biography of John D. GRAHAM (1881-1961)

Birth place: Kiev, Russia

Death place: London

Addresses: Moved to London in his later years

Profession: Painter, writer, art dealer, collector

Studied: Imperial Lyceum; Univ. Kiev; J. Sloan.

Exhibited: WMAA, 1925-36, 1955-56, 1960; Soc. Indep. Artists, 1925, 1928-30; Phillips Gal., Wash. DC, 1928 (solo, the show also traveled to Paris, 1928); PAFA, 1929-30, 1946; Dudensing Gal., NYC, 1930 (solo).

Member: Am. Artists Congress.

Work: PMG; WMAA; Baltimore MA; CI; Detroit IA; MoMA; Phillips Collection; La France Art Inst., Phila.; Galerie La France, Paris; Charkov Mus., Russia.

Comments: Born Ivan G. Dombrowski, he managed to escape the Bolshevik Revolution. Came to U.S. in early 1920s, settled in NYC and came under the patronage of Duncan Phillips (PMG). In addition to painting, Graham was a collector of African sculpture and an art dealer. In 1942, he organized the first exhibition of Jackson Pollock"s paintings in NYC, and was an important mentor to the sculptor David Smith. Author: System and Dialectics of Art (priv. pub., 1937). Contributor: Magazine of Art.

Sources: WW47 (put birth date at 1891); Baigell, Dictionary (puts birth date at 1881); American Abstract Art, 184 (puts birth date at 1886); Falk, Exh. Record Series.