Lester Johnson


Lester Johnson was born in 1919 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the youngest of seven and grandchild of Swedish Homesteaders. After studying at the Minneapolis School of Art, and the St. Paul Art School, he came, in 1947, to New York City. His first studio (and home) was next door to Wolf Kahn on 6th Street and Avenue A, followed by a loft on St. Mark’s Place which he shared with Larry Rivers. He married Josephine Valenti, an art historian, in 1949, and moved into a house on 2nd Ave and 2nd Street – which was shared, again, with Wolf Kahn. After moving uptown, he continued to work downtown, in a studio on 222 Bowery. In 1961, he briefly left the city for an artist-in-residence position at Ohio State. After returning, and while sharing a studio on 10th St. with Philip Pearlstein, he was invited by Jack Tworkov to teach at Yale. He accepted and he and his wife, with their two children, Leslie and Anthony, moved to Milford, CT, where he taught and continued to paint in a studio behind their house. Summers were spent in Springs, Long Island (where Lester and Jo bought property in 1955), throughout his time at Yale as well as after moving to Greenwich, CT. Johnson lived briefly in Southampton where he died in 2010.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2013
Steven Harvey Fine Arts Project, New York, NY: ”Lester Johnson–Dark Paintings 1960-1965″
2011
Acme Fine Arts and Design, Boston, MA: “Lester Johnson – A Memorial Exhibition”
Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY: ”Lester Johnson—Last Paintings”
2010
Acme Fine Arts, Boston, MA: “Director’s Choice”
David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI: “The 60s”
2007
Acme Fine Art and Design, Boston, MA: “Oil Paintings from the 1960s”
2005
David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI: “Beach Series – East Hampton”
2004
James Goodman Gallery, New York, NY & David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI: “Four Decades of Painting”
Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA: “Prints”
2003
David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI: “Early and Late Works”
Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA: “The Crowd: Street Scenes from the 1960s & 1970s”
2002
Peter Findlay Gallery, New York, NY
Lillian Heidenberg, West Palm Beach, FL
Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2001
Lillian Heidenberg, West Palm Beach, FL
Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA: “Provincetown Watercolors of the 1950s”
2000
Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA: “Works on Paper”
1999
David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI
1998
Peter Findlay Gallery, New York
Denise Cadé & Joseph Rickards Gallery, New York, NY: “France & America”
Joseph Rickards Gallery, New York, NY: “An Overview of the Graphic Work”
1996
Peter Findlay Gallery, New York, NY: “The Sixties”
Denise Cadé Gallery in association with Joseph Rickards Fine Art, New York, NY: “Paintings and Works on Paper”
UFO Gallery Provincetown, MA: “Paintings and Watercolors”
1995
Margaret Lipworth Gallery, Boca Raton, FL: “Paintings from the 60s”
1994
Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY: “Paintings from the 60s”
David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI: “Recent Paintings”
1993
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
1992
Margaret Lipworth Gallery, Boca Raton, FL: “Recent Paintings”
Eva Cohon Gallery, Chicago, IL: “Recent Paintings”
1991
Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT: “A Print Retrospective 1960-1990”
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI “Recent Paintings”
1990
Gimpel Gallery, New York, NY: “Recent Paintings”
Paris-New York-Kent Fine Arts, Kent, CT: “A Selection”
1989
David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI: “Retrospective”
1988
Cone Editions, New York, NY: “35 Years of Prints”
Munson Gallery, New Haven CT
Goldman-Kraft Gallery, Chicago, IL
Walter Moos Gallery, Toronto, Canada: “Recent Works”
1987
Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto, Canada
Gallery Moos Ltd., New York, NY
Jack Schainman Gallery, Washington, DC: “Works on Paper 1960-87”
1986
Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto, Canada
Munson Gallery, New Haven, CT
1985
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI
David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1984
Munson Gallery, New Haven, CT
1983
Chicago International Art Fair (Donald Morris Gallery Booth) Chicago, IL
The PaperWork Gallery, Larchmont, NY
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY: “The Early Paintings”
1982
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, NY
1981
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI
1980
Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York, NY: “Street Scenes”
Gimpel-Hanover & Andre Emmerich Galerien, Zurich Switzerland
FIAC80 “Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporaine” Paris, France, Gimpel Gallery Booth
1979
Gimpel Fils, London, England
Gimpel Hanover & André Emmerich Galerien, Zurich, Switzerland
1978
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI
Ruth Schaffner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Peter M. David Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1977
Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto Canada
Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer, New York, NY: “The City”
1976
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
1975
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY: “Recent Paintings”
Livingston-Learmonth Gallery, New York, NY: “The 60s”
1974
Ruth Schaffner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Gallery Smith-Anderson, Palo Alto, CA
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI
1973
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto Canada
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL
Ruth Schaffner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Smith Andersen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1972
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
Tirca Karlis Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1971
Martha Jackson Gallery, NY: “The Human Situation: Street Scene 1969-71”
Meridian Gallery, London, England
1969
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY
Martha Jackson Graphics, New York, NY
BC Holland Gallery, Chicago, IL
1967
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
1966
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
1965
Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI
Anderson-Mayer Gallery, Paris, France
1964
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY
1963
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY
1962
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY
BC Holland Gallery, New York, NY
HCE Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1961
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
1960
HCE Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1959
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
City Gallery, New York, NY
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1958
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1957
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1956
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1955
Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1954
Korman Gallery, New York, NY
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1953
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1952
Artists’ Gallery, New York, NY
Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1951
Earl Pilgrim Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Artists’ Gallery, New York, NY