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 Harold Black  (1913 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: New York/Kansas      Known for: mod figure, city-view, illustrations

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HAROLD BLACK  1913-1993
Abstract Expressionist Artist

December 13, 1913 in New York City

New York City, National Academy of Design, 6 years under Gifford Beal & Leon Kroll

Hallgarten Prize N.A.D. 1936 Museum of Modern Art
Artist as Reporter Award, 1940
U.S. Treasury Department Mural Award, National Competition 1940

Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Whitney Museum, New York City
Metropolitan Museum, New York City
Chicago Art Institute           
Toledo Museum of Art           
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Mexican American Cultural Institute, Mexico, D.F., Mexico

Solo Exhibitions:
Tricker Galleries, New York City, 1937
Three Arts Gallery, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1950
Wellons Gallery, New York City, 1954
Three Arts Gallery, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1957
Roko Gallery, New York City, 1957
Riverside Museum, New York City, 1958
Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 1959   
Galería San Miguel, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico     1968
Instituto de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 1982
Oswego Art Guild, Oswego, New York 1986   
Old Forge, New York, 1987   
The Mill Gallery, Monroe, New York 1987       
The Arts Council, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1990

Instructor of Painting, The Cooper Union, New York City, 1940-41

Offices & Memberships:
President, Manhattan Group, New York City, 1955-57
Vice-President Artists Equity, New York Chapter, 1952-53
Member of National Board, Artists Equity Association
Member Audubon Artists, USA
Co-chairman Annual Exhibition, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 1960-65
Encicopédico de la Pintura Mexicana-Quinientos Años
Who's Who in American Art

Professional Activities:
1948-1952 Owner, Harold Black Exhibits, New York City
Design & fabrication of exhibits and displays for medical, scientific, technical & public health industries: Mr. Black's exhibit for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, Cook County Chapter at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago featured in Convention & Trade Shows Magazine, January 1949
1968-1983 Founder, Owner & Director Escuela Ecuestre San Miguel de Allende

January 23, 1993 Age 79 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Widow: Jill Kerper Black, AKA Jill Kerper Mora, San Diego, California

Submitted by the artist's widow

Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
One man show at the Wellons Gallery in 1954;
Audubon Association; Artists Equity Association Exhibit Producers & Designers Association

These Notes from AskART represent the beginning of a possible future biography for this artist. Please click here if you wish to help in its development:
Born New York, NY, Dec. 13, 1913; died Jan. 23, 1993. Painter. Illustrator. Designer. Studied at the National Academy of Design with Leon Kroll and Gifford Beal. Along with his wife Isabel Black, was commissioned to do eight murals for the Salina Post Office in 1942. The murals were never installed.
National Academy of Design, 1936; Museum of Modern Art, 1940.

Audubon Association; Artists Equity Association Exhibit Producers & Designers Association

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Wiebe, Joanna K. “Kansans Cared About their New Deal Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 21, 1972. p.1E & 7E-----. “Local Legends Live in Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 22, 1972. p.1A & 3A-----. “Age Enhances Fort Scott Mural”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 23, 1972. p.1A & 8A-----. “Halstead Legend Perpetuated”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 24, 1972. p.1A & 16A -----. “Scenics, Murals and Lithographs Included in Kansas New Deal Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 25, 1972. p.15A.; Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936- v.1=1936-37 v.3= 1941-42 v.2=1938-39 v.4=1940-47. 6,7; NAMAA files; Time Magazine (May 9, 1949) ; Bruner, Ronald Irwin. New Deal Art Workers in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska. Thesis. University of Denver, 1979.; Family Search. Version 2.5.0. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2002. accessed July 13, 2006; accessed July 20, 2006
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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