Photo courtesy of UB Art Gallery, University at Buffalo, New York

Born in Buffalo in 1930, Allan D’Arcangelo is famous for his iconic treatment of the American highway landscape. The early versions of these flat, monochromatic canvases with their petrol station logos were typical of the Pop Art movement, but D’Arcangelo’s later works have a more abstract quality. He worked at Gemini GEL with Kenneth Tyler in 1966 to create the Untitled print featured in the National Gallery’s collection.

This lithograph is typical of D’Arcangelo’s early work; giving the sensation of travelling at speed in a car as the lines on the road rush past.
Emilie Owens

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Born in Buffalo, New York, June 16

Receives Bachelor’s degree in History from University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

Studies painting at Mexico City College, Mexico

First solo exhibition, Galerie Genova, Mexico City, Mexico

Begins creating paintings of American highways for which he becomes renowned; included in exhibition The popular image, Institute of Contemporary Art, London;first New York solo exhibition at Fischbach Gallery, New York     

Teaches at School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, New York     

Included in exhibition, American landscape painting, Museum of Modern Art, New York; commissioned to paint a mural for the Transportation and Travel Pavilion for the World’s Fair in New York      

Included in exhibition, Comparaisons, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, France; solo exhibition, Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, Paris, France    

Works with Kenneth Tyler at Gemini GEL, Los Angeles, California, on the four colour lithograph Untitled      

Solo exhibition, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany; included in Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil      

Included in exhibition, Two decades of American prints 1947-1968, Brooklyn Art Museum, New York    

Receives the National Institute of Arts and Letters Annual Award     

Solo exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York    

Teaches at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York      

Included in exhibition, Printed art: a view of two decades, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Teaches again at School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, New York   

Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship   

Allan D’Arcangelo died on December 17, 1998, in Manhattan, New York.

Emilie Owens  2007
This chronology provides an overview of selected biographical information, major solo and group exhibitions held within the artist's own lifetime.

Further information will be added to this site as the National Gallery proceeds with its research and documentation.

Last updated January 2017