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Copyright estate of the artist
 Baziotes, William (1912 - 1963)
USA

Tropical, 1959

Oil on canvas;
127 x 101 cm
Abstract Expressionism

UID 102-45



Biography

The American painter, Baziotes began his career in a firm specialised in stained glass for churches, which might well have had some bearing on the mysterious and translucent environments to be found in his final canvases. In 1933, he moved to New York where he studied at the National Academy of Design until 1936, becoming a teacher at Queens Museum until 1941. He showed a strong empathy with the European Surrealists exiled in New York between 1938 and 1944, especially Roberto Matta. Surrealism encouraged his sense of fantasy and introduced him to the concept of what was then called "psychic automatism". Two exhibitions held at the New York Museum of Modern Art showing work by Picasso (1939) and Miró (1941) were determining factors in Baziotes' artistic development. In the mid 40s, he became involved with Abstract Expressionism and, in 1944, held his first one-man show at the gallery most involved with that project, the Peggy Guggenheim. Between 1949 and 1952, he taught at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. In 1952, he was a teacher at Hunter College in New York and, in 1955-56, he took part in the exhibition "The New American Painting" organised by the New York Museum of Modern Art, which was shown in Europe in 1958-59. In the later year, he took part in "documenta" 2 in Kassel.



Exhibitions

The Abstract Expressionists and Their Precursors
Nassau County Museum of Art, USA
01-01-1981 ~ 31-03-1981

O Surrealismo na Colecção Berardo - Estranho Desenho
Palácio da Galeria, Câmara Municipal de Tavira, Portugal
12-07-2003 ~ 14-09-2003

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

O Surrealismo na Colecção Berardo - Estranho Desenho, Sintra
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
04-07-2001 ~ 30-06-2001

Arte Cinética / Arte Op na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
29-09-2001 ~ 31-10-2001

Berardo Museum Opening
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
25-06-2007 ~ 24-08-2008


Bibliography

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

O Surrealismo na Colecção Berardo - Estranho Desenho, 2001
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729742847

O Surrealismo na Colecção Berardo - Estranho Desenho, 2003
Published by Palácio da Galeria, Câmara Municipal de Tavira
ISBN 9728705050

The Abstract Expressionist and Their Precursors, 1981
Published by Nassau County Museum of Art







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