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 Clay Edgar Spohn  (1898 - 1977)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: mod images, mural, assemblage

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Post War California artist, Clay Spohn studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, 1910-1916; California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, 1914, 1920-1921; University of California, Berkeley, 1919-1922; Armin Hansen, Monterey, summer, 1921; The Art Students League, New York, 1922-1924; and Academie Modern, Paris, 1926-1927. Taught at California School of Fine Arts, 1945-1950; Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, 1958; School of Visual Arts, New York, 1964-1969.

Solo Exhibitions: San Francisco Art League and Art Center Gallery, 1931;
San Francisco Museum of Art, 1942; Rotunda Gallery, City of Paris, 1946;
Stables Gallery, Taos, 1947; Artium Orbis Corporation, Santa Fe, 1971; The
Oakland Museum, 1974.

Selected Group Exhibitions: 65th Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibition
of the San Francisco Art Association at the San Francisco Museum of Art,
1945; First Spring Annual Exhibition, California Palace of The Legion of
Honor 1946; Second Annual Exhibition of Painting, California Palace of The
Legion of Honor 1948; 67th Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibition of the
San Francisco Art Association at the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1948;
73rd Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibition of the San Francisco Art
Association at the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1954; The Oakland Museum,
California. A Period of Exploration: San Francisco 1945-1950; 1973; San
Francisco Museum of Art, Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern
Era 1976;

Public Collections: The Oakland Museum; San Francisco Museum of Art;

Literature: Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1840; The Art of
California, Selected Works from the Collection of the Oakland Museum ;
Henry Hopkins, Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era; Thomas
Albright, Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980; Who Was Who in
American Art; others.


David J Carlson, Carlson Gallery, California. Carlson's specialty is Post-World War II California artists, and he is preparing a catalogue for a 2004 traveling exhibition of these artists to several California museums.

Active in San Francisco, Clay Spohn was an exponent of modern art and experimented with Surrealism, Dadaism, and Abstract Expressionism.

He did WPA murals in the 1930s and also became a painter, lithographer and illustrator. From 1945 to 1950, he taught at the California School of Fine Art and from 1952 to 1958, lived in Taos, New Mexico. He then went to New York and from 1964 to 1969 taught at the New York School of Visual Arts. A close friend of Alexander Calder, Spohn was the one who suggested to Calder that he incorporate movement into his sculpture.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"

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