Portrait of John Newman
Photographer: Jim McHugh
© Jim McHugh

John Newman was born in Flushing, New York, in 1952. He is more widely recognised as a sculptor than a print maker, though he completed an impressive body of work at Tyler Graphics between 1989 and 1995. Newman undertook his artistic training at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Oberlin College in Ohio, and received an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 1975.

The subjects of both Newman’s sculptures and prints are intimate organic forms reminiscent of the inside of shells. The prints he produced at Tyler Graphics are delicately coloured abstract forms that often act as plans for his sculptural work.
Emilie Owens

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Born in Flushing, New York

Completes an independent study program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Attends Oberlin College, Ohio

Receives Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut

First solo exhibition, Installations, City University of New York Graduate Center Mall, New York; solo exhibition, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Included in exhibition, Six sculptures,Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts

Included in exhibition, Painting in relief, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Branch, New York

Included in exhibition, Sistovaris collection, Musee Athénée, Geneva, Switzerland

Included in exhibition, The Whitney biennial exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Receives grant from the American National Endowment for the ArtsIncluded in exhibition, Monumental drawings, Brooklyn Museum, New York

Included in exhibition, New acquisitions, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Included in exhibition, The combination print: 1980’s, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, New Jersey

Included in exhibitions: Art in place, Whitney Museum of American Art; Four Americans: aspects of current sculpture and Projects & portfolios: the 25th annual print exhibition, both at Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York

Completes ten mixed media prints at Tyler Graphics Ltd, Mount Kisco, New YorkReceives New York Foundation for the Arts grantIncluded in exhibition, The unique print: 70's into 80's, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Completes four lithographs and one mixed media wall sculpture, entitled Spin Off,at Tyler Graphics LtdReceives John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; appointed Director of Graduate Studies, Yale School of Art, Sculpture DepartmentIncluded in travelling exhibition, Innovation in collaborative printmaking: Kenneth Tyler, 1963-1992, originating at Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, JapanWorks with Kenneth Tyler and papermakers at the Fuji Paper Mill, Fuji, Japan, to produce papers for use in later work; travels to cities across Japan to give lectures with Kenneth Tyler and Steven Sorman

Completes mixed media prints Loop Hole and Loop Hole hand-colored at Tyler Graphics LtdSolo exhibition, John Newman: sculpture and works on paper, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana; included in exhibition, 20th international print biennial, International Center of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Commissioned by Dai Nippon Printing Company Ltd to create the sculpture Upward Turn for site of Center for Contemporary Graphic Art and Tyler Graphics Archive Collection in Uzumine, JapanCompletes lithograph Upward Turn, sculpture multiples On the Other Hand and linocut series Second thoughts at Tyler Graphics Ltd.

Included in exhibition, New in the nineties: a print and photography exhibition, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York

Included in exhibition, Queens artists: highlights of the 20th century, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York

Included in exhibitions: Selections from Tyler Graphics Ltd, Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Georgia; Pushing boundaries: lithographs from 9 American fine art presses, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Galleries, University of Cincinnati, Ohio

Included in exhibition, Forms that speak, Center for Contemporary Graphics and the Tyler Graphics Archive, Fukushima, Japan

Included in exhibition, New prints 2004/ Autumn, International Print Center, New York

Solo exhibition, Monkey wrenches and household saints: recent sculptures by John Newman, Clifford Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York; included in exhibition, Carroll Dunham, John Newman, Terry Winters: works on paper, Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany

Solo exhibition, Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri; included in exhibitions: Marks of intention: Abstract art on paper 1945-2005 and Vermillion Editions Limited: prints, multiples, artist's books 1977-92, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; New prints 2006/summer: colour, International Print Centre, New York

Solo exhibition, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; included in exhibition, Size matters: large-scale drawings from the MFAH collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Included in exhibition, American art since 1945: in a new light, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas

Solo exhibition, Instruments of argument: recent sculpture by John Newman, New York Studio School Gallery, New York

Solo exhibition, John Newman: sculptures and drawings, Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas

Solo exhibition, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York; included in exhibition, The invitational exhibition of visual art, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York

Solo exhibition, Everything is on the table, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; included in exhibition, DeCenter: an exhibition on the centenary of the 1913 Armory Show, Abrons Arts Center, New York

John Newman currently lives and works in New York City.

© Tyler Graphics Ltd; revised Emilie Owens, 2007; revised Julia Greenstreet, 2013

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