Gallery 42 is pleased to present works from the Estate of
Lawrence Calcagno (1913-1993). Calcagno, a painter of international stature and
recognition, was born in San Francisco and grew up on his father's ranch near
Big Sur in an isolated part of California. In the 1930's he worked as a
merchant on ships to the Orient. After serving in World War II, he studied
painting at the California School of Fine Art where his principle trachers were
Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko. He eventually departed from from their theories
and developed a strongly individualized personal imagery that would incorporate
abstract metaphors from nature. Calcagno traveled to Europe in the early 1950's
and began showing in Paris at the Facchetti Gallery in 1952. He met Martha
Jackson in 1953 and began showing in her legendary New York City Gallery when
he returned after five years in Europe. Over the years he balanced teaching and
exhibition showing successfully at important American galleries and museums. He
was the recipient of many fellowships including Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY;
Macdowell Colony in Peterboro, NH; The Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM and the
National Endowment for the Arts.
Calcagno's work is in public
collections including fine arts museums in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Boston,
Buffalo, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Francisco, and in the
National Gallery and National Museum of American Art in Washington and the
Whitney Museum of American Art and the MOMA in New York.
Lawrence Calcagno Biography
Born 23 March, San Francisco, CA.
1959 - 1960
Taught at New York University and accompanied exhibitions of his work to Lima, Peru; Mexico City; London, and Copenhagen
Awarded a Ford Foundation grant and named to the Andrew Mellon Chair of Painting at Carnegie-Mellon University
The National Endowment honored Calcagno with a major painting grant
Died in State College, Pennsylvania, on 22 April
Studied painting in San Francisco with Clyfford Still, Edward Corbett and Mark Rothko after World War II
Held posts at several universities as artist-in-residence, including the Albright School of the University of Buffalo
fellowships by the Yaddo Foundation in Saratoga Springs, New York, the
Macdowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and the Wurlitzer
Foundation in Taos, NM
Retrospective exhibition, The Mitchell Museum, Mount Vernon, Il.
1973 - 1975
Circulating exhibition of Calcagno’s works on paper, The Smithsonian, Washington D.C.
Retrospective exhibition, Westmoreland County Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA.
17 Americans at the Brussels Worlds Fair.
Instituto de Arte Contemporaneo, Lina, Peru
University of AL., Tuscaloosa
Howard College, Birmingham, AL
Macon Art Association, Macon, GA.
Albright Art Gallery, The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, NY.
First solo exhibition at the Martha Jackson Gallery
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York City
Studio Paul Facchetti, Paris, France. Calcagno
The Lucien LaBaudt Art Gallery, San Francisco, California
Studio Paul Facchetti, Paris, France
Little Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
Special Collection 1997-98 Anita Shapolsky Gallery, 152 East 65th Street, New York, NY 1992 Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY 1987 Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York 1984 Foundations Gallery New York, Roanoke Museum of Fine Art Roanoke, VA 1983 The New Gallery, Taos, NM 1983 New Gallery, Taos, NM Traveling Retrospective, Nine regional museums 1982 The New Gallery, Taos, NM Traveling Retrospective, Nine0 regional museums 1978 Stables Gallery, Taos, NM 1977 Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ 1976 Contemporary Art Center, Honolulu,HI 1973 -1975 Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Solo traveling exhibition: Permutations: Earth, Sea, Sky 1970-1972 Meredith Long Houston Galleries, Houston, TX 1968-1969 Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI 1969 Meredith Long Houston Galleries, Houston, TX 1967 Westmoreland County Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA 1966 Ester Robles Gallery, Los Angles, Ca 1965 Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 1965 Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX 1962 Martha Jackson Gallery New York, NY 1961 Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City, Mexico 1961 McRobert and Tunnard Gallery, London, England 1960 Martha Jackson Gallery New York, NY 1960 Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA 1959 Fairweather-Hardin Gallery, Chicago, IL 1959 University of Illinois, Urbana, IL