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Artist: WILLIAM BAZIOTES
Title: Academy Study
Retail Price: $3,000.00
Gallery Price: $1,950.00
Medium: PENCIL & CRAYON ON PAPER
Description: Provenance: Acquired from the artist’s family
Location: Long Island, NY
William Baziotes /1912 – 1963/
was born on June 11, 1912, in Pittsburgh, to parents of Greek origin. He grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he worked at the Case Glass company from 1931 to 1933, antiquing glass and running errands. Baziotes began his formal art training in 1933 at the National Academy of Design in New York City where he graduated in 1936. He taught through the Federal Art Project in from 1936-1938 and worked on their WPA Easel Project from 1938-1940.
In the 1940s he became friends with many artists in the emerging Abstract Expressionist group. Although he shared the groups' interest in primitive art and automatism, his work was more in line with European surrealism Later in his career he taught extensively. His first solo exhibition was at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century Gallery in 1944.
With David Hare, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko, Baziotes founded the “Subjects of the Artist School” in New York in 1948. He also taught at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, People's Art Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and at the City University of New York, Hunter College and New York University in Manhattan during the last ten years of his life.