R.B. Kitaj
b. 1932



Printmaking has been an important part of Kitaj's career and, at various times, he has concentrated on screenprint, etching or lithography - often depending on where he was living and the association he developed with his printer. Many of his early prints were photocollaged screenprints made with Chris Prater of Kelpra Studio, one of the first printers to encourage artists to use what had been a purely commercial medium 'The Red Dancer of Moscow' was the most complex and accomplished of the photocollaged images - and appropriately one of the last in this vein.


Biography
1932
Born in Cleveland, Ohio
1950-51
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY
1951-52
Academy of Fine Art, Vienna
1957-59
Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford University
1959-61
Royal College of Art, London
1978-79
Artist in Residence at Dartmouth College, USA
1979-81
Lives in London
1981-82
Lives and works in Paris for a year
1982
Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters
1983
Marries Sandra Fisher
1985
Elected to the Royal Academy
1989
Publishes First Diaspora Manifesto
1996
Commissioned portrait of Mahler for Vienna Opera
1997
Moves to Los Angeles
2001
Begins his biography, Confessions of an Old Jewish Painter
2004
Lectures at UCLA and ESC
2005
Second Diaspora Manifesto ‘ Work in Progress’
2006
Lives and works in Los Angeles
Major Exhibitions
1963- 2005
Marlborough Fine Art, London and New York
1965
Paintings and Prints, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
1967
Cleveland Museum of Art
1969-70
Complete Graphics, 1963 – 69, touring Germany and Holland
1975-76
Lithographs, Petersburg Press, London
1976
Organises The Human Clay, a controversial exhibition of
figurative art at the Hayward Gallery, London
1981
R.B. Kitaj, major museum touring exhibition, USA and Germany
1994-5
Retrospective Exhibition, Tate Gallery, London; Los Angeles
 County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
1998
R.B.Kitaj, An American in Europe, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo;
Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Judische Museum de Stadt, Vienna;
Sprengel Museum, Hannover
2001-2
Kitaj, In the Aura of Cezanne and Other Masters,
National Gallery, London
2002
R.B.Kitaj, A Survey of his Printmaking 1964 – 2001,
Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal
2003
Los Angeles Pictures, L.A. Louver, Venice, California
2004
Kitaj: Retrato de un Hispanista, Museo de Bella Artes, Bilbao



 
     
 
   
 
 
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