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 John David Himmelfarb  (1946 - )

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Lived/Active: Illinois      Known for: non objective imagery, graphics, drawing, public mural

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Art Institute of Chicago
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock
Baltimore Art Museum
La Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Blanden Museum of Art, Fort Dodge, Iowa
British Museum, London, England
Boston Public Library Print Collection
Brooklyn Museum
Cleveland Museum of Art
Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, Massachusetts
Davenport Art Museum, Iowa
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
Elvehjem Art Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Fundacio Tallers Josep Llorens Artigas, Gallifa, Spain
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Wight Art Gallery, UCLA
Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
 Illinois State University Museum, Normal
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indiana University Gallery, Bloomington
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio
Milwaukee Art Museum Minneapolis Institute of Art
Art Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Minnesota
 Mitchell Museum, Mount Vernon, Illinois
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama
Museum of Art, University of Iowa, Iowa City
Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene
National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
New York Public Library, New York, New York
Portland Art Museum, Oregon
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Sackner Archives of Visual & Concrete Poetry
 Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
University Art Museum, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson
Whitney Museum of American Art, Stanford, CT
Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, New York


2005     Delta Terminal, Logan Airport, Boston, MA
    Two paintings installed in satellite terminal.

2004     Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
    One ceramic tile mural installed at Kedzie Station, Douglas Branch, Blue Line.

2002     University of Nebraska, Graduate School of Education, Omaha, NE
    Two ceramic tile murals installed in the graduate school.

1992     Art Omaha, Omaha, NE
    Two ceramic tile murals installed in Omaha Public Schools.


2003     Illinois Arts Council Grant
2002     Pollack-Krasner Foundation
1989     Chicago Artists Abroad
1986     Illinois Arts Council Fellowship
1986     Pollock-Krasner Foundation
1985     National Endowment For The Arts
1982     National Endowment For The Arts

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John Himmelfarb, son of Eleanor and Samuel, is a painter.  Born in 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, he grew up in a household of artists surrounded by their art and the countryside that inspired them. John finished his undergraduate studies at Harvard University in liberal arts with a major in architectural sciences.  He opened a studio in Chicago in 1970 and has worked primarily in Chicago since that time.??

"John's work is based on a curious amalgam of postwar expressonism and surrealism*," cites Helen Sheridan, Director, Collections & Exhibitions of Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan. "He is strongly influenced, for example, by both the abstractionism of Jackson Pollock, with its emphasis on overall gesture and markmaking, and the Art Brut* expressionism* of Jean Dubuffet, with its use of childlike imagery to suggest directness and spontaneity.  The fact is that John has drawn upon a number of influences from 20th century art history, but he has managed to move beyond these influences to develop his own powerful and personal voice."

??Over forty institutions have his work in their collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois; Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota; National Museum of American Art, Washington, D. C.; The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio; and Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York.

Himmelfarb has had one person shows in private galleries in New York City, Chicago, Washington, D. C., Milwaukee, Boston and other cities in the United States and one in the Tallers Josep Llorens Artigas in Gallifa, Spain. In addition, he has had one person exhibitions in Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio; Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, Iowa; Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, Iowa; The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Illinois State Museum; and Madison Art Center.

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