Peter Plagens

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PETER PLAGENS

Born in Dayton, Ohio, 1941


EDUCATION

1964 Syracuse University, M.F.A., 1964
1962 University of Southern California, B.F.A., Magna Cum Laude


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 “Peter Plagens and Laurie Fendrick: Black White Color and Life,” Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo
“Peter Plagens,” Farmer Family Gallery, Ohio State University, Lima
2018 “Peter Plagens ” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2017 “Peter Plagens and Laurie Fendrick: Black White Color and Life, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Sonoma, California
2013 Texas Gallery, Houston
2011 “I Don’t Give a Damn/Every Moment Counts,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2009 Rule Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2006 “Investigators Soon Learned or Paintings on Wood + 3 Drawings of My Father,” Warschaw Gallery, San Pedro, California
2005 Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, Vermont
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2004-05 “Peter Plagens: An Introspective,” Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; traveling to The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Columbia College, Chicago
2002 The Gallery, Fine Arts Hall, Columbus State University, Georgia
2001 Los Angeles Harbor College Art Gallery, California
Project Space, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2000-01 “Peter Plagens, Paintings, 1989-2000,” Las Vegas Art Museum, Nevada
1999 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1998 Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago
1996-97 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1996 “Intimate Dramas: Peter Plagens’ Black Paintings,” Akron Art Museum, Ohio
1994 Galerie Grashey, Konsstanz, Germany
1993 Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago
1992 Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles,(regularly there since 1977)
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1990 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1989 Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago
1988 Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles
1987 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1986 Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago
1985 Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach
1984 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
Southeast Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1983 Lincoln Center Art Gallery, New York City
1981 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1980 Baum-Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1979 L.A.I.C.A. Installation, Los Angeles, California
1978 Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1977 Baum-Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1976 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1975 Dootson-Calderhead, Seattle, Washington
Galerie Doyle, Paris, France
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas
1974 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California
California State University, San Jose, California
Betty Gold Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1973 The Art Museum, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma
Leslie Collins Art Works, Dallas, Texas
Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas
1972 Reese Palley Gallery, New York
San Francisco Art Institute, California
1971 Reese Palley Gallery, New York
Mizuno, Los Angeles, California


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 “Tiny Treasures,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2015 “In the Pink,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2014-15 “Cutout/Decoupage,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2014 “Summer,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2013-14 ”Winter Blues,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2013-14 ”Winter Blues,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2013 “Abstract, adj.: Expressing a quality apart from an object,” Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida
“Color: The Splendor Of,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2012-13 “Forty Years,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2010-11 “Collector’s Show,” Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
2010 “At the Edge,” Portsmouth Museum of Art, New Hampshire
“Painting with Paint,” Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
2010 “Summer,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2008 “On Paper: The Lincoln Center/List Collection,” The UBS Art Gallery, New York
UBS Art Gallery, New York
2007 “Flying the Coop,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
  “Images and Words,” Project Space, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2006 “Circles,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
“Drawing the Line,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2005-2006 “2005 Collector’s Show,” Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
2004 “Summertime,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2002 “Celebrating 30 Years,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
“Collector’s Show,” The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
“Summer,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2001-02 “Collector’s Show,” Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
2001 “I Love New York,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1999-2000 “Gateways,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1998 “From Diptychs to Polyptychs,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
“small scale LARGE SCALE,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
“25 Years,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1997 “Nancy Hoffman: A Perspective on Art,” Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis
“Primarily Paint,” Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California
“Summer Shimmer,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1996-97 “Collector’s Show,” The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
1996 “Small Scale,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
“Summer Pleasures, Summer Treasures,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1994 “Series and Editions,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1993-94 “Collector’s Show,” The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
1993 “20 Years,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1992 “Collector’s Show,” The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
“Preview,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1991 “Black and White,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1990-91 “Winter Gold,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1990 “79th Annual Exhibition,” Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, Virginia
“Working on Paper: Contemporary American Drawing,” High Museum of Art, Atlanta
1989 “Geometric Connections: Shape,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
“Summer Pleasures: Water,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1988-89 “Collectors’ Choice Exhibition,” Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, Florida
“An Evening of Contemporary Art at the Bayly,” Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
1987 “Collectors’ Gallery XXI,” Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
“New Aspects of Abstraction,” Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago
“New Space.New Work.New York,” The Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
1986 “A California Collection,” Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles
  “Summer Group Show,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
“Works on Paper,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1985-86 “A Decade of Visual Arts at Princeton, 1975-85,” The Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey
1985 “Abstract Painting Redefined,” Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, Massachusetts; Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York; State University of New York, Stony Brook
“Abstract Variations,” Harcourts Contemporary, San Francisco, California
“John Okulick/PeterPlagens,” Galerie Nine-Nine, Miami, Florida
“Major New Works,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
“Past and Present Part II,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
“Winter Solstice,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1984 “Jan Baum Gallery Presents: The Finals in Painting and Sculpture,” Santa La Brea, Los Angeles
“Rockefeller Retrospective,” Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
“Summer Group Show,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1983 Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, California
“Major New Works,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
“Summer Group Show,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1982 “Major New Works,” Tenth Anniversary Show, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
“Works on Paper,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1981 “Artists Working in North Carolina,” curated by North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, for Squibb Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey
“Group Show,” University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee
1980 “Southern California Drawings,” Hartford Art School, Connecticut
“Works on Paper,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
1978 “Art for Collectors,” Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
Art in Embassy Program, U.S. Embassy, Geneva, Switzerland
“Invitational Benefit for Change West, Inc.,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California
“Leading Realists and Current Abstract Art,” Morris Gallery, Madison, New Jersey
“Seven by Nine,” N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
“West Coast Artists,” The New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio
1977 “Contemporary Pastels and Watercolors,” University of Indiana Art Museum, Bloomington
“Nancy Hoffman in Oxford,” The Heistand Hall Art Gallery, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
“Invitational Drawing Exhibition,” Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York
“100+,” Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, California
“Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era,” National Collection of the Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
“Radical Attitudes to the Gallery,” Art Net Gallery, London
“A Tube Show,” Gallery 72, Nebraska
“Unstretched Surfaces,” Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, California
1976 “Contemporary Masters,” Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California
“40th Annual Mid-Year Show,” The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
“The Hue and Far Cry of Color,” Fort Wayne Art Institute, Indiana
“Los Angeles Selections from the Art Lending Service,” Museum of Modern Art, New York
“New Works on Paper,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
“Works on Paper,” Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder
1975 “Cleveland Collects,” Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
“Four from the East, Four from the West,” University of California, Santa Barbara
Galerie Alexandra Monett, Brussels, Belgium
“Los Angeles Artists,” Miami-Dade Community College, Florida
“New Directions in Abstraction,” Art Gallery, State University College, Potsdam, New York
“New Work: Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari, Peter Plagens,” Palomar College, San Marcos, California
“Pasadena in Los Angeles,” Union Gallery, California State University College, Los Angeles
“Young Americans,” Utrecht Art Museum, Utrecht, Holland
1974 “Continuing Abstraction,” Whitney Museum Downtown, New York
Galerie John Doyle, Paris, France
“Drawings,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery and Lowe Art Museum, Miami, Florida
“Painting: Color, Form, Surface,” Scripps College, Claremont, California
“Works on Paper,” Virginia Art Museum, Richmond
1973 “Group Show,” John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
Lighthouse for the Blind Benefit Exhibition, Design Center, New York
“Market Street,” Pasadena Museum of Art, California
1972 “Brand II,” Brand Art Center, Glendale, California
“Off the Stretcher,” Oakland Museum, California
“Works on Paper,” John Berggruen Gallery, New York
1971 “24 Young Los Angeles Artists,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
1970 “1st Annual Drawing Exhibition,” St. John’s University, New York
1969 “Contemporary American Drawing and Prints,” Oakland Museum, California
1968 Galerie St. Laurens, Brussels, Belgium
Wide White Space, Antwerp, Belgium


SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland
Bank Julius Bar, Zurich, Switzerland
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
Chemical Bank, New York
Continental Grain Corporation, New York
Covington & Burling, Washington, DC.
Dechert, Price and Rhodes, Philadelphia
The Denver Art Museum, Colorado
Harris Bank, Chicago, Illinois
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
InterMetro Industries Corporation, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
The Irvine Company, Irvine, California
Miami-Dade Community College, Florida
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Owens-Corning Fiberglas, Toledo, Ohio
Power Gallery, University of Sydney, Australia
Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, New Jersey
Tawaraya, Kyoto, Japan
Technimetrics, New York


FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS

2009 Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant
Brown Foundation Fellow, Dora Maar House, Menerbes, Franch
1998 National Arts Journalism Program, Columbia University, Senior Fellow
1985 National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship in Painting
1977-78 National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship in Painting
1973-74 National Endowment for the Arts, Grant in Art Criticism
1972-73 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting
1972 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in Painting
1968 Faculty Research Council Grant for artistic research into early Flemish Painting, University of Texas

TEACHING

2015 Visiting Artist:, San Francisco Art Institute
2013 Kenyon College Summer Institute, Ohio
2011 Visiting Professor, New York University, New York
2009 Visiting Professor, New York University, New York
2005 Mellon Distinguished Visiting Professor, Middlebury College, Vermont
1985- Professor of Art, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
1980-84 Professor, Department of Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1980-83 Chairman, Department of Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1978-79 Visiting Associate Professor, School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California
1969-78 Assistant/Associate Professor of Art, California State University, Northridge
1972 Visiting Artist, University of California, Berkeley
1966-69 Instructor of Art, University of Texas at Austin


RELATED EXPERIENCE

2011-present Art Critic, “The Wall Street Journal,” New York
1989-2003 Art Critic, “Newsweek,” New York
1977-79 Chairman, Board of Directors, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, California
1966-76 Contributing and Associate Editor, “Artforum”
1974-75 Editorial Committee, “Journal of the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art”
1965-66 Curator, Long Beach Museum of Art, California
1964-65 Designer, Barth & Dreyfuss, Inc., Los Angeles


LECTURES

2016 “Art and Criticism,” Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
“Sunshine Musings: My Life in Art and Criticism,” University of California Los Angeles Archives
2013 “The Artist’s Practice,” Ringling College of Art, Sarasota, Florida
2012 “In a Niche and Liking It: Painting in the 21st Century,” Auburn University, Alabama
2007 “Painting Today,” The Frist Cart Centre, Nashville, Tennessee
2005 “A Simple Country Painter,” Columbia College, Chicago
2004 “A Simple Country Painter,” University of Southern California, Los Angeles

SYMPOSIA

2013 “Darkness Visible,”  National Museum of Art, Beijing, China
2010 “Art and Criticism,” China Contemporary Art Forum, Beijing

CONVERSATIONS

2010 Visiting Professor, with Jeffrey Deitch and Irving Blum, Art Basel, Switzerland
2006 “Richard Tuttle in Conversation with Peter Plagens,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York