Joe Lasker (1919-2015)
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Painter Joe Lasker, born in New York, has been praised by Art News for his “extraordinary technique and engaging wit.” “There is a psychological warmth and penetration in the work… especially stimulating canvasses… marvellously effective… a tour de force,” says The New York Times.
Born in New York in 1919 and educated there at the Cooper Union, he is represented in the permanent collections of dozens of museums and corporate collections, including the Whitney Museum and the National Academy of Design in New York; the Hirshhorn and the Smithsonian in Washington, the Museums of Art in Philadelphia and Baltimore, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel; and Aramark Corporation in Philadelphia, First National Bank of Chicago and the 3M Collection in Minneapolis.
Between 1951 and 2003, he had 14 one-man shows at Kraushaar Galleries in New York. Prizes include the Prix de Rome, Guggenheim Fellowship, National Institute of Arts and Letters grant, Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Scholarship for Mural Painting and the Isidore Gold Medal from the National Academy of Design, where he is a National Academician and former Secretary.
He has written and illustrated dozens of children’s books, including the prize-winning Merry Ever After and The Boy Who Loved Music (Viking Press), a National Library Association Notable book written by his son, David. “I feel that much art of the last 50 years has something missing, namely narrative. Without narrative there would be little left of the art of the Old Masters, of 20th-century expressionism and surrealism. There would be no Guernica by Picasso,” Joe Lasker says.
Joe Lasker One-man shows: * Kraushaar Galleries, New York: 1951, 1955, 1959, 1964, 1970, 1974, 1979, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003 * Philadelphia Art Alliance
Joe Lasker Group exhibitions: many national and international shows, including: * Metropolitan Museum of Art * Art Institute of Chicago * Whitney Museum of American Art * National Academy of Design * Barbican, London, England * Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts * Cincinnati Art Museum * Carnegie Institute * Department of State * West Corporation
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