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 Cleve (Ginsburg) Gray  (1918 - 2004)

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Lived/Active: Connecticut/New York / Italy/France      Known for: abstract expression, landscape and still life painting

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1918 (New York City)
 
Death
2004 (Hartford, Connecticut)

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Connecticut/New York / Italy/France

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Abstract painter Cleve Gray died December 8, 2004 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was born Cleve Ginsburg (his family changed their name in 1936).

Gray created a variety of works with fields of color made by pouring, staining, and sponging to which he added gestural marks. He painted a series of 14 paintings entitled, Threnody in response to the Vietnam War. The series was commissioned by the Neuberger Museum of Purchase, New York.

While Cleve Gray served in the Army he studied with French artists Andre Lhote and Jacques Villon after the liberation of Paris.

Cleve Gray married the writer Francine du Plessix in 1957.  He was a contributing editor to Art in America in the 1960s, and he edited volumes of writings by David Smith, John Marin and Hans Richter.

Source:
Editors, "Art World", Art in America, February 2005

Biography from Cavalier Galleries Inc.:
Shortly after graduating from Princeton University with degrees in Art and Archeology, Cleve Gray started his Army experience, which influenced his creativity and artistic quest.  His former focus on landscape and still life shifted dramatically towards purified forms and abstraction.

While serving in Europe during World War II, he met up with Picasso and close followers of Marcel Duchamp.  During that time, Gray underwent informal art training with some of the major avant garde leaders in Paris.  His great contemporaries as well as strong anti-war sentiments conceived during that period continued to affect his work throughout the Vietnam War (“Threnody” series) and later.

Cleve Gray’s work can be found in major museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institute and The Brooklyn Museum.

EDUCATION
1992 University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree

1980-1987 American Academy, Rome, Artist-in-Residence

1970 Honolulu Academy of Art, Artist-in-Residence, HA

1963 Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, under auspices of Ford Foundation Program, Artist-in- Residence

1961 Pratt Graphic Art Institute, New York. (1961)

1943-1946 Paris, studies informally with André Lhote and Jacques Villon

1936-1940 Princeton University, summa cum laude, with BA in Art and Archaeology. Studies painting with James C. Davis and Far Eastern Art with George Rowley, for whom he writes his thesis on Yuan dynasty landscape painting.

1933-1936 Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts; studies painting with Bartlett Hayes & wins the Samuel F. B. Morse Prize for most promising art student.

1929-1933 Formal Training at New York with Antonia Nell, Studied with George Bellows

1924-1932 Ethical Culture School in New York City, NY

AWARDS
1987 Governor’s Connecticut Art Award. (April)

1958 University of Illinois Purchase Award, 146th Annual Exhibition Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1960 University of Illinois Purchase Award, 146th Annual Exhibition Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1962 University of Illinois Purchase Award, 146th Annual Exhibition Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1964 University of Illinois Purchase Award, 146th Annual Exhibition Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1946-1947 New York Times critic Edward Alden Jewell picks Gray’s painting London Ruins #1 for Critic’s Choice exhibition at Grand Central Art Gallery, New York City

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

The Brooklyn Museum, New York

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine Art Gallery,New York

Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine

Columbia University Art Gallery, New York

Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, New York

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Heckscher Museum, Huntington, New York

Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Hawaii

The Jewish Museum, New York

Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign

Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

The Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase

New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut

The Newark Museum, New Jersey

Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

Oklahoma City Art Center, Oklahoma

The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

The Art Museum, Princeton University, New Jersey

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

Shearson Lehman Hutton Collection, New York

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Shite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Tennessee Botanical Gardens and Fine Arts Center, Nashville

Union Station, Hartford, Connecticut

Vanderbilt Art Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Willard Gibbs Research Laboratory, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

COMMISSIONS & PURCHASES
1988 Cataract #2 (1984) purchased by United Technologies Corporation, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT

1988 Outdoor Art Station Competition, Union Station, Hartford, CT

The 636-foot-long mural in porcelain enamel tile, entitled Movement in Space, is installed on the terminal facade in September.

1977 Residential building in Dallas, Texas

1972 Bryan Robertson, director of the Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase

St. James Episcopal Church in Farmington, Connecticut.

The Art Museum, Princeton University, For thirtieth reunion of the class of 1940 holds a retrospective dedicated by Gray to the students killed at Kent State University.

GALLERIES
1970 Betty Parsons Gallery (

1965 Saidenberg Gallery, New York, NY

1960 Staempfli Gallery

1946-1947 Jacques Seligmann Gallery, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1973 Sneed Hillman Gallery, Rockford, IL

1970 Sneed Hillman Gallery, Rockford, IL

1970 Cleve Gray: Prints and Drawings, The Graphics Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1967 Ceres Series, Saidenberg Gallery, New York, NY

1964 Recent Paintings, Staempfli Gallery, New York, NY

1963 Jerrold Morris International Gallery, Toronto

1963 Galeria Grattacielo, Milan, Italy

1963 Cleve Gray, Solo Gallery, Richmond, VA

1958 Cleve Gray, Solo Gallery, Richmond, VA

1957 Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

EXHIBITIONS
1998 Butler Institute, Youngstown, Ohio

1998 The Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

1996 The Eumenides Series, Berry-Hill Gallery, New York

1996 Cleve Gray: The Art of Memory-Threnody; Zen Gardens Series; In Prague Series, Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York at Purchase, NY

1996 Threnody, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase

1995 Cleve Gray: Romantic/Modern, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

1994 Neuberger Museum

1992-1993 Threnody, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase

1991 Cleve Gray: New Work, Berry-Hill Gallery, New York

1991 Eva Cohon Gallery, Chicago, IL

1991 Cleve Gray, Highland Park, Chicago, IL

1990 Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NY

1990 Cleve Gray: The Painted Line, Berry-Hill Gallery, New York

1990 Cleve Gray: The Painted Line, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT

1990 Cleve Gray Paintings: 1980-1990, Central Connecticut State University, Samuel S. T. Chen Art Center, New Britain, CT

1989 Enter-Entrance-Exit,Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

1989 Paris-New York—Kent Gallery, Kent, CT

1989 Barnard Collects: The Educated Eye, Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York, NY

1989 The Connecticut Biennial, The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT

1988 Cleve Gray: A Decade of Work 1977-1987, The Art Guild, Farmington, CT

1988 BachelierCardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT

1987 Paul Mellon Arts Center, Choate Rosemary Hall School, Wallingford, CT

1987 Cleve Gray Works on Paper: 1940-1986, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY

1987 Cleve Gray Works on Paper: 1940-1986, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

1987 Cleve Gray: Recent Paintings, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC

1987 A Contemporary View of Nature, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

1987 Roman Walls, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI

1987 Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT

1987 Threnody, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase

1986 Cleve Gray: A Small Retrospective 1934-1986, Armstrong Gallery, New York, NY

1986 Resurrection Series, Armstrong Gallery, New York, NY

1986 Resurrection Series, Benjamin Mangel Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1986 Roman Walls, Paris-New York-Kent Gallery, Kent, CT

1986 Connecticut Masters, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT

1986 Jewish Themes/Contemporary American Artists, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY

1986 50 Works: Selections from the E. F. Hutton Collection (In Prague #22), Metropolitan Museum and Art Center, Coral Gables, FL

1986 Cleve Gray: Zen Gardens, Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, IL

1984 Amstrong Gallery, New York, (1983 & 1987); Prague

1984 From the East: Eastern Influence on Western Artists, Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, IL

1984 Griffin-Hailer Gallery, Washington Depot, CT

1984 Cleve Gray, Gallery Two Nine One, Atlanta, GA

1984 Cleve Gray: Zen Gardens, Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, IL

1984 Cleve Gray: There Series, Robert L. Kidd Associates/Galleries, Birmingham, MI

1984 Threnody, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase

1983 Annual Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1983 Benjamin Mangel Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1983 Ten by Cleve Gray—Lithographs, G. Fox, Hartford, CT

1983 Silvermine ’83, Silvermine Guild Center for the Arts, New Canaan, CT

1983 Threnody, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase

1983 Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1982 Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1982 Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT

1981 Michael H. Lord Gallery 700, Milwaukee, WI

1981 Classic Americans: XX Century Painters and Sculptors, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, CT

1981 Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1980 Roman Walls, American Academy

1980 Roman Walls, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas

1980 Irving Galleries, Palm Beach, FL

1980 Arte Americana Contemporanea, Commune di Udine, Civici Musei e Gallerie di Storia e Arte

1980 Cleve Gray, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT

1980 Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

1979 Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT

1979 Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, CA

1979 Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

1979 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Sneed Gallery, Rockford, IL

1979 Works on Paper U.S.A., Rockland Center for the Arts, ME

1979 Threnody, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase

1978 Sacred Images: East and West, Cathedral Museum of Art, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York

1978 Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1977 Cleve Gray: Paintings 1966-1977, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1977 Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1977 Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

1977 Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL

1977 New Acquisitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

1976 Arte Americana Contemporana, American Embassy, Bucharest, Rumania

1976 Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1975 Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase

1973-1976 Threnody, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase

1973 Nine Connecticut Artists, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

1973 Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1972 Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1972 European and American Art from the Princeton Collections, The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

1971 Lithographias de Ia Coleccidn Mourlot, Museo Universidad de Puerto Rico

1971-1972 Drawings USA/71, Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul

1971 Honolulu Academy of Arts

1970 Honolulu Academy of Arts

1969 Loan Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.

1969 Reductive Vision, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1969 American Painting and Sculpture: 1948-1969, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

1969 Seven Decades-Seven Alumni of Phillips Academy, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA

1968 Drawings USA, The Art Center in Hargate, St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH

1967 National Lithography Exhibition, Florida State University Art Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

1967 Selections 1967, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

1966 Recent Still Lifes, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1966 161st Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1965 American Drawing Biennial, Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, VA

1965 Annual Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1964 Friends Collect, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1964 New England Art: Prints, De Cordova and Dana Museum, Lincoln, MA

1964 New England Regional Drawing Exhibition, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA

1964 159th Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1964 Drawings USA, The Art Center in Hargate, St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH

1963 Annual Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1963 Response, The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

1963 Arte de America y España, Instituto de Cultura Hispanica, Madrid

1963 21st Biennial Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington. D.C.

1962 Staempfli Gallery, New York, NY

1962 Art of the Americas, Trabia Morris Gallery, New York, NY

1962 157th Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1961 21st Biennial Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington. D.C.

1961 Galerie Internationale, Washington, D.C.

1961 Abstract Expressionists and Imagists, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

1961 6th International Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

1961 Contemporary Drawings, John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis

1961 Drawings USA, The Art Center in Hargate, St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH

1960 Eight from Connecticut, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

1960 1st Biennial Exhibition, Detroit Institute of Arts, MI

1959 Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

1959 Jacques Seligmann Gallery, New York, NY

1958 1st Biennial Exhibition, Detroit Institute of Arts, MI

1957 20th Century Works of Art, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

1957 Jacques Seligmann Gallery, New York, NY

1955 Italy Rediscovered, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY

1955 21st Biennial Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington. D.C.

1954 Steel, Iron, Men, Birmingham Museum of Art, AL

1954 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

1954 American Paintings 1954, Des Moines Art Center, IO

1954 62nd Annual Exhibition, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

1954 Jacques Seligmann Gallery, New York, NY

1953 62nd Annual Exhibition, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

1952 62nd Annual Exhibition, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

1951 International Watercolor Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY

1951 Young Painters U.S.A., Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

1951 The City by the River and the Sea, Dayton Art Institute, Ohio

1951 Contemporary American Painting, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

1950 Young American Painters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

1950 Works by Cleve Gray: American Artist, Duke University, Durham, NC

1949 Jacques Seligmann Gallery, New York, NY

1949 21st Biennial Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington. D.C.

1949 Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1948 London Ruins, Jacques Seligmann Gallery, New York, NY

1948 58th Annual Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1948 Biennial Exhibition, Worcester Art Museum, MA

1946-1947 Annual Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1946-1947 Paintings of the Year, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

1946-1947 Abstract and Surrealist American Art - 34th Annual, Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio

1946-1947 Eighteen Young American Painters, Research Studio, Maitland, FL

1943-1946 Galerie Durand-Ruel, American Painters, Paris

1942 Alfred Messer Studio Gallery, Tucson, AZ

POSITIONS
1968-1997 Honorary Trustee, Rhode Island School of Design

1977-1982 Commissioner on the Connecticut Commission for the Arts

1976-1978 Board of Trustees, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

1970-1975 Board of Trustees, New York School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture

Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

TEACHING
1971 American Academy, Visiting Scholar, Rome

PUBLICATIONS

1998 Harry N. Abrams, Cleve Gray, with text by Nicholas Fox Weber

1971 Edits Hans Richter by Hans Richter, Holt, Rinehart & Winston

1970 Edits John Marin by John Marin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston,

1968 Edits David Smith by David Smith, published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1968, reprinted by Thames & Hudson

1960 Contributing editor of Art in America

ACHIEVEMENTS
1962 Completes Reverend Quan Duc, first artistic response to the crisis in Vietnam

1962 Completes Oklahoma, acquired by The New School of Social Research, New York, where it is later accidentally destroyed

1961 Ford Foundation Purchase


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