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Irma Cavat

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20110514103318-irma

Birthplace
Brooklyn NY

Lives in
Santa Barbara CA

Works in
Santa Barbara CA

Representing galleries

Statement

IRMA CAVAT


A native of Brooklyn, Irma Cavat became a professional artist in her early 20s. She studied with Russian sculptor, Alexander Archipenko and at the New School for Social Research in New York, and modeled for French surrealist painter, Renee Magritte. Her creative impulses continued to propel her in many directions. Cavat designed the windows of FAO Schwartz toy store on Fifth Avenue, illustrated science fiction books, and designed her own jewelry. As a young artist in the early 1950s, she worked with Willem De Kooning and became part of the Abstract Expressionist group, which included Jackson Pollack and Larry Rivers. Her awards include residencies at Yaddo in New York, the McDowell Colony in Maine, the Djerassi Foundation in Northern California, and a Fulbright Grant to Rome, Italy. She resided in Rome from 1955 to 1964, where her daughters, Karina (of New York City) and Nika (of Venice, California) were born. Cavat then moved to Santa Barbara and became a Professor of Art at UCSB from 1965 to 2000. It was during this early move back to the United States that she began to paint figuratively.  The house in Santa Barbara – a hundred year old converted barn – became the locus for visiting artists, writers, filmmakers, and academics from around the globe. It also offered on-going inspiration for Cavat’s subject as she grew pomegranates, avocadoes, and a bountiful flower garden. From the mid-80s until the time of his death in 2002, sculptor George Rickey used her California home as a winter studio. In 1995, in collaboration with landscape architect, Isabelle Greene and Walter Kohn, a Nobel laureate in theoretical physics, Cavat helped create the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Sadako Peace Garden on the 50th anniversary of the Hiroshima tragedy. She has lived for extended periods of time in Paris and Provence, Athens, and London. An avid traveler, she has also journeyed to the open markets of Morocco, Tenamen Square in China, the Taj Mahal in India, and throughout parts of Turkey, Japan, Hungary, the Baltic States, and Russia.  Each country she visited offered rich motivation for her paintings. Cavat continues to reside in Santa Barbara. Her family includes grandchildren, Hunter and Aurora.


Born November 23, 1928, Brooklyn, New York

CONTACT: Natalie Grey

The Happening Gallery

4045 Lincoln Blvd.

Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

310-305-2787

Education

1952             Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris, France (drawing)

1950-1951    New York University, Washington Square, New York (drawing)

1948-1950    Jose De Creeft, New York, (sculpture)

1945-1947    Alexander Archipenko, New York City and Woodstock, New York (sculpture)

1944-1950    The New School for Social Research, New York (Art History, Gestalt Psychology,

and painting)

1942-1945    Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, New York

1942              Academy of Allied Arts, New York

Solo Exhibitions

1994            Cline Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1989            Preston Burke Gallery, Detroit, Michigan

1988            Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, California, Arpel Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

1986            Ventura College, Ventura, California

1986             Feingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, California

1984            Kennedy Galleries, New York, New York

1984            Arlington Galleries, Santa Barbara, California

1981             M. Shore Gallery, Montecito, California

1979            Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida

1978            The Seven Deadly Sins, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

1977            Gallery PM, Santa Barbara, California

Arwin Galleries, Detroit, Michigan

1974            Arwin Galleries, Detroit, Michigan

1974            Paintings in the Round: Homage to the Still Life, Fairtree Gallery, New York

1973            Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, California

1971            Newport Art Association, Newport Beach, California

Main Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Arwin Galleries, Detroit, Michigan

Sherman Foundation Center Gallery, Corona del Mar, California

1970           Il Tribbio Gallery, Trieste, Italy

Mural, Hotel Plaka, Athens, Greece

Drawings, Lithographs, Paintings, Scorpio Gallery, Rome, Italy

1969          Paintings and Drawings, Arwin Galleries, Detroit, Michigan

Feingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, California

New Media Gallery, Ventura College, Ventura, California

1968          Feingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, California

Forsythe Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Arwin Galleries, Detroit, Michigan

1967          A Street in Athens, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Arwin Galleries, Detroit, Michigan

1966          A Street in Athens, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

1964          Galleria Piazza di Spagna, Rome, Italy

Galleria Scorpio, Rome, Italy

1963           Galleria Scorpio, Rome, Italy

1962           Grinnell Galleries, Detroit, Michigan

1952           Galerie Huit, Paris, France

1951           Galleria IL Tribbio, Trieste, Italy

1950           Rosenthal Gallery, New York, New York

1948           Mural for Haitian Government, Centre d’Art, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

Group Exhibitions

2011             Sweet Tooth, The Happening Gallery, Marina Del Rey, CA

2003            The Years at UCSB, UC, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

1991            Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

1990            Faculty Show, The Club, UC, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

1989            Pittori Stranieri Gallery, Perugia, Italy

1988            Faculty Show, The Club, UC, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

1985            Faculty Show, The Club, UC, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

1984            West Art Publishing, St. Paul, Minneapolis

Easter Exhibition, Bartole and Ashton, Santa Barbara, California

Two Still Life Painters, Irma and Karina, Atkinson Galleries, City

College, Santa Barbara, California

1983          Faculty Show, UC, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, September-October

American Still-Life Painting, Kennedy Galleries, New York, New York

West Art Publishing, St. Paul, Minneapolis

1982          West Art Publishing, traveling catalogue, Minneapolis

Arlington Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

Kennedy Galleries, New York City, Exhibition of 20 major works.

1981         Elaine De Kooning and Her Inadvertent Collection, “Homage to Still Life”, San Francisco                        Museum, San Francisco, California

Contemporary Still Life and Floral Painting, Kennedy Galleries,

 

New York, New  York                                                  

1980         Painters of the Pacific Rim, Pace-Price Gallery, San Francisco, California

Four Western Artists, American Dance Machine, New York, New York

American Master Painters, Kennedy Galleries, New York, New York

Faculty Exhibition, UC, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

1979        Jewish Artist on California Faculties, Magnes Museum, San Francisco, California

Santa Barbara Arts Festival, M. Shore and Son Gallery, Santa Barbara, California                                    American Academy of Arts and Letters, Invitational,  New York, New York

1978          Galerie du Dragon, Paris, France

1977          The Gift, Feingarden Galleries, Los Angeles, California

1976           Arwin Galleries, Annual, Detroit, Michigan

1975           Annual Faculty Exhibition, UC, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

SOHO Gallery, New York, New York

1972           Annual Faculty Exhibition, UC, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

1971            Dohan Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1970            Gallery Di Silva, Santa Barbara, California

1969            I.C.A. Gallery London, England

1968            Drawing in California, New Media Gallery, Ventura, California.

Faculty Exhibition, University Art Museum, UC, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara Collections, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara,  California

1967           New Techniques, Unitarian Church, Santa Barbara, California

Newcomers, Lecture-Demonstration, Santa Barbara, California

Faculty Exhibition, University Art Museum, UC, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

Critic’s Choice Exhibition, Long Beach Museum, Long Beach, California

1964          Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

Faculty Exhibition, University Art Museum, UC, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

1961         The Zellerbach Collection, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco,  California

The Artist Depicts the Artist, Nordness Gallery, New York, New York

1960        Ten Americans, Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy

Festival of Two Worlds, Invitational Spoleto, Italy

Biannual Exhibition, Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan

Five Women Painters, Invitational, Old Town Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

Galleria Appunto, Milan, Italy

1959       American Academy in Rome, Italy

1958       Festival of Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy

American Academy in Rome, Italy

Galleria Schneider, Rome Italy

1957       American Academy in Rome, Italy

Galleria Gratticielo, Milan, Italy

Galleria Schneider, Rome Italy

1955      Recent Drawings USA, Invitational Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, NY,  New York

Annual Invitational Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York

1954      Annual Invitational Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York

1947           Provincetown Art Association, Invitational, Massachusetts

 

 

Selected Articles and Reviews

2008        Patty Look Lewis Gallery, Casa Magazine, “Brush Strokes that Elicit Subtext” Woodard, Josef, Santa Barbara News Press, “Nature Once Removed

2002       Woodard, Josef, Santa Barbara, California, Art Scene, “Painting above and Beneath                                The Surface.”

1999        Walker, Marina, Santa Barbara News Press, “Small Landscapes, Large Objects.” 1998         San Luis Obispo County Telegram-Tribune, “Mother and Daughter talk about the                           Weather.”

1994         Deats, Suzanne, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Focus, “’Memorable Moments:’ Irma Cavat

sees the Whole History in the Details of Everyday.”

1984         Kennedy Galleries, News brief number 1, volume II, “Tabby” Prize.

1966          Los Angeles Times, April.

1964          Il Messagero, Daily American, Rome, Italy.

1963          Il Tempo; Fiera Letteraria; Daily American, Rome, Italy.

1961          New York Herald Tribune.

1960           Il Messagero, Il Tempo, Daily American, Rome, Italy.

Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Detroit News.

1958 Chicago Tribune, Chicago Daily News.

Il Messagero, Daily American, Spoleto, Italy and New York Herald-Tribune:

“Festival of Two Worlds.”

1955         Art News; Arts, New York Times, New.

New York Herald-Tribune, Drawings.

1954          Brooklyn Museum, New York, Art News, March.

1952          Galerie Huit, Paris France, Arts; Combat; L’Actualite, Paris.

1949           Provincetown News, Art Association, Provincetown Masschusetts.

1948           Centre d’ Art, Journal d’Haiti, Port-au-Prince Haiti, July.

1947           Provincetown News, Art Association, Provincetown, Massachusetts.

 

Commissions, Awards, Grants

2000 Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Sadako Peace Garden, UCSB

1985           Benaventura, Trompé l’oueil Murals- commission

1984           Djerassi Foundation – Resident Fellowship

1983           Five Points Trompé l’oueil Murals- commission

1980           American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York City

1979           American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York City

1950           Yaddo Fellowship, Saratoga Springs, New York

1956           New York University Scholarship to the Art School

1957           Rome, Italy- Fulbright

1958           Rome, Italy- Fulbright

Collections

Albion College, Michigan

Glendale College, Phoenix, Arizona

The Bishop Vogeley, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Mrs. Gertrude Berg, New York City

Nettie Rosenstein, New York City

John Ciardi, Metuchen, New Jersey

Gardner Peabody, Boston, Massachusetts

Rod Steiger, Hollywood, California

Mr. Mrs. Lrving Stone, Beverly Hills, California

Mme Claire Booth Luce, The Zellerbach Collection, San Francisco

M. Sandoz, Switzerland

Senor F. Echavarria, Bogota, Columbia

The Johnson Collection, London

Laurence Fleischman, Detroit

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan

 

 

 


 

Recent Exhibits

Irma Cavat participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2011 View from Here: Santa Barbara Artists in the Permanent Collection
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
 
Oct, 2011 View from Here: Works by Santa Barbara Artists in the Permanent Collection
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
 
May, 2011 SWEET TOOTH
The Happening Gallery
 
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