Brian Gross Fine Art
EXHIBITIONS
ARTISTS
GALLERY

the estate of Karl Benjamin
#12, 1980



#10, 1980



b. 1925 Chicago, IL
d. 2012 Los Angeles, CA

Education
1943    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1949    BA, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
1960    MA, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA

Awards
1983    Grant for Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
1989    Grant for Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts

Solo Exhibitions
2008    Karl Benjamin, Brian Gross Fine Art at One Post Street, San Francisco, CA
2007    Dance The Line—Paintings by Karl Benjamin, Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA
2007    Karl Benjamin: A Conversation with Color: Karl Benjamin, Paintings 1953-1995, Claremont Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
2006    Karl Benjamin: India Ink Drawings from the 1950's, Lawrence Markey Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2005    Selected Paintings: 1953-1994, The Claremont Community Foundation, CA
2005    Drawings 1950-1965, Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
2004    Paintings from 1950-1965, Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
2004    Alphabet Series: 1964-1965, Brian Goss Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2003    Stripe Paintings: 1979-1981, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2001    (Mostly) Random Rectangles, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
1995    LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA
1994    The Pomona Years, 1979-1994, A Retrospective, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Pomona, CA
1992    Paintings 1955-1990, Snyder Fine Art, New York, NY
1991    Recent Paintings, Fong-Spratt Galleries, San Jose, CA
1990-8    Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1990    A Ten Year Survey, The Art Galleries of Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA
1989    A Retrospective, 1955-1987, Shasta College, University of the Pacific and California State College, Fullerton, CA
1986    Recent Paintings, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1986    Eight Year Survey, Los Angeles Municipal Art Galleries, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA
1986    Hemmerdinger Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
1983    Chrysalis Gallery, Claremont, CA
1982    Stella Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1981    Abraxas Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
1981    Paintings of the 50s, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
1981    Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, WA
1980    Survey 1970-1980, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
1980    Cheney-Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA
1980    Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, WA
1980    Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1978-9    Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, WA
1975-9    Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1972    University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
1971    William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1968    Henri Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1968    Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
1964-6    Hollis Galleries, San Francisco, CA
1960-4    Esther-Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1962    Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
1961    Bolles Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1961    La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, CA
1959    Esther-Roble Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1958    Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
1958    Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
1955    Jack Carr Gallery, Pasadena, CA
1954    Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
1953    University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

Group Exhibitions
2007    After Image: Op Art of the 1960's, Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York, New York.
2007    Birth of Cool: California Art, Design and Culture at Midcentury, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA. Traveled to:Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA, 2008.
2007    Optic Nerve—Perceptual Art of the 1960's, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
2007    Painting <=> Design, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
2006    A Little SoCal Abstraction, Mandarin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006    Driven to Abstraction: Southern California and the Non-Objective World, 1950-1980, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
2006    Peace Tower (recreation of 1966 original) in conjunction with the Whitney Biennial: Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2005    Human Presence: Works from the Museum's Collection (The Geometry of Color/The Singular Body), San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
2005    The First 80 Years, Los Angeles Art Association, West Hollywood, CA
2005    Daimler Chrysler Collection: Minimalism and After III, Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany
2005    Conversations with the Collection: A Selection from the Permanent Collection, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2005    The LA that Influenced My Eye, Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2005    Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form 1940's-1970's, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2005    Twenty Years and Counting: An Exhibition Celebrating the dA Center for the Arts, dA Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA
2005    Collection Histories/ Collective Memories: California Modern, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
2004    The Los Angeles School: Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersley, June Harwood, Helen Lundeberg and John McLaughlin, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2004    American Art: Selections from the Collection, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
2004    Selections from the Permanent Collection, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
2004    Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form 1940s-70s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2001    Four Abstract Classicists: Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersley, and John McLaughlin, Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York, NY
2000    Vertical Chords, Harris Gallery, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA
1998    Elusive Paradise: Los Angeles Art from the Permanent Collection, Geffen Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1998    Convergence, The Art Galleries at Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA
1997    Geometric Abstraction 1937-1997, Snyder Fine Art, New York, NY
1997    Eyedazzlers, University Art Museum, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
1996    California Artists: Genres of the 20th Century, Henley Gallery, Chapman University
1996    Some Grids: The Theme of the Grid in 20th Century Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1996    On the Edge of America: California Modernist Art, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angles, CA
1996    California Focus, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
1993    Four Abstract Classicists, West Coat Hard Edge, Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993    Choice Encounters, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
1993    California: Art from the 1930s to the Present, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1992    Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1992    Phinney Gallery, Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs, CA
1991    Post War Geometric Concepts, Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York, NY
1990    Survey of Geometric Abstraction, Marc Richards Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1990    Turning the Tide: Early Los Angeles Modernists, 1920-1956, Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA; Laguna, CA; San Antonio, TX; Santa Barbara, CA; Palm Springs, CA
1989    Blueprints for Modern Living, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1989    A Decade of Abstraction, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
1988    The Linear Thread, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
1987    California's Painting from the 60s, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
1987    Contemporary Prints by West Coast Artists, Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, WA
1987    Pomona College Centennial Faculty Exhibition, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Pomona, CA
1987    Insights, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA
1986    R.C. Erpf Gallery, New York, NY
1985    Ten California Colorists, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA; Palm Springs, CA; Pomona, CA; Redding, CA
1985    Color Forms, Gallery at the Plaza, Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles, CA
1984    Color, Color, Color, Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1984    A Focus on California, Selections from the Permanent Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1984    The Twentieth Century: The SFMA, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
1982    Color in Contemporary Painting, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1981    Pacific Coast Museum Selection, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
1980    West Coast: Art for the Vice-President's House, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA; Washington, D.C.
1979    Art, Inc.: American Paintings from Corporate Collections, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Montgomery, AL; Indianapolis, IN; San Diego, CA
1979    Los Angeles Abstract Painting, University of California, Riverside, CA; Albuquerque, NM
1977    35th Biennial Exhibition of American Painting, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1977    Los Angeles Hard Edge: The Fifties and Seventies, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1977    4 From California, Dorothy Rosenthal Gallery, Chicago, IL
1976    Painting and Sculpture in California: the Modern Era, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA; Washington, D.C.
1971    Pacific Cities Loan Exhibition, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
1969    Los Angeles Annual Art Exhibition, Municipal Art Galleries, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA
1967    30th Biennial Exhibition of American Painting, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1967    The White House, Washington, D.C.
1966    85th Annual Exhibition of the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
1966    American Painting, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
1965    The Responsive Eye, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; St. Louis, MO; Seattle, WA; Pasadena, CA; Baltimore, MD
1966    Art Across America, Mead Corporation, M. Knoedler & Co., New York, NY; Toledo, OH; Cleveland, OH; Hartford, CT; Cincinnati, OH; New Orleans, LA; Philadelphia, PA
1966    The Colorists, 1950-1965, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
1966    California Artists, Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, TX
1966    Survey of Contemporary Art, Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, KY
1966    Denver Museum Annual, Denver Museum of Art
1964    New Accessions, USA, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO
1962    50 California Artists, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Minneapolis, MN; Buffalo, NY; Des Moines, IA
1962    Geometric Abstraction in America, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Boston, MA
1962    The Artist's Environment West Coast, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Oakland, CA
1961    Painting from the Pacific United States, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
1960    West Coast Hard Edge, Institute of Contemporary Art, London and Queen College, Belfast, Ireland
1960    Purist Painting, American Federation of Arts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Ithaca, NY; Louisville, KY; Syracuse, NY; Raleigh, NC; Columbus, OH
1959    4 Abstract Classicists, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA
1959    New Talent, American Federation of Arts, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS; New York, NY; Washington, D.C.
1957    California Drawings, Pomona College, Pomona, CA; Riverside, CA; Long Beach, CA
1956    Art in Architecture, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1955    10th Annual Newport Harbor Exhibit, Newport Beach, CA
1954    Artists Should Know, Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA
1953    Falk-Raboff Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Collections
Whitney Museum of American Art
Los Angeles County Museum
San Francisco Museum of Art
Wadsworth Athenaeum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Pasadena Art Museum
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Long Beach Museum of Art
Fine Art Gallery of San Diego
Berkeley Art Museum
Seattle Museum of Modern Art
Newport Harbor Art Museum
Israel Museum of Modern Art
University of Nebraska, Sheldon Memorial Gallery
Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art
Cheney Cowles State Museum
University of Utah
University of New Mexico
University of Washington, Henry Gallery
University of Redlands
Pomona College
Scripps College
Pitzer College
Claremont Graduate University
Harvey Mudd College
Mt. San Antonio College
Oakland Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
Tacoma Art Museum
Nevada Museum of Art
Washington State University
North Carolina Museum of Art
Houston Museum of Fine Art
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum

Bibliography
Humblet, Claudine, La Nouvelle Abstraction Americaine 1950-1970, Volume I, Milan: Skira Editore, 2003.
Schipper, Merle, "Karl Benjamin," California 5 Footnotes to Modern Art History, 1977.



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