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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts      Known for: collage, abstract landscape

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John Adams Griefen

Born: 1942, Worcester, Massachusetts
Residence: Orchard Close, New York

1965 Attended Chicago Art Institute
1965-66 Attended Bennington College
1966 Williams College, B.A.
1966-68 Hunter College

Teaching and Related Experience
Lectures University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Parsons School of Design, New York, N.Y.
The Studio School, New York, N.Y.
Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Md
Art Students League. NYC

1997 Raw and up Front, The Art Student League of New York
Curator INSIGHT, New York, New York
1994 NYU Continuing Education, Landscape painting
Visiting Artist, Loomis-Chaffee School, Windsor, Conn.

1997 Ramapo College
1969-present Private instructionpainting
1971-1979 Great Neck Center for Adult Education
1968 Bennington Collegepainting
Guest Artist 1969Nova Scotia College of Art, Nova Scotia, Canada
1986 "Clayworks" Great Jones St., N.Y., N.Y.
1988Papermaking, RPM Studio, N.Y., N.Y.
Guest Teacher School of Visual Art, New York, N.Y.
Art Students League, new York, N.Y.
Landscape Painting/Printmaking
Great Neck Adults at Williams College
Cataloguing David Smith Estate
Restoration and installation of Anthony Caro Sculptures in the U.S.A.
Educational Biography
Who's Who in American Education: 1992-1993.

One Person Exhibitions
1999 Salander/O'Reilly Galleries, New York,NY
1998 Ramapo College. Mawah, New Jersy
Zenith Gallery, Calgary, CANADA
1997 Salander-O'Reilly Galleries New York
1996 Bancroft School, Worcester, Mass.
1994 S.C. Schulte Galleries, Milburn, N.J.
1993 Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York
Swift Current Nation Exhibition Center, Swift Current, Saskatchewan
1991 Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York
Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Beverly Hills
1986 Hirondelle Gallery, New York
1985 Salander O'Reilly Galleries, New York
1984 Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Hett Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1983 W.R. Mitchell and Associates, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1982 Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York
1981 Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Gallery Moos, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York
1980 Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass.
1979 Sunne Savage Gallery, Boston, Mass.
AMartha Jackson Gallery, New York
Frank Watters Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1978 William Edward O'Reilly, Inc. New York
B.R. Kornblatt Gallery, Baltimore, Md.
Diane Brown Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1976 Deitcher/O'Reilly Gallery, New York
1975 Frank Watters Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1973 Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, Ill.
Kornblee Gallery, New York
1971 Harcus/Krakow Gallery, Boston, Mass.
1970 Kornblee Gallery, New York
1969 Kornblee Gallery, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions
2001 Clement Greenberg a critic's collection, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
2000, p2001 EGAS, Edmonton, Canada
2000 Faculty Exhibition 2000, Ramapo College, Ramapo NJ
1999 Artists in Purgatory Long Island University, Brooklyn NY
50th Anniversery National Council of Churches, Cleveland.OH
1998 Present Modernism Tribes Gallery, New York,N.Y.
Davis & Hall Gallery, Hudson New York
1997 'Artists of Tribecca' Borough of Manhattan Community/CUNY New York,
1996 Widener Library, Harvard University, Boston, MA
1994 New Zones Gallery, Calgary, Canada
The Edmonton Contemporary Artist Society (invited guest), Edmonton, Canada
1992 "Celebrating Formalism," C.S. Schulte Galleries, New Jersey
"Landscape Paintings by Abstract Artists" C.S. Schulte Galleries, New Jersey
1991 Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Berlin
Moffet Collection, Fort Lauderdale Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
1990 Group: 1990, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York
1989 Important Works on Paper, Meredith Long & Company, Houston, Texas
1986 Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, Fla.
Hirondelle Gallery, New York
Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York
1985 Hirondelle Gallery, new York
Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York
1984 Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York
1983 Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York
1982 Paintings on Paper: John Adams Griefen and Walter Darby Bannard, Salander-
O'Reilly Galleries, New York
Color II, Martha White Gallery, Louisville, Kent.
1982 The Threshold of Color, The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Gallery 99, Bay Harbor Islands, Fla.
1981 The New Generation: A Curator's Choice, Amerika Haus, Berlin, Germany, Sociedade
Nacional de Beaux Arts (also Lisbon, Portugal)
Abstract Paintings: Sherron Francis, John Adams Griefen, Darryl Hughto, Kikua Saito,
Douglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City, Kan.
New Works, Gallery 99, Bay Harbor Islands, Fla.
1980 A Look at the Decade: 1970, Sunne Savage Gallery, Boston, Mass.
The New Generation: A Curator's Choice, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
(travelled to American Cultural Center, Paris, France)
William Edward O'Reilly, Inc. New York
Gallery 99, Bay Harbor Islands, Fla.
1979 B.R> Kornblatt Gallery, Baltimore, Md.
Large Painting and Small Sculpture from the Gallery's Collection, Martha Jackson Gallery
1978 William Edward O'Reilly, Inc. New York
Talent, Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston, Mass.
Internationaler Kunstmarket, Galerie Wentzel, Dusseldorf, Germany
1977 19th and 20th Century American Art, United States Mission to the United Nations, New York
William Edward O'Reilly, Inc. New York
Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass.
Recent Acquisitions, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
1976 Long Island University, Long Island, N.Y.
Deitcher/O'Reilly Gallery, New York
1975 Deitcher/O'Reilly Gallery, New York
Works of Paper, Santa Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Deitcher/O'Reilly Gallery, New York
1974 Nova Scotia Print Show, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1973 Saratoga Gallery, Saratoga, New York
1972 Saratoga Gallery, Saratoga, New York
Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Ind.
1971 Powers Bequest, Sydney Museum, Sydney, Australia
Lyrical Abstraction, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Two Directions in American Art, Purdue University, West Lagayette, Ind.
Beaux-Arts Twenty-fifth Anniversary Exhibition, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio
1970 Berenson Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, Fla.
Watercolors and Drawings by Young Artists, Akron Art Institute, Akron, Ohio
New Work: New York, American Federation of the Arts (traveling)
Highlights 1970, Larry Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
Painting and Sculpture Today, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Lyrical Abstraction, Civic Cenbter Museum, Philadelphia, Penn.
Lyrical Abstraction, Larry Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn.
1969 Widner Gallery, Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.
1968 Kornblee Gallery, New York

Print Editions
1982 Etching: Untitled, Eldinidein Press, N.Y., N.Y., Anthony Kirk, printer
Monoprints, Eldinidein Press, N.Y., N.Y.
1980 Silkscreen: Algae, Chiron Press, N.Y., N.Y.
Untitled, Chiron Press, N.Y., N.Y.
1969 Lithographs: two Untitled, Jack Lennon, printer, Nova Scotia College of Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
1996 VOIR DIRE MALSTROM, Printed Book, Purgatory Press, N,Y, N, Y,

Selected Public Collections
Arthur A. Anderson Co., Boston, Mass.
Bank of Illinois, Calgary, Canada
Barnard College, New York
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
Continental Resources, Inc., New York
Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, N.H.
Agnes Etherington Art Center, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Hines Industrial, Boston, New York, Washington, D.C.
Mechanics National Bank, Worcester, Mass.
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada
New York University Library, Fales Collection New York, NY
Olympia and York, Calgary, Canada
Point West Office Center, Framingham, Mass
Purolator Corp., New York
Reader's Digest Association, Inc., Pleasantville, N.Y.
Rothmans Art Gallery of Stratford, Ontarion, Canada
Saint Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y.
Sydney Museum, Sydeny, Australia

Esther Forbes Award for Personal Achievement 1996
DISTINGUISH ARTIST, Ramapo College, Ramapo. NY

Selected Bibliography
Halasz, Piri, NY Arts. June 1998 p 34
Wilkin, Karen, "At the Galleries," Partisan Review, Vol. LZ III, no. 3, pp. 538-539.
Moffett, Kenworth, "Abstract Art, The Present Situation," Moffett's Artletter, Special Supplement #2, March 1986
Moffett, Kenworth, "Post Color Field Painting," Moffett's Artletter, Special Supplement #1,
March 1986
Moffett, Kenworth, "John Adams Griefen," Moffett's Artletter, Vol. 1, no. 2, April 1986
Glaser, David J., "John Adams Griefen," Arts Magazine, Vol. 60, no. 1, September 1985, p. 17
Matousek, Phyllis, "New York artist," The Edmonton Journal, November 24, 1984
Who's Who in America, "John Adams Griefen," 1984, Marquis Press
Who's Who in American Art, "John Adams Griefen," 1984, Whitney Press
Moffett, Kenworth, "Abstract and Middlebrow Art," Partisan Review, Vol. L, no. 2, 1983, p.257
Jablons, Pamela, "Collecting with a Tradition," Diversions, August 1982
Bingham, Russell, "The Threshold of Color," Update, Vol. 3, no. 3, May/June, 1982, p.8
Fenton, Terry, Update, cover, #6, Winter 81/82, "New York," p. 36
Tatransky, Valentin, "John Griefen," Exhibition Catalogue, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York, November 1981
Moffett, Kenworth, "Larry Poons," Catalogue to the Exhibition, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1981, p. 4
Fenton, Terry, "The New Historical Pantheon," Update, July/August 1981, The Edmonton Art Gallery, Canada
Richards, Jean, "Lyrical Acrylics," Edmonton Journal, March 7, 1981
Moffett, Kenworth, The New Generation: A Curator's Choice, Rhineburg Press, Inc., 1980
North Adams Transcript, "John Adams Griefen at Williams College," June 4, 1980
Tatransky, Valentin, "Art Reviews John Griefen," Arts Magazine, Vol. 54, no. 6, February
1980, p. 36
Antiques and the Arts Weekly, "John Griefen Paintings," June 13, 1980, p.9
Coffey, John, "Griefen '66 Works Are Displayed here," Williams Alumni Review, Vol. LXXII,
no. 3, Spring 1980, p. 24
Faison S. Lane Jr., John Adams Griefen, Exhibition Catalogue, Williams College Museum of Art,
Williamstown, Mass. 1980
Meyer, Michel R., "New York Exhibitions," Art World, Vol. 4, no. 3, p.6, November/
December 1979
Stone, Linda, "Opening Gallery Doors," The Boston Monthly, Oct., 1979
Powell III, Earl, Catalogue for the James Michener Collection, University of Texas, Austin, 1979
Pidgeon, W.E., "Griefen, A Rising Star," Sunday Telegraph, Sydney, Australia, March 4, 1979
McGrath, Sandra, "Watters Does It Again," Australian, March 13, 1979
Borolase, Nancy, "At Home on the Large Scale Canvas," S.M.H., Sydney, Australia,
March 10, 1979
Powell III, Earl, "John Griefen," Arts Magazine, Vol. 52, no. 8, May 1978
Gold, Barbara, Baltimore Sun, April 16, 1978
Zimmer, William, "John Griefen," Arts Magaxine, Vol. 50 no. 7, March 1976
Lorber, Richard, "Arts Reviews," Arts Magaxine, Vol. 50 no. 7, March 1976
Kramer, Hilton, The New York Times, January 13, 1973
Goldman, Judith, "Prints and Portfolios Published," The Print Collector's Newsletter, Vol. III, no.
1, March/April 1972
Preston, Malcolm, Boston Herald Traveler, July 9, 1971
Linville, Kasha, Artforum, Vol. VII, no. 4, December 1970
Arts Magazine, Review, Vol. 45, no. 2, November 1970
Art News, Review, Vol. 69, no. 7, November 1970
Lanier, Richard, Catalogue Introduction for the American Federation of the Arts, Circulating
Exhibition, "New Work: New York," 1970, p. 9
Aldrich, Larry, "Lyrical Abstraction," Catalogue Introduction, Whitney Museum of American Art,
New York, 1970
Krauss, Rosalind, Artforum, Vol. VIII, no. 4, December 1969
Aldrich, Larry, "Lyrical Abstraction," Art in America, Nov./Dec., 1969

Published Article
Griefen, John Adams, "Approaching Art," Update, Vol. 6, no. 6, November/December 1985,

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