Arthur Secunda in his welding studio, Glendale, California
Photographer: Susan RUBINSTEIN

Born Arturo Secunda in New Jersey in 1927, Arthur Secunda has maintained a broad and constant association with the arts in America for over 60 years. He studied at New York University prior to serving as a staff artist to the United States Air Force in World War II and, following the war, studied at the Art Students League. Secunda’s oeuvre includes prints, paintings and sculpture and he has worked as a curator, a teacher and an arts critic. He was the founding editor of the journal Artforum in 1963 and came to work at Gemini Ltd on several print editions in 1965.

The looters, Peace brother and Negro owned are good examples of the striking collage graphics for which Secunda is renowned. The works use images taken from contemporaneous media to address issues of racial tension and war that were at the forefront of American society in the mid 1960s.
Emilie Owens

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Born Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

Conscripted for Army Air Force, serving as staff artist with Special Services

Studies at New York University, New York and Art Students League, New York where he comes under the influence of Harry Stenberg, Reginald Marsh, Julian Levy and Robert Beverly Hale

Studies at Académie Julian and Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris under Andre Lhote and Ossip Zadkine; further studies at Istituto Meschini, Rome and Esmeralda Escue, Coyoacan, Mexico with Jose Ruiz and Antonio Lazo

Solo exhibition, Galerie Lucien Gout, Montpellier, France

Lives in Mallorca, Spain

Moves to Santa Barbara, California where he works as Curator of Education, Santa Barbara Art Museum, California
Produces and hosts radio broadcast “Arts of all times”, on KTMS Channel 3

Co-founder, Gallery 8, Santa Barbara

Inaugural editor of journal, Artforum

Completes editions of Peace brother, Negro owned, The looters, at Gemini Ltd., Los Angeles

Solo exhibition, La Jolla Art Museum, California

Completes editions of Search and David Stuart Galleries, at Gemini Ltd., Los Angeles

Solo exhibition, Richard Foncke Gallery, Ghent, Belgium; included in exhibitions: James Ensor Museum, Ostend, Belgium; National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

Included in exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Receives Tamarind fellowship, California
Solo exhibition, Memorial Union Art Gallery, University of California, Davis; included in exhibition, Oakland Museum, California

Solo exhibition, the Konstsalongen Kavaletten, Uppsala, Sweden
Receives grant from Centre Genevois de la Gravure Contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland

Receives Tamarind fellowship, Mexico

Included in exhibition, Alderich Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

Included in exhibition, San Jose Museum, California

Included in exhibition, Los Angeles County Institute of Contemporary Art, California

Included in exhibition, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Included in exhibition, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California

Solo exhibition, Fukui Cultural Center, Fukui, Japan

Solo travelling exhibition, organised by Galerie Cramer, Geneva travelled to Nagoya, Tokyo, Fukui, Sendai and Osaka; invited as a guest artist to the Otaki Imadate-Machi paper mill

Included in exhibitions, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah

Solo exhibitions: Roberts Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona; Las Vegas Art Museum, Nevada

Included in exhibition, the Greengate Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

Solo exhibitions: at McMasters University, Hamilton, Canada; Robert Roman Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona; Pfriem Gallery, Lacoste, France

Kate Buckingham, 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