Calvin Albert (1918-2007)


Calvin Albert (1918-2007). Standing Figure (Farnese Hercules), 1970. Unique bronze casting stands at 28 inches tall. Signed, dated and marked A/P at base.


Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Calvin Albert became a sculptor in bronze, terra cotta and other metals, an educator and painter. He was especially known for his Abstract Expressionist sculpture created from metal allow he developed.

Birth place: Grand Rapids, MI

Addresses: Chicago, IL, 1947; Brooklyn, NY, 1973

Profession: Sculptor, educator, painter

Studied: Grand Rapids Art Gallery with Otto Karl Bach; AIC; Inst. Design (Chicago) with Moholy-Nagy & Gyorgy Kepes; Archipenko Sch. Sculpture; Fulbright advan. res. grant, 1961-1962; Tiffany grant, 1963, 1965; Guggenheim fel., 1966.

Exhibited: AIC, 1941, 1945; VMFA, 1946; Detroit Inst., A.,1945; Unknown Political Prisoner Prizewinners, MOMA & Tate Gallery, London, Eng, 1953; WMAA Ann.,1954-1968; le Dessin Contemporains aux AIC; Etats Unis, Musée Nat d’Arte Moderne, Paris, France, 1954; Univ. Ill. Contemp Painting & Sculpture, 1957 & 1965; 20th Century Masters of Drawing, Gallery Mod Art, New York, 1964.

Work: MMA; WMAA; AIC; Jewish Mus., New York; Detroit Inst Arts. Commissions: Ark Doors & Candelabra, Steinberg House, Park Ave Synagogue, New York, 1954; Outdoor Candelabra, Temple Israel, Tulsa, Okla, 1955; Eternal Light & Candelabra, Temple Israel, Bridgeport, Conn., 1957; Crucifix, Tabernacle & Candlesticks, St Paul’s Church, Peoria, Ill., 1959.

Comments: Preferred media: plaster, metal. Teaching: instr. sculpture & design, Inst. Design, Chicago, 1942-1946; instr. color & drawing, Brooklyn College, 1947-1949; prof. art & head grad. sculpture program, Pratt Inst, 1949-. Publications: Co-auth, Figure drawing comes to life, 1957.