Benny Andrews 1930 —2006

Biography

Benny Andrews was born in Madison, Georgia in 1930. He is a painter, writer, printmaker, sculptor, book illustrator and teacher. His art, like his background, is complex and multi-faceted.

Andrews grew up in the rural south, one of ten children in a sharecropper's family. Always a visionary, Andrews studied at Fort Valley State College and later received his BFA from the school of the Art Institute of Chicago. From 1968 to 1997, he taught at Queens College and from 1982 to 1984, Andrews served as Director of the Visual Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Exhibited nationally and internationally for over forty years, Andrews' work can be found in the permanent collections of numerous museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and The Brooklyn Museum in New York; The Hirshhorn Museum, D.C.; The Art Institute of Chicago and The Detroit Institute in Illinois and The Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, California. Benny Andrews is currently on the Board of the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire.

The work of Benny Andrews is narrative and passionate and always carries a message. He is a storyteller at heart. Collage has always been a sustaining umbilical medium for the artist and it is somewhere between surrealism and social realism that his work resides. A master draftsman, Andrews imbues his line drawings with a rare vitality and fervor.

 

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1930 Born in Madison, Georgia

1958 B.F.A., School of the Art Institute, Chicago

2006 Died at 75, November 10, 2006.

Selected One Person Exhibitions:Solo Exhibitions


1962
Forum Gallery. New York, New York.

1964
Forum Gallery. New York, New York.

1966
Forum Gallery. New York, New York.

1971
The Studio Museum in Harlem. New York, New York.

1972
ACA Galleries. New York, New York.

1973
ACA Galleries. New York, New York.

1975
ACA Galleries. New York, New York.

High Museum of Art. Atlanta, Georgia.

1976
ACA Galleries. New York, New York.

Herbert Johnson Museum. Ithaca, New York.

Lerner-Heller Gallery. New York, New York.

1977
The Edwin A. Ulrich Museum. Wichita, Kansas.

1978
Lerner-Heller Gallery. New York, New York.

Wadsworth Atheneum. Hartford, Connecticut.

Wendell Street Gallery. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1979
Lerner-Heller Gallery. New York, New York.

1980
Lerner-Heller Gallery. New York, New York.

Wendell Street Gallery. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1981
Lerner-Heller Gallery. New York, New York.

1982
Albany Museum. Albany, Georgia.

1983
Sid Deutsch Gallery. New York, New York.

1984
Wendell Street Gallery. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1985
Armstrong Gallery. New York, New York.

1987
Albany Museum. Albany, Georgia.

1988
The Edwin A. Ulrich Museum. Wichita, Kansas.

The Studio Museum in Harlem. New York, New York.

Wendell Street Gallery. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

High Museum of Art. Atlanta, Georgia.

1989
Danville Museum. Danville, Virginia.

McIntosh Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia.

Sherry Washington Gallery. Detroit, Michigan.

Gross-McCleaf Gallery. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1990
Ratner Gallery. Chicago, Illinois.

Craftery Gallery. Hartford, Connecticut.

Sid Deutsch Gallery. New York, New York.

1991
Sid Deutsch Gallery. New York, New York.

Wichita Art Museum. Wichita, Kansas.

McIntosh Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia.

Sherry Washington Gallery. Detroit, Michigan.

Gross-McCleaf Gallery. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wendell Street Gallery. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1992
Sid Deutsch Gallery. New York, New York.

Craftery Gallery. Hartford, Connecticut.

The Butler Institute of Art. Youngstown, Ohio.

Mississippi Museum of Art. Jackson, Mississippi.

The Triton Museum of Art. Santa Clara, California.

The Susan Conway Carroll Gallery. Washington, DC.

1993
McIntosh Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia.

Sherry Washington Gallery. Detroit, Michigan.

Gross-McCleaf Gallery. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

New Jersey State Museum. Trenton, New Jersey.

Fine Art Museum of the South. Mobile, Alabama.

Arkansas Art Center. Little Rock, Arkansas.

1994
Wendell Street Gallery. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

McIntosh Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia.

Craftery Gallery. Hartford, Connecticut.

1995
Sherry Washington Gallery. Detroit, Michigan.

Gross-McCleaf Gallery. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dayton Art Institute. Dayton, Ohio.

The Harriet Tubman Museum. Macon, Georgia.

Brandywine Print Image Gallery. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bill Hodges Gallery. New York, New York.

Louisa McIntosh Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia.

1996
Maser Museum. Monroe, Louisiana.

Dibbs Gallery. Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Gross - McCleaf Gallery. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bill Hodges Gallery. New York, New York.

1997
"New Work," ACA Galleries. New York, New York, February 8-March 8, 1997.

Bill Hodges Gallery. New York, New York.

"American Icons: From Madison to Manhattan, the Art of Benny Andrews, 1948 - 1997," Morris Museum of Art. Augusta, Georgia.

The Noel Gallery. Charlotte, North Carolina.

1998
Wendell Street Gallery. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Noel Gallery. Charlotte, North Carolina.

McIntosh Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia.

The Stella Jones Gallery. New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Hearne Gallery. Little Rock, Arkansas.

1999
"The Critic Series and A Musical Interlude," ACA Galleries. New York, New York, January 23-February 27, 1999.

The Noel Gallery. Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Stella Jones Gallery. New Orleans, Louisiana.

The D.A.A.P. Galleries, University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, Ohio.

2000
Southside Gallery. Oxford, Mississippi.

2000-2001
"Benny Andrews: Shades of the Human Spirit," ACA Galleries. New York, New York. December 14, 2000-January 20, 2001.

2002
"Benny Andrews: Interiors," ACA Galleries. New York, New York. September 14-October 12, 2002.

2004
"Benny Andrews: The Migrant Series," Organized by The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. New Orleans, Louisiana. ACA Galleries. New York, New York. June 19-July 16, 2004.
Traveling through 2007.

2006
"Benny Andrews: Trail of Tears (The Migrant Series)," ACA Galleries. New York, New York. June 17-July 15, 2006.

LaBier, Brenda, curator. "Benny Andrews: Migrant Series," Contemporary Art Center of Virginia. Virginia Beach, Virginia. January 12-March 5, 2006.

"Selections of Work by Benny Andrews," Mary Pauline Gallery. Augusta, Georgia. March 4-April 15, 2006.

"Benny Andrews- Delivering of Justice the World of W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights," Sherry Washington Gallery. Detroit, Michigan. January 28-March 31, 2006.

2007
"Benny Andrews: Memorial Exhibition," ACA Galleries. New York, New York. October 20-December 1, 2007.

"Benny Andrews: Memorial Exhibition," Ogden Museum of Southern Art. University of New Orleans. New Orleans, Louisiana. January-April, 2007.

Hanna, Emily G, curator. "Benny Andrews: Works from the Miles College Collection," The Birmingham Museum of Art. Birmingham, Alabama. February 4-May 20, 2007.

"Benny Andrews: Works on Paper," The Trois Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design. Savannah, Georgia. February 8-March 16, 2007.

McIntosh, Louisa, curator. "Benny Andrews: A Georgia Artist Comes Home," organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. Madison, Georgia. July 7-September 15, 2007.

2007-2008
"Benny Andrews: The John Lewis Series," The Tubman Museum. Macon, Georgia. December 21, 2007-April 13, 2008.

2013

"Benny Andrews: There Must Be a Heaven," Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. New York, New York. March 19 - May 18, 2013.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

1959
The Detroit Institute of Art. Detroit, Michigan.

1960
The Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1967
The National Institute of Arts and Letters. New York, New York.

1968
Minneapolis Institute of Art. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1970
The National Institute of Arts and Letters. New York, New York.

Museum of Fine Art Boston. Boston, Massachusetts.

Museum of Modern Art. New York, New York.

"Contemporary Black Artists," The Contemporary Arts Museum. Houston, Texas. January 20-February 16, 1970.

1971
High Museum of Art. Atlanta, Georgia.

1972
The National Institute of Arts and Letters. New York, New York.

1973
The National Institute of Arts and Letters. New York, New York.

1974
Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore, Maryland.

1975
Museum of Fine Art Boston. Boston, Massachusetts.

1976
The National Institute of Arts and Letters. New York, New York.

1978
Museum of Modern Art. New York, New York.

High Museum of Art. Atlanta, Georgia.

Indianapolis Museum of Art. Indianapolis, Indiana.

1979
The Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois.

1980
The Chrysler Museum. Norfolk, Virginia.

1983
Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Richmond, Virginia.

1984
National Academy of Design. New York, New York.

Museum of Modern Art. New York, New York.

High Museum of Art. Atlanta, Georgia.

1986
High Museum of Art. Atlanta, Georgia.

Museum of Modern Art. New York, New York.

The National Institute of Arts and Letters. New York, New York.

1987
The National Institute of Arts and Letters. New York, New York.

Georgia Museum of Art. Athens, Georgia.

Heckscher Museum. Huntington, New York.

1988
Birmingham Museum of Art. Birmingham, Alabama.

National Portrait Gallery, The Smithsonian Institution. Washington, DC.

1988-1989
"The Turning Point: Art and Politics in Nineteen Sixty-eight," Lehman College Art Gallery. Bronx, New York. November 10, 1988-January 14, 1989.

1989
The National Institute of Arts and Letters. New York, New York.

USSR Artist Union/Kudnetshy Most Hall. Moscow, Zed.

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. Madison, Georgia.

1990
Overholland Museum. Amsterdam, Holland.

Columbus Museum. Columbus, Georgia.

1991
The National Institute of Arts and Letters. New York, New York.

High Museum of Art. Atlanta, Georgia.

Museum of Modern Art. New York, New York.

1992
The National Institute of Arts and Letters. New York, New York.

The Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois.

Fukui Museum of Art. Tokyo, Japan.

Jewish Museum. San Francisco, California.

Hillswood Art Museum. Brookville, New York.

R.F. Brush Art Gallery. Canton, New York.

1993
The Detroit Institute of Art. Detroit, Michigan.

Louisiana Arts & Science Center. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art. Cleveland, Ohio.

Fine Arts Museum of the South. Mobile, Alabama.

New Jersey State Museum. Trenton, New Jersey.

Hagerty Museum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1994
Museum of Fine Art Boston. Boston, Massachusetts.

Norman R. Eppink Museum. Emporia, Kansas.

The Morris Museum of Art. Augusta, Georgia.

1995
High Museum of Art. Atlanta, Georgia.

Krasdale Gallery. White Plain, New York.

Glass Gallery. New York, New York.

Winthrop University Galleries. Rock Hill, South Carolina.

1996
ACA Galleries. New York, New York.

Edwin A. Ulrich Museum. Wichita, Kansas.

Currier Museum of Art. Manchester, New Hampshire.

Wadsworth Athenaeum. Hartford, Connecticut.

Morris Museum of Art. Augusta, Georgia.

Bill Hodges Gallery. New York, New York.

1997
High Museum of Art. Atlanta, Georgia.

1998
"Portraiture: Not By Definition," Westby Art Gallery. North Carolina.

1999
"Beyond the Veil: The Arts of African American Artists at Centuries End," Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Winter Park, Florida.

University, Glassboro, New Jersey. December 10-February 5, 1999.

"Interludes: Romare Bearden, Richard Mayhew, Faith Ringgold, Benny Andrews, Barkley Hendricks," Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery. Fairfield, Connecticut.

Neuberger Museum. Purchase, New York.

2000
"Benny Andrews and Nene Humphrey: The Art of Family," Ogden Museum. New Orleans, Louisiana, May 2000.

2000-2001
"A Growing Presence: Art by African Americans," The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. November 22, 2000-February 25, 2001.

2001
"Then and Now," Ogden Museum of Southern Art. New Orleans, Louisiana.

"African-American Art: 20th Century Masterworks, VIII," Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. New York, New York. January 18-March 10, 2001.

2002
"Summer in the City," ACA Galleries. New York, New York. June 22-September 7, 2002.

"Visions of America: A Black Perspective," ACA Galleries. New York, New York. January 19-March 2, 2002.

"Successions: Prints by African American Artists from the Jean and Robert Steele Collection," The Art Gallery. Maryland. April 1-29, 2002.

"African-American Art: 20th Century Masterworks, IX," Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. New York, New York. January 17-March 9, 2002.
Traveled to Tubman African American Museum. Macon, Georgia. April 29-June 30, 2002.

2003
"ACA Summer Show," ACA Galleries. New York, New York. July 10-September 13, 2003.

"The Twelth Annual Warehouse Show And Our 'Celebrating Black History Month' Exhibition also 'New Explorations In Curvism'," Flanders Contemporary Art. Minnesota. January 25-March 8, 2003.

2004
"Summer Group Exhibition," ACA Galleries. New York, New York. July 22-August 20, 2004.

2005
"Gallery II: African American Masters," ACA Galleries. New York, New York. February 19-March 19, 2005.

"Sports Illustrated," The Islip Art Museum. East Islip, New York. November 30-January 29, 2006.

"True Colors: Meditations of the American Spirit," Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art. Biloxi, Mississippi. June 24-July 16, 2005.

2006
"Masterpieces of African American Art: An African American Perspective," M. Hanks Gallery. Santa Monica, California. January 18-April 1, 2006.

"Art of the Book," Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia. February 21-March 25, 2006.

Dewberry Thrower, Lisa, curator. "Drawn in Georgia," The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. Atlanta, Georgia. November 2-January 20, 2007.

"Splash: Artists' Reflections on the Water," ACA Galleries. New York, New York. July 13-August 18, 2006.

2006-2007
Braun Lane, Betsy, curator. "Racing on a Broken Road," Castle Gallery. The College of New Rochelle. New Rochelle, New York. December 17, 2006-March 4, 2007.

2007
"American Visions," Lamont Gallery. Phillips Exeter Academy. Exeter, New Hampshire. January 8-March 3, 2007.

"African-American Masters," The Morris Museum. Morristown, New Jersey. February 13-April 1, 2007.

2007-2008
Cisle, George, curator. "At Freedman's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland," Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and the Maryland Historical Society. Baltimore, Maryland. February 3-October 28, 2007.
Traveling exhibition (February 2007-January 2008) organized by the Maryland Historical Society, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture and Maryland Institute College of Art.

2008
"African American Art: 200 Years," Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. New York, New York. January 10-March 15, 2008.

"What Makes It American? A Selection from the Collection," The Columbus Museum. Columbus, Georgia. March 23-August 17, 2008.

2009
Daderko, Dean, curator. "Liberty & The Land: Benny Andrews and William Villalongo," Cuchifritos, Gallery and Project Space. New York, New York. October 17-November 28, 2009.

2011
"Face Off: Portraits by Contemporary Artists," Lyman Allyn Art Museum. New London, Connecticut. April 10-September 18, 2011.

2012
"Benny Andrews, Alice Neel, Bob Thompson," Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. New York, New York. January 28-April 7, 2012.

2014
"Benny Andrews and Patrice Renee Washington: TALKING," Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. New York, NY. September 12 - October 19, 2014

"Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction," National Portrait Gallery. Washington, DC. April 18, 2014 - January 11, 2015

 


Selected Permanent Collections:

Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA

Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA

Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, Columbus, GA

The Fine Art Museum of the South, Mobile, Al

The Gibbes Museum, Charleston, SC

The High Museum, Atlanta, GA

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington, D.C.

The Housantanic Museum, CT

The James E. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD

The Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

The La Jolla Museum of Art, LaJolla, CA

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts, New York, NY

The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

The Ohara Museum of Art Kurashiki, Japan

The Ohio State University Art Gallery, Columbus, OH

The Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

The Edwin A. Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS

The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

The Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS


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