Wojciech Fangor

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Biography

Born in 1922 in Warsaw. His artistic education was disrupted by the Second World War, which later on pushed him into practicing socialist realism as a painter. Between 1953 and 1961 he was employed as assistant professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. At the same time he was also active as a designer of posters using collages, texts, drawings and photography, and became one of the founders of the Polish School of Posters. Although successful in these fields, Fangor decided to shift his attention to spatial experiments. In 1958 he constructed the first „environment“ ever made, A Study of Space. These experiments gradually resulted in his abstract illusionist paintings with diffused edges of color and shape. After short stays in Vienna, Paris, Bath, London and Berlin, Fangor moved to the US in 1966, where he participated in important exhibitions such as The Responsive Eye at MoMA in 1965, and had a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in 1970. After his retirement as professor of art at the Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, he returned to Poland in 1999. He continued to make art and in 2014 designed murals for the station walls of the Warsaw Underground. He died in 2015 near Warsaw.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017

Wojciech Fangor: A Portrait of the Artist, GNYP Gallery, Berlin


2015

Color Light Space, Simon de Pury, London

Wojciech Fangor:Recollection of the Present, National Museum, Wrocław


2003

Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland


1994

The Museum of Art, Radom, Poland


1990

Retrospective Exhibition - 50 years of painting, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland


1965

Springer Gallery, Berlin, Germany


1970

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York, USA


1974

Hokin Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA


1971

University Art Museum, Berkeley, California, USA


1966

Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany


1964

Morsbroich Castle Museum, Leverkusen, Germany


1963

Lambert Gallery, Paris, France


1962

Institute of Contemporary Art, Washington, DC


1959

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam


1958

‘A Study of Space’, The New Culture Salon, Warsaw, Poland


Selected Group exhibitions

1994

The National Museum, Warsaw, Poland


1974

Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA


1968

Venice Biennale of Art, Venice, Italy


1967

Pittsburgh International, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


1965

The Responsive Eye, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, USA


1964

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York, USA


1961

15 Polish Painters, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, USA


1959

Polish Painting Now, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


1957

  1. Exhibition of Modern Art, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland


1951

  1. National Exhibition of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland


1950

  1. National Exhibition of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland


1949

Young Artists and Scientists Club, Warsaw, Poland