Stephen Greene (1917-1999)

Born in New York, New York, September 19, 1917
Died Valley Cottage, New York, November 18, 1999

Education

1936-1937 National Academy School of Fine Arts, New York

1937-1938 Arts Students League, New York

1938 The Richmond Division of the College of William and Mary, Richmond, VA

1942 B.F.A., State University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

1945 M.A., State University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2006
“Stephen Greene: Pleasure Dome - Works from the Last Two Decades”, Jason McCoy, Inc., New York, NY (February 2 - March 11, 2006)

2003
“Stephen Greene: Painter and Mentor,” Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA

2001
“Stephen Greene: Labyrinth Drawings,” David Beitzel Gallery, New York

1999
“Stephen Greene: Recent Paintings,” University of Massachusetts, Lowell (October 1-November 3)

“Stephen Greene: Five Decades,” David Beitzel Gallery, New York

1998
“Stephen Greene: Selected Works of Four Decades,” Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica (May 21-June 20)

“Stephen Greene: Small Paintings,” Nielsen Gallery, Boston (November 21-December 3)

1997
“Stephen Greene: Moreau’s Garden,” David Beitzel Gallery, New York

1996
“Stephen Greene: Paintings and Works on Paper,” David Beitzel Gallery, New York

1995
“A Tribute to Stephen Greene: Painter, Teacher, Friend,” Nielsen Gallery, Boston (January 7-February 4)

“Stephen Greene,” Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica (May 27-July 8)

1994
“Stephen Greene: The Light of Memory,” Victoria Munroe Fine Art, New York (March 8-April 2)

1992
“Stephen Greene,” Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA

1991
“Stephen Greene: The Tampa Series,” Ruth Bachofner, Santa Monica

1990
“Stephen Greene,” Ruth Bachofner, Santa Monica (April 26-May 26)

1989
“Stephen Greene,” Meredith Long Gallery, Houston

“Stephen Greene,” Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York

“Stephen Greene: Images of Suffering & Salvation,” St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis

1988
“Stephen Greene,” Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York

“Stephen Greene,” Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica

1987
“Stephen Greene,” Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York

“Stephen Greene,” Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles

“Stephen Greene,” Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York

“Stephen Greene,” J. Rosenthal Fine Arts, Ltd., Chicago, IL

1986
“Stephen Greene,” Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York

1985
“Stephen Greene,” Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York

“Stephen Greene,” Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles

1983
“Stephen Greene,” Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York

1982
“Stephen Greene,” Galeria Ponce, Mexico City

1981
“Stephen Greene,” Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York

1979
“Stephen Greene,” Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York

“Stephen Greene,” Galeria Ponce, Mexico City

1978
“Stephen Greene: A Decade of Painting,” Akron Art Institute, Akron (May 7-June 18); exhibition traveled to The Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus; North Caroline Museum of Art, Raleigh; The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire.

“Stephen Greene,” Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York

1977
“Stephen Greene: Fermata,” Galeria Ponce, Mexico City, Mexico (August-September)

1976
“Stephen Greene,” Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York

1975
“Stephen Greene: New Paintings,” William Zierler, Inc., New York (October 4-30)

“Stephen Greene,” Galleria Dell’Obelisco Rome, Italy

1974
“Stephen Greene, A Retrospective Exhibition of Works Produced from 1963 to 1973,” Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia (October 18-November 17)

1973
“Stephen Greene: Recent Paintings,” William Zierler, Inc., New York (November 3-29)

“Stephen Greene,” The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1972

“Stephen Greene,” The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

“Stephen Greene, 25 Years of Drawing: 1947-1972,” William Zierler, Inc., New York (December 2-30)

1971
“Stephen Greene,” William Zierler, Inc., New York
1969

“Stephen Greene,” George Staempfli Gallery, New York

1967
“Stephen Greene,” Franklin Siden Gallery, Detroit, IL

1966
“Stephen Greene,” George Staempfli Gallery, New York

1964
“Stephen Greene,” George Staempfli Gallery, New York

1963
“Stephen Greene: A Retrospective Exihibition of Paintings and Drawings.” Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (March); exhibition traveled to University of Minnesota, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Tennessee Fine Arts Center, Des Moines Art Center.

1961
“Stephen Greene,” George Staempfli Gallery, New York

1958
“Stephen Greene,” Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York

1957
“Stephen Greene,” Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York

1955
“Stephen Greene,” Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York

1952
“Stephen Greene,” Durlacher Brothers, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

1999
“Nielsen Gallery 35th Anniversary Exhibition, Part II - New Works,” Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA.

1997
“View From Abroad: American Realities,” Whitney Museum of American Art.

“A Tribute to Grace Borgenicht Gallery The 1950's: The First Decade,” DC Moore Gallery, New York
1996

“July 1996,” David Beitzel, New York
1995

“47th Annual American Academy Purchase Exhibition,” The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
“Inaugural Exhibition,” Corr Contemporary Art London, England
1994

“Drawings: Jake Berthot, Porfirio DiDonna, Stephen Greene, John Walker,” Victoria Munroe Fine Art, New York, Corr Contemporary Art, London, England

1993
“Crossing the Line: Abstraction/Figuration,” Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA

1992
“Painting, Self-Evident Abstraction,” Spoleto, USA and The William Halsey Gallery, Simmons Center for the Arts, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

1991
“American Life and American Art,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

“American Abstraction,” Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

1988
“Recent Acquisitions,” Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY

1982
“Thirty-fourth Annual Hassam & Speicher Fund Purchase Exhibit,” American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York

“Distinct Visions: Expressionist Sensibilities, Elaine deKooning, Stephen Greene, Grace Hartigan,” Milton and Sally Avery Art Center, Bard College Annandale-on Hudson, NY

“Realism & Realities: The Other Side of American Painting,” Rutgers University Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ

1981
“Decade of Transition: 1940-50,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

“156th Annual Exhibition,” National Academy of Design, New Yory, NY

1979
“The Figurative Tradition,” The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1977
“American Postwar Painting,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

1975
“An American Dream World,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1973
“Twenty Years of American Painting,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

“Biennial of ContemporaryAmerican Painting and Sculpture,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

“American Artists in Europe,” Palazzo Pretorio, Prato, Italy

1972
“Annual Exhibition,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1970
“L’art vivant aux Etats Unis,” Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

1969
“American Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings from the Museum Collection,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

“Seven Decades of American Painting,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1967
“Annual Exhibition,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1963
“Annual Exhibition,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1962
“Abstract Drawings and Watercolors,” Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1961
“Annual Exhibition,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

“Abstract Expressionists and Imagists,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

“VI Sao Palo Bienal,” Sao Paolo, Brazil

1959
“Annual Exhibition,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

“Museum Director’s Choice,” Baltimore Museum of Art

1958
“Biennial of Religious Art,” Salzburger Museum, Carolino Augusteum

1957
“Annual Exhibition,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

“Annual Exhibition,” Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles

1956
“Annual Exhibition,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

“Recent Drawings USA,” Museum of Modern Art, New York

1955
“The New Decade: 35 American Painters and Sculptors,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

“Italy Rediscovered,” Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica

1954
“Annual Exhibition: Sculpture, Watercolor, Drawing,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

“Le Dessin Contemporarin au États Unis,” Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris

“Reality and Fantasy,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

1952
“Annual Exhibition: Contemporary American Painting,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

“65th American Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

“Carnegie International,” Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

1951
“Annual Exhibition: Sculpture, Watercolor, Drawing,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1950

“American Painting Today,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

“Annual Exhibition: Contemporary American Painting,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Selected Bibliography

Artist’s Statements
“A Case in Point,” Art in America 49, 1961.

“The Tragic Sense,” in From Sophocles to Picasso. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1962.

“Sensibility of the Sixties,” Art in America 55, January-February 1967.

“Stephen Greene,” Art Now: New York, vol. 4, New York: University Galleries, March 1972.

“Aspects of Reality in My Paintings,” Leonardo 6, 1973.

General Publications
Ashton, Dore. American Art Since 1945. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.

Rose, Barbara. American Art Since 1900. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1975.

Monographic Catalogues
Ashton, Dore, Stephen Greene: A Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings. Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1963

_____, Stephen Greene: A Decade of Painting, Akron: Akron Art Institute, 1978

Ashton, Dore, et al., Stephen Greene: Recent Paintings, Lowell, MA: University Gallery at UMASS Lowell, 1999.
Pease, David et al. Stephen Greene, A Retrospective Exhibition of Works Produced from 1963 to 1973, Philadelphia: Tyler School of Art, Temple University, 1974

Rose, Barbara. Stephen Greene: 25 Years of Drawing, New York: William Zierler, Inc., New York, 1972

Wilkin, Karen. Stephen Greene, Edmonton, Alberta: Edmonton Art Gallery, 1972

_____. Stephen Greene: Painter and Mentor, Andover, MA: Addison Gallery of American Art, 2003

Articles
Apesos, Anthony. “Steven Greene,” The New Art Examiner, April 1995.

Ashmore, Jerry. “Existentialist Themes in Stephen Greene,” College Art Journal, Winter 1958.

Ashton, Dore. “Exhibition at Staempfli,” Art International, June-August 1961.

_____. “Historicism and Respect for Tradition,” The Studio, June 1966.

_____. “Akron Art Institute Exhibit,” Arts Magazine, May 1978

Berger, Laurel. “Stephen Greene at David Beitzel,” ARTNews, March, 1999.

Campbell, Lawrence. “Stephen Greene at Marilyn Pearl,” Art in America, April 1986.

Cavallo, A. S. “Family Portrait by Stephen Greene,” Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts, 1949.

Edelman, Robert G. “Stephen Greene at David Beitzel,” Art in America, September 1996.

Fried, Michael. “The Goals of Stephen Greene,” Arts, May 1963.

Janson, H. W. “Stephen Greene,” Magazine of Art, April 1948.

Kimmelman, Michael. “Stephen Greene,” The New York Times, January 12, 1996.

Kingsley, April. “Diebenkorn and Greene,” Soho News, January 1977.

Kozloff, Max. “Decorum and Independence,” The Nation, June 1, 1964

Laurence, Michael. “A Maverick’s Frissons, Artweek, January 31, 1987.

Lowell, Robert. “New Year’s Day: A Poem,” Art in America, October 1965.

Ludwig, A. I. “Marilyn Pearl Gallery Exhibit,” Arts Magazine, March 1977.

Masters, Greg. “Stephen Greene,” Arts Magazine, January 1986.

Melrod, George. “The Fame Game: Five Survivors of the Art World,” Art & Antiques, Summer, 1997.

Moorman, Margaret. “Stephen Greene at Victoria Munroe,” Art News, Summer 1994.

O’Doherty, Brian. “Stephen Greene, Perfectionist,” The New York Times, May 16, 1964.

Raynor, Vivian, “Exhibition at Staempfli Gallery,” Arts Magazine 1964.

Ponce, Juan García. Stephen Greene: Fermata. Mexico, DF, Galeria Ponce, 1977.

Rose, Barbara. “The Real Thing,” New York Magazine, January 1973

Sawin, Martica. “Stephen Greene’s Recent Paintings, Arts Magazine, October 1975.

Schwabsky, Barry. “Stephen Greene at David Beitzel Gallery,” Artforum, March, 1999.

Smith, Roberta. “Stephen Greene, Painter with Distinctive Abstract Style,” [Obituary], New York Times, November 29, 1999.

Wilkin, Karen. “Stephen Greene,” Partisan Review, PR/2 1996.

_____. “Stephen Greene at Beitzel Gallery,” Art News, April 1996.

_____. “Stephen Greene,” Art International, February 1973.

Wohl, Helmut. “Recent Paintings of Stephen Greene,” College Art Journal, Winter 1959

Yau, John. “Luminous Shrouds: The Recent Paintings of Stephen Greene,” Arts Magazine, November 1983.