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 George Abend  (1922 - 1976)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: action painting abstract expression

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1922 (New York City)
 
Death
1976 (Santa Cruz, California)

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Abstract Expressionist, George Abend "developed a gestural, theatrical form of action painting, generally with an underpinning of natural forms" (Albright) in the 1950s and 1960s. He was one of the first visual artists to work with the environmental light and sound program, Vortex. Later in the 1970s he painted large abstract canvases designed to be installed as room-sized environments.

He was active on the East Coast between 1962 and 1966, in Los Angeles between 1966 and 1969, and in Big Sur and Santa Cruz from 1969 until his death.

George Abend studied at University of California, Berkeley, 1946-1947; California School of Fine Arts from 1948-1950; Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris, 1951-1952; and the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, 1953-1954.

Abend taught at Carnegie Institute of Technology and the Cedar Educational Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1962-1966. He was a visiting artist at California State College, Los Angeles, and graphic film consultant at University of Southern California, L. A. 1966-1969.

Solo Exhibitions:
Howard Gallery, San Francisco, 1949; Metart Galleries, 1950; Lucien Labaudt Gallery, 1950, 1952; Galerie de France, Paris, 1951; Olivetti Art Gallery, Guadalajara, 1954; Batman Gallery, San Francisco, 1961; Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania, 1963; Howard Wise Gallery, New York, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966; New York Six Gallery, 1964; Hewlett Gallery, Pittsburgh, 1965; Coast Gallery, Big Sur, 1970; Fulton Gallery, New York, 1973; University of California, 1976.

Selected Group Exhibitions:
68th Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibition of the San Francisco Art Association at the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1949; Third Annual Exhibition of Painting, California Palace of The Legion of Honor 1949; 69th Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibition of the San Francisco Art Association at the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1950; Action 1 , Merry-Go-Round Building, Santa Monica Pier, 1955 (musician); 79th Annual Painting Exhibition of the San Francisco Art Association at the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1960; Eightieth Annual Painting Exhibition of the San Francisco Art Institute (Formerly the San Francisco Art Association) at the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1961; Winter Invitational, California Palace of The Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1960;

"Public Collections: The Oakland Museum.

Sources:
Thomas Albright, Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945 to 1980, University California Press; Susan Landauer, The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionists, U.C. Press; others.
David J Carlson, Carlson Gallery, California


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