BIOGRAPHY | LEE MULLICAN

Born in Chickasha, OK, 1919
Abilene Christian College, TX, 1937
University of Oklahoma, OK, 1939
Kansas City Art Institute, MO, 1941
 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC
James Cohan, NYC

2015
“Lee Mullican: Shatter Special,” Beverly Hills, CA
“Paintings 1956-1977,” Texas Gallery, Houston, TX

2014
“Meditations on a Line,” Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

2011
“Important Paintings from the 1950’s,” Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

2009
“Works from Rome,” Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

2008
“Paintings from the 1970’s,” Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Master Works,” Fenix Gallery, Taos, NM

2007
“Lee Mullican: Paintings 1952-1968, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006
“Lee Mullican: An Abundant Harvest of Sun,” Grey Art Gallery, NYC
“Lee Mullican: An Abundant Harvest of Sun,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Lee Mullican: Paintings from the Sixties,” Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

2004
“Lee Mullican: Drawings from the Estate,” Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

2001
“Lee Mullican, Drawing Retrospective,” Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

1999
“Lee Mullican: Selected Drawings 1945-1980,” Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

1995
“Lee Mullican,” Pavilion at the Botanic Garden, Munich, Germany

1993
“Pueblo Drawings,” Thibaud Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Realizing the Possible: The Art of Lee Mullican,” University of New Mexico, Hardwood Foundation, Taos, NM

1989
“Lee Mullican,” Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, CA
“Tribal Shots,” Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1987
“New Painting and Sculpture,” Charles Campbell Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1986
“Mullican at LACE,” Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibition, Los Angeles, LA

1985
Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Lee Mullican,” Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, CA

1980
“Lee Mullican, Selected Works, 1948-1980,” Galerie Schreiner, Based/New York and Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
“Lee Mullican: Retrospective,” Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA

1977
Stables Gallery of the Taos Art Association, Taos, NM

1976
“Lee Mullican: Paintings and Drawings,” Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

1974
Rose Rabow Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1973
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

1972
Contemporary Art Gallery, Patrick Shannon, Santa Fe, NM

1971
Jodi Scully Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Jodi Scully Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1970
Rose Rabow Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1969
“Lee Mullican Paintings 1965-1969,” UCLA Art Galleries, Los Angeles, CA

1968
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile

1967
Willard Gallery, NYC
Silvan Simone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK

1966
Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

1965 San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Silvan Simone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1964
Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA

1963
Rose Rabow Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1961
Pasadena Art Museum (retrospective), Pasadena, CA
Gifford Phillips Collection at UCLA Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1959
Santa Monica Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Willard Gallery, NYC
Paul Kantor Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

1958
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA

1955
Alexander Rabow Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1954
Paul Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1953
Gump’s Gallery, San Francisco, CA


1952
Willard Gallery, NYC

1951
Philbrook Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK

1950
Willard Gallery, NYC

1949
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
“Art of Northern California: Three Stories,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (upcoming)

2015
“Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War,” The Museum of Modern Art, NYC
“Transcendence: Abstraction & Symbolism in the American West,” Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT
“The Art Show,” Art Dealers Association of America, NYC
“All Watched Over,” James Cohan, NYC
“Selections from the Joann and Gifford Phillips Gift,” New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
“This is not a Connection,” Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014
“Lee Mullican & Cameron,” Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Western Light, Ecstatic Landscape,” Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID
“Santa Monica Originals,” Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
“Highlights from the Gus Foster Collection,” The Hardwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
“California Contemporary Modernists: a Virtual Exhibition,” Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013
“Down to Earth: Modern Artists and the Land, Before Land Art,” LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
“Unruly,” Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
“Highlights from the Harwood Museum of Art’s Collection of Contemporary Art,” Harwood Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Selections from the Grunwald Center and the Hammer Contemporary Collection,” Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

2012
“Local Color,” San Jose Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
“Selections of American Modernism,” Aeron Payne Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
“Conversation with the Curators: Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, 1952-1969,” Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
“Pacific Standard Time Art in Los Angeles 1950-1980,” Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
“Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, 1952-1969,” Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

2011
“Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California,” Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
“Abstract Now and Then Exhibition,” Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
“Taos Moderns,” Aaron Payne Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

2009
“Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
“The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia: 1860-1989,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC

2008
“Traces du Sucre,” Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
“100 Works/100 Artists – A through Z,” The Annex Galleries, Santa Rosa, CA

2006
“Drawings: The Hand of the Artists,” Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Shifting Dimensions: Sculptors on Paper,” Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Driven to Abstraction: Southern California and the Non-Objective World, 1950-1980,” Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

2005
“California Gold,” Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003
“Holiday Highlights,” Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002
“Creative Transitions,” Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Creative Transition II,” Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2000
“Made in California: Art, Image and Identity 1900-2000,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Flight Patterns,” Museum of Contemporary Art at the Geffen, Los Angeles, CA

1996
“Fifteen Profiles: Distinguished California Modernists,” Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA

1995
“Pacific Dreams: Currents of Surreality in Early California Art,” Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

1992
“Paintings of the Inner World, Color in Space,” Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Dynaton, Before and Beyond,” Frederick R, Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
“Light and Color – Dynaton Painters,” Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1990
“Turning the Tide: Early Los Angeles Moderns 1920-1950,” Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

1989
“Mullican & Mullican,” Johnson Gallery, University Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM

1988
“Computer Art,” IBM Gallery, Syracuse University, New York
“Moderns in Mind,” A Rothko Foundation Exhibit, Artists Space, NYC

1987
“Visions of Inner Space,” Wight Art Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
“The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985,” Hague Eemeente Museum, Netherlands

1986
“New California Painting,” Rancho Santiago College Art Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
“Moderns in Mind,” Artists Space, NYC
“Dede Bazyk/Lee Mullican,” LACE, Los Angeles, CA
“The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985,” Los Angeles, CA

1985
“Sunshine and Shadow,” Fisher Art Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
“Sculptors and Their Graphics,” Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1984
“Surrealism in California,” Fisher Art Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

1983
“Drawings by Painters,” Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1982
“Exhibition of Contemporary L.A. Artists,” Nagoya City Museum, Nagoya, Japan
“L.A.: Contemporary Paintings,” Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1981
“Abstraction in L.A., 1950-1980,” University of California, Irvine, CA

1980
“Contemporary Panting in California,” High Museum, Atlanta, GA
“California Painting – The Essential Modernist Framework,” California State University, Los Angeles, CA
“History of California Painting,” San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
“Light and Color: Images from New Mexico,” Sheldon Memorial Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

1977
“Painting & Sculpture,” Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
“Five Footnotes to Modern Art History: Dynaton Revisited,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Private Images – Photographs by Painters,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

1976
“Paintings and Drawings in the Museum’s Collection,” Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
“California Painting and Sculpture:The Modern Era,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, LA

1972
“Tamarind: A Renaissance of Lithography,” The International Exhibitions Foundation, Washington D.C.

1969
“West Coast, 1945-1969,” Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA

1967
“10 Selected Artists,” Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Biennial, Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia, PA

1966
“Some Continuing Directions,” selected by Mr. and Mrs. Gifford Phillips, Balboa Pavilion, Newport Beach, CA
Centenaire de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paris, France

1965
“Tamarind Artists,” Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA
“75 th Anniversary Exhibition, Three Distinguished Artists from Oklahoma: Lee Mullican, Joseph Glasco, Leon Polk Smith,” Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

1964
Mount St. Mary’s College Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1961
“50 California Artists,” Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
“New Object,” Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Mount St. Mary’s College Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1955
III Bienal, Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo, Brazil

1953
Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
Detroit Museum of Art, Detroit, MI

1952
“American Art Annual,” Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC

1951
“Dynaton,” San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Stanford Art Gallery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
“American Painting Today,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

1950
“American Painting Today, 1950,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

 

SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center,
Colorado Springs, CO
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
France Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
The Huntington Art Collections, San Marino, CA
Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem
Museum of Art, University of California Davis, Davis, CA
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma, OK
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
San Francisco Municipal Collection, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA
Smith College Museum of Art, Smith College, Northampton, MA
Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
The Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY
Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, CA
Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC



TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1962
University of California Los Angeles, CA

1961
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

 

AWARDS

1964
Fellowship, Tamarind, Lithograph Workshop, Los Angeles, CA

1963
Institute of Creative Art, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

1959
Guggenheim Fellowship