biography of Grace HARTIGAN (1922-2008)

Birth place: Newark, NJ

Addresses: NYC, from c.1948-60; Baltimore, MD, 1960-

Profession: Painter

Studied: Newark College Engineering; privately with Isaac Lane Muse.

Exhibited: Tibor Nagy Gal., 1951 (first solo); MMA; WMAA; "New American Painting," MoMA, 1958 (only woman chosen); Corcoran Gal. biennials, 1957-63 (4 times); Carnegie Int., 1961; "American Vanguard," organized by Guggenheim Mus. for US Info. Agency, Austria, Eng., Ger. & Yugoslavia, 1961-62; "A Decade of New Talent," AFA Exhib., 1964-65; PAFA, 1964, 1968; Univ. Chicago, 1967 (solo); Gertrude Kasle Gal., Detroit, 1968 (solo); Martha Jackson Gal., NYC, 1970s. Awards: Mademoiselle Magazine Merit Award for Art, 1957.

Work: MoMA; WMAA; MMA; BM; CI; PAFA; PMA; BMA; RISD; Walker AC, Minneapolis, MN; AIC; Albright-Knox Art Gal., Buffalo, NY.

Comments: A leading member of the second generation of NYC abstract expressionist painters. Her works are brilliantly colored images based on nature, sometimes showing parts of figures, plants, animals or other objects within the abstract work. Positions: draftsperson, Newark factory, 1943. Spent one year in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (1949). Teaching: artist-in-residence, Maryland Inst. Grad. Sch. Painting, 1965-69. Signature note: she signed her early work "George Hartigan."

Sources: WW73; Rubinstein, American Women Artists, 279-82; Baigell, Dictionary; Falk, Exh. Record Series.