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Francis CELENTANO (1928-2016)

Cathedral

acrylic on canvas

116 x 101 cm

1964

Francis Celentano (1928-2016) was a leading American abstract artist, whose work spanned hardedge, geometrical and color theory painting. His work was featured in many of the defining exhibitions of the 1960s-1970s, including the landmark Responsive Eye exhibition in 1965 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Kinetic and Optical Art Today at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York and at the Whitney Annual. During the 1960s, the pioneering New York gallery of Howard Wise represented Celentano, who left Manhattan in the late 1960s for a professorship at the School of Art at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he remained until his retirement in 1997. His work was featured in Extreme Abstraction at the Albright-Knox Gallery and Optic Nerve at the Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio. In 2010, the Hallie Ford Museum in Salem, Oregon organized a retrospective of his work. Pictures by Celentano are featured in many museums and institutions, including MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Stedelijk Museum, and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

EDUCATION

1958 Academy of Fine Arts, Rome
1954-57 MA Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, BA, New York University, Washington Square College


SELECTED ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2018 RCM Galerie, Paris
2010 Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR
2010 Laura Russo Gallery, Portland OR
2008 Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR
2005 Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, WA
2004 Laura Russo Gallery, Portland OR
2003 Gallery of Art, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
1997 Gordon Woodside/John Braseth Gallery, Seattle, WA
1995 "Francis Celentano: Selected Paintings 1954-1995," Gordon Woodside/John Braseth Gallery, Seattle, WA and SAFECO Mezzanine Gallery, Seattle, WA (40 year Retrospective)
1993 Gordon Woodside/John Braseth Gallery, Seattle, WA
1992 Whatcom Museum of History and Art (10 year retrospective), Bellingham, WA
1991 Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
1990 "Celentano at Safeco: Paintings by Francis Celentano 1975 1990," Safeco Plaza, Seattle, WA
1989 Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR
1986 Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Retrospective Exhibition, Portland, OR
1983 "Paintings by Francis Celentano," The Faculty Club, University of Washington, Seattle Fountain Gallery, Portland, OR
1982 Diane Gilson Gallery, Seattle, WA
1981 Diane Gilson Gallery, Seattle, WA, Glover Hayes Gallery, Seattle, WA
1978 Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
1975 Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
1973 Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
1971 Western Gallery, Western Washington State College, Bellingham Richard White Gallery, Seattle, WA
1969 Richard White Gallery, Seattle, WA
Arlene Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1968 Mountainclair Gallery, West Virginia University, Morgantown 1967 Seligman Gallery, Seattle, WA
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
1966 The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle Howard Wise Gallery, New York City
1961 Phoenix Gallery, New York City


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018, "Action <-> Reaction100 Years Of Kinetic Art", Kunstal, Rotterdam, Holland
2017, "Deceptive Space: Op Art from the New Orleans Museum of Art", Slidell Cultural Center, Slidell, Louisiana
2015-2016, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Buenos Aires, Argentina
"Momentum", Pablo Goebel Fine Arts, Mexico City, Mexico
2014 Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL
"Optic Nerve: The Art of Perception", Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
2013 "S M L", James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
"Geology", Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA,
2012 "Flashback," Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2011-12 " Collecting for the Future: The Safeco Gift and New Acquisitions," Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
2011 "OP Art=Illusion," Gallery Thomas, Munich, Germany
2008 "New American Abstraction 1960-1975", Gary Snyder Project Space, New York, NY
2007 "Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 60's," Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus OH
2005 "Extreme Abstraction," Albright- Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2003 "From The Collection," Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
1999-2000 "Bygone Modern," The Seattle Arts Commission and the Washington Convention and Trade Center, Convention Center, Seattle, WA
1997 "Celentano et Rafferty Nordal," Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
1995 "Washington: 100 Years, 100 Paintings," Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
1991 "Masterworks: Pacific NW Arts and Crafts Now," Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, "Contemporary Washington Art," National Governor's Association Annual Meeting, Washington State Convention and Trade Center, WA
1990 "A Crystal Ball for the Arts," Seattle, WA
1989 "Decade of Abstraction 1979-1989" (one of three featured artists), Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibition, Seattle Center, WA
1987 "Pacific Northwest Art Exposition," Seattle Trade Center, WA
"Bal Masque," Garden Court, Seattle Art Museum
"Microsoft Art Exhibition," Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
"Light," The NBBJ Group, Seattle, WA
"Focus: Seattle," San Jose Museum of Art, California
1986 "Northwest Impressions: Works on Paper," Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
"25th Anniversary," Fountain Gallery, Portland, OR
1985 "Bumberbiennale: Seattle Painting 1925-1985", Bumbershoot, Seattle Center, WA
"Color Camouflage," Corvallis Arts Center, Oregon
1982 "The Artist and the Air Brush," California State Univ., San Jose
"Invitational Exhibition," Cheney Cowles Memorial Museum, Spokane, WA
1981 "Art from Corporate Collections," Bellevue Art Museum, WA
1980 "National Mayors Conferences," Seattle Opera House
"Northwest Artists" A Review," Seattle Art Museum
"Contemporary Washington State Artists," Cranberry World Visitors Center, Plymouth, MA
"First Western States Biennial Exhibition," University of Hawaii, Honolulu;
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA; The Center for the Visual Arts Gallery, Normal, Il; The Santa Fe Festival of the Arts, NM
1979 First Western States Biennial Exhibition; Denver Art Museum; National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Art Museum "Governor's Invitational Exhibition," Washington State Capitol Museum, Olympia "Invitational Exhibition," Western Washington University, Bellingham
1978 "Tenth Street Days. The Co-ops of the 50's," Phoenix Gallery, New York City
"Tenth Street Now," Landmark Gallery, New York City
1977 "Northwest 77," Invitational Exhibition, Seattle Art Museum
1976 "Northwest Priorities," Seattle Art Museum
1975 "Northwest Artists Today," Part II," Invitational Exhibition, Seattle Art Museum
1975 "The Smith (College) Family Collects," Seattle Art Museum
"Northwest Painters Invitational," Washington State Fine Arts Gallery, Pullman
"The Governor's Invitational Exhibition, 1975," State Capitol Museum, Olympia, WA "Ourselves," And/Or Gallery, Seattle
1974-75 "60th Annual Exhibition of Northwest Artists," Juried Exhibition, Seattle Art Museum
1974 "Art of the Pacific Northwest," National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Seattle Art Museum; Portland Art Museum, OR "A Program to Encourage the Advancement of Environmental Art," sponsored by the Talcott Company, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City
1973 "New York Artists from West Broadway Gallery Soho," Rundeturn, Copenhagen
1972 "Inaugural Exhibition," West Broadway Gallery, New York City "Inaugural Exhibition," Pacific N.W. Arts & Crafts Center, Seattle "Movement, Optical Phenomena and Light," Albright-Knox Art Gallery, NY
1971 "Pacific Cities," Auckland City Art Museum, New Zealand (catalog) "The 73rd Western Annual," Denver Art Museum "Prints and Printmakers," The State of Washington Art Mobile,
1971-72 "Art for Public Places," The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
1970 "Group Exhibition," Washington State VIP Lounge, World's Fair, Osaka, Japan "Francis Celentano – Leroy Lamis," Tacoma Art Museum, WA
1969 "Prospect: Northwest and Prospect: U.S.A.," Seattle Art Museum "Arch over Nowhere -Thirteen West Coast Artists," Chico State College, CA "Art and Machines -Motion, Light and Sound," Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
1969- 71 "Artists Abroad," Institute of International Education, Graham Gallery, New York City: Traveling exhibit, University of California, Los Angeles; Denver Art Museum; Chicago Arts Club; National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Inst., Washington, D.C., l970; Miami-Dade Junior College; Eastern Illinois University, Charleston; Canton Art Institute, Ohio, 1971 (catalog)
1968 "Plus by Minus: Today's Half Century," Second Buffalo Festival of the Arts Today, Albright-KnoxArt Gallery, NY (catalog) "Second Annual Invitational," Kent State University, OH "18th Annual Northwest Printmakers Exhibition," Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Cheney-Cowles Gallery, Spokane, Honorable Mention (catalog)
1967 "Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY " Recent Acquisitions in Painting and Sculpture", Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY " Optical Art", Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1966, "Art with Optical Reaction", Des Moines Art Center, IA
1965 " The Responsive Eye", Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; City Museum of Saint Louis, MO ; Seattle Art Museum, WA ; Pasadena Art Museum, CA ; Baltimore Museum of Art, MD "Computer Generated Pictures", Howard Wise Gallery, New York, NY (Painted Chamber shown with computer generated prints by A. Michael Noll and Bela Julesz) " Kinetic and Optical Art Today", Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY "Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1964 " Motion and Movement", Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH 1961-63 " Recent American Painting and Sculpture", Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (traveling exhibition)
1958 "Fulbright Painters", Smithonian Institution, Washington DC (traveling exhibition)