Norman Kanter was a pioneering abstract painter in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City, moving there in 1959 and maintaining a studio on Chambers Street until his death. Born in West Virginia, he took his degree from Berkeley in 1956 and maintained professional ties to the West Coast throughout his career. He accepted visiting artist appointments in the Bay Area including UC Berkeley California College of Arts and Crafts. He also became associated with the Dilexi Gallery in San Francisco.
Kanter worked and exhibited in Provincetown in the late 1950s and in New York showed in numerous galleries including Martha Jackson. He taught at Pratt and NYC Technical College. Kanter received several prestigious awards during his lifetime including a Fullbright (1956), an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation grant (1986) and the Pollock/Krasner Foundation (1990).
1953 Chicago, Graphic Workshop, Chicago, Illinois 1953
Six Gallery, San Francisco 1954 Forum Gallery,
New York 1955 Oakland Museum, Oakland, California 1956, ’57, ’60
San Francisco Museum of Art 1958
Provincetown Art Gallery, Provincetown MA 1959
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York City 1959, ‘60
Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, California 1959, ’60
Area Gallery, New York City 1961
Ester Stuttman Gallery, New York City 1962
Gordon Gallery, New York City 1964
Berkeley Gallery, Berkeley, CA 1968
Van Der Voort Gallery, San Francisco,CA