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Adja Yunkers

 (1900 - 1983)
Adja Yunkers was active/lived in New York / Sweden.  Adja Yunkers is known for color woodcut, lithography, abstract painting, teaching.

Adja Yunkers

Biography from the Archives of askART

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Adja Yunkers, of Latvian birth, studied in Leningrad, Paris, Berlin, and London and, after a period of travel, established a worshop in Stockholm. In 1946 he came to the United States where, three years later, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

His color woodblocks have been exhibited throughout this country - most recently at the Borgenicht Gallery, New York (1953). The five panel polyptych from this exhibition is now on tour - to be shown in 25 major American museums. He is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan, Boston, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia Museums, the New York Public Library, the National and Corcoran Galleries and many other instituions here and abroad.

Information included with the sale of a print of Adja Yunkers. The source is Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art". Courtesy, Kevin Pyle, Bloomfield, New Jersey.

Biography from Annex Galleries
A major twentieth century abstract painter and printmaker, Adja Yunkers studied art in Leningrad, Berlin, Paris and London.  His first solo exhibition took place in Hamburg in 1921.  For a period of fourteen years, Yunkers lived and worked in Paris.  At the outbreak of World War II (1939), he moved to Stockholm, Sweden, where he edited and published the arts magazines, ARS and Creation.

Adja Yunkers settled permanently in the United States in 1947.  During the following years important exhibitions of his woodcuts, lithographs and paintings were held at the Smithsonian Institute, the Corcoran Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The prints of Adja Yunkers are today included in the following collections: The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Hamburg Kunsthalle, the Stockholm National Gallery, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Corcoran Museum, Harvard University and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Before 1960, the majority of Yunkers's graphic art was in the medium of the color woodcut.  During the 1950's decade, he established himself at the forefront of  American woodcut creation, along with Louis Schanker and Seong Moy. 

Concentrating on large compositions with complex color printings, Yunkers introduced painterly conceptions in his woodcuts, including the added devices of brushwork. Beginning in 1960, however, the artist began experimenting with these concerns in another medium -- lithography. Working at the now famous Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles, Yunkers created two of his finest series of lithographs during this year, Salt (five lithographs) and Skies of Venice (ten lithographs). 

Textural qualities and lightness of form became Yunkers's primary objectives and during this period he worked closely with the Tamarind master printer, Bohuslav Horak, to achieve these challenging effects.

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About  Adja Yunkers

Born:  1900 - Riga, Latvia
Died:   1983 - New York City
Known for:  color woodcut, lithography, abstract painting, teaching