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 Loren MacIver  (1909 - 1998)

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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts      Known for: mod figure, fantasy views, illustrator

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Loren (Mrs.Lloyd Frankenberg) MacIver
from Auction House Records.
The First Snow, Paris, 1969
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A painter of semi-abstract canvases, Loren MacIver was raised in New York City where she took her only formal art training at age 10 at the Art Students' League.

She traveled in Europe but lived most of her life in Greenwich Village, painting dreamlike, half-abstract landscapes. In 1929, she married Lloyd Frankenberg, a poet, and they collaborated with their work. In 1935, her husband, without her knowledge, showed her paintings to Alfred Barr, Director of the Museum of Modern Art. He bought one of her paintings, and this attention launched her art career.

She painted in Provincetown from 1930 to 1938. Her first one-person show was in 1938. She worked for three years on the WPA Federal Art Project and continued to have New York Gallery representations. In 1997, a retrospective of her painting was held at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York.

MacIver was also a magazine illustrator whose commissions included "Fortune", and "Town and Country".

Source:
"American Women Artists" by Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein
"Who Was Who in American Art" by Peter Falk
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Loren MacIver was born in New York City in 1909 and raised there. She took her only formal art training at the age of ten at the Art Students League. She traveled in Europe but lived most of her life in Greenwich Village, painting dream-like, half-abstract landscapes.

In 1929, she married Lloyd Frankenberg, a poet, and they collaborated with their work. In 1935, he husband, without her knowledge, showed her paintings to Alfred Barr, Director of the Museum of Modern Art. Barr bought one of her paintings for the museum and another for himself and this attention launched her art career.

For six decades MacIver distinguished herself as an artist with a poet's gift for transforming the mundane into something musical and mysterious. Her art was simply about the everyday and looking at it was pure pleasure. She died on May 3, 1998 in New York City.


Written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.

Sources include:
From the internet, AskART.com
ARTnews, Summer 1998
Obituary in Art in America, July 1998

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