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"Earth Diety"

1971

Oil on canvas

44" x 44"


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"Girl with Hair Rollers"

Oil on canvas

1972

20" x 20"


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"Mountain Road Tuscany"

Oil on canvas

1973

28" x 48"


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"Preparation for the Feast"

Oil on canvas

1965

60" x 40"


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"Mannekin Maker's Shelf"

Oil on canvas

1972

50" x 80"


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STEFANO CUSUMANO BIOGRAPHY


Stefano Cusumano (1912-1975) was an emerging painter in the first part of the 20th century at a time when pivotal changes were occurring in the visual arts. He rebelled against the Abstract Expressionist Movement of the time, and now that the art world’s aesthetic pendulum swings back towards a more representational subject matter the relevance and importance of Cusumano’s work
may finally be realized.

Stefano Cusumano’s paintings and drawings are a part of the permanent collections of museums across the country including; The National Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Pensacola Art Museum
and The Tweed Museum of Art.

Stefano Cusumano, a first generation Italian American, was born in 1912 in Tampa, Florida. As a teenager he moved with his family to New York City where he enrolled in classes at Cooper Union and the Metropolitan Art School for a period of four years. After this point Cusumano was essentially a self-taught artist. In 1942 he began exhibiting his work at the Montross Gallery following in 1946-1950 at the George Binet Gallery and from 1953 through 1959 at the Passedoit Galley, all in New York City. He was affiliated with the Terry Dintinfass Gallery in NYC from 1967-1969 and continued to paint and exhibit his work until his death in 1975. He was also an adjunct faculty member of New York University from 1951-1974 and Cooper Union from 1955-1974.


Personal Information

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida

Date of Birth: February 5, 1912

Executor of Estate:
Antoinette Cusumano & Noelle Cusumano Marak

1110 Freshwater Road
Eureka, CA 95503-9558

Phone/Fax: (707) 442-0916
E-mail: lnmarak@suddenlink.net

Education:
Cooper Union, New York City, NY. 1928-29
Metropolitan Art School, New York City, NY. 1930-32

Selected One-man Exhibitions:
Montross Gallery, New York City, NY. 1942
George Binet Gallery, New York City, NY. 1946
George Binet Gallery, New York City, NY. 1947
George Binet Gallery, New York City, NY. 1948
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA. 1948
Tampa Art Institute, Tampa, FL. 1949
Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. 1950
George Binet Gallery, New York City, NY. 1950
Oregon State College, Corvallis, OR. 1951
Washington State University, Pullman, WA. 1951
Passedoit Gallery, New York City, NY. 1953
Passedoit Gallery, New York City, NY. 1956
Passedoit Gallery, New York City, NY. 1957
Passedoit Gallery, New York City, NY. 1959
Mari Art Gallery, Woodstock, NY. 1962
Gallery 63, New York City, NY. 1963
Gallery 63, New York City, NY. 1964
Gallery 63, Rome, Italy. 1964
Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York City, NY. 1967
Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York City, NY. 1968
Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York City, NY. 1969
Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MI. 1971
Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MI. 1972
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. 1972
Paine Art Center, Oshkosh, WI. 1972
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. 1977
MD Modern, Houston, TX. 1999
MB Modern, New York City, NY. 2000
Piante Gallery, Eureka, CA. 2007
Selected Group Exhibitions
Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY. 1947.
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA. 1949.
Krannert Museum of Art, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL. 1950.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. 1951.
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. 1951.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. 1952
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY. 1952.
Flint Institute of Art, Flint, MI.
Art USA, New York City, NY.
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY. 1961.
Pennsylvania, Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. 1967.
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY. 1968.
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY. 1971.
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY. 1973.
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, NY. 1974.

Permanent Collections:
The National Gallery, Washington, D.C.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY.
Whitney Museum, New York City, NY.
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.
Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, PA.
Newark Art Museum, Newark, NJ.
Pensacola Art Museum, Pensacola, FL.
Krannert Museum of Art, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL.
Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL.
John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NB.
Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN.
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH.
Albrecht Art Museum, St. Joseph, MO.
Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, SC.
National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.

Awards and Prizes:
Recipient, Ford Foundation Purchase Prize, 1962.
Childe Hassam Award, American Institute of Arts and Letters, 1968.
Dillard Purchase Award, Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, SC. 1969.
Childe Hassam Award, American Institute of Arts and Letters, 1971.

Bibliography:
Art News, October, 1946.
Art Digest, October, 1946.
Art News, November, 1947.
Art Digest, November, 1947.
Art News, November, 1948.
Art Digest, November, 1948.
Design, March, 1951.
Arts, March, 1956.
Who’s Who in American Art, 1972
Who’s Who in America, volume 39.
American Artist, March, 1975.
Salemme, Lucia A.,Color Exercises for the Painter.

Related Experience:
Part-time faculty, New York University, New York City, NY. 1951-74.
Part-time faculty, Cooper Union, New York City, NY. 1955-74.
Visiting Instructor, Summer Session, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MI. 1971-72.
Visiting Instructor, Summer Session, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,
Philadelphia, PA. 1972.

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