William Morehouse

American

(1929 – 1993)

Biography

Born in San Francisco in 1929, William Paul Morehouse attended the California School of Fine Arts from 1947-50. Clyfford Still considered Morehouse one of his most talented students and asked him to function as his teaching assistant. Although one of the youngest students at the school, he was singled out by Marcel Duchamp during the dada artist’s visit to the campus in 1949. Along with a number of Styll’s other students from the CSFA, Morehouse helped to found Metart Galleries, among the first of San Francisco’s alternative exhibition spaces. Styll was to have a solo exhibition there in 1950. After returning from the Korean War as a Master Sergeant in the infantry (awarded a purple heart), Morehouse studied at the CCAC, then returned to the CSFA and received his BFA in 1954. Later in 1954, he was included in the group exhibition, Younger American Painters, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, along with deKooning, Diebenkorn, Motherwell and Jackson Pollock.

 

Select Solo Exhibitions

 

1954 Telegraph Gallery

1958 6 Gallery

1958 John Bolles Gallery

1961 Realities Gallery

1965 Harbor Gallery

1967 Richmond Art Center

1969 Galeriea Carl Van der Voort,

1979 Sunne Savage Gallery

1980 John Bolles Gallery

1982 Dana Reich Gallery

1995 Sonoma State University

 

Select Group Exhibitions

 

1951 California Palace of the Legion of Honor

1953 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1956 Cantor Museum of Art

1957 California Palace of the Legion of Honor

1959 The Whitney Museum of American Art

1959 California Palace of the Legion of Honor

1960 San Francisco Museum of Art

1961 California Palace of the Legion of Honor

1966 Boston Center for Contemporary Art

1970 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

1973 The Oakland Museum of California

 

 

 

Selected Collections

 

The Whitney Museum of American Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The Oakland Museum of California

Crocker Art Museum

Butler Institute of American Art

Cranbrook Art Museum

Smithsonian Institution

Smith College Museum of Art

University of California Berkeley Art Museum

William Morehouse

William Morehouse, 1959