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 Warren Brandt  (1918 - 2002)

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1918 (Greensboro, North Carolina)
 
Death
2002 (Sykesville, Maryland)

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The following was written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.

Warren Brandt was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 26, 1918.  He studied at Pratt Institute from 1935 to 1938, Washington University, with Philip Guston and Max Beckmann and the Art Students League with Yasuo Kuniyoshi. 


He was head of the Art Department of Salem College from 1949 to 1950.  He taught at Pratt Institute from 1950 to 1952 and was an instructor at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina  in 1952.  He was named chairman of the Art Department of the University of Mississippi from 1957 to 1959, taught at Southern Illinois University from 1959 to 1961; School of Visual Art, New York City from 1962 through 1963 and Director of the New York Studio School in 1967.  He became a Member Academician of the National Academy of Design, New York.   

All of Brandt's work is in the venerable if not fully appreciated tradition of studio still life. His roots are in Matisse and Bonnard - simply curvaceous line, precious gobs of paint and elaborate studio set-ups. His is an earthy celebration of the abundance of things. What is so ingratiating about Brandt's work is how much he loves it, loves paint, loves his cluttered studio.   

Sources include:   
Gerrit Henry in Art in America, March 1987   
Who's Who in American Art, R.R. Bowker 1993-94   
Dictionary of Contemporary American Artists, edited by Paul Cummings


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Warren Brandt was a painter whose styles ranged from Abstract Expressionism to Realism.  He moved to New York City after he finished high school and attended Pratt Institute at night.  He studied with Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Art Students League and then served as an official portraitist in the Army during World War II.

On the GI Bill, he attended Washington University in St. Louis and was a student of Max Beckmann and Philip Guston, while keeping close ties to the Abstract Expressionists in New York.

In the 1950s, he traveled widely in the US and Europe with his wife Carolyn, and in 1960, after they were divorced, he married Grace Borgenicht, an artist and art dealer in New York. She was an early champion of Abstract art.

Source: Scottsdale Tribune, 5/19/2002

Biography from Vered Gallery:
Education:
Washington University, St. Louis B.F.A
 Studies with Philip Guston and Max Beckmann (1948)
 J.T. Miliken Fellowship
 University of North Carolina, Greensboro,  M.F.A.
 
Teaching:
1949-50 Salem College, Salem, NC; Chairman of the Dept. of Art
1950-52 Pratt Institute, New York
1952-54 Guilford College
1957-59 University of Mississippi, Chairman of the Dept. of Art
1959-61 Southern Illinois University, Chairman, Dept. of Art
1962-64 School of Visual Arts, New York
1967 New York Studio School, New York.
 
Solo Exhibitions:
1960  New Gallery,  Provincetown, MA
1961  Michigan State University, Oakland, MI
American Gallery, New York
1962  Stuttman Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1963  Obelisk Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1963-64  Grippi Gallery, New York
1966-68  A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York
1967  University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1968  Cord Gallery, Southampton, NY
Reed College, Oregon
Salem College, Salem, NC
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
1969  Agra Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Mercury Gallery, London, England
David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WN
1970  Agra Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Fontana Gallery, Narbeth, PA
A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York
1971  Retrospective,Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
1971  Hooks Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX
Agra Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1972  Mercury Gallery, London, England
A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York
1973  A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York
1974  A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York
David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WN
Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
Bentschler Gallery, Grand Rapids, MN
Fontana Gallery, Narbeth, PA
1975  A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York
1976  Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
 Retrospective, Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, TX
1977  Vick, Klaus, Rosen Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
North Carolina Museum of Art
Fischbach Gallery, New York
1978  Allen House Gallery, Louisville, KY
David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WN
Fontana Gallery, Narbeth, PA
1980  David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WN
Fischbach Gallery, New York
1981  Phoenix II Gallery, Washington, DC
1982  Retrospective, Greenhill Gallery, Greensboro, NC
1983  Fischbach Gallery, New York
1985  Fischbach Gallery, New York
1986  Fischbach Gallery, New York
1987  David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WN
1988  Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Fischbach Gallery, NY
1989  Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1990  Fischbach Gallery, New York
1991  Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1992-93  Retrospective, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC; Philharmonic Center for  ?  Arts, Naples, FL;  Staller Art Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook
1994  Fischbach Gallery, New York
1996  Fischbach Gallery, New York
1998  Drawings, Fischbach Gallery, New York
 
Selected Group Exhibitions:
 1952-53  Metropolitan Museum of Art Watercolor Exhibition, organized by the American ?  Federation of the Arts
1953  Brooklyn Museum Annual Print Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, NY
1966  Pastel Anthology, Borgenicht Gallery, New York
1967  Artists by Artists, The New School, New York
 Drawings of the Sixties, The New School, New York
1972  The Nude Now, Frumkin Gallery, New York
1977  Provincetown: A  Painter’s Place, Everson Art Museum, Syracuse, NY
1978  Still Life, Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NY
From the Guild Hall Collection, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
Himmelfarb Gallery, East Hampton, NY
American Painterly Realists, University of Missouri at Kansas City
1979  American Realism, William and Mary College, Williamsburg, VA
The Figure, 13 Ways, Landmark Gallery, New York
Painterly Realism in America, A.J. Wood Gallery, New York
1980  Still Life Today, Goddard-Riverside Community Center, New york
The Human Form, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Selections from the Fischbach Gallery, State University of New York at Cortland
Collector’s Gallery XIV, Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
1982  30 Painters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Collector’s Gallery XVI, Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
Still Life/Interiors, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1983  Tulip Time, Impressions Gallery, Boston, MA
1984  The Garden, Kornbluth Gallery, Fairlawn, NJ
The Hampton Scene:  Then and Now, Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York
1985  Flowers by Seven Realist Painters, The Prudential and Mendik Company, New York
Seven Hampton Artists, Tower Gallery, Southaampton, NY
American Realism, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Survival of the Fittest II, Ingber Gallery, New York
The Object Revitalized, The Paine Art Center and Arboretum, Oshkosh, WN (touring)
1985-86  The Figure in Twentieth Century American Art - Selections from the Metropolitan ?  Museum of Art, organized by the American Federation of the Arts; traveling to: ?  Jacksonville Art Museum, FL; Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City; National ?  Academy of Design, New York; Terra Museum of American Art, Evanston, IL; ?  Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, CO; ?  Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul.
1986  Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape 1960-85, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA; and the New York Academy of Art, New York
Arrangements in Color and Shape, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Thirty-six Artists, Benson Gallery, Southampton, NY
Four Artists, Bologna Landi Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Nudes, Metropolitan Museum  of Art Mezzanine Gallery, New York
1987  Farm to Hearth, Bronx Museum of  the Arts, New York
162nd Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York
The Hamptons in Winter, Gallery International 52, New York
Summer Group, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1987  Pastel Anthology II, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York
A Just Temper Between Propensities, The Bayley Art Museum, University of Virginia, ?  Charlottesville.
1988  Drawing on the East End:  1940-1988, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
1989  164th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York
Collector’s Gallery XXII, Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
1990  Long Island Landscape Painting in the Twentieth Century, Hecksher Museum, ?  Huntington, New York
1991  An Artist in the Garden, National Academy of Design, New York
1993  168 Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York
Fruits, Flowers and Vegetables: the Contemporary Still Life, Kavesh Gallery, ?  Ketchum, ID
The League at the Cape:  Contemporary Artists, Provincetown Art Association and ?  Museum, Provincetown, RI
1994  Painting from The Commerce Bancshares Collection, Lakeview Museum of Arts and ?  Sciences, Preoria, IL
1995  ‘50s and ‘60s, Fischbach Gallery, New York
Flower Paintings, Lizan -Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY
“Nature Morte,” Galerie Francoise E.S.F., Lutherville, MD
1995-96  Hearth and Home, Champion International Corporation, Stamford, CT
1997  More Old Friends, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
1999  Contemporary American Realism, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
 
Selected Bibliography:
 1964  “New York Exhibit by Warren Brandt,” St. Louis Dispatch, March 26, 1964.
1966   Sawyer, Kenneth.  “Notes on  the Painter Warren Brandt,” Art Internationalv. 10, no. 3 (March  ?   20, 1966)
 “Warren Brandt,” Artnews April 2 (1966).
 Cannaday, John.  “Art:  Like the Stumpy Crocus, Rather Encouraging,” The New York Times, ?   April 2, 1966.
“Le Courier des Arts:  Warren Brandt,” France-Amerique-Le Courier des Etats-Unis, April 7, ?   1966.
“Art Tour:  57th Street and Environs,”  The New York Herald Tribune, April 2, 1966.
“Art in New York,”  Time v. 87, no. 15 (April 15, 1966).
1968  “Summary of Gallery Shows,” The New York Times, March 16, 1968.
Willard, Charlotte.  “Warren Brandt,” The New York Post, March 16, 1968.
“Warren Brandt,”  Arts, April 1968.
1969  Barker, Walter.  “Warren Brandt - Allentown Art Museum,” February, 1969 (Catalogue).
Getlein, Frank.  “Two New Art Exhibitions Show Human Figure Use,” The Sunday Star, April ?   20, 1969
1969  Key, Donald.  “Bright Oils by New York Artist Make Delightful Debut Here,” Milwaukee  ?   Journal, May 18, 1969
1970  “Brandt Blends Color, Animation and Love,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 21, 1970.
“Art:  Brandt, An Artist Who Gets Away with Reminding,”  Washington Sunday Star, ?    November 29, 1970. 
1971  “Brandt’s Color Brightens,” Milwaukee Journal, April 25, 1971
1971  Freed, Eleanor.  “Brandt, a Modern Day Intimist,” The Houston Post, November 7, 1971.
1974  Derfner, Phyllis. “New York Letter,” Art International, v. 19, no. 2  (Feb. 20, 1974).
Stern, Kay. “Warren Brandt:  Gaint Man/Artist,” Greensboro Daily News, March 17, 1974.
Rosing, Larry. “Matisse and Contemporary Art,” Arts, May 1974.
1975  Krebs, Patricia.  “Brandt: Artist Who Fought It Out,” Greensboro Daily News, November 2, ?   1975.
Frank, Peter.  “Matisse/Cezanne Sides of Warren Brandt,” St. LouisPost-Dispatch, Dec. 1, ?   1975.
1976  Ashton, Dore.  “Pastel Anthology,” Arts, Feb. 1976.
Smith, June.  “Brandt’s Direct Art to be Shown,” Beaumont Journal, September 24, 1994.
1977  Donahoe, Victoria. “Exhibit by 2 Dissimilar Artists Shows Strong Visual Foundation,”  The ?   Philadelphia Inquirer, May 13, 1977.
1980  “Studio Gallery,” Milwaukee Sentinel, Feb. 1, 1980.
1984  “The Hampton Show,” Arts, Dec. 1984.
1985  Lesuer, Claude. “Warren Brandt: A New Life for Still Life,” Artspeak, v.1, no. 10 (Feb. 1, ?   1985).
Matlock, David. Contemporary Images:  Flowers by Seven Realist Painters, (exh. cat.; New ?   York: The Prudential and Mendik Co.), 1985.
Braff, Phyllis. “Lively East End Shows,”  The New York Times, Sept. 1, 1985.
1987
“Art:  The Lila Acheson Wallace Wing for 20th Century Art,”  The Village Voice, Feb. 19, ?   1987.
Slivka, Rose C. S.. “From the Studio:  Nudes,” The East Hampton Star, Feb. 19, 1987.
Henry, Gerrit. “Warren Brandt at Fiscbach,” Art In America, Mar. 1987.
1988
Weber, Nicholas Fox. Warren Brandt (New York:  Hudson Hills Press), 1987.
Slivka, Rose C. S.. “From the Studio,”  The East Hampton Star, July 7, 1988.
Long, Robert, East End Exhibit at Parrish,”  The Southampton Press, Oct. 13, 1988.
1989  Weber, Nicholas Fox. “Warren Brandt,”  American Artist, March 1989.
1990  Pisano, Ronald. Long Island Landscape Painting Volume II:  The Twentieth Century (Boston: Little, Brown & Co.), 1990.
1991  Rose, Matthew. “Honoring the Artists of the Hamptons:  Warren Brandt,” Dan’s Papers, May ?   31, 1991.
1992  Jones, Jr., Abe D.. “A Lifelong Embrace of  Work and Beauty,” [rev. of retrospective exh. At ?   the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC], News & Record, Aug. 16, 1992.
1993  Braff, Phyllis. “Warren Brandt: a Retrospective,”  The New York Times, July 18, 1993.
1996  Glueck, Grace. “City Sophistication Spends the Summer on Long Island,” July 12, 1996.
Sansegundo, Sheridan. “At The Galleries,”  The East Hampton Star, April 11, 1996 (repro.).
1997  Braff, Phyllis. “More old Friends at Elaine Benson Gallery,”  The New York Times, June 15, ?   1997.
1998  Slivka, Rose C. S. “From The Studio,” The Easthampton Star, May 7, 1998
 
Selected Public Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
The National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
The Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
The Rochester Museum, Rochester, NY
Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
The Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Washington Museum of Modern Art, Washington, D.C.
The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
The James Michener Foundation, Austin, TX
The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, MO
The Westland Agency, Latrobe, PA
RCA American Communications, Inc., Princeton, NJ
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, New York
Commerce Bancshares, Kansas City, MO
Ciba-Geigy Corporation, Ardsley, NY
H.J. Heintz Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
Chase Manhattan Bank of North America, New York
Tambrands, Incorporated, Lake Success, NY
Little Caesar’s Enterprises, Inc., Detroit, MI
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Museum of New Mexico
Cheekwood Museum of Art and Botanical Garden
Jack S Blanton Museum of Art

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