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Knox Martin

Woman, 1972

Knox Martin (born 1923)

A geometric abstractionist, Knox Martin has been active in New York City where one of his pieces is a huge wall covering mural, painted in 1970, on the wall of the Bayview Correctional Facility on West 19th Street.

He studied at the Art Student’s League of New York from 1946 to 1950. Mr. Martin has received an NEA Grant, Pollock-Krasner Grant, Gottlieb Grant, CAPS Grant, and Longview Fellowship.

He taught at Yale Graduate School of the Arts, first as visiting critic in art, and then as Professor of Art. He also taught at New York University, the University of Minnesota, and the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy. He teaches master classes at the Art Students League of New York and is a member of the National Academy of Design.

He was also in the Navy in WWII and served as a landing craft operator with the first wave at Omaha Beach in Normandy in June 1944. He was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and his father was the first man to ever pilot an aircraft over the Andes.

His work is in the following public collections:
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; New York University Collection, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; National Academy of Design, New York; National Arts Club, New York; Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; New York State Museum, New York; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland; Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Ithaca Museum, Ithaca, New York; Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado; Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Florida; Wellesley College, Maryland; Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina; Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pennsylvania; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, Texas; Museo de Prado, Barranquilla, Colombia; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Sources include: Don Ray and the artist’s website.

Biography from the Archives of AskART