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JOHN SENNHAUSER

(1907-1978)

 

BORN:      1907 Rorschach, Switzerland

                        (Naturalized Citizen, USA)

 

 

EDUCATION:

 

1926-27      Royale Academy of Venice, Italy

1930-33      Cooper Union Art School, New York, NY

1936           Florence Royale Academy of Fine Arts, Fresco

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

 

1936           Leonardo DaVinci Art School, New York, NY

1939           Contemporary Arts Gallery, New York, NY

1942           Theodore Kohn Gallery, New York, NY

1947           Artists' Gallery, New York, NY (also 1950, 1952)

1953           Gallery Neuf, New York, NY

1954           Brown University, Providence, RI

1955           University of Maine, Orono, ME

1956           Black Mountain College, NC

1958           Tirca Carlis Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1956           Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY (also 1957, 1959)

1961           Knapick Gallery, New York, NY

1963           Meierhans Art Gallery, Bucks County, PA (also 1968)

1964           Harry Salpeter Gallery, New York, NY

1972           Eleven Cantos of Divine Comedy Series, Lenox Library, Welles Gallery, Lenox, MA

1979           San Diego Public Library, San Diego, CA

1980           Martin Diamond Fine Arts Gallery, New York, NY  (two-man show in 1982)

1983           Felicita Foundation, Mathes Cultural Center, Escondido, CA

1988           Retrospective, 1937-1950, Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

 

NATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

 

1935           National Academy of Design, NY

                   International Art Center, NY

1936           Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (1952)

1940           George W. Vincent Smith Gallery, Springfield, MA

                   Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1942           American Non-Objective Paintings Annuals, Museum of Non-Objective Painting, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, NY (also 1943, 1944)

1947           Abstract and Surrealist American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1947-49      American Abstract Artists, The Western Association of Art Directors: Michigan State College, East Lansing, MI; Hansline University, St. Paul, MN; Charles H. Worsturm, Racine, WI; Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA; Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, CA; Boise Art Association, Boise, ID; Washington State College, Pullman, WA; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC; Mills College, Oakland, CA.

1948           Contemporary American Sculpture, Watercolor & Drawings Annual, Whitney Museum, New York, NY  (also 1950, 51, 53, 55, 56)

1948-49      Abstract and Surrealist American Art, The American Federation of Arts:  Art Center, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI; J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY; Cincinnati Modern Art Society, Cincinnati, OH; San Francisco Museum of Arts, San Francisco, CA; Modern Institute of Art, Beverly Hills, CA; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, TX;  Cranbrook Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY; Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA.

1949           Contemporary American Painting Annual, Whitney Museum, New York, NY (also 1950)

1949           Artists' Gallery, New York, NY

1951           Contemporary Art in the United States, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA;

                   Abstract Painting in America, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

                   Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK

1952           Selections from Contemporary American Sculpture, Watercolor and Drawing Annual of the Whitney Museum, The American Federation of Arts

1953           Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC  (also 1954-55)          

                   Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture in America, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

1955           National Graphic Gala, Artists' Gallery, New York, NY

1957           Metropolitan Museum:  Collection of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Root

1958           Collage in America, Zabriskie Gallery, Sponsored and traveled by the American Federation of Arts, Washington, DC

1969           North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

                   Concord Art Association, Concord, MA

1972-73      Geometric Abstractions of the 1930's, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY; traveled by the American Federation of Arts, Washington, DC

1982           Martin Diamond Fine Arts Gallery, NY

1983           Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America, 1934-1944, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (catalog)

1987           Progressive Geometric Abstraction in America 1934-1955, Selections from the Peter B. Fisher Collection; Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; Amherst College, MA; Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL; Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

1988           Foundations of the American Avant-Garde, Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL

1990           Between Two Worlds, Credit Sussie, New York, NY

                   Masters of Geometric Abstraction 1935-1955, Beth Urdang Fine Art, Boston, MA

1990           The Patricia and Phillip Frost Collection, American Abstraction 1930-1945, National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC (catalog)

1991           Circa 1950: A Group Exhibition of Prints and Drawings in Honor of the 90th Birthday of Dorothy Dehner, Susan Teller Gallery, New York, NY

                   Synthesis: Abstraction and Surrealism in America, Struve Gallery Chicago, IL

                   20th Century Modern, in collaboration with the Morgan Gallery by: Kansas City Art Galleries, 20th Century Consortium, and Thomas McCormick Works of Art, Kansas City, MO

1992           Theme and Improvisation: Kandinskyand the American Avant-Garde, 1912-1950, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Dayton Art Institue, Dayton, OH; Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL: Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX (catalog)

1994           On Paper, Abstraction in American Art, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY

1996           Selections from the Museum of Non Objective Painting: American Abstract Art of the 1930s and 1940s, Snyder Fine Arts, New York, New York

1998           American Abstract Art of the 1930s and 1940s: The J. Donald Nichols Collection, Wake Forest University Fine Arts Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (catalog)

 

 

INTERNATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

 

1930           Dance International, New York, NY (also 1937)

1943           International Watercolor Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, NY (also 1949, 51, 52, 53)

1952-53      Contemporary Drawings from 12 Countries, The Art Institute of Chicago.  Traveled to Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA; J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, CO

1953           The Classical Tradition in Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

 

 

FOREIGN GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

 

1937           National Swiss Annual, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland

1950           Realities Nouvelles, 5th Salon, Paris, France

                   Gallery Takante, Copenhagen, Denmark

                   Museo D'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

                   Stadelikjk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland

1955           Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

1970           Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta, India

 

SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:

 

American Museum of Immigration, New York

Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta, India        

Dallas Museum of Art, TX

Ertigen Collection

Fine Arts Museum of Houston, TX

McCrory Collection

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY

Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY

University of Georgia Museum, GA   

Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

 

 

GALLERY AND MUSEUM GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

 

44th Street Gallery, New York

A.C.A. Gallery, New York

American British Art Center, New York

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX

 Annuals of The American Abstract Artists Since 1945

Annuals of The Federation of Modern Painters And Sculptors Since 1959

Arron Gallery, Chicago, IL

Art Mart Gallery, New York

Backgrounds Gallery, Detroit, MI

Betty Parson Gallery, New York

Black Mountain College, North Carolina

Blow Associates, Washington, DC

Dayton Art Institute, Dayton OH

East Hampton Gallery, New York

Felicita Foundation, Mathes Cultural Center, Escondido, CA.

Fine Arts Museum of Houston, TX

David Findlay, Jr. Gallery, New York, NY

Gallerie Neuf, New York

Hrischel & Adler, New York, NY

IBM Gallery, New York

Jessup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, ME

Mayer Gallery, New York

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY

Mortimer Brand Gallery, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, San Diego, Ca

New School of Social Research, New York

New York University, New York

The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

Pinacotheca Gallery, New York

Riverside Museum, New York

Robert Henry Adams Fine Art, Chicago, IL

Snyder Fine Arts, New York, NY

Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL

Studio Guild Gallery, New York

Susan Teller Gallery, New York, NY

Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL

The Arts Club, Washington, DC

The Contemporaries, New York

The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY

Vendome Gallery, New York, NY

 

 

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MEMBER OF:

 

The American Abstract Artists since 1945, Served as Secretary and Treasurer in 1950-52.

The Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors since 1959.  Served as President in 1966-68

Associate Member, International Institute of Arts and Letters, Zurich, Switzerland, since 1953

Art Guild, Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, CA, 1977

Who's Who in American Art since 1950

International Who's Who in Art and Antiques, Cambridge, England since 1973

Dictionary of International Biographies, Cambridge, England

Works and material microfilmed by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

 

 

MUSEUM WORK AND LECTURING

 

1943-45      Assistant to the Curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation - Museum of  Non-Objective Painting (now the S.R. Guggenheim Museum)

 

 

TEACHING:

 

1936-39      Leonardo DaVinci Art School, New York

1939-42      Contemporary Art School, New York

 

 

FILM:

 

Collage, filmed by Prof. S. Dworkin, distributed by Sterling Educational Films, New York

 

 

AWARDS:

 

1951                Whitney Museum of American Art, New York -- Purchase Award

                        Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK -- Purchase Award

1971 & 1972   The Mark Rothko Foundation, New York -- Grant Award

 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:

 

American Abstract Artists.  American Abstract Artists: Three Yearbooks (1938,1939 & 1946). New York, NY: Arno        Press, 1969, p.231.

 

Artner, Alan A. Forgotten Pioneers: Recalling those who Waged the Battle for Abstract Art. Chicago Tribune, Sunday, March 27, 1988, sec. 13, p. 16.

 

Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, University of Illinois, 1953, p.220.

 

Fort, I.S.  John Sennhauser: Martin Diamond Fine ArtsArts Magazine  55, December 1980, p.53.

 

Holtzman, Harry; Susan C. Larsen and Necia Gelker.  Progressive Geometric Abstraction in America 1934-1955:  Selections from the Peter B. Fisher Collection  (exhibition catalog). Clinton, NY: Fred L. Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, 1987, p.65.

 

Lane, John R.; and Larsen, Susan C, Eds.  Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America 1927-1944  (exhibition catalog). p.135, p. 215.

 

Larson, Susan.  American Abstract Artists: The Language of Abstraction. p. 3

 

Lorenz, Marianne.  "Kandinsky and the American Avant-Garde."   Antiques & Fine Art, January/February 1992, p.58

 

__________. Levin, Gail.  Theme and Improvisation: Kandinskyand the American Avant-Garde, 1912-1950, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH, 1992

 

Lukach, Joan M.   Hilla Rebay: In Search of the Spirit in Art.  New York, NY: George Braziller, 1983.

 

Macklenburg, Virginia.  American Abstraction 1930-1945: The Patricia and Phillip Frost Collection, National Museum  of American Art, 1990, p.159-161.

 

Rich, Daniel; and others.   Abstract and Surrealist American Art. Chicago, IL: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1948, p.55.

 

Strickler, Susan E.; and Elaine D. Gustafson.  The Second Wave: American Abstraction of the 1930s & 1940s:  Selections from the   Penny and Elton Yasuna Collection  (exhibition catalog). Worcester, MA: Worcester Art Museum, 1991, p.22, 44, 74, 75.

 

Struve, Keith; and Susan C. Larsen.   John Sennhauser: A Retrospective 1937-1950  (exhibition catalog). Chicago, IL: Struve Gallery, 1988.  

 

Taylor, Sue.  Art News  88, no. 1, January 1989, p.154.

 


 

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