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Manoucher Yektai

Manoucher Yektai (b. 1921, Tehran, Iran; d. 2019, New York, NY) was a Persian-American artist of the New York School whose painterly impasto works capture still lifes, portraits, and color fields with equal expressiveness. His intense, lyrical pieces maneuver between naturalism and abstraction. Yektai worked on his paintings from the floor, a feature that contributed to their visual dynamism and channeled a mid-century sense of artistic freedom. Invigorating bursts of color, sharp slashes, and wedges of impasto register these expressive gestures. Recognized as a founding member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, Yektai’s practice was shaped by interactions with contemporaries such as de Kooning, Pollock, Kline and Rothko. Yet his celebration of quotidian beauty is elevated by a vivid blending of cultures. His work was equally informed by his studies in Pariswhere he was influenced by the textures of Cezanne, Vuillard, and Bonnardand by his own Persian origins. Yektai studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and at the Atelier of André Lhote in Paris, as well as at the Art Students League of New York with Robert Hale.

His work can be found at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.

Karma will mount an inaugural exhibition of Manoucher Yektai’s work in the fall of 2021.

Single work, Manoucher Yektai

Born 1921, Tehran, Iran
Died 2019, New York

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1996

Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

1988

Kent Fine Art, Kent, Connecticut, Paris – New York

1984

Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York

Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

1981

Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York

1978

Galerie Zand, Teheran, Iran

1977

Galerie Zand, Teheran, Iran

1975

Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

1973

Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

1972

Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

1970

Picadilly Gallery, London,

1967

Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

1966

Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

Gertrude Kasle Gallery, Detroit, Michigan

1965

Gertrude Kasle Gallery, Detroit, Michigan

Semia Huber Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland

1964

Picadilly Gallery, London

Poindexter Gallery, New York

1963

Semia Huber Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland

1962

Picadilly Gallery, London

Anderson Meyer Gallery, Paris
Feingarten Gallery, Chicago

Poindexter Gallery, New York

1961

Picadilly Gallery, London

Semia Huber Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland

Poindexter Gallery, New York

1960

Semia Huber Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland

1959

Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles

1958

Poindexter Gallery, New York

1957

Poindexter Gallery, New York

1956

American Associated Artists, New York

1953

Grace Borgenicht Gallery, Inc., New York

1952

Grace Borgenicht Gallery, Inc., New York

1951

Grace Borgenicht Gallery, Inc., New York

1949

Woodstock, New York

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

1964

Musée La Harve, France

1963

Art Institute of Chicago,Annual Show

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs; Atlanta Art Association of Art, Atlanta; City Art Museum of St. Louis, St Louis; Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Recent Painting USA: The Figure

1962

Museum of Modern Art, New York; Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, Recent Painting USA: The Figure

1961

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Carnegie International

1960

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 60 American Painters

1958

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Dayton Art Institute, Ohio

American Federation of the Arts, Japan

1955

University of Illinois, Urbana, Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture

Art Institute of Chicago

1954

Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

 

Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana

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