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Edward Corbett

 (1919 - 1971)
Edward M. Corbett was active/lived in Massachusetts, Illinois.  Edward Corbett is known for abstract often minimal expression.

Edward Corbett

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Born in Chicago, Illinois, Edward Corbett was a painter in an abstract style of poetic landscape inspired by the various locations where he lived and traveled. He often titled his paintings for the location that inspired them, but he did not do literal depictions. He was especially noted for subtle changes of effect in colors and surfaces.

Edward Corbett was the son of an army officer and spent his youth in the southwestern United States as well as in the Philippines and Ohio, and in 1937, began art studies at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Corbett was in the army and merchant marine during World War II and after a year in New York, returned to California to teach at San Francisco State College and later at the California School of Fine Arts. In 1951, he moved to Taos to teach art and two years later took a job at Mount Holyoke College for nine years.

During this time, he spent his summers between Taos, New Mexico and Provincetown, Massachusetts, and later had a home in Washington D.C.
Edward Corbett attended the California School of Fine Arts from 1936-1941 and lived in New York from 1944-1946. Returning to San Francisco, he joined the American Abstract Artists around 1946. Taught at California School of Fine Arts; University of California, Berkeley, 1947-1950; Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, 1953-1963; lived in Washington, D.C., 1964-1971; and the University of California, Santa Barbara, 1967-1968.

Selected Exhibitions: Pat Wall Gallery, Monterey, 1946; 68th Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibition of the San Francisco Art Association at the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1949; La Galeria Escondido, Taos, 1951; Action 1 , Merry-Go-Round Building, Santa Monica Pier, 1955; Borgenicht Gallery, New York, 1954, 1956, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968; Massachusetts of Technology, 1959; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1961; San Francisco Museum of Art, 1969; The Oakland Museum, California. A Period of Exploration: San Francisco 1945-1950; 1973; University of Maryland Art Gallery, 1979; San Francisco Museum of Art, Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era 1976; Richmond Art Center, 1990; Laguna Art Museum & San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism, 1996.

Public Collections: The Oakland Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art;
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution; others.

Literature: Susan Landauer, The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism; Thomas Albright, Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980; Henry Hopkins, Art in the San Francisco Bay area, The Modern Era; others.

David J Carlson, Carlson Gallery, California. Carlson's specialty is Post-World War II California artists, and he is preparing a catalogue for a 2004 traveling exhibition of these artists to several California museums.

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About  Edward Corbett

Born:  1919 - Chicago, Illinois
Died:   1971 - Provincetown, Massachusetts
Known for:  abstract often minimal expression

Essays referring to
Edward Corbett

Abstract Expressionism