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 Herbert George  (1940 - )

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Lived/Active: Illinois      Known for: sculpture-scaffold structures

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Herbert George is an established Chicago area sculptor. He was born in Seattle, Washington in 1940 and studied at the University of Washington, receiving a BA of Education in 1963.  George then studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a BFA (1965) and MFA (1966) in sculpture.  He did post graduate work at the University of London in 1966-67 as a Fulbright Scholar and served as artist in residence at schools in Austria, Germany, and the United States before taking a position as an adjunct professor from 1985-86 at Cooper Union, New York, NY.  He relocated to Chicago in 1986 to join the faculty at the University of Chicago, Illinois.  George is currently an assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

Throughout his career as a sculptor, Herbert George has worked in a wide range of materials, including wood, metal, stone, fiberglass, and hydrocal. His forms are equally broad, encompassing Cubist inspired busts and still life objects that use shadow as negative space, architectural forms of metal and wood, and amorphous, organic forms of carved marble.

George has participated in group exhibitions at venues including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (161st Annual Show, 1966), the Museum of Modern Art ("Summer Show," 1966), the Whitney Museum of American Art (Biannual Sculpture Exhibition, 1966), the Smithsonian Institution ("The Art of Organic Forms," 1968), the Baltimore Museum of Art ("The Partial Figure in Modern Sculpture," 1969), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts ("Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collection," 1987), and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design ("Chicago Light," 1991). His solo venues include the Stable Gallery in New York and the Oskar Friedl and Fassbender Galleries in Chicago.

His work is held in the collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Illinois State Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS, and the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI.

Information courtesy of Art Martin, Collections Manager/Assistant Curator, Muskegon Museum of Art

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Katherine Rook Lieber, Herbert George (review of the 2004 gallery exhibition in Chicago), March 2004

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