(1909 - 1976/77)
Hannes Beckmann was active/lived in New York, New Hampshire / Germany, Czech Republic. Hannes Beckmann is known for painting-non objective and op art imagery, teaching.
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Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Hannes Beckmann studied at the Bauhuas,
Dessau in 1928 with Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers
1932, he went to Vienna and studied photography for two years.
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From 1938 to 1944, he was in Prague where he was director of a
photographic studio, and from 1944 until the end of the war, he was
interred in a concentration camp.
In 1948, he came to the United
States where he settled in New York and was head of the Photographic
Department at the Guggenheim Museum. After 1952, he taught Color
and Design at the Cooper Union Art School in New York.
Perry Rathbone (Intro), American Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The following information, submitted April 2005, is from David J Rush,
Instructor at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art:
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was a student, and friend of Herr Beckmann. He died in 1976, and prior
to that time he and I, along with Ben Cunningham, Charles Smith and
Josef Albers were all collaborating on poly chrome concepts, using
geometric form and pure color excitement. As it seems I am the only one
left, as I cannot find Charles Smith, and I know the rest have past,
oddly all in the same year 1976.
Hannes Beckmann, 1909 - 1977
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Born in Stuttgart, Germany, October
8, 1909, Hannes Beckmann studied at the Bauhuas, Dessau 1928 - 1932
with Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers. In 1932, he went to
Vienna and studied photography at Grapische Lehr und Versuchsanstalt
for two years. From 1934 to 1944, he was in Prague where he was
director of a photographic studio. During the German occupation of
Czechoslovakia, Beckmann joined the resistance and was interned in a
concentration camp in 1944 until the end of the war.
with the assistance of Hilla Rebay, he came to the United States where
he settled in New York. He was made head of the Photographic Department
at the Guggenheim Museum. After 1952, he taught Color and Design
at the Cooper Union Art School in New York. He was a visiting
critic, Yale University, 1960 - 1961 and then taught at Dartmouth
College, Visual Studies Program, 1970 - 1975.
Hannes Beckmann died July 19, 1977.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University
Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin
Chase Manhattan Bank
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College
De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY
1949 European Painters (with Otto Nebel,
Vordemberge-Gildewart and Lotti Konnerth), The Solomon R. Guggenheim
Foundation, Museum of Non-Objective Painting, New York, New York.
1962 Kanegis Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts (also '63, '64, '65, '66, '68, '74)
1970 Beaumont-May Gallery, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
1973 Jacob H. Strauss Gallery, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
1975 Carpenter Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New hampshire
1976 Nashua Arts and Science Center, Nashua, New Hampshire
1976 Danforth Museum, Framingham, Massachusetts
1976 Johnson Gallery, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
1977 Ava Gallery, Hanover, New Hampshire
1977 - 1978 Geothe Institutte Touring Exhibition - Atlanta, Worcester, Burlington, Boston, Montreal, Toronto and New York City
1951 Museum of Non-Objective Painting, New York, New York
1958 Lincoln Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. Newark Art Museum, Newark, New Jersey
1960 Group Ten, Riverside Museum, New York, New York
1961 Logic and Magic of Color, Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, New York, New York
1962 American Painting, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA.
1963 New England Painters, De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Science and Technology In Art, I.B.M. Gallery, New York, New York
Color and Form, Castellane Gallery, New York, New York
Art School Faculty Exhibition, Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, New York, New York
1965 Color Dynamism, Then and Now, East Hampton Gallery, New York, New York
Retinal Painting, University of Texas Museum, Austin, Texas
Responsive Eye, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York (also, The
City Art Museum of St. Louis, Seattle Art Musesum, Pasadena Art Museum,
The Baltimore Museum of Art)
1966 Art for the United States Embassies, Art in Embassies Program, State Department Traveling Exhibition
70 Fifty Years Bauhaus, Wurttembergischer, Kunstverein, Stuttgart (also
London, Amsterdam, Paris, Chicago, Pasadena, Buenos Aires, Tokyo)
1968 Visitors' Forum, Beaumont-May Gallery, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
1969 Art For Study: The Modern Tradition, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
The Square in Painting, American Federation of Arts traveling exhibition
1970 The Studio Museum in Harlem. Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, New York
Concepts of the Bauhaus: The Busch-Reisinger Museum Collection,
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard, University, Cabmridge, Massachusetts
A Retrospective of Selected Artists in Residence, Jaffe-Friede Gallery,
Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College and the New City Hall Exhibition
Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts
Artists of the Bauhaus, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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