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Gertrude Abercrombie

born 1909, Austin, TX
died 1977, Chicago, IL

EDUCATION

1929

University of Illinois, IL

1930

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Karma, New York
Elmhurst Art Museum, IL; llinois State Museum, Springfield IL; Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as Landscape, organized by Jenny Gibbs

1991

Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL, Gertrude Abercrombie

1977

Gertrude Abercrombie Retrospective, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

1964

Gilman Galleries, Chicago

1960

Devorah Sherman Gallery, Chicago

1956

Chess House, Chicago

1955

Esquire Theatre, Chicago

1954-55

Marshall Field and Company, Chicago

1954

Irv Benjamin’s Restaurant, Chicago

1953

Illinois Design Center, Chicago
John Fordon Gallery, Aurora, IL
Newman Brown Gallery, Chicago

1952

Leonard Linn Gallery, Winnetka, IL
Edwin Hewitt Gallery, New York
Newman Brown Gallery, Chicago
Stevens-Gross Gallery, Chicago
Bresler Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

1948

Chicago Public Library, Art Room

1946

Associated American Artists, New York

1944

Marshall Field and Company, Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Room, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965

Heather James Fine Art, New York, The Female Gaze: Women Surrealists in the Americas and Europe

2018-19

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, LA, The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space

2018

The Arts Club of Chicago, IL, A Home for Surrealism

2015-16

MCA Chicago, IL, Surrealism: The Conjured Life

2012

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States
Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences, Peoria, IL, Skirting Convention: Illinois Women Artists 1840-1940

2005

Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI, With Friends: Six Magic Realists 1940-1965

1989-90

Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C., The Blues Aesthetic: Black Culture and Modernism

1983

Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL, Gertrude Abercrombie and Friends
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL, After the Great Crash: New Deal Art in Illinois
Madison Art Center, Madison, WI, Women Look at Women

1982

Rutgers University Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, Realism and Realities: The Other Side of American Painting, 1940-60

1980

Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, Selections from the Collection of George M. Irwin

1976

Hyde Park Art Center, 1939-76, Chicago
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL, Emergence of Modernism in Illinois, 1914- 40

1972

57th St. Art Fair 25th Anniversary, Collector’s Retrospective, Bergman Gallery, University of Chicago, IL

1971-2

Painters and Sculptors in Illinois, 1820-1945, travelling exhibition organized by the Illinois Arts Council

1967

70th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago

1966

One Day May Festival of Art, Chicago

1965

Gilman Gallery, Chicago, Primitives
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Art History Gallery, An Artist Collects: Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of Karl Priebe

1962

Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, IL, Collector’s Choice
Centennial Exhibition: Hyde Park Collects, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, IL
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Hyde Park Art: Past and Present

1960

63rd Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago

1957

Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists Exhibi­tion, Chicago
Old Town Art Gallery, Chicago

1956

Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (September and November)

1955-56

Art Institute of Chicago, Sales and Rental Gallery

1955

58th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
Magnificent Mile Art Festival, Chicago Stevens-Gross Gallery, Chicago

1954

Renaissance Society, Uni­versity of Chicago, IL, Paintings, Prints, Drawings, Sculpture by Artist Members
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Myrtle Todes Gallery, Highland Park, Illinois

1953

57th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
Mandel Brothers Gallery, Chicago, Exhibition of Chicago Artists’ Self-Portraits

1952

Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, 12th Annual Spring Purchase Exhibition
Artists Equity Association of Chicago Exhibition, Mandel Brothers Gallery
Marshall Field and Company, Chicago
Peggy Palmer Burrows Studio, Chicago

1951-2

Holiday Show, Layton Art Galleries, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1951

55th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, 1948-51
New Studio Gallery, Chicago
Edwin Hewitt Gallery, New York

1950

54th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
New Studio Gallery, Chicago
Artists Equity Association of Chicago Exhibition, Mandel Brothers Gallery

1949

53rd Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago

1948

52nd Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago

1947

51st Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
Second Annual Exhibition of the La Tausca Art Competition circulated by the American Federation of Arts, Riverside Museum, New York
Hyde Park Outdoor Art Fair, Chicago
Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, Art for Young Collectors

1946

Chicago Society of Artists Exhibition, New Trier High School Gallery, Winnetka, Illinois
The Fiftieth Annual Exhibition of Works by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago

1945

Society for Contemporary American Art, Art Institute of Chicago
56th Annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago
The Women: An Exhibition of Paintings by Contemporary American Women, Western College, Oxford, Ohio
First Show of Chicago Artists, Associated American Artists Gallery, New York
Painting and Sculpture by Chicago Artists, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago

1944

55th Annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago
48th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute, Milwaukee
Fourth Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Paintings, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, IL, Drawings by Contemporary Artists

1943

47th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Cordon Club, Chicago, Exhibition of Women Painters and Sculptors of Chicago

1942

46th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
Passedoit Gallery, New York

1942

53rd Annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago
World’s Fair Show, San Francisco

1941

52nd Annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago
45th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
Works by Chicago Artists loaned by Chicago Collectors, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, IL
University of Minnesota Gallery, Some Individuals

1940

19th International Watercolor Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago
44th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
MoMA, NY, Four American Traveling Exhibitions

1939

43rd Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, International Water Color Exhibition
New York World’s Fair Show, Museum of Modern Art, New York, American Art Today
Frontiers of American Art, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco
University of Minnesota
Chicago Society of Artists Exhibition, River­side Museum, New York
Katharine Kuh Gallery, Chicago

1938-39

Great Lakes Exhibition, Paintings by artists of the Great Lakes Region ( circulating exhibition-Albright Art Gallery for the Patterson Society, Buffalo, New York)

1938

W.P. A. Art for the Public by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago
49th Annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago
17th International Watercolor Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago
42nd Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
Springfield, Massachusetts, Museum
Lake Shore Athletic Club Annual Invitation Exhibition
Katharine Kuh Gallery, Chicago

1937

41st Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
Katharine Kuh Gallery, Chicago
Annual Exhibition, Chicago Society of Artists

1936

15th 14th International Watercolor Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago
40th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
Exhibition of Paintings by Chicago Artists, Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
First National Exhibition of American Art, City of New York Municipal Art Committee, New York
Katharine Kuh Gallery, Chicago
Paintings by Chicago Artists, Boyer Galleries, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
12th Annual Exhibition, Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists
Chicago Society of Artists Calendar Exhibi­tion, Mandel Brothers Gallery and Evanston Art Center
Annual Exhibition, Chicago Society of Artists

1935

Travelling Exhibition of the Chicago Society of Artists, circulated from Delphic Studios, New York, by American Federation of Arts (to Trenton, New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; Delaware, Ohio; Bemidji, Minnesota; and Rockford, Illinois)

1935

46th Annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago
14th International Watercolor Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago
39th Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago
Salon des Refuses, The Davis Store Galleries
Exhibition of Paintings by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, University Guild, Evanston, Illinois
Act L Century Gallery, Chicago
Katharine Kuh Gallery, Chicago
Provincetown Studio of the Century Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Annual Exhibition, Chicago Society of Artists

1934

11th Annual Exhibition, Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists
Annual Exhibition, Chicago Society of Artists
Abbott’s Art Store Gallery, Chicago (April, September and December)

1933

Grant Park Outdoor Art Fair
Head Show, Little Gallery, Chicago
World’s Fair Exhibition, Kroch’s Book Store, upper floor gallery, Chicago

1932

Portraits of Chicago Artists by Chicago Artists, Increase Robinson’s Studio Gallery, Chicago

Public Collections

Illinois State Museum, Illinois Legacy Collection, Illinois
Auckland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Art Museum ,Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois
Elmhurst State College

Publications

2018

Gertrude Abercrombie
Essays by Robert Cozzolino, Robert Storr, and Susan Weininger, and an interview by Studs Terkel
Karma, New York
488 pages, hardcover
7 1/2 × 9 1/4 inches

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