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Taos, NM  87571
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 Lawrence Calcagno (1913-1993)  

Lawrence Calcagno was born in San Francisco in 1913 and grew up on his father's ranch near Big Sur in a remote part of California.  During his formative years he was isolated from society and the conventional experiences that mold the values and images of an individual's world. 

He began to draw at an early age, learning from nature and developing the strong empathy and awareness of its forces that marked his later work.  He was self-taught until after World War II when he studied painting under the G.I. Bill in San Francisco with Clyfford Still, and in Paris and Florence.  He soon developed a personal imagery of abstract metaphors of nature.

Calcagno began showing in Paris at the Facchetti Gallery in 1952.  He met Martha Jackson in 1953, and the next year participated in a show at her legendary gallery in New York.  During that spring Martha Jackson visited Paris where Calcagno introduced her to the painters John Hultberg, Sam Francis and others whose work she later collected and exhibited. 

When Calcagno returned to New York from five years in Europe, he had his first one-man show at the Martha Jackson Gallery.  He visited several universities as artist-in-residence--the University of Alabama, the Albright School of the University of Buffalo, and the University of Illinois. 

During 1959-60, Calcagno taught at New York University and accompanied one-man exhibitions of his work to Lima, Peru, Mexico City, London, and Copenhagen.  In 1965 he was awarded a Ford Foundation grant and was named to the visiting Andrew Mellon Chair of Painting at Carnegie-Mellon University. He was visiting artist-in-residence at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 1968-69.  He was awarded fellowships by the Yaddo Foundation in Saratoga Springs, New York; the Macdowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire; and the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. 

The Smithsonian circulated an exhibition of Calcagno's works on paper during 1973-75.  In 1983, the Mitchell Museum in Mount Vernon, Illinois, organized a touring retrospective exhibition of his work that traveled to ten regional museums for two years.  During 1987, one-man exhibitions of his work were shown at the Harwood Foundation Museum in Taos, New Mexico; and at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York City. 

He was awarded a USIA - USSR Cultural Exchange grant in 1988 and traveled and lectured in Russia.  The National Endowment for the Arts honored Calcagno with a major painting grant in 1989.

LAWRENCE CALCAGNO showings - Catalogued Exhibitions 

Special Collection
Friday, November 14, 1997 - Saturday, January 10, 1998
Anita Shapolsky Gallery, 152 East 65th Street, New York, New York 10021, United States 

1992 Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1987 Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York
1984 Foundations Gallery New York, Roanoke Museum of Fine Art Roanoke, VA
1983 The New Gallery, Taos, NM
1983 New Gallery, Taos, NM Traveling Retrospective, Nine regional museums
1982 The New Gallery, Taos, NM Traveling Retrospective, Nine0 regional museums
1978 Stables Gallery, Taos, NM
1977 Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1976 Contemporary Art Center, Honolulu,HI
1973 -1975 Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Solo traveling exhibition: “ Permutations: Earth, Sea, Sky”
1970-1972 Meredith Long Houston Galleries, Houston, TX
1968-1969 Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI Meredith Long Houston Galleries, Houston, TX
1967 Westmoreland County Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA
1966 Ester Robles Gallery, Los Angles, Ca
1965 Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
1962 Martha Jackson Gallery New York, NY
1961 Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City, Mexico
McRobert and Tunnard Gallery, London, England
1960 Martha Jackson Gallery New York, NY
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
1959 Fairweather-Hardin Gallery, Chicago, IL
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 

Selected works currently in our inventory :

Images are not to scale.

"Horizontal Line", oil on canvas - 1966
  60 H x 70 W

"Abstract Landscape", oil on masonite - 1961
10" H x 5 1/8" W

"Cosmicscape XI", acrylic on cotton - 1974-76
  52 H x 48 W

"Red Cloud", oil on canvas- 1970
  41 1/4inches x 78 inches