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Lived/Active: New York/Oklahoma      Known for: post real figure-imagery

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biographical information has been provided by Dian Jordan from an oral history with the artist.

Q. What are the subjects and styles for which the artist’s work is best known?
A. Pop art, avant-garde, surrealism, nouveaux realists, neo-romantic, odalisque, large scale works, anatomy, male nudes, homoerotica, contemporary, expressionism (Algus, 1992; Colacello 2000; Duncan 1999; Ebony 2005; Harris 1959; Robinson 2005; and Vogel 2005; Weinberg 2004).

Q. Is the artist identified with any particular art movements, or artists, who influenced his or her work?
A. Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, Arman, Jean Cocteau, Pavel Tchelichew, Parker Tyler, Charles Henri Ford, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and Andy Warhol (Algus 1992; Dannatt 2002; Vogel 2005).

Q. Where, when, and under whom did the artist receive education and training?
A. Self taught, University of Oklahoma Norman OK, Art Students League NY (McCurtain 2012).

Q. Can you provide all relevant personal background information on the artist?
A. The artist was born at home in Idabel Ok, March 1929. The artist moved to New York in 1949 and was represented by Hugo gallery director, Alexandre Iolas. In 1959, Stevenson moved to Paris France where he was represented by Galerie Iris Clert through the 1960s. He later spent time painting at various locations including Key West, San Francisco, and New York. He currently resides back in his home town of Idabel OK.

Q. Can you provide a list of all major museum and artist association exhibitions? (excluding commercial art galleries).
A:  1964 Biennale Flottante, Venice Italy.
·     1964 El Cordobes, Eiffel Tower, Paris (Meneses 1964).
·     1965 Pop Art, Palais des Beaus Arts, Brussels Belgium.
·     1979 Americans in Paris, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris France.
·     1979 Stevenson, Musee Girodet, Montargi, France.
·     1980 La Famille des Portraits, Louvre Museum, Paris France.
·     1989 Group Show 17 +1, National Museum, Athens Greece.
·     1990 Fourteen Stations of the Cross, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Cathedral Arts Council. New York.
·     2012 The Cult of Personality: Andy Warhol, Harold Stevenson & Portraiture, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman OK.

Q. What awards or other recognition did the artist win?
A. National Committee for the Literary Arts, Tennessee Williams gold medallion designer.

Q. What museums (name, city, and state) currently hold works by the artist in their permanent collections?
A. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY NY, The New Adam, Oil on linen, nine panels, 96 × 468 inches (243.8 × 1188.7 cm) overall.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC., Bow and Arrow, Mixed media on paper, 41 x 29 in. (104.1 x 73.7 cm).

Algus, Mitchell. 1992. “Harold Stevenson: The New Adam.” Inaugural Exhibition press  release. New York.

Colacello, Bob. 2000. Artists in Residence: Studios by the Sea.” Vanity Fair. August

Dannatt, Adrian. 2002. "Artist's interview, New York: Harold Stevenson: a Jean Cocteau  of Idabel, Oklahoma." Art Newspaper 13(124):25.

Duncan, Michael. 1999. "In the flesh." Art in America 87(4):130-133.

Ebony, David. 2005. "Harold Stevenson at Mitchell Algus." Art in America 93(3):139- 140.

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. 2012. “The Cult of Personality.” University of Oklahoma:  Norman OK.

Guggenheim, Salomon R. Museum. New York Collections: Harold Stevenson. New York  ( online/artwork/15278).

Harris, Kay (photographer). 1959. "Five Young Artists." Charm 90(2):84-87.

McCurtain Gazette, 2012. “Pages from the Past: Stevenson Leaves for New York.” McCurtain Gazette: Idabel OK.

Meneses, Augusto (photographer). 1964. “American artist Harold Stevenson standing  between designer Yves Saint Laurent & gallery owner Iris Clert at nighttime  exhibit of paintings of matador Manuel Benitez, which are sitting at foot of Eiffel Tower.” Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.

Robinson, Walter. 2005. “Weekend Update.”  (

Smithsonian, Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. ( details/?edan_search_value=hmsg_66.4808).

Stevenson, Harold. 2012. Personal interview with the author. July 17, 30 2012. Idabel,  Oklahoma.

Vogel, Carol. 2005. Exposure for a Nude. New York Times. September 30, 2005. (

Weinberg, Jonathan. 2004. Male Desire: The Homoerotic in American Art. New York:  Harry N. Abrams.

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