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Basic Data

  • Born on: 25 June 1923
  • Died on: 4 November 1994
  • Place of birth: San Mateo, California, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Studied at: University of California, Berkeley
  • Teacher: Mark Rothko
  • Similar artists: Robert Rauschenberg, Hans Hartung
  • Era: Modern art
  • Stylistic direction: abstract art

 

Collections

Germany

 

France

 

Japan

 

Switzerland

 

USA

 

Exhibitions

  • 14.07.2017 - 05.11.2017 The Great Graphic Boom. Amerikanische Kunst 1960 – 1990 - Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.
  • 24.09.2016 - 02.01.2017 Abstract expressionism - Royal Academy of Arts, London.
  • 08.04.2016 - 28.07.2016 Drawing, Dreaming and Desire, Works on Paper by Sam Francis - Norton Simon Museum, Passadena.
  • 27.05.2015 - 22.04.2016 La Nouvelle Presentation des Collections Modernes, 1905-1965 - Centre Pompidou, Paris.
  • 01.05.2015 - 28.06.2015 20th Century Visionaries. Print and Photographs from the Permanent Collection - St. Louis University Museum of Art, Saint Louis.
  • 13.02.2015 - 20.02.2016 A Modern adventure. Renault Art Collection Exhibition -  Today Art Museum of Beijing.
  • 04.11.2014 - 20.12.2014 Impressions (New York). The Fine Art of Original Prints - Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London.
  • 05.06.2014 - 31.07.2014 Sam Francis - Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London.
  • 17.05.2013 - 07.10.2013 Views from above - Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz.
  • 22.03.2013 - 09.06.2013 Von Beckmann bis Warhol. Die Sammlung Bayer - Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin.

 

Awards

  • 1962: Grand Prix 3rd International Biennal Exhibition of Prints, Tokyo.
  • 1968: Honorary Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley USA.
  • 1981: Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Paris.
  • 1994: Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley.

Films

  • The Painter Sam Francis, Documentation by Jeffrey Perkins, 1h 25min, USA 2008.

Literature

  • Sam Francis: The  Artist Materials, Debra Burchett-Lere & Aneta Zebala (Publ.), Los Angeles 2019.
  • Sam Francis, John Yau, London 2014.
  • Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946-1994, Debra Burchett-Lere (Publ.), USA 2011.
  • Sam Francis. Color is the essence of it all, Marian Winsryg & Jerry Aistrip (Publ.), Santa Monica 2003.
  • Sam Francis - Paintings 1947-1992, William C. Agee, Los Angeles 1999.
  • Sam Francis, Richard Fernhout, Delaive, Amsterdam 1996.

Own Writings

  • Aphorisms, Sam Francis, Santa Monica 1984.

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