for bad bots

Balcomb Greene

Statement/Biography


Balcomb Greene was a one of the leaders of the early American Modernist movement of the 1930s.  In 1935, he was included in the ground breaking exhibition, Abstract Painting in America at the Whitney Museum of American Art.   Along with Ilya Bolotowsky, Charles Green Shaw and Burgoyne Diller, he founded the American Abstract Artists group in 1936. Balcomb Greene’s pure geometric style of juxtaposing hard edge shapes and lines against planes of color made the 1930s one of the most important periods in American painting, thus leading the way for the Abstract Expressionist painters who followed in the 1950s.

Balcomb Greene’s work may be found in most major public collections, including Art Institute of Chicago; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

CV

1904, born, Millville, New York
1927, studied at Columbia University
1936, received B.A., Syracuse University
1931, studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaurniere, Paris
1943, received M.A., New York Universit

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBTIONS
lB. Neuman's New Art Circle, New York, 1947.
Arts and Crafts Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1953.
Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, annually 1950-61
American University, Washington, D.C., 1957
Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, New York, 1959
Centre Cultural American, American Embassy, Paris, 1960
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1961
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1961
Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1961
Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1961
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1961
Mouth Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, 1961
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York, 1961
Saidenberg Gallery, New York, annually 1962-5, 1967-8
Feingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, 1963-4
Feingarten Galleries, Chicago, 1963
La Jolla Art Center, California, 1964
University Gallery, University of Florida, 1965
Tampa Art Institute, Florida, 1965
James David Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida, 1965, 1966
Arts and Crafts Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1966
Main Street Galleries, Chicago, 1966
Santa Barbara Musewn of Art, California, 1966
Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, 1966
Adele Bednarz Galleries, Los Angeles, California, annually, 1966-69; annually, 1971-75
Occidental College, Los Angeles, 1967
Berenson Galleries, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida, annually, 1967-69
Mackler Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1968
Forum Gallery, New York, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1975
Fairweather-Hardin Gallery, Chicago, 1972, 1973
Harmon Gallery, Naples, Florida, annually, 1974-1977, 1979, 1982
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Meek Gallery, Naples, Florida, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1992, 1994
International Oceanographic Institute, Key Biscayne, Florida, 1976
A.C.A. Galleries, New York, 1977, 1979 (with Gertrude Greene, 1904-1956), 1979, 1982
University of Texas, Austin, 1977
Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, 1977
Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, 1977
Wichita Slate University, Kansas, 1978
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1978
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1978
Guild Hall, East Hampton, Long Island, New York, 1978
Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1979
Harmon Gallery, Naples, Florida, 1982
Foster Harmon Gallery, Sarasota, Florida, annually, 1983-88
The Sheldon Swope Art Gallery, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1983
Edwin A. Ulrich Gallery of Art, Wichita State College, Kansas
Canton Art Institute, Ohio, 1983
Phoenix II Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1983
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, Florida, Balcomb Greene: The Figure in His Art, 1931-1984, 1985.
Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1987
St. Mary's College Art Gallery, Maryland, 1987
Katarina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, 1984, 1986, 1988 (with Gertrude Greene, 1904-1956), 1990
Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, 1991
Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, Long Island, New York, 1996
Melvin Gallery, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, 1996
Vered Gallery, East Hampton, New York, 1998
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, Balcomb Greene/Gertrude Greene: Two Artists: Works 1930s-1980s, 1998.
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, Florida, Balcomb Greene: Non-Objective Works of the 1930s & 1970s, 2001.
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, Florida, Balcomb Greene, 1904-1990: Abstraction Against the Tide, 2004.
Spanierman Modern, New York, Balcomb Greene: A Retrospective, 2008.

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
Allentown Art Museum Pennsylvania
Art Institute of ChicagoBall State Teacher's College, Muncie, Indiana
Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Centre College Regional Art Center, Danville, Kentucky
Cincinnati Arts Museum, Ohio
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Guild Hall, East Hampton, Long Island, New York
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Lytton Industries Collection, Los Angeles
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Metropolitan Museum and Art Center, Miami, Florida
University of Miami, Florida
Museum of Fine Art, Houston
Museum of Modem Art, New York
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama
University of Nebraska Art Galleries, Lincoln
Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York
Newark Museum, New Jersey
Pasadena Art Museum, California
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Portland Art Museum, Oregon
St. Petersburg Museum of Art, Florida
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
University of Texas Art Museum, Austin
Vassar College, Frances Leyman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York
University 0 f Virginia Art Museum, Bayley Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut
Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts