On 17 September 2009 RICHARD FILIPOWSKI: PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE will open
at ACME Fine Art, Boston. ACME Fine Art is delighted to present in this first
solo exhibition of artwork by Richard Filipowski in our gallery, a choice selection
of sculpture and painting created between 1948 and 1988. We are thrilled to
represent the estate of this multi-dimensional, multi-talented artist. A reception
from six to eight on Thursday evening (the 17th) will mark the opening. The
exhibition will run through 24 October.
Richard Filipowski (1923-2008) was a Polish émigré who began
art studies in Toronto at age sixteen. That was 1939, and it is notable that
in the same year he won his first important national competition - namely the
Vimy Memorial Poster Competition - in Canada. Filipowski continued his artistic
endeavors as a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago Bauhaus)
from 1942 to 1946. While there and under the tutelage of Lazlo Moholy-Nagy,
Filipowski pursued interests in painting, drawing, architecture, and sculpture,
and he began exhibiting his work at local galleries. In 1944, Filipowski’s
first big break came when his work was selected for a landmark group exhibition
at the Julian Levy Gallery in New York that was titled Imagery of Chess. The
artists comprising the “group” were expatriate European Surrealists
for the most part, and they included Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp among others.
Upon receiving his degree at I.I.T. in 1946, Filipowski
was invited by Moholy-Nagy to join the faculty there, and thus began a brilliant
teaching career that
spanned more than forty years. While in Chicago, Filipowski’s work was
included in numerous group exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, the
Illinois State Museum, the Benjamin Gallery, and at I.I.T. where he was honored
with a solo exhibition in 1947. Filipowski left the Chicago area when Walter
Gropius offered him the opportunity to develop and direct the Fundamentals
of Design program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1950.
Filipowski’s thirty seven year professorship at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology began with his appointment as Associate Professor of Visual Design
in the Department of Architecture in 1952. He was named Professor Emeritus
by M.I.T. in 1988.
Filipowski worked back and forth between two and three-dimensional
artwork throughout his career. Both aspects of his work - painting and sculpture – have
been widely exhibited and collected. In addition to those institutions already
mentioned, Filipowski’s work has been exhibited at the Fogg Art Museum
at Harvard University, the DeCordova Museum, the Institute of Contemporary
Art, Boston, the De Menil Museum, Houston, and the Noguchi Museum, in New York
City. Large scale commissioned sculptures were an important aspect of Filipowski’s
body of work. Some of those included commissions for Temple Israel, Swampscott
MA, Temple Emmanuel, Dallas TX, Temple B’rith Kodesh, Rochester NY, Trinity
Lutheran Church, Philadelphia PA, and the North End Branch of the Boston Public
Library. Today, examples of Richard Filipowski’s painting or sculpture
are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum
of Fine Arts, Boston, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Walter Gropius
House Museum among others.
ACME Fine Art’s RICHARD FILIPOWSKI: PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE
will be on view at the gallery until 24 October 2009.
For further information
about this exhibition or other gallery events, please contact the
gallery at 617.585.9551, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACME Fine Art and Design is located in Boston's Back
Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116. Gallery
hours are 11:00am to 5:30pm Tuesday through Saturday.