JOHN HULTBERG (1922 - 2005) Untitled Abstract 1949 Prize winner 69th Annual San Francisco Art Association Exhibition 1950 Oil on canvas, 32" x 48.5"
JOHN PHILIP HULTBERG (1922 - 2005). Abstract Expressionist Painter, Lithography.
John Hultberg was born in 1922 in Berkeley, California. Hultberg attended Fresno State College graduating in 1943 prior to entering World War II where he became a Navy lieutenant and served until 1946. After the war and with the assistance of the G.I. Bill he attended the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute). His teachers at the California School of Fine Arts included Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still and he was friends with Richard Diebenkorn who was also a mentor. In 1948 Hultberg along with James Budd Dixon, Walter Kuhlman, Frank Lobdell and George Stillman produced a portfolio of 17 lithographs which has been acknowledged as a landmark in Abstract Expressionist printmaking and the six artists became known as, “The Sausalito Six”.
In 1949 Hultberg moved to New York City and attended the Art Students League until 1951. A frequent traveler, he traveled to Paris in 1954 and while living there he received the Guggenheim Fellowship and continued to live in Europe until 1956. In 1956 Hultberg exhibited at the 6th Annual Exhibition at the Stable Gallery in New York. In 1963 Hultberg received the Ford Foundation fellowship to work at Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. In 1963 Hultberg would return to San Francisco to teach at the San Francisco Art Institute for a couple of years before traveling back east to live in Maine in 1971. Hultberg would travel frequently between Maine and New York and taught in New York City at Art Students League from 1990 until his death in 2005.
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Selected One Person Exhibitions: 1949 Contemporary Gallery, Sausalito, CA 1953 Korman Gallery, New York City, NY 1954 Fresno State College, Fresno, CA 1955 Through 1972 at the Martha Jackson Gallery, New York City, NY1956 Galleria Numero, Florence, Italy 1956 Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England 1957 Galerie Rive, Droite, Paris 1957 Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ 1958 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC 1958 Rockhill Nelson Gallery, Kansas City, MO 1958 Galleria Numero, Florence, Italy 1959 Through 1970 at the Galerie du Dragon, Paris, France 1959 Galleria dell Ariete, Milan, Italy 1959 Main Street Gallery, Chicago, IL 1960 Fairweather-Hardin Gallery, Chicago, IL 1960 Galleria Galatea, Turin, Italy 1960 Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA 1960 Through 1964 at the Ester Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1961 Through 1965 at the Piccadilly Gallery, London 1961 Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA 1962 The Museum of Malmo, Malmo, Sweden 1963 David Anderson Gallery, New York City, NY 1963 Through 1974 at the David Anderson Gallery, Paris, France 1963 Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico 1964 Through 1966 at the Galerie Anderson-Mayer, Paris 1965 La Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne, Switzerland 1967 Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii 1968 American Cultural Center, Paris 1968 Southhampton College, Southampton, New York 1987 Through 1989 at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York City 1989 University of Southern Maine, Portland 1990 The Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York City, NY 1992 Through to 1993 at Elaine Wechsler, New York City, NY 1994 Denise Bibro Gallery, New York City, NY
Museums and Group Exhibitions: 6th Annual Exhibition, Stable Gallery, New York, NY Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA Arizona State University Art Museum, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe, AZ Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden National Gallery of Art, Washington DC Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY, Purchase College, Purchase, NY Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA), San Francisco, CA Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Saint Francis College, Loretto, PA The Cummer Museum Of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, FL The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
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