Hervé Bize is pleased to announce its third participation in Frieze New York 2018.
The gallery will be exhibiting selected works by Jack Youngerman who is one of the greatest American artists in the field of abstract painting, since over sixty years and continues with his personal idiosyncratic imagery.
As part of the Spotlight section, we will not present any works created after 2000.
Jack Youngerman was born on March 25, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. After college, and aided by the G.I. Bill, he attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1947 to 1949.
In 1950, he married the actress Delphine Seyrig. Her father, Henri Seyrig, was an influential archaeologist and director of the Musées de France.
Early on still in Paris, Youngerman met other artists including Ellsworth Kelly and François Morellet, accompanying Kelly to the studios of Jean Arp and Constantin Brancusi.
He traveled across Europe and to the Middle East (1952-56), even worked on architectural projects in Lebanon and Iraq.
In 1956, at the urging of Betty Parsons, Youngerman returned to America, settling at Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan, at the same time with Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin (last year The Menil Collection in Houston has presented a remarkable exhibition about it).
His work started to emphasise simplified forms and geometric abstraction evidencing the artist’s sustained dedication to the elements of shape, space, and color.
In 1959, Youngerman was included, alongside contemporaries such as Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly again, Robert Rauschenberg and Frank Stella, in the important MoMA show, 16 Americans. Since his first solo show at the Galerie Arnaud in Paris (1951), Youngerman has had more than sixty solo exhibitions, and was the subject of a major exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 1986.
He lived in New York until 1996, and now resides in Bridgehampton, on Long Island.
Youngerman’s work has been acquired by major museums including Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo ; Art Institute of Chicago ; Baltimore Museum of Art ; Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art, Pittsburgh ; Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France ; High Museum of Art, Atlanta ; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington ; Phillips Collection, Washington ; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark ; Menil Collection, Houston ; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis ; MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York ; Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble , France ; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York ; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York ; Yale University Art Center, New Haven.
The selection of works for Frieze New York will span several decades including mostly pieces from the 1950s and the 1960s, both paintings and works on paper.