Peter Grippe

Peter Grippe
1912-2002

Art Training
Albright Art School- Burralo, NY – Sculpture & drawing
Art Institute of Buffalo – Scupture, drawing & painting
Atelier 17, New York – Printmaking

Teaching Experience
1934-35: Art Institute of Burralo—Sculpture (student teacher)
1939-42: Federal Arts Project, New York City – Scupture, drawing & painting
1948: Black Mountain College, N.C. – (Summer seesion) Sculpture
1949-50: Pratt Institute, Bklyn, N.Y. (Architecture Dept.) – Drawing & design analysis
1951-52: Smith College, Northampton, Mass. – Sculpture
1951-54: Atelier 17, New York City – Director: also instructor in printmaking
1953-77: Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass. * Sculpture, drawing & printmaking

Presented in Following Collections
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass.
Musuem of Modern Art, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Tel Aviv Museum, Israel
Georgia Museum, Athens, Ga.
Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Blanden Memorial Art Gallery, Ft. Dodge, Iowa
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Brooklyn Museum, Bklyn, N.Y.
New York Public Library (Main Branch-5th Avenue), New York
Print Club, Philadelphia, Pa.
Musuem of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I.
Chapman Memorial Gallery, Milwaukee-Downer College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.
National Gallery of Art (Rosenwald Collection) Washington, D.C.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.
United States Information Agency, Bonn, Germany
Joseph Hirshhorn Collection of American Art, Washington, D.C.
Print Council, New York
North Carolina Musuem of Art, Raleigh, N.C.
Guild Hall, Easthampton, Long Island
Newark Museum, New Jersey
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Simmons College, Boston, Mass.
Marion Willard Johnson
Grace Borgenicht
R. Philip Hanes, Jr. (Pres. Art Council of America)
Cleveland Museum
British Museum
Edgar Kaufman, Jr.
Bernard Reis
Harrison & Abromovitz
College of the Moly Cross Worcester, Ma. (cantor gallery)
Rutgers University – New Brunswick, N.J.
Fogg Museum – Harvard Mass.
Bawag Fondation – Wien (Amerikanische Graphic) 1913-1953

One-Man Exhibitions
1942 – Orrefors Galleries, New York City: Sculpture
1944 – Willard Gallery, New York City: Sculpture & Drawings
1945 – Willard Gallery, New York City: Sculpture & Drawings
1946 – Willard Gallery, New York City: Sculpture & Watercolors
1948– Willard Gallery, New York City: Sculpture & Paintings & Prints
1957 – Peridot Gallery, New York City: Sculpture
1958 – Brandies University, Waltham, Ma.: Sculpture & Paintings & Prints
1959 – Peridot Gallery, New York City: Sculpture
1960 – Nordness Gallery, New York City: Sculpture & Collages
1963 – Nordness Gallery, New York City: Sculpture & Collages & Collage Poems
1986 – Cantor Art Gallery, Worcester, Ma.: Sculpture
1991 – Sid Deutsch Gallery, New York: Sculpture, Paintings & Drawings

Biography
Peter Grippe, a member of the American Abstract Artists group, was born on August 11, 1912, in Buffalo, New York, and died on October 18, 2002, in Suffolk, New York. While primarily known as a sculptor working in bronze and clay, he created a portfolio of etchings by 21 artists (examples include Willem de Kooning, Jacques Lipchitz, and Peter Grippe himself) and 21 poets (including Frank O’Hara, Dylan Thomas, and Thomas Merton) in a work entitled 21 Etchings and Poems. The collective work took three years to print and was published by New York’s Morris Gallery in 1960.

Grippe was educated at the Albright-Knox Art School and the Art Institute of Buffalo. He moved to New York in the 1930s, and his work reflects a move into the Cubist and Surrealist schools. Grippe and his colleagues embraced Cubism with its openwork multidimensional view of the world and Surrealist imagery drawn from the subconscious thus bringing American sculpture into the modern era. As Grippe’s artistic and academic career progressed, he taught at several higher education institutions, including Brandeis University, where he was named the first professor of sculpture. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the category of fine arts in 1964.
Seven years after Grippe’s death, his widow, Florence, made a gift of his work, his personal collection of art, and his personal papers to the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. He had a gallery exhibition in the Susan Teller Gallery of New York in November 2010.