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biography of Konrad CRAMER (1888-1963)

Birth place: Würzburg, Germany

Death place: Woodstock, NY

Addresses: Woodstock, NY/NYC

Profession: Painter, illustrator, craftsperson, block printer, lithographer, photographer, teacher

Studied: Acad. FA, Karlsruhe, Germany, with Ludwig Schmidt-Reutte and Ernest Schurth

Exhibited: McDowell Club, 1913; Florence Gal, NYC, 1919-20; LACMA, 1920; Brooks Mem. AG, Memphis, TN, 1921; Dudensing Gal, NYC (award) 1929; PAFA, 1930-31; AIC; College AA, 1932; Club Latin, Cincinnati, 1932 (solo); Warwick Gal., Phila., 1932; Corcoran Gal, 1935, 1937; CI, 1933, 1937, 1938; Corcoran Gal., 1937-39; WMAA, 1933, 1936, 1946, 1953; PAFA, 1936; Albany Inst., 1936; AFA traveling exhib., 1946; Woodstock AA, 1960; Woodstock, N.Y., 1952 (solo); State College, New Paltz, NY, 1952 (solo); Long Island Univ., 1958 (solo); M. Diamond FA; NYC, 1984 (solo)

Member: Am. Soc. PS & G; Woodstock AA; Pres., Woodstock Gld. Craftsmen, 1953-56

Work: MMA; WMAA; MoMA; Woodstock AA

Comments: Immigrated to the U.S. in 1911 and became one of Woodstock's radical modernist artists. In the mid 1930s he concentrated on photography, encouraged by Alfred Stieglitz (see entry), Russell Lee (see entry) and Eva Watson-Schütz (see entry). In 1914, he wrote What 291 Means to Me" for Stieglitz' Camera Work. Married to Florence Ballin (see entry) for over fifty years. He was illustraor and editor of Indian Arts in North America, and a contributor to Graphic Graphlex and Leica Magazine. Beginning in 1922, he taught at the Woodstock Sch. of Painting, and in 1936 founded the Woodstock Sch. of Photography. He also taught photography at Bard College, 1940-46.

Sources: WW59; WW47. More recently, see Woodstock's Art Heritage, 74-75; addit. info. courtesy Woodstock AA"


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