Artist: Peter Dean (1934 - 1993) Active: New York, Wisconsin / Germany Title: Star Gazers Category: Painting Medium: Oil Ground: Canvas Signature: Signed Lower Right Size: 60 x 50" Style: Figuratiive Expressionist
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Works by Mr. Dean, a figurative expressionist painter, are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Ghent Museum of Modern Art in Belgium, as well as museums in New Orleans, Richmond, Madison, Charlotte, and Wichita.
Mr. Dean was an active participant in the downtown art scene for 30 years. His paintings were first shown in New York in 1963 at the Aspects Galley on Tenth Street, and a "Salute to Peter Dean by his Friends" was presented last fall at the G. W. Einstein gallery in Soho. Currently his paintings can be seen at the Gallery Jupiter, Little Silver, N.J., and the Leedy-Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, Mo. Also, several of the assemblages that he called fetishes are being shown at the Gallery 1100/Niagara, Buffalo, N.Y.
Mr. Dean was born in 1934 in Berlin and came to this country with his family in 1938. He grew up in the Inwood section of Manhattan and attended Cornell University, then transferred to the University of Wisconsin and graduated in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in geology. He explored for minerals with the Anaconda Copper Company in Brazil, Montana, and Nevada before returning to New York to try his luck at a career in art.
Soon after, Mr. Dean joined Benny Andrews, Isser Aronovici, Bill Barrell, Ken Bowman, Jay Milder, Peter Passuntino, Nick Sperakis, and other artists in forming Rhino Horn, a movement to break away from the abstractionism dominant at the time. In 1984, Mr. Dean's paintings were shown alongside those of Munch, Soutine, and Ensor at the Galleri Bellman on 57th Street, but his work seemed to have a special appeal to collectors in New Orleans, perhaps because they felt its resonance with Mardi Gras.
Mr. Dean is survived by his wife Lorraine and his son Gregory, both of New York, and his sister Marion Wollmeringer of Framingham, Mass.
Selected Solo Exhibitions: 2004 Unisom Art Center, New Paltz, NY 2002 Jump Start, New York 1992 University of Wisconsin Art Museum, Milwaukee 1991 Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania 1991 Museum of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson 1990 Alternative Museum, New York 1989 Brown Gallery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 1989 North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks 1988 San Antonio Art Institute 1981 Hughes Fine Art Center Gallery, Grand Forks, North Dakota 1978 Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin 1972 New Orleans Museum of Art
Selected Group Exhibitions: 1992 Transforming the Western Image. Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California traveling to Boise Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York 1991 Landscapes. Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock, New York 1990 Art of Love. Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California 1989 A Different War: Vietnam in Art. Whatcom Museum of Art, Bellingham, Washington 1989 The Unquiet Landscape. Arts Club of Chicago, traveling to Frumkin Adams Gallery, New York 1986 Fetishes, Figures, and Fantasies. Kenkeleba house, New York 1986 Landscapes, Cityscapes, Seascapes. Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, traveling to City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, North Carolina 1986 Selected Works from the New York Collection Members Gallery. Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York 1986 Short Stories. 1 Penn Plaza, New York 1984 Paradise Lost/Paradise Regained: American Visions of the New Decade. Venice Biennale 1983 Victims and Violations. Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans 1982 74th American Exhibition. Art Institute of Chicago 1981 Crimes of Compassion. The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia 1981 The Figure: A Celebration. North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, traveling to Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi 1973 American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York 1971 Rhino Horn. The New School for Social Research, New York, traveling to the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio: Gallery of Contemporary Fine Art, Oklahoma City 1971 32nd Corcoran Biennial of American Painting, Washington DC 1971 III Bienal Internacional del Deporte en las Bellas Artes. Barcelona, Spain 1969 II Bienal Internacional de Deporte en las Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain 1967 Angry Arts. Loeb Student Center, New York University
Selected Collections: Akron Art Museum Art Institute of Chicago Denver Art Museum Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, Illinois Ghent Museum of Modern Art, Ghent, Belgium Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin Herbert F. Johnson Museum of art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin Milwaukee Art Museum Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC New Orleans Museum of Art New York Public Library Phoenix Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky Tampa Museum of Art Tucson Museum of Art University of Arizona Museum of Art University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City Wichita Art Museum
Selected Appointments: Distinguished Beaumont Professor of Art: Washington University, St. Louis
Visiting Artist: Colgate University Cranbrook Academy of Art Louisiana State University Princeton University Rutgers University San Antonio Art Institute Skidmore College Southwest Texas State College University of North Dakota University of Texas University of Washington, Seattle University of Wisconsin Yale University
Grants: National Endowment for the Arts, 1981, 1987 New York State Council of Arts, 1975
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