Purvis Young
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Born in 1943 in Liberty City, Miami, FL
Died in 2010 in Overtown, Miami, FL

Education

Self-taught

Solo Exhibitions

2019   Purvis Young, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
           Purvis Young, Salon 94 Freemans, New York, NY
           Purvis Young, James Fuentes LLC, New York, NY
2018-2019  Purvis Young, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
2015  Under the Bridge, Beyond the Beach, and Above the Muck: The Art of Purvis Young, 
          Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami, FL
           Black in Time: Purvis Young Exhibit, The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex, Miami, FL
           Purvis Young Show, Rubell Family Collection, Albion Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
2014  Angels: Chained and Unchained, Merton D. Simpson Gallery, New York, NY
2012  No More Truth Than The Illusions of My Dreams, Skot Foreman Gallery. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2011  Important Late Works,Kenneth Plasket Gallery. West Palm Beach, FL
           Purvis Young + Grown and Sewn, New York, NY
           Focus Gallery: Purvis Young, Miami Art Museum. Miami, FL
2008  Protest: Purvis Young, GalleryBar. New York, NY
2007  Painted Protests, Tampa Museum of Art. Tampa, FL
2006  The Mind of Young: Sketchbooks and Artist’s Books by Purvis Young and Works from the Permanent Collection,
          Miami-Dade Public Library, West Dade Regional Library
           Purvis Young: Paintings from the Street, Boca Raton Museum of Art. Boca Raton, FL
2005  Purvis Young Urban Painter Retrospective 1969-2004, Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art. Savannah, GA
2004  Purvis Young Urban Painter Retrospective 1969-2004, Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art. Savannah, GA
2003  Purvis Young: Art and Real Life, Gallery 721. Fort Lauderdale, FL
           Young at 60, Paintings and Drawings by Purvis Young, Miami-Dade Public Library, Main Library. Miami, FL
           Purvis Young: Artists’ Books from the Permanent Collection Featuring the Work of Purvis Young,
           Miami-Dade Public Library, Main Library. Miami, FL
           At 60: The Art of Purvis Young, Skot Foreman Fine Art. Atlanta, GA
2002  Purvis Young: The Life I See, Bass Museum of Art. Miami Beach. Miami, FL
           Purvis Young Paintings and Books from the Permanent Collection, Miami-Dade Public Library,
           Culmer Overtown Branch. Miami, FL
           Recent Work: Purvis Young, Fredric Snitzer Gallery. Miami, FL
2000  Purvis Young, Kunst Koln, Galerie Karsten Greve. Cologne, Germany
1999  Purvis Young: Walking Among the Peoples, Museum of Contemporary Art. Lake Worth, FL
           Purvis Young, Frederic Snitzer Gallery.
           Purvis Young, Springfield Museum of Art.
1998  Purvis Young: Painting the Blues, Springfield Museum of Art.
           Purvis Young, Skot Foreman Fine Arts, Ltd.. Dania Beach, FL
1997  Purvis Young: Paintings, Leslie Muth Gallery. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
           Purvis Young-The Streets of Overtown: Paintings on paper and scraps, Armory Art Gallery,
           Department of Art and Art History, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Blacksburg, Virginia.
           Purvis Young: Paintings, Pelegro Gallery. New York, NY
1996  Purvis Young: Paintings, American Primitive Gallery. New York, NY
           Purvis Young: Paintings, Drawings, Constructions and Books, Janet Fleisher Gallery. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1994  Purvis Young, Galerie Karsten Greve. Paris, France
           New Works, Galerie Moos. Toronto, Canada
           Purvis Young, Edward Thorpe Gallery. New York, NY
           Purvis Young, Ann Nathan Gallery. Chicago, Illinois. USA
           Purvis Young: From the Street, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. Hollywood, FL
           Purvis Young: Books and Works on Paper, Janet Fleisher Gallery. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
           Purvis Young: Art and Real Life, Gallery 721. Fort Lauderdale, FL
           Street Vision: The Works of Purvis Young, Center for the Arts. Vero Beach, FL
1992  Purvis Young, Galerie Karsten Greve
           Purvis Young Works of Paper (The Books), Ricco/Maresca Gallery. New York, NY
1991  Purvis Young: Paintings, Books, Sculptures, Joy Moos Gallery. Miami, FL
           Purvis Young, Ricco/Maresca Gallery. New York, NY
1988  Purvis Young: Me and My Mink, Artists Space. New York, NY
           Purvis Young, Joy Moos Gallery. Miami, FL
1987  Purvis Young, Greene Gallery. Coral
           Purvis Young: Books & Paintings, Miami-Dade Public Library, Homestead Branch, Homestead. FL
1983  Purvis Young: Books, Miami-Dade Public Library System. Miami, FL
1981  Purvis Young, Miami-Dade Public Library System, Miami-Dade Public Library, Miami Branch. Miami, FL
1973  Purvis Young, Miami-Dade Community College North Campus. Miami, FL
1972  Purvis Young, Miami Museum of Modern Art. Miami, FL

 

Group Exhibitions

2019  Personal Structures, Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy
2018  History Refused to Die, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
2017  Revelations, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, CA
2009-2016 Thirty Americans, Rubell Family Collection (Travelling Exhibit), USA
2016  Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, Detroit
           Institute of Arts, Detroit
2015  Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock
          50 for 50, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA
2014  Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
           Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville
           Ebony, Jet & Contemporary Art, Studio Museum, Harlem. New York, NY
           Border Crossings / Cruzando Fronteras: Alejandro Santiago & Purvis Young, Skot Foreman Gallery,
           San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
2012  Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee
           Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk
           Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
           Visual Rhythms, California African American Museum. Los Angeles, CA
2011  North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
2009  Rubell Family Collection, Miami
           Same Sweet Dream, Dieu Donné. New York, New York. USA
           Highlights from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Fine Art. St.Petersburg, Florida. USA
2008  Black: A Celebration of African American Art Sacramento-Area Collections, 40 Acres Art Gallery & Cultural Center,
          Sacramento, CA
           Hexagone (a hex is gone), MAS-Miami Art Space. Miami, FL
           The Figure Past and Present: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Frost Art Museum. Miami, Florida. USA
2007  Mixed Signals, Ronald Feldman Gallery. New York, NY
           Compelling Visions: Florida Collects Folk Art, Museum of Fine Arts. Sarasota, FL
           Self Taught: Seven African American Vernacular Artists, Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery,
           Costal Carolina University. Conway, South Carolina. USA
2006  Outsider Art, Art Access Gallery. Columbus, Ohio. USA
           Outsiders In Paradise: Rev. Howard Finster and Company, Cotuit Center For the Arts. Cotuit, Massachusetts. USA
           Inside the Outsider World: Folk Art from the Permanent Collection, Polk Museum of Art. Lakeland, FL
           Miami in Transition, Miami Art Museum. Miami, FL
2005  African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
           Salt Lake City, Utah
           Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA
           Revelations and Reflections of American Self-Taught Artists, Museum of the Southwest. Midland, Texas
           Coming Home! Self-Taught Artists, the Bible and the American South, Museum of Fine Arts,
           Florida State University. Tallahassee, FL
           The Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY
           Organized by The Art Museum, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
           Rock Paper Scissors: American Collage Now, The Fleisher/Ollman Gallery. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
           African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
           Salt Lake City, Utah
           Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA
2004  Recent Acquisitions: African American Art in the South, The Morris Museum of Art. Augusta, Georgia
           Coming Home! Self-Taught Artists, the Bible and the American South, The Art Museum, University of Memphis.
           Memphis, Tennessee
           African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum,
           Cincinnati Art Museum. Cincinnati, Ohio
           traveled to Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH; The Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE;
           Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
           Revelations and Reflections of American Self-Taught Artists, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art.
           Great Falls, Montana
           traveled by Exhibits USA to Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT; Hearst Art Gallery,
           Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA; and Loveland Museum and Gallery, Loveland, CO
           African-American Art from MFAH Collection, Museum of Fine Arts. Houston, Texas
           Outside/In: American Self-Taught Art from the Mennello Museum of American
           Folk and the City of Orlando Folk Art Collection, The von Liebig Art Center. Naples, FL
2003  Revelations and Reflections of American Self-Taught Artists, Southern Ohio Museum. Portsmouth, Ohio. USA
           Outsider Art, Fox-Martin Fine Arts Gallery. Great Barrington, Massachusetts
           African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum,
           New York Historical Society. New York, NY
           traveled to Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN; The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, FL
2002  Revelations and Reflections of American Self-Taught Artists, The Arkansas Arts Center. Little Rock, Arkansas,
          traveled to Stedman Art Gallery, Camden, NJ
          Contemporary Folk Art: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, High Museum of Art.
          Atlanta, Florida. USA
          Ancestors: Origin of Community, Lyric Theatre. Miami, FL
          Urban Outsider and Visionary Folk: The Works of Purvis Young and Minnie Evans, Museum of Art.
          Fort Lauderdale, FL
2001  Contemporary Folk Art: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum.
          Tacoma, Washington
           traveled to The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, FL
           Let It Shine: Self-Taught Art from The T. Marshall Hahn Collection, High Museum of Art. Atlanta, Georgia
2000  Contemporary Folk Art: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Tampa Museum of Art.
          Tampa, Florida. USA
           A Convergent Voyage, Skot Foreman Fine Art, Ltd.. Dania Beach, FL
1999  Self Taught Artists of the 20th Century: An American Anthology, Memorial Art Gallery of the University
          of Rochester. Rochester, New York
          Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; and the Museum of American Folk Art,
          New York, NY
          Organized by the Museum of American Folk Art, New York City, NY
1998  Self Taught Artists of the 20th Century: An American Anthology, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
          Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. USA
          Organized by the Museum of American Folk Art, New York City, NY; traveled to
          High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; and The Amon Carter Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX.
1997  Bearing Witness: African-American Vernacular Art of the South, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
          New York, New York. USA
          Pictured in My Mind: Contemporary American Self-Taught Art from the Collection of
          Dr. Kurt Gitter and Alice Rae Yelen, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. Lincoln, Massachusetts
          Flying Free: Twentieth-Century Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Ellin and Baron Gordon,
          Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg, Virginia
1996  Wrestling With History: Selections from the Shelp Collection, Sidney Myhkin Gallery, Bernard Baruch College
           of The City University of New York, New York, NY
           Naives, Seers, Lone Wolves & World Savers VIII,” Dean Jensen gallery. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
           Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art of the South – The Arnett Collection,
           Emory University Museum, Atlanta City Hall East for the 100th Cultural Olympiad. Atlanta, Georgia
1995  Pictured In My Mind: Contemporary American Self-Taught Art from the Collection of
          Dr. Kurt Gitter and Alice Rae Yelen, Birmingham Museum of Art. Birmingham, Alabama
           Passionate Views of the American South: Self Taught Artists from 1940 to the Present, Bass Museum of Art.
           Miami Beach, Florida
           The Outside Eye: Contemporary Art of the South, from the Collection of George Lowe, Polk Museum of Art.
           Lakeland, Florida
           Contemporary Folk Art: A View from the Outside, Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish
           Community Center. Boca Raton, Florida
           Rare Visions: Works by Expressionist and Self-Taught Artists, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood.
          Hollywood, FL
1994  Passionate Visions of the American South: Self-Taught Artists from 1940 to the
          Present, New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, Louisiana
1992  Sam Doyle, William Hawkins, Purvis Young, Edward Thorpe Gallery. New York, NY
1988  Three From Miami: Carlos Alfonzo, Deborah Schneider, Purvis Young,
          The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Sarasota, Florida
1987  A Separate Reality: Florida Eccentrics, Museum of Art. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
           traveled to Valencia Community College, East Campus and Performing Arts Center Galleries, Orlando, FL
1986  Transculture Transmedia, Exit Art. New York, NY
1985  Images of Everyday Life (Paintings and Books), Miami-Dade Public Library, Culmer/ Overtown Branch.
          Miami, Florida
           Burnt Toast, Joy Moos Gallery
1984  Get Fresh, Joy Moos Gallery
1977  Contemporary Black Art: A Selected Sampling, Florida International University Art Gallery. Miami, Florida

Selected Museums and Public Collections:

American Folk Art Museum. New York, New York. USA
Art Brut Connaissance & Diffusion Fondation. Paris. FRANCE
Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach. Miami, Florida. USA
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham. Alabama. USA
Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Illinois. USA
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida. USA
Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington D.C., USA
Federal Reserve Board of Atlanta. Atlanta, Georgia. USA
Hampton University Museum. Hagerstown, Virginia. USA
High Museum of Art. Atlanta. Georgia. USA
Houston Museum of Fine Art. Houston, Texas. USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Los Angeles, California. USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, New York. USA
Miami Art Museum. Miami, Florida, USA
Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia. USA
Motorola Corporation. Chicago, Illinois. USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida. USA
National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Washington, D.C. USA
New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, Louisiana. USA
Newark Museum. Newark, New Jersey. USA
Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. USA
Rockford Art Museum. Rockford, Illinois. USA
Rubell Family Collection. Miami, Florida. USA
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Washington, DC. USA
Springfield Museum Of Art. Springfield, Ohio. USA
Studio Museum In Harlem. New York, New York. USA
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, Virginia. USA