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EMERSON WOELFFER (American, 1914-2003), Madrid, 1958, Gouache on paper, 27.5” x 19.5”

Private Collection, Washington
Acquired by descent directly from the above by the present owner

Emerson Woelffer

Emerson Woelffer (July 27, 1914 – February 2, 2003) was a prominent abstract expressionism artist and painter born in Chicago. He studied Education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1938 he joined the WPA Arts Program. At the request of Buckminster Fuller, Woelffer began a teaching career at Black Mountain College, and later taught at the California Institute of the Arts. Retrospectives of his work were held at the Santa Barbara Museum in 1964, the Phillips Collection in 1974, and the Otis Gallery in 1992. During his lifetime, exhibition venues included the Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Biennial, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Pennsylvania Academy.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1949 Black Mountain College
1950 Krannert Art Museum
1961 La Jolla Art Center
1964 Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1974 The Phillips Collection
1974 The Newport Harbor Art Museum
1978 Abe Adler Gallery
1983 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
1990 Manny Silverman Gallery

Selected Group Exhibitions

1943 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1948 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1949 The Whitney Museum of American Art
1951 Los Angeles County Museum of Art
1952 Carnegie Institute
1962 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1964 Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Selected Collections

Neuberger Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Colorado Springs Fine Art Center
Montana Historical Society
Museum of Art at Brigham Young University
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Portland Art Museum, Oregon
Yellowstone Art Musem