Semmel, his companion for the past 21 years. He was 91. Select Solo Exhibitions 2006“New Paintings,” DFN Gallery, New York, NY 2003“It’s up to you, New York, New York,”Susan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2002“Portraits,” Lizan Tops Gallery. Easthampton, NY “The New Collections,” DFN Gallery, New York, NY 2000Undercroft Gallery, St. Anne’s School, Brooklyn, NY 1996Brenda Taylor Gallery (two-person with Joan Semmel), New York, NY 1994Hurlbutt Gallery, Greenwich, CT 1993Michael Walls Gallery, New York, NY J. Gibson/Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC Bologna-Landi Gallery, Easthampton, NY 1991Ratner Gallery, Chicago, IL 1990Haines Lundberg Waehler Architecture Gallery, New York, NY 1989MacIntosh Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1988Cress Fine Arts Center, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN Huntington Museum, Huntington, WV Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA 1987Georgia Museum of Art (two person), Athens, GA 1986Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA 1985Lamar Dodd Art Center, La Grange College, GA 1984Armstrong Gallery, New York, NY Tweed Gallery, “The Wedding Show”, New York, NY 1982Stanley and Schenke Gallery, Atlanta, GA Joanna Dean Gallery (two person), New York, NY 1979Rice University, Houston, TX Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 1978“The Human Figure in Contemporary Painting and Sculpture in the U.S.”, Genesis Gallery, New York, NY Sardoni Gallery, Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, PA "The Best of New York” Root Art Center, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 1972Aronson Midtown Gallery, Atlanta, GA Brentwood Gallery, Brentwood, CA Select Group Exhibitions 2007New York at Night, DFN Gallery, New York, NY 200510th Anniversary Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY 2004NYC, DFN Gallery, New York, NY Springs Annual Artists Invitational, Easthampton, NY 2002Tribeca Works on Paper Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY New York Artists, Swans Coachouse Gallery, Atlanta, GA New York, New York, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY 2001By the Sea, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY Winter Show, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY 2000Private Worlds, Art in General, New York, NY Summer Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY 1999Artists' Studio Benefit Tour, Art in General, New York, NY By the Sea, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY Works on Paper, Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, NY Rutgers Faculty and Friends, Mason Gross, New Brunswick, NJ Passion of Paint, Richard Anderson Gallery, New York, NY Acquisitions 1999, Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN Acquisitions 1999, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA Acquisitions 1999, Macon Museum of Art, Macon, GA 1997Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA 1996Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, NY 1989Uddoh Gallery, New York, NY 1988Artists' Union, Kiev, Russia 1986Mattress Factory, Nexus, Atlanta, GA 1984Die Techische Universitat, West Berlin, Germany Armstrong Gallery, New York, NY Tweed Gallery, Plainfield, NJ Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1983Sid Deutch Gallery, New York, NY Stephen Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY Arbitrage Gallery, New York, NY 1981Arts For Living Center, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY 1980Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC 1979National Collection of Fine Art, Washington, DC 1977Genesis Gallery, New York, NY Root Art Center, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 1976Paul Kessler Gallery, Provincetown, MA Roko Gallery (three person), New York, NY 1974High Museum, Atlanta, GA Le Moyne Foundation Gallery, Tallahassee, FL Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA 1973 Dalton Galleries/Agnes Scott College (three person), Atlanta, GA Piano Gallery, Hilton Head, SC Select Collections Public Brooklyn Museum – New York, NY High Museum - Atlanta, GA Mint Museum - Charlotte, NC National Museum of American Art - Washington, D.C Museum of Western Virginia Hunter Museum of American Art - Chattanooga, TN Morris Museum of Art - Augusta, GA Macon Museum of Arts & Sciences - Macon, GA U.S. State Department - Washington, D.C. Art in Embassies Program Georgia Council of the Arts - Atlanta, GA Greenville County Museum - Greenville, SC National Museum of American Art New York Historical Society University Rockefeller Collection, Spellman College, Atlanta, GA Columbia University Law School Foster Gallery, Louisiana State University Grey Art Gallery, New York University Georgia State University Student Union Georgia Institute of Technology Faculty Lounge Lamar Dodd Art Center, La Grange College Museum of Art, University of Iowa Sewell Gallery, Rice University George Cress Art Center, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Corporate Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison Law Firm, New York, NY Reader's Digest Lila Acheson Wallace Fund, White Plains, NY Near North Agencies, Chicago, IL Southerland Asbill & Brennan Law Firm, Atlanta, GA Cousins Development Corporation, Atlanta, GA Carter & Associates Real Estate, Atlanta, GA Kilpatrick Cody Law Firm, Atlanta, GA Kutak Rock Campbell Law Firm, Atlanta, GA King & Spalding Law Firm, Atlanta, GA The Mead Collection, Atlanta, GA Private Thum Collection, Dallas, TX Wilber Collection, Sarasota, FL Walter and Joan Mondale Collection Birchfield Collection, Boston, MA Charles Ackerman Collection, Atlanta, GA Edwards/Waitzkin Collection, Washington DC Feder/Freidenbergs Collection, New York, NY Franceline Prat Collection, Paris Frances Aronson Collection, Antibes & Atlanta, GA James Dickey Collection Jimmy and Roslyn Carter Collection Kornfeld Collection, Scarsdale, NY Michelle Urry Collection, New York, NY Julius Gould Collection, Lake Success, NY Phillip Walden, Capricorn Records, Nashville, TN Ratner Collection, Chicago, IL Roger Kennedy, Ford Foundation, New York, NY Ronald and Phyllis Katz Collection, Boulder, CO Steed Collection, Atlanta, GA Grants 1996-1997Pollock Krasner Foundation 1988NEA Grant, West Virginia Council of Art, "New Masters Workshop" 1984New York Foundation For The Arts Grant 1979 NEA Grant, Ann Robinson Artists' Grants 1973NEH/Arts Seminar, Georgia Institute of Technology 1972 Georgia Institute of Technology Alumni Foundation Grant 1970 Georgia Council of the Arts 1969 Atlanta Festival of the Arts Visiting Artist/Critic 1988Huntington Museum, Huntington, WV 1985Savannah College of Art and Design 1980 College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia State University 1979 Louisiana State University Rice University 1978Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, PA 1972 University of Cincinnati Teaching Experience 1994 - 2002 St. Ann’s School, Brooklyn, NY - Adjunct Professor, Painting and Drawing 1980 - 1983New York University - Adjunct Professor, Painting 1970 - 1975Georgia Institute of Technology - Chairman, Visual Arts 1963 - 1969College of Architecture - Professor, Painting, Drawing, and Foundation 1957 - 1963 Georgia State University - Adjunct Professor, Painting and Drawing Atlanta School of Art - High Museum Bibliography 2003Cullum, Jerry “It’s Up to you, New York,” Review Atlanta Journal, April 2001 Long, Robert “Mystery and Skyline,” East Hampton, NY East Hampton Star, October Slide Lecture: Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange College, March 2000 Budick, Ariella “The Artful East End,” review; Photo, Newsday, July, New York 1999Slivka, Rose “By the Sea,” Review, photo; East Hampton Star, July 1993 Graves, Jack. “Point of View,” editorial. Easthampton, NY: The Easthampton Star, August. Slivka, Rose C.S. “Arts & Letters,” review/photo. Easthampton, NY: The Easthampton Star, June. 1991 Artner, Alan G. “On the Beach – John Hardy’s World A Desolate Place of the Self.” Chicago IL: The Chicago Tribune, June. 1989Beck, Carol Graham. review/photo. Art Papers: Contemporary Art of the Southeast, October. 1988 “New Masters Workshop,” essay/brochure/photo. Huntington, WV: Huntington Museum of Art, March. 1987 Klein, Ann. “Hardy’s Art is as Deep as the Pools He Paints,” review/photo. Roanoke VA: Roanoke Times & World News, October. Keyes, Donald, Curator of Contemporary Art, Georgia Museum. “Classic Scene, Georgia Museum of Art review/photo. Athens, GA: Banner Herald/Daily News, September 1986 Fennelly, Larry. “Museum of Arts and Sciences Offers a Lot to See,” review/photo. 1985“Hardy Art Exhibit to Open at Dodd Gallery,” article/photo. LaGrange, GA: LaGrange Journal, November. 1984 Andrews, Benny (forward) and Heit, Janet (essay). John Hardy 1965 to 1985: A Retrospective, cat. New York: New York Foundation for the Arts. Slide Lecture: College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, October. “Exhibit Takes Eclectic Look ay Weddings,” review/photo, Newark, NJ: Star-Ledger, June. Zimmer, William. “Weddings Through the Eyes of Artists,” review/photo. New York: The New York Times, June. Corkery, Timothy. “A Timely Subversion of Expectations.” New York: Armstrong Gallery Publications, January. Combs, Tram. John Hardy, monologue/photo. New York: New York Arts Magazine, January 1982 “Nimrod Frazer House,” photo. Southern Accent, October. Fox, Catherine. “Georgia Artists Find roots as They Struggle in New York.” Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal, May Burnett, W.C. “Exhibit Shows Results of Hardy’s Move.” Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal, February 1981 Warshaw, Renate Karlin. John Hardy: Exchanges IV, cat. June. 1979 Slide Lecture: Louisiana State University, November. Slide Lecture: Rice University, March. Winters, Harold. "Hardy-Rothko Relationship." Houston, TX: The Rice Thresher, March. 1978 Combs, Tram. review. New York: Art in America, May/June Pomfret, Margaret. Review. New York: Arts, May. Opening Celebration Poster, "42nd Street Theatre Row." Presentation of commemorary poster to Vice-President and Joan Mondale, May. Slide Lecture: Wilkes College, March. Sterling, William. "John Hardy's Paintings." Wilkes-Barre, PA: Sordoni Gallerie Briefs, March. Betz, Margaret. "John Hardy, Genesis Galleries." Review Art News, New York, February. "Goings on About Town," Exhibition Review. New York: The New Yorker, January. 1977 "Goings on About Town," Exhibition Review. New York: The New Yorker, March. Burnett on art. "Pop Art Symbolism." Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal/Constitution, January. Woodhead, Henry, "Art in the Office," review/photo. Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal/ Constitution, March. 1976 "Architect William Howell/Home Improvement Ideas," photo of "Folk Hero". Good Housekeeping, Spring. 1975Burnett on art. "John Hardy," article/photo. Atlanta GA: Atlanta Journal/Constitution, December. 1972"Tech's John Hardy Shows Paintings." Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal/Constitution, January. 1970Burnett on art. "Pop Art Symbolism." Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal, November. 1967Cater, Anne. "From Chaos, an Exhibit." Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal, August. 1962"Look at Life," article/photo. Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Journal, November.

John Hardy

American (1923–2014)

(33 works)

About the artist:

John Hardy was born in Tours, France, on March 23, 1923, to Charles Crum Hardy and the former Jacqueline Gadois. He lived in Brooklyn from age 1 to 6, when his family relocated to suburban Long Island. His mother died when he was 8, after which he

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