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Theodore Roszak (1907-1981)


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White Construction, 1932-1933
oil, wood and plaster construction
40 x 40 x 9 inches

Study for Stratosphere Hop, c.1932
conte crayon on paper
22 1/2" x 19 1/8", signed

Untitled, 1936
oil on Masonite
48" x 62 1/2", signed and dated

Untitled (Study for Invocation), 1948
ink, gouache and wash on paper
14" x 10"
signed with estate stamp signature verso / dated verso

 

Untitled, c.1950
welded steel
27 1/2" x 20" x 19 1/2" 

Untitled (The Furies of Folly Cove), c.1950
gouache and ink on paper
22" x 30 1/4"
signed with estate stamp signature verso

Rite of Passage, 1952-53
nickel silver brazed on steel
50 1/2" x 26" x 13", signed 

Golden Serpent (aka Sea Sentinel), c.1958
ink and wash on paper
42 1/4" x 26 3/4"
signed with estate stamp signature verso

 

Insect Plant, 1957
steel brazed with copper
46 1/2" x 23" x 17"

 

Untitled, c.1972
ink, watercolor, and ballpoint pen on paper
23" x 35"

Skin-Divers, 1976
watercolor and ink on paper
8 7/8" x 11 7/8", signed and dated

Weather Balloons Over Crater, c.1977
graphite on paper
30 1/8" x 40"
signed with estate stamp signature verso

Untitled, 1979
graphite on paper
60" x 47 1/2", signed and dated


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“The forms that I find necessary to assert are meant to be blunt reminders of primordial strife and struggle, reminiscent of those brute forces that not only produce life, but in return threatened to destroy it.”[1]

Born in 1907 in Posen (now Poznan), Poland, Theodore Roszak was two years old when his family moved to Chicago, settling amid the city’s large Polish community. Roszak’s mother encouraged his early interest in art, and in 1920, he entered and won the Chicago Herald-Examiner’s National Art Contest for Public Schools. He pursued serious art study as a teenager, taking classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After finishing high school in 1924, Roszak enrolled at the Art Institute full time and won the school’s lithograph and Trebilcock awards in his first year. In 1926, he left Chicago briefly for New York, studied privately with George Luks, and took philosophy courses at Columbia University. An Anna Louise Raymond Fellowship in 1929 enabled Roszak to spend two years in Europe, where he saw the haunting paintings of Giorgio de Chirico for the first time. Based in Prague, Roszak also met and befriended Czech artists who introduced him to the principles of Bauhaus design and architecture, and he became familiar with the aesthetics and ideology of constructivism.

Roszak returned to the US in 1930, settling in New York City. He won a Tiffany Foundation Fellowship in 1931, set up a studio on Staten Island in 1932, and in 1933, the Whitney Museum of American Art included one of his works in their First Biennial of Contemporary American Painting. The following year, the Art Institute of Chicago gave him the Eisendrath Award for Painting, and in 1935, Roszak was again represented in the Whitney Biennial with his painting Fisherman’s Bride (1934), which the museum purchased. That same year, the Roerich Museum’s International Art Center (New York) gave Roszak his first solo exhibition. Like many American artists during the Depression, Roszak also found regular work through the Federal Art Project: he taught at the Design Laboratory, a tuition-free, experimental design school opened in 1935 under the aegis of the WPA. With an advisory board that included Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, the Design Laboratory promoted Bauhaus and constructivist approaches to art. When the school closed, Roszak found work assisting Norman Bel Geddes at the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York.

During the second half of the 1930s, Roszak began working on constructions—sleek, free-standing and wall-mounted sculptures of plastic and wood rooted in pure geometric abstraction. However, constructivist ideology was informed by an optimistic faith in technology, and the destruction wreaked by the machinery of war left Roszak deeply critical of this perspective. In the mid-1940s, he abandoned his constructions, picked up an oxyacetylene torch, and began welding steel sculptures. His interest in welding emerged while he was employed at the Brewster Aircraft Corporation in Newark, New Jersey during the Second World War—from 1940 to 1945, Roszak had designed and fabricated aircraft, including an experimental bomber. Although Roszak’s welded sculptures continued to be abstract, they were expressionistic rather than streamlined, inspired by the organic instead of the man-made. This shift was presaged in a series of gouaches he did in the early 1940s, which explored questions of myth and ritual, an interest he shared with mythologist Joseph Campbell, who was a colleague of Roszak’s at Sarah Lawrence College, where the artist taught from 1941 to 1955. In 1948, the Museum of Modern Art bought its first Roszak sculpture, Spectre of Kitty Hawk (1946-1947).

Roszak’s career continued to thrive throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In 1956, the Rodin Museum in Paris mounted an exhibition of his work, and Theodore Roszak, a traveling mid-career retrospective, was organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. In 1959, he received a grant from the Ford Foundation, New York and was included in the Images of Man exhibition at MoMA. As his career grew, so did the scale of his work and his interest in flight. In the late 1950s, Roszak created an aluminum eagle weighing a full ton with a wingspan of over thirty-five feet for the US Embassy building in London (designed by Eero Saarinen and opened in 1960). For the 1964 World’s fair, Roszak welded his colossal Forms in Transit—a rocket-shaped, forty-three-foot sculpture comprised of aluminum, steel, and sheet metal—and in 1968, his twenty-five-foot bronze Sentinel was installed at the Public Health Laboratories on East 27th Street, New York. In 1969, Roszak began a six-year position as a member of the Fine Arts Commission, and in 1971, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome.

Since 2008, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, in cooperation with Jeffrey Hoffeld Fine Art, has represented the estate of Theodore Roszak.


[1] Theodore Roszak in Hirschl & Adler Galleries. Theodore Roszak: Sculpture and Drawings, 1942-1963, Hirschl & Adler Galleriers, New York, NY 1994.

 

1922
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (night Classes)

1925
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (with John Norton, Boris Anisfeld, Charles F. Kelley)

1926
National Academy of Design, New York, NY (with Charles Hawthorne)
Columbia University, New York, NY (logic and philosophy)

1927
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
 

SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Ball State University Museum of Art, Muncie, IN
Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Colorado University Art Museum, Boulder, CO
Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA
Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville, AR
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
The Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint, MI
Grinnell College Art Collection, Grinnell, IA
Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
The Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY
Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Museum of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery, Washington, DC
The National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NB
The David and Alfred Smart Museum. The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY
Tate Modern, London, England
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester, MA
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

1935 
International Art Center, Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, NY

1936
Albany Institute of Art and History, Albany, NY

1940 
Severity and Nostalgia in 1940: Abstract Sculpture by Theodore Roszak, Julien Levy Gallery, New York, NY

1951
Theodore Roszak, Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, NY

1953
Roszak: drawings, Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, NY

1956
Theodore Roszak, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY; Los Angeles  County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA; Seattle Art  Museum, Seattle, WA
Rodin Museum, Paris, France

1958
Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, IL
Retrospective, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH; Virginia  Museum of Art, Richmond, VA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; University of Wisconsin, Madison,  WI; Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

1962
Theodore Roszak: Sculpture, Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, NY

1971
Century Association, New York, NY

1973
Harold Ernst Gallery, Boston, MA

1974
Roszak: Lithographs and Drawings 1971-1974, Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, NY

1976
Roszak, The Arts Club of Chicago and  Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, IL

1978
Theodore Roszak, Constructions: 1932-1945, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY

1979
Theodore Roszak: Drawings for Constructions, 1931-1945, and Preparatory Sketches, Models, and Castings for the  MIT Bell Tower, 1955, Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

1981
Memorial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Theodore Roszak: Recent Drawings, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL

1984
Theodore Roszak: Photograms, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
The Theodore Roszak Bequest, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

1985
Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, France

1986
Theodore Roszak: The Early Works, 1929-1945, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KA

1989
Theodore Roszak: Paintings and Drawings from the Thirties, Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York, NY

1992
Theodore Roszak: The Drawings, Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; Colby College Museum of Art,   Waterville, ME
Theodore Roszak, Constructivist Works, 1931-1947: Paintings, Constructions, Drawings, Photograms, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY
Theodore Roszak: Constructivist Works, 1931-1944, Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1994
Theodore Roszak: Sculpture and Drawings, 1942-1963, Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York, NY

1997
Theodore Roszak: Lighter than Air, Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York, NY

2003
Theodore Roszak, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY

2005
Theodore Roszak: Working Drawings for MIT Bell Tower, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

2008
Theodore Roszak, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY

2014
Theodore Roszak Lithographs, John Davis Gallery, New York, NY2016

2016 Theodore Roszak: Propulsive Transfiguration, A Survey of Drawings from 1928 to 1980, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

1928
Chicago Society of Artists, Chicago, IL

1929
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1931
Anderson Gallery, New York, NY

1932
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
First Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1933
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, HI
Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1934
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1935
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Abstract Painting in America, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Second Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1936
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Uptown Gallery, New York, NY
Third Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1937
Exhibition of Recent Paintings: Joseph de Martini, Nathaniel Dirk, Hans Foy, L. Jean Liberte, Theodore Roszak, The  Guild Art Gallery, New York, NY
Fourth Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1938
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Annual Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (exhibited consistently until the mid-1960s)

1941
Fourteen Americans, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1947
Fifty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1951
Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
American Sculpture 1951, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Six Sculptors: Ivan Metrovic, William Zorach, Jose de Creeft, Theodore Roszak, Seymour Lipton, Leo Amino, This Exhibition is Evidence of the Vitality and Diversity of Sculpture Today, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute,   Utica, NY

1959
The Collection of Sara Roby Foundation, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
New Images of Man, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

1960
Quattro artisti americani, XXX Biennale, Venice, Italy

1962
Geometric Abstraction in America, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1964
Between the Fairs: 25 Years of American Art, 1939-1964, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1968
The 1930’s: Painting and Sculpture in America, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1969
Human Concern/Personal Torment: The Grotesque in American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA

1976
Two Hundred Years of American Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1978
20th Century American Drawings: Five years of Acquisitions, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1979
Vanguard American Sculpture 1913-1939, Rutgers University Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ; William Hayes  Ackland Art Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE; The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1983
Memorial Exhibition: Ilya Bolotowsky, Gilmore D. Clarke, Jose De Creeft, Theodore Roszak, Jack Tworkov, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Beyond the Plane: American Constructions 1930-1965, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Dreams and Nightmares: Utopian Visions in Modern Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian  Institution, Washington, DC
Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America, 1927-1944, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN;   Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1984
The Third Dimension: Sculpture of the New York School, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Sculptors’ Drawings 1910-1980, Selections from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1985
Contrasts of Form, Geometric Abstract Art 1910-1980, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Flying Tigers: Painting and Sculpture in New York 1939-1946, Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI; Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, Worchester, MA; The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, Long Island, NY
Sculptural Expressions: Seven Artists in Metal and Drawing 1947-1960: Herbert Ferber, David Hare, Ibram Lassaw, Seymour Lipton, Reuben Nakian, Theodore Roszak, David Smith, Sarah Lawrence College Gallery, Bronxville, NY

1986
Painting and Sculpture Acquisitions, 1973-1986, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Machine Age in America 1918-1941, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

1987
Progressive Geometric Abstraction in America, 1934-1955, Fred L. Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton NY;  Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA; Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL; Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

1988
Sculpture Inside Outside, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Vital Signs: Organic Abstraction from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1989
Art in Place: Fifteen Years of Acquisitions, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1991
Art of the Forties, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Second Wave: American Abstraction of the 1930’s and 1040’s, Selections from the Penny and Elton Yasuna  Collection, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA; Samuel P. Harn Museum, University of Florida,   Gainesville, FL; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
The Technological Muse, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
Abstract Sculpture in America, 1930-1970, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL; Museum of the Arts, Quebec City, Canada; Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL

1993
Aspects of American Abstraction, 1930-1942, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Abstract Expressionism: Works on Paper: Selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of  Art, New York, NY; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

1994
Between Transcendence and Brutality: American Sculptural Drawings from the 1940’s and 1950’s, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR; The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
New York Realism: Past and Present, Odakyu Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Kagoshima City Museum of Art, Kogoshima Japan;  Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Kitakyushu City, Japan; The Museum of Art, Kintetsu, Osaka, Japan; Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukushima City, Japan; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL

1998
American Abstract Art of the 1930’s and 1940’s: The J. Donald Nichols Collection, Wake Forrest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Defining the Edge: Early American Abstraction, Selections from the Collection of Dr. Peter B. Fischer, Michael  Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

2001
Vital Forms: American Art and Design in the Atomic Age, 1940-1960, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY;  Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; First Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; Los Angeles County   Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Meaning, Medium and Method: American Sculpture 1940-1960, Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York State Museum, Albany, NY

2002
Modernism and Abstraction: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

2003
The Art of Organic Forms, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Mid-Century American Abstraction: Master Works on Paper, The David and Alfred Smart Museum, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2004
Radicals and Conservatives: Abstraction 1945 to the Present, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Organic New York, 1941-1949, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Welded! Sculpture of the Twentieth Century, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

2008
No Images of Man, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY
Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL; Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH; Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville, TN; Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC

2009
Wired, Welded, Cast & Carved: American Abstract Sculpture, 1952-1962, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
New at the Morgan: Acquisitions Since 2004, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY
Abstract Expressionism: Further Evidence (Part Two: Sculpture), Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY
Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

2010
Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s–1950s, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Unconscious Unbound: Surrealism in America, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY
Precarious Balance, Martha Parrish & James Reinish, Inc., New York, NY
Different Strokes: Twentieth Century Drawings, George Adams Gallery, New York, NY

2011
Abstract Expressionism: Reloading the Canon, A Selection of Paintings and Sculpture, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, LLC, New York, NY
Forms of the Fifties: Tendencies in Mid-century Fine and Decorative Arts, James Reinish & Associates, Inc., New York, NY

2012
Encounters with the 1930’s, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Art of Another Kind:  International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
INsite/INchelsea: The Inaugural Exhibition, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

2014 
Man Meets Machine, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, sponsored by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford, CA

2015
Abstraction: Drawings by Scuptors, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909–1949, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Recent Acquisitions, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY
America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2016      
Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2017
Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME

1920
Winner, National Art Contest for Public Schools, awarded by the Chicago Herald-Examiner

1924
Lithograph and Trebilcock Awards, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1929
American Traveling Fellowship, awarded by The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Anna Louise Raymond Fellowship for European Study, awarded by The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Silver Medal for Painting, Poznan, Poland

1931
Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, awarded by the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Long Island, NY

1934
Eisendrath Award for Painting, awarded by the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1948 
Frank G. Logan Medal, awarded by the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1951
Purchase Award, awarded by the Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil
Frank G. Logan Medal, awarded by the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Faculty Fellowship, awarded by Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
International Award and Purchase, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England

1952
Purchase Award, awarded by the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
American Award, awarded by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
International Award, awarded by the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England

1956 
George E. Widener Gold Medal Award for Sculpture, awarded by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1959
Ford Foundation Grant, awarded by the Ford Foundation, New York, NY

1961
Campagna Award, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1962
Griner Award, Indiana

1967
Century Association Medal, New York, NY

 

1956-58 
Member of Advisory Board of National Committee of Arts and Government

1959-62 
Member of Advisory Board of National Committee of Art and Architecture, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven CT

1960-61 
U.S. Delegate to International Art Council Congress, Vienna, Austria

1961-67 
Member of Advisory Committee on Cultural Presentation Program, State Department, Washington, DC

1962 
Member of the Board of Trustees, Tiffany Foundation
Member of Board of Governors, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Member of Fine Arts Commission (held until 1966)

1964 
Delegate and Participant on Higher Education in American Republics, Lima Peru
1964-65 Member of National Institute of Arts and Letters 

1965  
Charter Member, Drawing Society
1969-75 Member of Fine Arts Commission, New York

1970-72 
Member of Board of Trustees, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
 

Roszak, Theodore. “Some Problems of Modern Sculpture.” Magazine of Art 42 (February 1949): 53-56.