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John Alexander

biography
Born in 1945 in Beaumont, Texas, Alexander remained in southeast Texas until entering graduate school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1969. Upon completing an MFA in 1970, he moved to Houston, established a studio and became a member of the art faculty of the University of Houston. In the late 1970’s Alexander left Texas for New York where he is to this day. The artist currently divides his time between New York City and Amagansett. John Alexander has exhibited extensively in the United States and around the world, most recently in Beijing. He has had a major retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

His work is included in the permanent collections of leading museums including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Dallas Museum of Art; The Meadows Museum in Dallas, The McNay Museum in San Antonio, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Nevada Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, as well as many other distinguished public and private collections worldwide.

EDUCATION
1970 M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1968 B.F.A. from Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009
John Alexander, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2008
John Alexander: Drawings. Hemphill Fine Art, Washington DC
John Alexander: A Retrospective. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
John Alexander: New Paintings, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
John Alexander. Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY
John Alexander: New Drawings, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
John Alexander: Recent Paintings, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA 2007
John Alexander: New Works on Paper. Eaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL
John Alexander: A Retrospective. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC 2006
John Alexander, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA 2005
John Alexander: The Sea! The Sea!, Eaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL
John Alexander: Recent Observations, The Butler Institute of American Art. Youngstown, OH 2004
John Alexander, J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, FL
John Alexander, Bentley, Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2003
Dishman Gallery of Art, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
JA: 35 Years of Works on Paper. Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
JA Print Retrospective. School of Art Gallery, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
The Ralls Collection, Washington DC

2002
Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art, Dallas, TX

2001
Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1999
New Monoprints, Marlborough Graphics, New York, NY
The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC

1998
Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA

1997
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX

1996
Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD
Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA

1995
Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Allene Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX

1994
Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX

1993
Erika Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1992
Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Galeria Alfred Wild, Bogota, Colombia
Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1991
Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Earl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX

1990
Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY

1989
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
Galeria Freites, Caracas, Venezuela
Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX

1988
The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; traveled to The Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX
Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Galerie Herve Odermatt, Paris, France

1987
Marlborough Fine Art, London, Great Britain

1986
Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY

1985
Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
F.I.A.C., Grand-Palais, Paris, France
Galerie Herve Odermatt, Paris, France

1984
New Narrative Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL; traveled to Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, Mexico; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ American Drawings
1984: from A-Z, Sutton Gallery, New York, NY
New Landscape Painting (organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
Palazzo Ducale, Gubbio, Italy
John Alexander, Sam Gummelt, Philip Renteria, Gael Stack, Janie C. Lee Gallery, Houston, TX
Personal Views, Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
36th Annual Purchase Exhibition, Hassam and Speicher Fund, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

1983
Sacred Artifacts and Objects of Devotion, Alternative Museum, New York, NY
1984:A Preview, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, The Village Voice, New York, NY
New Work, New York, Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ
Invitational Exhibition, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York, NY
Southern Rim 2: The Narrative Tradition in the Arts, Birmingham-Southern College and the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

1982
War Games, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Fine Arts Gallery, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL; traveled to Metropolitan Museum, Coral Gables, FL
Atomic Salon, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Recent Acquisitions, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1981
Southern Monumental Exhibition, University Gallery, Memphis State University, Memphis, TN
The Image of House in Contemporary Art, Lawndale Annex, University of Houston, Houston, TX
New York Gallery Showcase, Oklahoma Art Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

1979
Made in Texas, University Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
On The Right Bank of the Red River, The Root Art Center, Hamilton, NY
Fire, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
On Paper, Institute of Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum, Richmond, VA
Group Exhibition, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY
Guest Artists’ Exhibition, Maryland Institute, Baltimore, MD

1978
Art of Texas, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis, IN
Four Houston Artists, University Art Gallery, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
The Art of Texas, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
Landscape, Cityscape: Survey of Urban and Rural Lands in the 70s, Brainerd Art Gallery, State University College at Potsdam, Potsdam, NY

1977
Six Painters of the Southwest, Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Drawing Exhibition, Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
19th Annual Eight State Exhibition, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK
1977 Artists Biennial, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
The 35th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1976
Philadelphia-Houston Exchange, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PE
Annual Exhibition, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Selections for New-Old Collections, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
National Print and Drawing Annual Exhibition, Davidson College, Davidson, NC

PUBLICATIONS
2000
de Lima Greene, Alison. Texas 150 Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, NY, 2000.

1998
Driscoll, John & Skolnick, Arnold. The Artist and the American Lanscape, First Glance Books, 1998, p. 87.

1994
Elliott Bevlin, Marjorie. Design Through Discovery: An Introduction to Art & Design, 6th edition, Harcourt Brace College Publishing, 1994.

1993
Tuchman, Maurice. The Mask as Art: Masquerade, San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1993.

1991
Sims, Robert Stokes, Lisa M. Messinger and Robert Rosenblum. The Landscape in Twentieth-Century American Art: Selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: The American Federation of Arts and Rizzoli, 1991.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, The University of Texas, Austin, TX
The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK
Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC
Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
National Museum of America Art, Washington, DC
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs, CA San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Texas A& M University, College Station, TX
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ