Loading

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, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan; Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana; Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California.

 

Single work, Manoucher Yektai

Born 1921, Tehran, Iran
Died 2019, New York

EDUCATION

1940

University of Tehran, Tehran

1945

Art Students League, New York

1946

Ecole Des Neaux Arts, Paris

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021

Karma, New York

2019

Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery, London, The Night Is Your Day

1998

Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, Paintings 1951-1997, curated by Donna Stein

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

Iran American Society, Abbasabad

1969

Gertrude Kasle Gallery, Detroit

1967

Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

Gertrude Kasle Gallery, Detroit

1966

Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

1965

Gertrude Kasle Gallery, Detroit, Michigan

Semia Huber Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland

Gump’s Gallery, San Francisco

1964

Picadilly Gallery, London

Poindexter Gallery, New York

Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit

Hack-Light Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1963

Semia Huber Gallery, Zürich

Anderson-Mayor, Paris

Felix Landau, Los Angeles

Feingarten Gallery, Chicago

1962

Picadilly Gallery, London

Anderson-Mayor, Paris
Feingarten Gallery, Chicago

Poindexter Gallery, New York

1961

Picadilly Gallery, London

Semia Huber Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland

1960

Semia Huber Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland

Poindexter Gallery, New York

1959

Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles

Poindexter Gallery, New York

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

2021

SFMOMA, San Francisco, Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now

2020

Karma, New York, (Nothing But) Flowers

2019

Giardino Segreto, Milan, For a Rainy Day

2017

Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, Yektai: Manoucher Yektai, Nico Yektai, Darius Yektai

2013

Asia Society, New York, Iran Modern, curated by Fereshteh Daftari and Layla S. Diba

2008

Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana, The Poidexter Collection

1986

Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York

1974

Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, Flowers

Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York

1965

American Federation of Arts, New York, Realism and Reality, January 1965 – 1966

1964

Musée La Harve, France

1963

Museum of Cannes, Cannes

Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C., The 28th Biennale Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Annual Show

1962

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 65th Annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, curated by A. James Speyer

Museum of Modern Art, New York, Recent Painting USA: The Figure. Traveled to: 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

1961

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Carnegie International

1960

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 60 American Painters

USIS, Paris

Museum of Modern art, New York, Recent Acquisitions

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, Chicago

Pittsbugh International, Pittsburgh

1954

Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Birmingham Museum, Birmingham

1953

Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Embellished Surface

 

Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

Guild Hall, East Hampton

Montana Historical Society & Yellowstone Museum of Art, Billings, Montana

News