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About Michael David

Michael David Art

Michael David has been exhibiting with the Bill Lowe Gallery since his first workings in representational art in 1999, including the comprehensive exhibit "Compassion" held in Atlanta during 2006. David has exhibited widely throughout the United States for 30 years, and has been the subject of much historical and curatorial acclaim. His work is included in the permanent public collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among several prominent private collections.

Critically-acclaimed New York artist Michael David built his early career on abstraction, a stylistic tendency he continues to explore, but since 1999 he has also successfully experimented with representational painting and traditional photography.

One of David's best known and deeply moving images is the fallen toreador, inspired by 19th century French Realist painter Edouard Manet's "The Dead Toreador" of 1864. After sustaining an injury related to his artistic pursuits (please see his Artist Statement for further details), the fallen archetypal hero is a symbol to which David can easily relate, and strongly informs his innovative creative expressions: "By thwarting tradition, my work becomes about compassion. Compassion for those different from us, compassion for each other, and, most importantly, compassion for one's self (for a painter who was reckless enough to hurt himself at doing what he loves the most)," David explains.

David's recent abstract series - the "Chortens" and "Populations" - garnered the attention of prominent art historian and critic Donald Kuspit:

"Exotically colored, David's 'Populations' resemble coral encrustations...Primordial emotionality is invested in them, and existential paradox informs them. They are enigmatic works, all the more so because of the way their innumerable details form singularly monumental, intimidating wholes. Dense yet delicate, awesome yet intimate, they convey the fragility as well as grandeur of sheer being. Layer upon layer of paint piles up like layer upon layer of coral, but the textural result is more epic, not to say startling, than any coral island, and virtually any other existing abstract expressionist painting (upon which they are stylistically founded)."

Michael David Paintings

BORN
1954 Reno, Nevada

EDUCATION
1976 B.F.A., Parsons School of Design, New York

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 New Paintings, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2011 New Paintings, The Chmar Gallery, Santa Fe, NE
2010 New Encaustic Works, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
New Paintings, The Bentley Gallery ,Scottsdale AZ
2009 "20th Anniversary Exhibition", Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- The Greenhouse Project, Studio Swan, Palmetto, GA
-- The Greenhouse Project and New Landscapes, Alan Avery Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2008 "Michael David: Old School", Mason Murer, Atlanta, GA
2007 “Michael David: Painting and Photography,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2006 “Compassion,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- “Michael David: New Encaustic Painting,” Wooster Projects, New York, NY
2001 “Michael David,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2000 “New Encaustic Paintings,” Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
1999 “Michael David,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1998 “Cruciforms,” Meredith Long and Company, Houston, TX
-- “New Work,” Dorothy Blau, Bay Harbor, FL
1997 “Michael David,” Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
-- “Michael David,” Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
1995 “Michael David,” Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
-- “The Poured Image,” Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
1994 “Paintings and Works on Paper,” Meredith Long and Company, Houston, TX
-- “Paintings,” Margulies Taplin Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
1993 “The Wolfen Series,” Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
-- “Michael David,” Irving Galleries, Palm Beach, FL
1992 “Michael David,” Margulies Taplin Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
-- “Painted Collage,” Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
1991 “Paintings on Paper,” Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
-- “The Georgia Series,” Solo Gallery, New York, NY
-- “New Paintings: The Georgia Series,” Knoedler and Company, NY
1990 “Six Paintings,” Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
-- “Works on Paper,” Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
1989 “New Work,” Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
1988 “New Work,” Meredith Long and Company, Houston, TX
-- “Golem and Other Prints,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
-- “New Paintings: Invisible Cities,” Compass Rose Gallery, Chicago, IL
1987 “New Paintings,” The Greensberg Gallery, St. Louis, MO
-- “Paintings and Drawings,” Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
-- “Recent Works,” Knoedler Gallery, London, England
1986 “Recent Painting,” Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
1984 “New Paintings,” Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
-- “Paintings,” Dart Gallery, Chicago, IL
1983 “Michael David,” Hamilton Gallery, New York, NY
1982 “Michael David,” Hamilton Gallery, New York, NY
1981 “New Paintings: Evolutions of the Symbol,” Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 Bill Lowe Gallery 2006 “Unspoken Connections,” Bill Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2004 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2002 “Unexpected Selections from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection: Art from 1985 to the present,” The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, FL
1999 “Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in America,” Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
-- “Forty Years of American Drawings,” Raab Galerie, Berlin, Germany
1997 “Michael David and James Hyde,” Margulies Taplin Gallery, Coral Gables, FL
1996 “Different Sides: Drawings/Photographs/Prints/Paintings/Sculpture,” Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
1994 “Summer Group Exhibition 1994,” Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
-- “Michael David: Paintings / Nicholas Pearson: Sculpture,” Margulies Taplin Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
1992 “Group Exhibition,” Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
1991 “Group Exhibition,” Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
-- “Working with Wax: Ten Contemporary Artists,” Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY
1990 “Heland Wetterling Gallery Shows Knoedler Gallery Artists,” Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
-- “Works on Paper,” The Harcus Gallery, Boston, MA
1989 “Projects and Portfolios: the 25th Print National,” The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
-- “Important Works on Paper,” Meredith Long and Company, Houston, TX
-- “New Editions,” Pace Prints, New York, NY
1988 “Golem! Danger, Deliverance, and Art,” The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
-- “1988 Invitational,” New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
-- “Seventeen Years at the Barn: Highlights of the Edward F. Albee Foundation,” Rosa Esman Gallery, New York, NY
1987 “Monotypes,” Pace Editions, New York, NY
-- “Working in Brooklyn / Painting,” The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
-- “Art Against AIDS,” benefit exhibition and art sale held throughout New York, participating gallery Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
-- “Jewish Themes: Contemporary American Artists,” Spertus, Chicago, IL
1986 “First Impressions: Recent Monotypes by 15 Artists,” Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York, NY
-- “Saints and Sinners: Contemporary Responses to Religion,” De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
-- “Jewish Themes: Contemporary American Artists,” The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
-- “Public and Private American Prints Today,” Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
1985 “A Decade of Visual Arts at Princeton: 1975-1985,” The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
-- “With an Eye to Nature,” Jeffrey Hoffeld and Company, New York, NY
1984 “Off the Landscape,” Grand Central Galleries, New York, NY
-- “Cunningham Dance Foundation Benefit,” Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
-- “Invitational Painting Exhibition, Part I: Twelve Abstract Painters,” Seigel Contemporary, New York, NY
-- “Small Paintings,” Jeffrey Hoffeld Gallery, New York, NY
1983 “Calaway, David, Nelson,” Hamilton Gallery, New York, NY
1982 “Sounds and Visions,” Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY
-- “Group Show,” Hamilton Gallery, New York, NY
-- “The Crucifix Show,” Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
-- “Elaine de Kooning’s Inadvertent Collection,” Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
-- “Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards,” American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
-- “Paintings and Sculptures by Candidates for Art Awards,” American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1981 “New Visions,” The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
-- “New Directions – Contemporary American Art from the Commodities Corporate Collection,” Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY
1980 “Bobsand New York City Volunteers,” Municipal Parking Garage, New York, NY
-- “Seven Young Americans,” Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY
1979 “Story Mann’s Possum Head – In a Pictorial Framework,” The New Museum, New York, NY
1978 “Black and White on Paper,” The Nobe Gallery, New York, NY
1977 “Six New Painters,” The SoHo Center for the Visual Arts, New York, NY
-- “Sixth Annual Contemporary Reflections,” The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

SELECTED PERMANENT PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Best & Co, Richmond, VA
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY
Commodities Corporation, Princeton, NJ
Dannheiser Foundation, New York, NY
De Cordova and Dana Museum and Park, Lincoln, MA
The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
The Edward Albee Foundation, New York, NY
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
The ITT Collection, New York, NY
The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, RI
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Neuberger Museum, State University at Purchase, NY
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
The Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS
Ackley, Clifford S, “Michael David,” The Print Collector’s Newletter (September -
October 1987): 137.
Bottino, Carroll Ann, “DeCordova takes a look at the ‘Saints and Sinners,’” Lincoln Journal, (December 4, 1986): 8.
Boyce, David B, “Michael David: New Abstraction and the Transcendent
Metaphor,” Arts Magazine (October 1983): 62-65.
Brenson, Michael, “Critics’ Choices, Art,” The Guide, The New York Times (April 21, 1985): G2.
--, “Bringing Fresh Approaches To Age-Old Jewish Themes,” The New York Times (August 3, 1986): H27, 32.
Damsker, Matt, “1988 Invitational show at New Britain Museum,” The Hartford Courant, (March 27, 1988).
David, Michael, “Art of Hot Wax and Dogs,” The Aspen Times (June 10, 11, 1995): 1B, 13B.
Derrickson, Howard, “Abstract show at Greenberg Triumph of Metaphor and Mystery,” West End Word (October 1, 1987): 20.
Fraile, Stephen, “...” The Print Collector’s Newsletter XVI, no. 3 (July 1985).
Gomez, Edward M., “Improvised Images in Molten Wax, as Fluid as Jazz,” The New York Times (May 16, 1999): Section 2, 31-32.
Gongard, Willi, “David at Janis,” Art Aktuell, April 1981.
Haggerty, Gerard, “Michael David’s New Paintings: The Georgia Series,” Cover Arts Magazine (Summer 1991): 8.
Hanson, Bernard, “New Britain Museum’s 1988 Invitational Exhibit,” The Middletown Press, (May 5, 1988).
Harris, Susan, “Michael David,” Arts Magazine (December 1982): 46.
Henry, Garrit, “Michael David at Hamilton,” Art in America (January 1984): 124.
J, H., “Sieben Amerikaner der Gegenwart,” Kunst (April 18, 1980).
Jessup, Sally, “Seven Young Americans,” Art/World (April 19/May 17, 1980).
Koch, Liz, “Not Just a Bunch of Brooklyn Painters,” The Phoenix, (June 25, 1987): 13 - 14.
Kramer, Hilton, “Seven Young Americans,” The New York Times (April 18, 1980).
Kuspit, Donald, “Michael David: Knoedler and Company,” ArtForum (January 2000).
Larson, Kay and Rickey, Carrie, “Art: Seven Young Americans,” The Village Voice (April 28, 1980).
Mahoney, Robert, “Sacred Iconoclasm: Exercising Painting’s Ancient Demons,” Cover Arts Magazine (September 1993): 13.
Moorman, Margaret, “An Eclectic Brooklyn Show,” New York Newsday (August 7, 1987).
Morgan, Robert, “Abstract Pictorialism,” publication unknown.
Nicholson, Stuart, “The Poured Image,” Cover Arts Magazine (March 1995): 24-25.
Potter, Thomas F., “Contemporary Art Show will Appeal to All Art Lovers,” Meriden Record, (March 19, 1988).
Ruzicka, Joseph, “Michael and the Wolfen,” Upper Eastside Resident (September 23 – 30, 1993).
Schwartzman, Allan, “Corporate Culture: The Yippie-Yuppie Artist (Jeff Koons),” Manhattan, Inc. (December 1987): 137 - 143.
Sherman, Mary, “David’s abstract art entices, grips the viewer,” Chicago Sunday Times (April 8, 1988): 82.
Silverthorne, Jeanne, “Michael David,” ArtForum (January 1984): 73.
Sjostrom, Jan, “David’s Intense Art Examines the Inner Man,” Palm Beach Daily News (March 7, 1993): B1.
Southworth, Linda, “Michael and the Wolfen,” Upper Eastside Resident (September 23 - 30, 1993).
Stapen, Nancy, “DeCordova show has mass appeal,” The Boston Herald, (November 21, 1986): W6.
Tallman, Susan, “Michael David at Knoedler,” Art in America (October 1991): 156.
Upshaw, Reagan, “Michael David at Knoedler,” Art in America (July 1997): 95-95.
Wallach, Amei, “The Golem Legend in Many Guises,” (review: The Jewish Museum), Newsday (January 6, 1989): 15.
Zimmer, William, “Seven Young Americans,” The SoHo News (April 16, 1980): 63.
--, “Michael David,” The SoHo News (April 22, 1981): 64.

AWARDS AND GRANTS
1984 The Guggenheim Fellowship
1983 National Endowment for the Arts
1982 The Edward Albee Foundation, Montauk, NY
-- The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Art Award, New York, NY
-- The Meet the Composer Grant, New York, NY
-- Guest Professor - Advanced Painting, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
1981 The Edward Albee Foundation, Montauk, NY
1980 The Edward Albee Foundation, Montauk, NY

 

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