John McLaughlin

Biography

John McLaughlin (1898 Sharon, Massachusetts – 1976 Los Angeles, California) is regarded as one of the most important American artists of the mid-twentieth century, although his work was widely acknowledged only towards the end of his career and received more attention especially during the past few years. McLaughlin is the most prominent of the “Hard Edge” painters of the late 1950s, who formed a counter movement to the emotionally charged Color Field painting of Abstract Expressionism. His images are characterized by strictly geometric compositions of few color sections. 


McLaughlin holds a singular position among this group of artists in that his artistic vision is grounded in Zen Buddhist philosophy. In his abstract paintings with their “neutral structure” (John McLaughlin) this influence becomes visible in the void, which viewers may fill with their individual experience of the present moment.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2012ED RUSCHA JOHN McLAUGHLIN LEWIS BALTZ, Galerie Thomas Zander, Köln.2010The New York Times, January 29, p. C25.1996Larsen, Susan. John McLaughlin, Western Modernism, Eastern Though: Essays         Distributed Art Publishers, 1996.1993Four Abstract Classicists, San Francisco Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum.1992Paintings and Prints –  1950-1975, London, 19921987Joslyn Art Museum. Paintings and Sculpture from the European and American             Collections. University of Nebraska Press, Omaha, Nebraska.1981John McLaughlin, Quadrat Bottrop – Morderne Galerie, Bottrop, 1981.1977California – 5 Footnotes to American Art History, Los Angeles, 19771973John McLaughlin Retrospective Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, 1973.1970 – 1971Les Morts de Newport Beach, Editions de l’Aquarium Agnostique, Valenciennes, 1995
Baudier, Dennis and Salling Morten. Lewis Baltz. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, 1995
The Deaths In Newport, CD-ROM, Paradox, Rotterdam, 19951963John McLaughlin A Retrospective Exhibition, Pasadena Art Museum, 1963.

Biography

Born 1898 in Sharon, Massachusetts, USA.

Died 1976 in Dana Point, California, USA.

Education

1962

Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

1961

Bachelor of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

Grants and Awards

1963

Tamarind Fellowship

1946

Visual Arts Award for individual artists, National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 – 2017

John McLaughlin. Paintings: Total Abstraction, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

2016

John McLaughlin. Paintings, Total Abstraction, BCAM 2, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

2014

John McLaughlin, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2007

John McLaughlin. The Tamarind Prints, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California

2005

John McLaughlin, California Modern Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California

1999

John McLaughlin. Paintings and Prints, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, Scotland

1996

John McLaughlin. Western Modernism, Eastern Thought, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California (travelled to Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland and Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska)

John McLaughlin, California Modern Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California

1993

Institute for Contemporary Art/Clocktower Gallery, New York

1990

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

1993

John McLaughlin, PS 1 Exhibition Room, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1983

John McLaughlin. Paintings 1951-1966, Gatodo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1982

John McLaughlin, Ulmer Museum, Stadt Ulm, Germany

1981

John McLaughlin. Black and White, Galerie Andre Emmerich, Zurich, Switzerland

John McLaughlin. Paintings, 1950-1975, Annely Judya Fine Art, London, UK

Quadrat Bottrop – Moderne Galerie, Bottrop, Germany

1978

John McLaughlin. Prints and Paintings, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

1974

John McLaughlin, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1973

John McLaughlin – A Retrospective Exhibition, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, California

1971

John McLaughlin. Recent Paintings 1970-1971, University of California, Irvine, California

1968

John McLaughlin. Occidental College, Los Angeles, California

1963

Retrospective Exhibition – John McLaughlin, Pasadena Art Museum, California

1960

Long Beach Museum of Art, California

1958

University of California, Riverside, California

1956

Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023

Color Fields, Lng Beach Museum of Art, CA, USA

Work in Progress: The Weisman Museum Collection at 30, Frederick R. Weisman Museum, Malibu, CA, USA

2018

California Dreamin’, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2016

LEWIS BALTZ, DON DUDLEY, ANTHONY HERNANDEZ, ROBERT IRWIN, JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2015

America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2014

The Avant-Garde Collection, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California

Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California

Global exchange: Astrazione geometrica dal 1950, Museo d´Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome, Italy

2013

Four Abstract Classicist, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Decisive Moments, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii

Highways and Byways. Together again, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Novecento Mai Visto. Highlights from the Daimler Art Collection: From Albers to Warhol to (now), Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia, Italy

The Permanent Collection, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California

2012

OC Collects, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California

Abstract Classicists, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California

The Postwar Era: From the Collection, 1945-1980, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California

Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, 1951–1969, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

ED RUSCHA JOHN McLAUGHLIN LEWIS BALTZ, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

Pacific Standard Time. Kunst in Los Angeles 1950-1980, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

2011

Experiments in Abstraction – Art in Southern California, 1945 to 1980, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California

Blast from the Past: 60s and 70s Geometric Abstractions, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California

The Erling Neby Collection, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, Norway

An Exchange with Sol LeWitt – Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Massachusetts

2010

Collection: The First Thirty Years, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

Colorscope: Abstract Painting, 1960 – 1979, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

Pictures About Pictures. Discourses in Painting, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria

2009

The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860 – 1989, Guggenheim Museum, New York

Five Decades of Passion: The Eye of the Collector, 1968 – 1988, Fisher Landau Center For Art, Long Island, New York

2008 – 2009

Oranges and Sardines, Hammer Museum at University of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

2008

Is It Tomorrow Yet?, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Coming of Age: American Art From 1850 – 1959, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

2007

Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California

2006

Color and Lines: Selections from the Menil Collection, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas

California Modern, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California

La Dolce Vita, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California

Los Angeles – Paris, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2005

Into the Unknown – Abstraction from the Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

2003

Minimalism and After II, DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

2002

Samadhi – The Contemplation of Space, Chelsea Art Museum, New York

2001

A Room of their Own – from Arbus to Gober, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

2000 – 2001

Made in California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

1997

Elusive Paradise, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, California

1990

Abstraction: John Altoon, Sam Francis, Craig Kauffman, John McLaughlin and Ed Moses, Nagoya City Art Museum and Museum of Modern Art, Shiga; Hara Museum ARC, Japan

Public Collections

Addison Gallery, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts

Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio

Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Daimler Chrysler Collection, Berlin, Germany

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

Inverleith House, Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh, Scotland

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mead Art Gallery, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts

Tate Britain, London, UK

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida

Museum and Art Gallery, Stanford University, Stanford, California

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California

Pasadena Museum of Modern Art, Pasadena, California

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, California

University Art Museum, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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