CURRICULUM VITAE

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2004
Elected Member, American Academy of Arts and Letters
2003
American Academy of Art and Letters: Jimmy Ernst Award
1987
Elected Associate National Academy of Design
1978
Brandeis University Creative Art Award for Painting
1973
Guggenheim Fellowship
1961
Longview Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1942
Midwestern Artists Competition 1st Prize
1941
St. Paul Gallery Scholarship
1940 – 41
The President’s Scholarship, Minneapolis School of Fine Arts
1939
Alfred Pillsbury Scholarship

 

SOLO GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

2016
Acme Fine Art, Boston, MA: “Lester Johnson in Provincetown”
David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI: “Lester Johnson: Paintings & Works on Paper 1960-1985″

2014
Acme Fine Art, Boston, MA: “Lester Johnson Classical Themes”

2013
Steven Harvey Fine Arts Project, New York, NY:  ”Lester Johnson–Dark Paintings 1960-1965″

2011
Acme Fine Arts and Design, Boston, MA:  “Lester Johnson – A Memorial Exhibition”
Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY:  ”Lester Johnson—Last Paintings”

2010
Acme Fine Arts, Boston, MA: “Director’s Choice”
David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI: “The 60s”

2007
Acme Fine Art and Design, Boston, MA: “Oil Paintings from the 1960s”

2005
David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI: “Beach Series – East Hampton”

2004
James Goodman Gallery, New York, NY & David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI: “Four Decades of Painting”
Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA: “Prints”

2003
David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI: “Early and Late Works”
Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA: “The Crowd: Street Scenes from the 1960s & 1970s”

2002
Peter Findlay Gallery, New York, NY
Lillian Heidenberg, West Palm Beach, FL
Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2001
Lillian Heidenberg, West Palm Beach, FL
Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA: “Provincetown Watercolors of the 1950s”

2000
Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA: “Works on Paper”

1999
David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI

1998
Peter Findlay Gallery, New York
Denise Cadé & Joseph Rickards Gallery, New York, NY: “France & America”
Joseph Rickards Gallery, New York, NY: “An Overview of the Graphic Work”

1996
Peter Findlay Gallery, New York, NY: “The Sixties”
Denise Cadé Gallery in association with Joseph Rickards Fine Art, New York, NY: “Paintings and Works on Paper”
UFO Gallery Provincetown, MA: “Paintings and Watercolors”

1995
Margaret Lipworth Gallery, Boca Raton, FL: “Paintings from the 60s”

1994
Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY: “Paintings from the 60s”
David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI: “Recent Paintings”

1993
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA

1992
Margaret Lipworth Gallery, Boca Raton, FL: “Recent Paintings”
Eva Cohon Gallery, Chicago, IL: “Recent Paintings”

1991
Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT: “A Print Retrospective 1960-1990”
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI “Recent Paintings”

1990
Gimpel Gallery, New York, NY: “Recent Paintings”
Paris-New York-Kent Fine Arts, Kent, CT: “A Selection”

1989
David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI: “Retrospective”

1988
Cone Editions, New York, NY: “35 Years of Prints”
Munson Gallery, New Haven CT
Goldman-Kraft Gallery, Chicago, IL
Walter Moos Gallery, Toronto, Canada: “Recent Works”

1987
Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto, Canada
Gallery Moos Ltd., New York, NY
Jack Schainman Gallery, Washington, DC: “Works on Paper 1960-87”

1986
Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto, Canada
Munson Gallery, New Haven, CT

1985
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI
David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

1984
Munson Gallery, New Haven, CT

1983
Chicago International Art Fair (Donald Morris Gallery Booth) Chicago, IL
The PaperWork Gallery, Larchmont, NY
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY: “The Early Paintings”

1982
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, NY

1981
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI

1980
Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York, NY: “Street Scenes”
Gimpel-Hanover & Andre Emmerich Galerien, Zurich Switzerland
FIAC80 “Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporaine” Paris, France, Gimpel Gallery Booth

1979
Gimpel Fils, London, England
Gimpel Hanover & André Emmerich Galerien, Zurich, Switzerland

1978
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI
Ruth Schaffner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Peter M. David Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

1977
Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto Canada
Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer, New York, NY: “The City”

1976
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA

1975
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY: “Recent Paintings”
Livingston-Learmonth Gallery, New York, NY: “The 60s”

1974
Ruth Schaffner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Gallery Smith-Anderson, Palo Alto, CA
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI

1973
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto Canada
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL
Ruth Schaffner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Smith Andersen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1972
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
Tirca Karlis Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1971
Martha Jackson Gallery, NY: “The Human Situation: Street Scene 1969-71”
Meridian Gallery, London, England

1969
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY
Martha Jackson Graphics, New York, NY
BC Holland Gallery, Chicago, IL

1967
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York

1966
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York

1965
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI
Anderson-Mayer Gallery, Paris, France

1964
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY

1963
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY

1962
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY
BC Holland Gallery, New York, NY
HCE Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1961
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY

1960
HCE Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1959
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
City Gallery, New York, NY
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1958
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1957
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1956
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1955
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1954
Korman Gallery, New York, NY
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1953
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1952
Artists’ Gallery, New York, NY
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA

1951
Earl Pilgrim Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Artists’ Gallery, New York, NY

GROUP GALLERY EXHIBITIONS:

2015
Acme Fine Art, Boston, MA: “Summer Salon”
Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects, New York, NY: “9 Self Portraits”

2012
Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY: “Heads”

2004
Gallery Moos, Toronto

2002
Mitchell Algus Gallery: “Ten Realists”
Denise Cadé Gallery:“20th Anniversary Exhibition”

2001
Figurative Museum, NYC
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY: “Out of the Fifties – Into the Sixties: 6 Figurative Expressionists”

1995
Skoto Gallery “Editions” New York
Pharos Gallery “Editions 1974-1991” New York

1992
International Art Fair, Chicago & Walter Moos Gallery, Toronto

1985
Zabriskie Gallery, Paris, France “Two Americans”

1983
Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York “The Painterly Figure”
Munson Gallery New Haven, CT “Contemporary Prints”

1982
Marilyn Pearl Gallery New York: “American Figurative Expressionism 1950-1960”
Landmark Gallery New York “The Changing Figure 1962-1982”

1980
Harold Reed Gallery, New York, NY: “Selected 20th Century American Self Portraits”

1978
Green Mountain Gallery, New York, NY: “From the Imagination”
Harold Reed Gallery New York “A Benefit for the Yale School of Art: Works by
Members of the Yale Faculty 1950-78”

1977
Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY: “Tenth Street Days: The Co-ops of the 50s”

1975
Landmark Gallery, New York, NY: “Subject Matter”

1973
Lerner-Heller Gallery, New York “Voices of Alarm”

1972
Landmark Gallery, New York, NY: “118 Artists”

1971
Roko Gallery, New York “Homage To Tanager”
Seibu Department Store, Tokyo, Japan “Martha Jackson Gallery Collection”

1970
Galerie Paul Facchetti, Paris, France “Regards Privileges 1951-70”

1969
John Bolles Gallery San Francisco, CA:“Paintings Courtesy of Martha Jackson”

1968
Paul Facchetti Gallery, Paris, France: “Timeless Paintings from the U.S.A.”

1966
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY

1965
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY: “Figuration”

1963
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York “Eleven Americans”

1960
Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1959
Ellison Gallery, Fort Worth, TX (two person exhibition)

1957
Stable Gallery, New York

1955
813 Broadway with Jan Muller, Wolf Kahn, Miles Forst and others

 

SOLO MUSEUM AND INSTITUTION EXHIBITIONS:

2017
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA: “Lester Johnson from the Permanent Collection”

2005
The William Benton Museum of Art, School of Fine Arts, University of Connectiut: “People Passing By”

2001
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA: “Figurative Expressionism: Paintings 1963-2000”

1996
Norwalk Community Technical College, Norwalk, CT: “Lester Johnson”
Norwalk, Connecticut Graphic Arts Center: “The Prints of Lester Johnson”

1988
Augustana College, Rock Island IL
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

1987
Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA (traveling:
Brandeis University, Ball State & Aldrich Museum)

1984
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

1982
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

1981
University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA

1980
Swain School of Art, New Bedford, CT

1979
Foster Gallery Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

1977
Hurlbutt Gallery, Greenwich Library, Greenwich, CT

1976
Jorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

1967
Temple Shalom, Greenwich, CT

1965
Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, CT

1962
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH

1961
Minneapolis Art Institute, Minneapolis, MN
Ohio State University Gallery, Columbus, OH

GROUP MUSEUM AND INSTITUTION EXHIBITIONS:

2017
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY: “Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965″

2013
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA: “Pioneers from Provincetown, The Roots of Figurative Expressionism”

2004
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY: “New Members Exhibition”

2003
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA: “Vision and Revisions: Art on Paper since 1960”
American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY: “Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture”
First Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN: “Contemporary Art from Nashville Collections.

1995
The Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

1988-1989
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA & Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Harbor, CA: “Figurative Fifties: New York Figurative Expressionism”

1986
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY: “Naked/Nude” print exhibition

1985
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY: “The Artist Celebrates New York” traveling exhibition
Museum of American Art Washington DC: “Martha Jackson Memorial Collection”
Guild Hall Museum East Hampton, NY: “Federal Support for the Permanent Collection”
The Katonah Gallery, Katonah, NY (Pratt Graphics Center) “Prints Ensuite”
Provincetown Art Association and Museum Provincetown, MA: “Expressionism, An American Beginning”

1984
The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York “Aspects of the City”
Art Museum Association of America, San Francisco, CA: “Figurative Expressionism” traveling exhibition
Artists’ Choice Museum, New York, NY: “The First Eight Years”
Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT: “David Hayes – Lester Johnson”
The Arkansas Arts Center Little Rock, AR: “Twentieth Century American Drawing from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection”

1983
Wadsworth Athenaeum Hartford Connecticut “Connecticut Painters 7+7+7”
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY: “Selections from the Permanent Collection”
Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ “American Realism 1930s-1980s, A Contemporary Perspective”
University of Arizona Museum of Art “Paintings and Sculpture in the Permanent Collection”

1982
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX “In Our Time”
Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY, Purchase, NY
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT: “Homo Sapiens”
Hamilton College Museum, Clinton, NY “Contemporary Masters”

1981
Provincetown Art Association Provincetown, MA: “The Sun Gallery”
Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA “12th Annual Invitational Exhibition of Paintings by Figurative Painters”

1980
Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY: “Portraits Real and Imagined”
Oklahoma Art Center Oklahoma City, OK: “Masters of American Watercolor”
Provincetown Art Association, Provincetown, MA: “James Joyce in Perspective”

1979
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York: “Collection: Art in America After World War II”
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL: “Alumni of School of the Art Institute”
Washington County Museum of Art, Hagerstown, MD “Art in Bloom”
The Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK: “Masters of the Portrait”

1978
Carlson Art Gallery, University of Bridgeport, CT “Connecticut Painting, Drawing and Sculpture 1978”
New Britain Museum of American Art, CT: “Connecticut Painting, Drawing and Sculpture 1978”
Cummings Art Center, Connecticut College, New London, CT: “Connecticut Painting, Drawing and Sculpture 1978”

1977
Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK: “Manscape 77”
Provincetown Art Association, Provincetown, MA: “Provincetown Artists”
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT: “Fall 77: Contemporary Collectors”

1976
The Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis, IN: “Painting & Sculpture Today”
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL: “Visions: The Paintings and Sculptures of Distinguished Alumni”

1974
William Cooper Proctor Art Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
The Brooklyn Museum, New York: “Nineteenth National Print Exhibition”

1973
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY: “1973 Biennial”
La Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France “L’Estampes Contemporaine”
Minnesota Museum of Art, Saint Paul, MN “Drawings U.S.A. ‘73”
University of Maryland organized by the Finch College Museum of Art and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery “The Private Collection of Martha Jackson”

1972
The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum New York “Ten Independents – An Artist Initiated Exhibition”
Hamilton College, Clinton, NY: “Cross-Section New York 1972”
Palazzo dell’Academia Palazzo Reale Genoa, Italy “Immagine per la Citta”
The Art Institute of Chicago “70th American Exhibition”
Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY “Martha Jackson Collection”
Lehigh University, PA: “Contemporary Painting”
The Brooklyn Museum, New York “Seventeenth National Print Exhibition”

1971
Jewish Community Center, Bayone, NJ: “18th Annual Art Exhibition: From Madison Avenue to the Sohos”
New England Art, Provincetown, MA : “Painting and Sculpture Invitational Show”
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina “Art on Paper”

1970
Heckscher Museum, Long Island, NY: “Artists of Suffolk County – Part III
Figurative Tradition”
Fondation Maeght, Vence, France L’Art Vivant aux Etats-Unis
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD: “The Thomas Edward Benesch Memorial Exhibition of his Collection”
Virginia Museum Richmond, VA “Works on Paper”
The Carnegie Institute of Art, Pittsburgh, PA: “Carnegie International”

1969
Il Bienal Internacional del De Porte en Las Bellas Artes. Madrid, Spain
Fondation Marguerite et Aime Maeght L’Art Vivant aux Etats Unis St. Paul-de-Vence France
Northern Arizona University “Dealers’ Choice”
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC: (traveling show) “The New Vein: The Human Figure 1963-68”

1968
Smithsonian Institution (traveling exhibition to South America and Europe)
The Museum of Modern Art New York (traveling show): “Social Comment in American Art”
Whitney Museum of American Art New York
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY “Buffalo Art Festival”
University of Texas, Austin, TX
The New School for Social Research New York “Figuration”
CCAC Gallery California College of Arts and Crafts Oakland California
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL “Ravina Festival”
Center of Visual Arts Institute Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires,Argentina
“The Figure: A New Vein 1963-1968”
Forth Worth Art Center Fort Worth, TX: “Six Painters from the Martha Jackson Gallery”
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH: “American Paintings on the Market Today”
Akron Art Center, Akron, OH
ROSC Dublin, Ireland : “The Poetry of Vision”
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI: “Paintings for Your Collection”
Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI “Project Outreach”

1967
The Museum of Modern Art New York “the 1960’s”
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
The Carnegie Institute Pittsburgh Pennsylvania “Carnegie International”
Lehigh University, PA: “Fourteenth Annual”
The School of Visual Arts New York “Homage to Morandi”
Fort Worth Art Center Museum Fort Worth, TX: “Junior Council Purchase Show”
Whitney Museum of American Art New York “1967 Annual”

1966
Lehigh University, PA: “Thirteenth Annual”
The New School for Social Research, New York, NY: “Contemporary Urban Visions”
Harper College, New York “New Figuration”
Oakland University, MI: “A Point of View”

1965
Bucknell University, Lehigh, PA

1964
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY: “Contemporary American Drawings”
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia, PA: “Annual Exhibition”
New School Art Center ,The New School for Social Research, New York, NY:
“Portraits from the American Art World”
New School Art Center The New School for Social Research, New York, NY:
“The American Conscience”
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Ghent, Belgium: “Figuration into Abstraction”
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA: “Carnegie International”
Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT “Old Hundred”

1963
Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland “L’Avant-Garde”
Ohio State University Museum, Columbus, OH
Forth Worth Art Center “Selections from the Fort Worth Collections”

1962
The Museum of Modern Art New York “Recent Paintings USA: The Figure”
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL “Recent Trends in Painting, USA”
Ohio State University Museum, Columbus, OH

1961
The Museum of Modern Art, New York “Recent Painting and Sculpture”
The Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA “Carnegie International”
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX: The Emerging Figure

1960
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA: Future Classics
American Federation of Arts, New York “Graphics 1960”
Weatherspoon Art Gallery,University of North Carolina : “Pusuit and Measurement of Excellence”
University of Nebraka, Lincoln, NB “Nebraska Annual”

1959
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston , MA “100 Works on Paper”
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY: Art U.S.A.
University of Colorado, Boulder “Painting Annual”
Nebraska Art Association, Lincoln, NB
Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Austria

1958
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD “Critics Choice”
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York “Annual”

1957
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN: “American Painting 1945-57”
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1956
The Jewish Museum, New York, NY: “Artists of the New York School: Second Generation”

1951
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA: “Annual Watercolor Exhibition”

1949
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA: “Annual Watercolor Exhibition”


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