Elias Newman (1903-1990)




Elias Newman (1903-1990). Bryant Park, c.1940. Encaustic on panel measures 12.5 x 24.5 inches; 22 x 34 inches framed. Depicted is Bryant Park (NYC) in winter. Excellent condition with no damage, fading, staining or restoration. Signed lower left. Provenance: Babcock Galleries, NYC; Estate of John and Stieglitz via estate of his father, Marcel H. Stieglitz.

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Birth place: Stashow, Poland

Addresses: NYC/Rockport, MA

Profession: Painter, writer, teacher, lecturer

Studied: NAD, 1918-20; Educ. Alliance Art Sch., 1920-25; Acad. Grande Chaumière, Paris, France, 1929.

Exhibited: S. Indp. A., 1925; Juden in der Kunst, Salon Brendle’, Zürich, Switzerland, 1929; Audubon A., 1945, 1960 (Stern Mem. Medal & Prize, Audubon Artists 18th Ann.);Montross Gal., 1934 (solo); A. Center, NYC, 1935; BMA, 1934, 1940; Md. Inst., 1935, 1938; Tel-Aviv Mus., 1939; LACMA, 1944; Am. British A. Center, 1944-45; A. Am. A., 1944; Maxwell Gal., San Fran., 1945; Modernage Gal., 1945; Art: USA, NYC, 1958; Am. Acad. Arts & Lett., New York, 1959; Butler Inst. Am. Art, 1960; New Accessions USA, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Ctr., Colo., 1962; Agra Gal., Wash., DC, 1970s. Awards: Am. Soc. Contemp. Artists, 1971 (Beatrice S. Katz Award for Graphics); Natl. Soc. Painters in Casein, 1971 (Today’s Art mag., medal of merit).

Member: AEA (pres., 1970-); Conf. Am. Artists (chmn., 1971-); Audubon Artists (dir., 1971-); Nat. Soc. Painters in Casein (pres., 1966-70, hon. pres., 1971-); Am. Soc. Contemp. Artists (dir., 1971); S. Palestine Ar. and Sculp. Assn.; Rockport AA.

Work: BMA; SFMA; Denver A. Mus.; John Herron Al; Tel-Aviv Mus.; Jewish Theological Seminary, NY; Cone Coll., Baltimore; MoMA; Norfolk Mus. A. & Sc.; Davenport Mun. A. Gal., Iowa; Everson Mus. Art, Syracuse, NY; Brooklyn Mus., NY; SFMA; Tel Aviv Mus., Israel.

Comments: Preferred media: encaustic, casein, watercolors. Positions: art dir., Palestine Pavilion, New York World’s Fair, 1938-40; art consult., Palestine Sect., Int. Expos, Cleveland, 1947; ed., Improvisations, 1950-52; art consult., Am. Fund for Israel Inst., 1954-55. Publications: author: Art in Palestine (1939); “Art in Israel,” Reconstructionist June 29, 1956.

Sources: WW73; Stephen S. Kayser (exh. cat.), Elias Newman Exhibition, Jewish Mus., 1949; Henry A La Farge, “Review of Elias Newman Exhibition,” ArtNews, Feb., 1949; Ralph Fabri, article in Today’s Art, July, 1971.