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Lived/Active: California/Illinois      Known for: allegorical realism, narrative genre painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A San Francisco-based painter, Robert Schwartz is best known for his miniature narrative paintings, usually no bigger than 7 by 9 inches, done either in gouache on paper or oil on wooden panel.  Often his paintings are of people in familiar environments with unsettling elements relative to human mistakes and incorrect social behavior.

Schwartz was born in Chicago and earned a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1970.  Shortly after, he became a resident of San Francisco and exhibited widely on both coasts including a 1990 retrospective at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara and in 2000, a retrospective at the Frye Museum in Seattle.

He died December 5, 2000 in San Francisco.

Source:
Art in America, February 2005

Biography from Hackett | Mill:
Robert Schwartz
Born: 1947 Chicago, IL
Died: 2000 San Francisco, CA

Education
1970
BFA from School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2005
Dream Games: The Art of Robert Schwartz, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2004
Dream Games: The Art of Robert Schwartz, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2000
Enigmas & Seductions, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

1992
University Art Gallery, California State University Stanislaus, Turlock, CA

1990
De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

1982
Modernism, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2008
Robert Schwatz/Sheldon Tapley, Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA

2006–2007
New Old Masters, curated by Donald Kuspit, National Museum, Gdansk, Poland

2005–2006
A Broken Beauty: Figuration, Narrative and the Transcendent in North American Art, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

2004
California New Old Masters, Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, CA

2000
The Great Novel, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA

1998
Recent Acquisitions, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Inaugural Exhibition: New Works by Contemporary Artists, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1997
10th Anniversary Exhibition, Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Re-presenting Representation III, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

1996
The Mythic Narrative, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
Rediscovering the Landscape of the Americas, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (traveling exhibition) Exactitude: Paintings and Drawings in the Realist Tradition,
Forum Gallery, New York, NY
Flower Paintings, Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994
Parallax Views, Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Flowers!, Babcock Galleries, New York, NY

1993
Drawings by American Artists, Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1992
Nature Fabrilis, Stiebel Modern, New York, NY
Corollaries of Apprehension: West Coast Painting, California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA (catalogue)

1991–1992
Work from the Contemporary Realist Gallery, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

1991
Recent Acquisitions of the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, Part II: 1950–1991, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

Awards
1992
WESTAF/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for the Visual Arts

Collections
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK
American Telephone & Telegraph Corporation, Chicago, IL
Gelco Corporation, Eden Prairie, MN
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

Selected Bibliography
2008
Dalkey, VIctoria, “New Old Masters,” The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA, March 23.

2006
Kuspit, Donald, New Old Masters, Muzeum Narodowe w Gdansku, Gdansk, Poland

2005
Kernan, Nathan, “The Painted Parables of Robert Schwartz,” Art in America, February, p. 116.
Van Proyen, Mark, “Robert Schwartz at the San Jose Museum of Art,” ArtWeek, Winter, p. 12.
A Broken Beauty, Eerdsmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI.

2004
Landauer, Susan and Barry Schwabsky, Dream Games: The Art of Robert Schwartz, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.
Kuspit, Donald, California New Old Masters, Literary Press.

2001
Pardee, Hearne, “Robert Schwartz,” ARTnews, December, p. 145.
Pardee, Hearne, “Robert Schwartz at Hackett-Freedman Gallery,” The Week, August 10, p. 26.
Bonetti, David, “Rare Show of Miniatures a Memorial to Painter,” San Francisco Chronicle, August 11.

2000
Bonetti, David, “Obituary,” San Francisco Chronicle, December 27.
Schwabsky, Barry, Robert Schwartz: Enigmas and Seductions, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA (catalogue with color reproductions).
Hackett, Regina, “Small Wonders,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 22, p. E8.

1999
Schwabsky, Barry, Robert Schwartz, Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalogue with color reproductions).

1997
Bonetti, David, “Gallery Watch,” San Francisco Examiner, November 14.
O'Hern, John D., Re-presenting Representation III, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY (exhibition catalogue with color reproduction).
Hackett-Freedman Gallery, 1987–1997, Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalogue with color reproduction).
McCutchan, Ann, “Enjoy the View,” Art & Antiques, Summer, pp. 45-49.

1996
Kino, Carol, “Realism: The New Hip?,” ARTnews, February, pp. 96–99.
Bonetti, David, “Schwartz's New Exhibit Tantalizes,” San Francisco Examiner, November 15.
Bonetti, David, “Bay City Best,” San Francisco Examiner Magazine, November 17.
Johnson, Ken, Robert Schwartz's Divine Comedy, Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalogue with color reproductions).
Mayfield, Signe, The Mythic Narrative, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA (exhibition catalogue).
Sterman, Paul, “Narrative Works Evoke Paintings of the Past,” San Mateo Times, October 24, p. C2.
Harrington, Jim, “The Mythic Narrative,” Palo Alto Weekly, October 18.
Codrington, Andrea, “Figuratively Speaking,” Art & Auction, June, pp. 76-81.
Gussow, Alan and Gayle Maxon-Edgerton, Rediscovering the Landscape of the Americas, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (catalogue with color reproduction)

1995
Johnson, Robert Flynn, Robert Schwartz, Forum Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue with color reproductions).
Johnson, Robert Flynn, “Robert Schwartz,” The New Yorker, Galleries-Uptown, December 18, p. 22.

1993
Grimes, Nancy, Robert Schwartz, Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalogue with color reproductions).
Johnson, Ken, “Robert Schwartz at Stiebel Modern,” Art in America, (color reproduction), June.
Henry, Gerrit, “Robert Schwartz at Stiebel Modern,” ARTnews, (reproduction), Summer, p. 177.

1992
Bolt, Thomas, New American Figure Painting, Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalogue with color reproduction).
Twenty Artists: Painting, Works on Paper, WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowships for Visual Artists, Western States
Arts Federation (catalogue with color reproduction).
Rapko, John, “Beyond Appearances,” Artweek, February 27, p. 1.
Curren-Chadwick, Dyana, Corollaries of Apprehension, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA (catalogue, reproduction).
Santiago, Chiori, “The Fine Art of Apprehension,” Oakland Tribune, February 17.
Stutzin, Leo, “Tiny Paintings, Huge Enigmas,” The Modesto Bee, January 17, p. F9 (reproduction).
Reyes, Eric, “Escape in New Paint Worlds,” Turlock Journal, January, p. 16 (reproduction).

1991
Brzezinski, Jamey, “A Printmaker's Paradise,” Artweek, November 21, p. 9.
Perl, Jed, “Modern Spectacle,” Art & Antiques, May, p. 103.
Colbruno, Michael, “Blending the Erotic and the Surreal,” San Francisco Sentinel, (reproduction), April 18.
Bonetti, David, “Witnessing the Miracle of Transformation,” San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco, CA (reproduction), April 24.
Baker, Kenneth, “Representational Art with a Modern Twist,” San Francisco Chronicle, January 2, p. E3 (reproduction).

1990
Albers, Patricia, “World Views,” Santa Clara Spectrum, May 23, p. 3 (reproduction)
Burkhardt, Dorothy, “Art of Dreams,” San Jose Mercury News, June.

1987
Burkhardt, Dorothy, “A Visionary's Latest,” Taxi Magazine, (feature article with color reproductions), May, p. 132.

1980
Atkins, Robert, “Art,” The San Francisco Bay Guardian, October 9, p. 21.

1979
McDonald, Robert, “Constructed Worlds,” Artweek, (reproduction), September 29.
Atkins, Robert, “Perspectives on Painting - Closed Doors Out of Dead Ends,” The Bay Guardian, October 4, p.18.
Albright, Thomas, “At the Galleries,” San Francisco Chronicle, September 19.

1978
McDonald, Robert, “Robert Schwartz's Fantasies,” Artweek, May 6.
Marlowe, John, “Robert Schwartz,” West Art, May 26.
Frankenstein, Alfred, “Curious Objects, Mountains,” San Francisco Chronicle, May 2, p. 43.

1975
Albright, Thomas, “Like a Pinter Play, An Unsettling Exhibit,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 6.

1974
Albright, Thomas, “Two Impressive New Artists,” San Francisco Chronicle, February 27.

1972
Albright, Thomas, “Artistic Splotches and Webs,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 31.


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