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Man and Superman, 1955-56, oil on canvas


Bravadoes, 1944, oil on canvas
  Frank Kleinholz: Chronology
1901 Born February 17 in Brooklyn, New York
1908-15 Educated in public school through eighth grade
1915-18 Attends night school while working to help support his family. His blind father Hyman cannot work, mother runs a candy and delicatessen shop and takes in boarders
1918-19 Scholarship, Colby College, Maine
1919-23 Attends Fordham Law School at night while working days
1923 Admitted to New York Bar. Practices insurance law
1928 Marries first wife Leah
1936-40 Studies painting with Alex Dobkin, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Sol Wilson. Friendships with Philip Evergood, Raphael and Moses Soyer, Alfred Stieglitz
1940 Studies and paints in Mexico. Meets Rivera, Orozco, and Siquieros
1941 Abstractionists included in "Directions in American Painting," Carnegie Insitute, Pittsburgh
  • Back Street and Bargain Counter included in "Artists For Victory," Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Back Street awarded 6th purchase prize and acquired by Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other winners include Alexander Calder, Jack Levine, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, and Philip Evergood.
  • First solo exhibition at Associated American Artist, New York
  • 1943
  • Solo exhibition, Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • City Carnival acquired by Phillips Collection
  • 1944 Group exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Institute, Virginia Museum, and Chicago Art Institute
  • Wife Leah dies of breast cancer
  • Bravadoes acquired by the Encyclopaedia Britannica Collection of Contemporary American Art
  • 1946
  • Member Art Advisory Board, Encyclopaedia Britannica Collection
  • Marries second wife Lidia
  • 1947 Included in "Advancing American Art" State Department Exhibit along with Milton Avery, Arthur Dove, Philip Evergood, Marsden Hartley, Jack Levine, John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Ben Shahn among others. The show is later attacked as "radical" by McCarthy
    1948 Group exhibitions at Corcoran Biennial, Chicago Art Institute, Worcester Art Institute
    1948-51 Lives in Paris and Ile de Brehat, Brittany. Studies etching and lithography. Friendships with Joseph Hirsch, Bob Gwathmey, Paul Strand
  • Moves to Port Washington, New York
  • Instructor of Fine Arts, Hofstra College
  • 1952 Close of Day acquired by State of Israel
  • Group exhibitions, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, National Academy Annual, New York
  • McCarthy at height. Blacklisted along with some of the other artists included in 1947 State Department show. Loses Hofsta College instructorship
  • Travels to Mexico
  • 1955-56 Cross-country painting trip with wife and children. Exhibits in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles
  • Group exhibitions at Butler Institute of American Art Annual, Pennsylvania Academy Annual, Village Temple, New York, and Har Zion Temple, Philadelphia
  • Solo and group exhibitions at Associated American Artists, New York, and in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Florida and Long Island, New York
  • 1959 Marquette University acquires triptych Apple Tree / Apple Tree
  • Publishes Frank Kleinholz, A Self Portrait
  • Solo exhibition, ACA Gallery, New York
  • 1965 Solo exhibition, ACA Gallery, Rome, Italy
    1966 First Annual American Artist Award, Nassau Community College
    1967 Moves to Perrine, Florida
    1968 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Colby College
  • Retrospective exhibitions at Colby College and Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Florida
  • Frank Kleinholz, The Outsider by August Freundlich published
  • 1970 Solo exhibition University of Maine
    1973 Retrospective exhibition, ACA Gallery, New York and St. Mary's College, Maryland
  • Solo graphics exhibition, Associated American Artists
  • Kleinholz Graphics: Catalog Raisonée 1940-1975 published
  • 1984 Solo graphics exhibition, Old Westbury College
  • Retrospective exhibition, April-June, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Wisconsin
  • Died October 3 in Miami, Florida
  • © 2003-07 by Lisa Kleinholz