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 Walter Plate  (1925 - 1972)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: abstract expressionist painting

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from Auction House Records.
American G.I. Okinowa 1945
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:

1925, Woodhaven, Long Island, NY

Studied Art:
1942 Grand Central School Art, NYC
1947-1950 Paris France, Ecole des Beaux Arts, La Grande Chaumiere, Leger

 1943-1946 Served in the US Marine Corps

1945 Mural in Yokohama, Japan

Illustrated for Reporter Magazine 1946

Awards Include:
Woodstock Foundation - 1953
1st Prize Corcoran Biennial - 1959 - $2000 and Gold Medal
1st Prize in Oil, Albany Art Institute - 1960
Klienert Award - 1960

Exhibited at:
Pittsburgh International - 1955
Whitney Annuals (5 successive years)
"Young America" - 1957 - Whitney
63rd Annual - The Denver Art Museum - 1957 - Contemporary American Painting & Sculpture
Nature in Abstraction - 1958 - Whitney
University of Illinois - 1959
The 1959 Purchase Exhibition, Keesge Art Center, Michigan State University
Chicago Art Institute - The 26th Biennial Exhibition 1959
American Painting Show, Tate Gallery, London 1959
International Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan 1959
The Detroit Institute of Art 1960 - 2 Biennials of American Painting and Sculpture
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 155th Annual Exhibition - 1959-1960
Abstract Expressionist Painting of the Fifties - 1960 - Walker Art Center, Minn., Minnesota
Chicago Art Institute - The 27th Biennial Exhibition 1961
Whitney Museum "Artists Under Forty" Show - 1962 - NYC
Traveling Johnson & Johnson's Wax Show - 1962

Solo Exhibitions:
Ganso Gallery, NYC - 1954
2 shows - Stable Gallery, NYC 1958, 1960
2 shows - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY 1966, 1968
State University of Albany, NY 1967
University Art Gallery, State University of New York at Albany 1973
School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1973
Memorial Exhibition, Woodstock Artist's Association 1984

Represented in Collections of:
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY
Whitney Museum, NY, NY
Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, Albany, NY
Wallace K. Harrison
Johnson Foundation1962
Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
Many other museums and private collectors

Taught at:
Art Students League, Woodstock, NY, Summers of 1959-1966
University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois, Distinguished Visiting Critic of Art, Spring 1962
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY Associate Professor of Art, School of Architecture 1964-1972

Art News 1960
Gorgon, RPI publication, Troy, NY - featured artist 1965
Who's Who in America 1965, 1966, 1967

Ulster Arts Summer 1978 Bud Plate: A Memoir by Ron DeNitto

Information courtesy of Marc Plate, son of Walter Plate.

Biography from Levis Fine Art:
Recognized as one of the youngest artists of the Abstract Expressionist movement to achieve major exhibition status, Walter Plate ascended in the early post-war movement.  By the mid-1950s Plate's work was being purchased by the Whitney, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the National Gallery of Art.  In addition, his solo exhibitions and reviews gained him respect amongst his contemporaries.  

In his signature work, Plate created flat planes and gestural brushstrokes to compete with one another to create various chaotic energies within a functional order and a surface that is opaque and lucid and colorful, somewhat reminiscent of stained glass windows.

In Plate's early 1960s compositions, he transitions from a linear to more concentrated and complex composition, perhaps a testament to his influential friendship with Philip Guston.

©Levis Fine Art 2008

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