Warren Brandt 1918 —2002

Biography

Brilliant color and facets of form define this work.
The post-Impressionist use of black which is a trade mark of Brant's mature style is the matrix that binds this abstracted compositions together.
Warren Brandt is noted for his brilliant, highly chromatic clarity of color.

 

Working in the tradition of Henri Matisse, Brandt has adopted beauty and realism as his concerns. Brandt has managed to bridge the gap between the masters of the Western tradition, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Pierre Bonnard, Max Beckmann and Willem de Kooning.

Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Warren Brandt is a painter whose styles stemmed from the cubism of Paul Cezanne as expressed by the Abstract Expressionist, Willem de Kooning and became simplified in form, and more clearly representational as in the form of Henri Matisse and the Post Impressionists while incorporating the bold strength of line of Max Beckmann and the noted German Expressionists. Brandt's simply curvaceous line, precious gobs of paint and elaborate studio set-ups reflect on those artist's he much admired. His is an earthy celebration of the abundance of things. What is so ingratiating about Brandt's work is how much he loves it, loves paint, loves his cluttered studio.

Brandt studied with Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Art Students League and then served as an official portraitist in the Army during World War II. On the GI Bill, he attended Washington University in St. Louis and was a student of Max Beckmann and Philip Guston, while keeping close ties to the Abstract Expressionists in New York.

Brandt was head of the Art Department of Salem College from 1949 to 1950. He taught at Pratt Institute from 1950 to 1952 and was an instructor at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1952. He was named chairman of the Art Department of the University of Mississippi from 1957 to 1959, taught at Southern Illinois University from 1959 to 1961; School of Visual Art, New York City from 1962 through 1963 and Director of the New York Studio School in 1967. He became a Member Academician of the National Academy of Design, New York.

Principle monograph on the artist is: Warren Brandt Hudson Hills Press NY: 1988 . Discussion of Brandt is included in such major compendiums on art history of the 20th century as: Paul Cummings, Dictionary of Contemporary Art, published by American Artists; Lowery Sims, The Figure in 20th Century American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1890-1970's; Nicolas Weber Fox, Warren Brandt; and , Lowery Sims/Sabine Rewald, Still Life-The Object in American Art, 1915-1995, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
The National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
The Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
The Rochester Museum, Rochester, NY
Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
The Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Washington Museum of Modern Art, Washington, D.C.
The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
The James Michener Foundation, Austin, TX
The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, MO
The Westland Agency, Latrobe, PA
RCA American Communications, Inc., Princeton, NJ
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, New York
Commerce Bancshares, Kansas City, MO
Ciba-Geigy Corporation, Ardsley, NY
H.J. Heintz Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
Chase Manhattan Bank of North America, New York
Tambrands, Incorporated, Lake Success, NY
Little Caesar's Enterprises, Inc., Detroit, MI
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Museum of New Mexico
Cheekwood Museum of Art and Botanical Garden
Jack S Blanton Museum of Art

 

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

Mrs. Otton Spaeth
Mr. Robert Strasser
Mr. Walter Thayer
Estate of Helen Hayes
Mr. and Mrs. Turner Catledge
Mr. Edward T. Cone
Mrs. E.M. Black
Dr. Morton Blum
Mr. James Dormant, Jr.
Mr. Lawrence Goldsmith
Mrs. Henry Ittleson, Jr.
Mr. Jerome Kohlberg
Mr. and Mrs. Albert List
Mr. Henry Pearlman
Mr. Allan Polkes
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Rose
Mr. David Garvey
Mr. Frank Shakespeare
Mrs. Lois Kushner
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Nelson
Mr. Sydney Besthoff, III
Mr. D.B. Mason, Jr.
Dr. Leon Black Mrs. Henry Epstein
Mr. Richard Dilsheimer
Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Carroll
Mr. Richard Kaplan
Mr. John Lubell
Mr. Frederick Morgan
Mr. Robin Pryeer
Ms. Margarete Schultz
Mrs. Harold Sonners
Mr. and Mrs. Henri Doll
Ms. Kay Unger
Mr. John Willliams
Mr. and Mrs. David Kemper
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Weiss
Mr. A.L. Aydelott
Mr. Neale Albert
Drs. John and Mary Crow
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Zifkin
Ms. Leontyne Price
Mr. John Wasserman
Mrs. Guri Zeckendorf
Mr. Joseph Weinstein
Mr. Robert O. Preyer
Dr. and Mrs. William Launder
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Schwartz
Mr. Leon Black
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lilienthal
Dawn Bennett and Martin J. Davidson
Mr. and Mrs. Talcott Stanley
Mr. and Mrs. Peter May
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Wiegers
Mr. and Mrs. Joe C. Freeman
Mr. and Mrs. Ira Kapp
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Blake
Dr. and Mrs. Jeffry Blake
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Doran
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Dektor
Mrs. Gahl Hodges Burt


WARREN BRANDT Synoptic biography (American 1918 - 2002)

BORN Greensboro, North Carolina, 1918


EDUCATION

Washington University, St. Louis B.F.A
Studies with Philip Guston and Max Beckmann (1948)
J.T. Miliken Fellowship
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, M.F.A.


TEACHING

1949-50 Salem College, Salem, NC; Chairman of the Dept. of Art
1950-52 Pratt Institute, New York
1952-54 Guilford College
1957-59 University of Mississippi, Chairman of the Dept. of Art
1959-61 Southern Illinois University, Chairman, Dept. of Art
1962-64 School of Visual Arts, New York
1967 New York Studio School, New York.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


1960 New Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1961 Michigan State University, Oakland, MI
American Gallery, New York
1962 Stuttman Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1963 Obelisk Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1963-64 Grippi Gallery, New York
1966-68 A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York
1967 University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1968 Cord Gallery, Southampton, NY
Reed College, Oregon
Salem College, Salem, NC
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
1969 Agra Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Mercury Gallery, London, England
David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WN
1970 Agra Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Fontana Gallery, Narbeth, PA
A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York

1971 Retrospective, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
1971 Hooks Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX
Agra Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1972 Mercury Gallery, London, England
A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York
1973 A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York
1974 A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York
David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WN
Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
Bentschler Gallery, Grand Rapids, MN
Fontana Gallery, Narbeth, PA
1975 A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York
1976 Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
Retrospective, Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, TX
1977 Vick, Klaus, Rosen Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
North Carolina Museum of Art
Fischbach Gallery, New York
1978 Allen House Gallery, Louisville, KY
David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WN
Fontana Gallery, Narbeth, PA
1980 David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WN
Fischbach Gallery, New York
1981 Phoenix II Gallery, Washington, DC
1982 Retrospective, Greenhill Gallery, Greensboro, NC
1983 Fischbach Gallery, New York
1985 Fischbach Gallery, New York
1986 Fischbach Gallery, New York
1987 David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WN
1988 Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Fischbach Gallery, NY
1989 Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1990 Fischbach Gallery, New York
1991 Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1992-93 Retrospective, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC; Philharmonic Center for
Arts, Naples, FL; Staller Art Center, State Universtiy of New York at Stony Brook

1994 Fischbach Gallery, New York
1996 Fischbach Gallery, New York
1998 Drawings, Fischbach Gallery, New York




SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


1952-53 Metropolitan Museum of Art Watercolor Exhibition, organized by the American
Federation of the Arts
1953 Brooklyn Museum Annual Print Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, NY
1966 Pastel Anthology, Borgenicht Gallery, New York
1967 Artists by Artists, The New School, New York
Drawings of the Sixties, The New School, New York
1972 The Nude Now, Frumkin Gallery, New York
1977 Provincetown: A Painter's Place, Everson Art Museum, Syracuse, NY
1978 Still Life, Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NY
From the Guild Hall Collection, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
Himmelfarb Gallery, East Hampton, NY
American Painterly Realists, University of Missouri at Kansas City
1979 American Realism, William and Mary College, Williamsburg, VA
The Figure, 13 Ways, Landmark Gallery, New York
Painterly Realism in America, A.J. Wood Gallery, New York
1980 Still Life Today, Goddard-Riverside Community Center, New york
The Human Form, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Selections from the Fischbach Gallery, State University of New York at Cortland
Collector's Gallery XIV, Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
1982 30 Painters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Collector's Gallery XVI, Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX
Still Life/Interiors, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1983 Tulip Time, Impressions Gallery, Boston, MA
1984 The Garden, Kornbluth Gallery, Fairlawn, NJ
The Hampton Scene: Then and Now, Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York
1985 Flowers by Seven Realist Painters, The Prudential and Mendik Company, New York
Seven Hampton Artists, Tower Gallery, Southaampton, NY
American Realism, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Survival of the Fittest II, Ingber Gallery, New York
The Object Revitalized, The Paine Art Center and Arboretum, Oshkosh, WN (touring)
1985-86 The Figure in Twentieth Century American Art - Selections from the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, organized by the American Federation of the Arts; traveling to:
Jacksonville Art Museum, FL; Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City; National
Academy of Design, New York; Terra Museum of American Art, Evanston, IL;
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, CO;
Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul.
1986 Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape 1960-85, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA; and the New York Academy of Art, New York
Arrangements in Color and Shape, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Thirty-six Artists, Benson Gallery, Southampton, NY
Four Artists, Bologna Landi Gallery, East Hampton, NY


Nudes, Metropolitan Museum of Art Mezzanine Gallery, New York
1987 Farm to Hearth, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
162nd Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York
The Hamptons in Winter, Gallery International 52, New York
Summer Group, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1987 Pastel Anthology II, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York
A Just Temper Between Propensities, The Bayley Art Museum, University of Virginia,
Charlottesville.
1988 Drawing on the East End: 1940-1988, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
1989 164th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York
Collector's Gallery XXII, Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
1990 Long Island Landscape Painting in the Twentieth Century, Hecksher Museum,
Huntington, New York
1991 An Artist in the Garden, National Academy of Design, New York
1993 168 Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York
Fruits, Flowers and Vegetables: the Contemporary Still Life, Kavesh Gallery,
Ketchum, ID
The League at the Cape: Contemporary Artists, Provincetown Art Association and
Museum, Provincetown, RI
1994 Painting from The Commerce Bancshares Collection, Lakeview Museum of Arts and
Sciences, Preoria, IL
1995 ‘50s and ‘60s, Fischbach Gallery, New York
Flower Paintings, Lizan -Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY
"Nature Morte," Galerie Francoise E.S.F., Lutherville, MD
1995-96 Hearth and Home, Champion International Corporation, Stamford, CT
1997 More Old Friends, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
1999 Contemporary American Realism, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

1964 "New York Exhibit by Warren Brandt," St. Louis Dispatch, March 26, 1964.
1966 Sawyer, Kenneth. "Notes on the Painter Warren Brandt," Art International v. 10, no. 3 (March
20, 1966)
--- "Warren Brandt," Artnews April 2 (1966).
--- Cannaday, John. "Art: Like the Stumpy Crocus, Rather Encouraging," The New York Times,
April 2, 1966.
--- "Le Courier des Arts: Warren Brandt," France-Amerique-Le Courier des Etats-Unis, April 7,
1966.
--- "Art Tour: 57th Street and Environs," The New York Herald Tribune, April 2, 1966.
--- "Art in New York," Time v. 87, no. 15 (April 15, 1966).


1968 "Summary of Gallery Shows," The New York Times, March 16, 1968.
--- Willard, Charlotte. "Warren Brandt," The New York Post, March 16, 1968.
--- "Warren Brandt," Arts, April 1968.
1969 Barker, Walter. "Warren Brandt - Allentown Art Museum," February, 1969 (Catalogue).
--- Getlein, Frank. "Two New Art Exhibitions Show Human Figure Use," The Sunday Star, April
20, 1969
1969 Key, Donald. "Bright Oils by New York Artist Make Delightful Debut Here," Milwaukee
Journal, May 18, 1969
1970 "Brandt Blends Color, Animation and Love," The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 21, 1970.
--- "Art: Brandt, An Artist Who Gets Away with Reminding," Washington Sunday Star,
November 29, 1970.
1971 "Brandt's Color Brightens," Milwaukee Journal, April 25, 1971
1971 Freed, Eleanor. "Brandt, a Modern Day Intimist," The Houston Post, November 7, 1971.
1974 Derfner, Phyllis. "New York Letter," Art International, v. 19, no. 2 (Feb. 20, 1974).
--- Stern, Kay. "Warren Brandt: Gaint Man/Artist," Greensboro Daily News, March 17, 1974.
--- Rosing, Larry. "Matisse and Contemporary Art," Arts, May 1974.
1975 Krebs, Patricia. "Brandt: Artist Who Fought It Out," Greensboro Daily News, November 2,
1975.
--- Frank, Peter. "Matisse/Cezanne Sides of Warren Brandt," St. LouisPost-Dispatch, Dec. 1,
1975.
1976 Ashton, Dore. "Pastel Anthology," Arts, Feb. 1976.
--- Smith, June. "Brandt's Direct Art to be Shown," Beaumont Journal, September 24, 1994.
1977 Donahoe, Victoria. "Exhibit by 2 Dissimilar Artists Shows Strong Visual Foundation," The
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 13, 1977.
1980 "Studio Gallery," Milwaukee Sentinel, Feb. 1, 1980.
1984 "The Hampton Show," Arts, Dec. 1984.
1985 Lesuer, Claude. "Warren Brandt: A New Life for Still Life," Artspeak, v.1, no. 10 (Feb. 1,
1985).
--- Matlock, David. Contemporary Images: Flowers by Seven Realist Painters, (exh. cat.; New
York: The Prudential and Mendik Co.), 1985.
--- Braff, Phyllis. "Lively East End Shows," The New York Times, Sept. 1, 1985.
1987 "Art: The Lila Acheson Wallace Wing for 20th Century Art," The Village Voice, Feb. 19,
1987.
--- Slivka, Rose C. S.. "From the Studio: Nudes," The East Hampton Star, Feb. 19, 1987.
--- Henry, Gerrit. "Warren Brandt at Fiscbach," Art In America, Mar. 1987.
1988 Weber, Nicholas Fox. Warren Brandt (New York: Hudson Hills Press), 1987.
--- Slivka, Rose C. S.. "From the Studio," The East Hampton Star, July 7, 1988.
--- Long, Robert, East End Exhibit at Parrish," The Southampton Press, Oct. 13, 1988.
1989 Weber, Nicholas Fox. "Warren Brandt," American Artist, March 1989.
1990 Pisano, Ronald. Long Island Landscape Painting Volume II: The Twentieth Century (Boston:
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY (continued)

Little, Brown & Co.), 1990.
1991 Rose, Matthew. "Honoring the Artists of the Hamptons: Warren Brandt," Dan's Papers, May
31, 1991.
1992 Jones, Jr., Abe D.. "A Lifelong Embrace of Work and Beauty," [rev. of retrospective exh. At
the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC], News & Record, Aug. 16, 1992.
1993 Braff, Phyllis. "Warren Brandt: a Retrospective," The New York Times, July 18, 1993.
1996 Glueck, Grace. "City Sophistication Spends the Summer on Long Island," July 12, 1996.
--- Sansegundo, Sheridan. "At The Galleries," The East Hampton Star, April 11, 1996 (repro.).
1997 Braff, Phyllis. "More old Friends at Elaine Benson Gallery," The New York Times, June 15,
1997.
1998 Slivka, Rose C. S. "From The Studio," The Easthampton Star, May 7, 1998

 

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