Irwin Kremen

Irwin Kremen, By and Large, 1991/1996paper6.625 × 9.1875 inches, 16.83 × 23.34 cm
Irwin Kremen, Axial Red, 1979/1999paper17.875 x 6.6875 inches, 45.50 x 16.99 cm
Irwin Kremen, Axial Yellow, 1980paper6.9375 x 3.75 inches, 17.62 x 9.53 cm
Irwin Kremen, Black Canto III, 1997film, congealed acrylic paint, paint and board6.875 x 10.9375 inches, 17.46 x 27.78 cm
Irwin Kremen, Red sauf Blue, 1984/1986paper4.125 x 10.625 inches, 10.48 x 26.99 cm
Irwin Kremen, Times Two, 1993sandpaper and paint dust5.75 x 6.5 inches, 14.61 x 16.51 cm
Irwin Kremen, Waste Not, No. 5, 1998paper and wasp-nest material6.75 x 6.125 inches, 17.15 x 15.56 cm
Irwin Kremen, Grey Glimmer with Black, 2002paper6 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches, 17.15 x 18.42 cm

Biography

Born 1925, Chicago Illinois.
Lives and works in Durham, North Carolina.

Solo Exhibitions

Irwin Kremen. Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY, March 29 – May 6, 2018.
Irwin Kremen/Matrix 265. Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive at UC-Berkeley, April 26 – August 27, 2017.
Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster Pennsylvania August 31 – October 24, 2011.
In Site: Late Works by Irwin Kremen. An exhibition organized by the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center: Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center, Asheville, North Carolina, February 18 – June 4, 2011.
Irwin Kremen: Beyond Black Mountain (1966 to 2006). Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, March 22 – June 17, 2007.
Three in One: Collage, Painting, Sculpture by Irwin Kremen. An exhibition at ACA Galleries, New York, New York, March 20 – April 10, 2004.
As Such: Collage and Sculpture by Irwin Kremen, 1975 – 2000. Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois, May 13 – July 9, 2000.
Seescape: Collages by Irwin Kremen. Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi, October 24, 1998 – January 17, 1999.
High C: Collages by Irwin Kremen. An exhibition at ACA Galleries, New York, New York, September 10 – October 3, 1998.
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 4 – November 16, l997.
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 2 – June 20, 1997.
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, December 10, 1996 to February 9, 1997.
C#: Collage and Sculpture by Irwin Kremen. An exhibition organized by the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, North Carolina: Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, North Carolina, September 8 – October 27, 1996.
Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery (now: Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art), The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, April 2 – May 10, 1992.
Irwin Kremen: The Re’eh Series. An exhibition organized by the Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, September 22 – November 24, 1991.
City Art Gallery, Toyama, Japan, April 10 – May 6, 1991.
The Art of Irwin Kremen. An exhibition organized by the Duke University Museum of Art: Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina, November 16 – December 31, 1990.
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina, May 5 – July 15, 1990.
The Re’eh Series by Irwin Kremen. An exhibition at the Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas, January 14 – February 25, 1990.
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas, January 14 – February 25, 1990.
From the 2nd Decade: Collages & Sculptures by Irwin Kremen, 1979 – 1989. An exhibition organized by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art: McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, October 8 – November 26, 1989.
The Reva K. Collages & Other Works by Irwin Kremen. An exhibition at the Temple Gallery, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 13 – June 11, 1988.
per se: Collages & Other Works by Irwin Kremen. An exhibition at Gallery 400, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, including the Re’eh Series, February 17 – March 19, 1988.
In Plain View: The Collages of Irwin Kremen. An exhibition at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, including the Re’eh Series, September 27 – November 5, 1987.
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania, November 10, 1985 – January 5, 1986.
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, September 8 – October 27, 1985, including the Re’eh Series.
Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, June 4 – July 28, 1985, including 10 additional collages.
SE Ǝ: Collages by Irwin Kremen. An exhibit organized by The Brooklyn Museum: The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, March 15 – May 14, 1985.
Collages by Irwin Kremen, 1976 – 1983. Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 17 – November 13, 1983.
Works and Ways: Collages by Irwin Kremen. Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, September 27 – November 1, 1981.
53 Collages by Irwin Kremen. Kresge Art Center Gallery, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, November 18 – December 16, 1979.
Collages by Irwin Kremen. National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum), Washington, D. C., January 26 – March 25, 1979.
Collages by Irwin Kremen. An exhibition organized by the National Collection of Fine Arts & the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art: Irwin Kremen, Collages. Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, September 8 – October 22, 1978.

Other Re’eh Series Exhibitions
The Re’eh Series by Irwin Kremen: A Special Showing. Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania. October 30 – November 7, 1985.
The Re’eh Series by Irwin Kremen, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, September 8 – October 27, 1985,
The Re’eh Series, Collages by Irwin Kremen: In Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. An exhibition at the Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, September 14 – November 28, 1999.
The Re’eh Series by Irwin Kremen. An exhibit at Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, North Carolina, September 8 – October 27, 1996.

Four Artist Exhibition

The Black Mountain Connection: John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Irwin Kremen, M.C. Richards. Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida, September 13 – November 22, 1992.

Group Exhibitions

“Nurikabe,Tetsuo’s Garage (organized by Troedsson Villa), Nikko, Japan, August 17 – September 8, 2019.
“This Just In: Recent Acquisitions,” Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, at UC–Berkeley, July 6 – September 11, 2016.
“Pasted Papers: The Art of Collage,” The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, Texas, January 25 – May 15, 2011.
“Waterflow: An Exhibition,” The Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, Massachusetts, July 15 – August 28, 2005.
“The Art Show,” Park Avenue Armory. New York, New York, February 24 – 28, 2005.
“The Winter Show,” Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, North Carolina, December 5 – 30, 2004.
“Small and Everlasting: 19th, 20th, and 21st Century Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture,” ACA Galleries, New York, New York, December 13, 2003 – February 7, 2004.
“Rupture & Revision: Collage in America,” Pavel Zoubok, Inc., New York, New York, November 29, 2001 – January 5, 2002.
“Sculpture at the Block Museum of Art,” Evanston, Illinois: Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 2000.
“Works on Paper Art Fair,” Park Avenue Armory, New York, New York, May 5, 2000.
“Mixing Media: Assemblage and Collage,” Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania, October 24, 1997 – January 25, 1998.
“American Collage,” ACA Galleries, New York, NY, May 2 – June 16, 1995.
(With William Noland) “Metal Forms,” The Durham Art Guild, Inc., Durham, North Carolina, September 28 – October 27, 1997.
Art Tower, Mito Contemporary Art Center, Japan, November 3, 1994 – February 26, 1995.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, June 4 – July 30, 1995.
Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York, New York, April 23 – July 31, 1994.
The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, January 14 – April 3, 1994.
“Rolywholyover: A Circus,” An exhibition organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, September 12 – November 28, 1993.
Museum of Modern Art of Cartagena, August 2 – September 5, 1992.
Museum of Modern Art of Bucaramanga, June 2 – July 12, 1992.
Camara de Comercio de Cali, March 17 – April 24, 1992.
“Recent Acquisitions: Works on Paper,” National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum), Washington, D.C., October 4, 1991 – February 2, 1992.
“An Exchange of Concepts on the American Landscape” (FAXART), An exhibit organized by the Centro Colombo Americano de Medellin, Colombia: Centro Colombo Americano de Medellin, October 3 – November 29, 1991
“Recent Acquisitions of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Part Two, 1950 – 1991.” The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California, September 19 – December 8, 1991.
“The 26th Annual Exhibition of Art on Paper,” Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, November 18, 1990 – January 6, 1991.
“42nd Annual Purchase Exhibition,” American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, New York, November 12 – December 9, 1990.
Nevada Institute of Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 27 – May 8, 1989.
University Art Gallery, SUNY Albany, Albany, New York, January 24 – March 6, 1989.
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, November 14 – December 24, 1988.
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, September 11 – October 2, 1988.
Lehigh University Galleries, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, March 27- May 8, 1988.
The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, January 24 – March 7, 1988
“Contemporary American Collage, 1960 -1986.” An exhibition organized by The Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst: The Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, November 9 – December 11, 1987.

Selected Bibliography

DeWitt Cheng. “Catch Collagist Irwin Kremen at BAM.” Oakland Magazine, July 20, 2017. (Also in Alameda Magazine, same date, and in the July issue The East Bay Monthly).
Rinder, Lawrence. Irwin Kremen/Matrix 265. Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2017.
Schroth, Sarah. “Notes on the Art of Irwin Kremen.” Irwin Kremen: Beyond Black Mountain 1966 to 2006. Durham, North Carolina: the Nasher Museum at Duke University, 2007, pp. 1-27.
Sung, Ellen. “From the Folds of His Mind: Irwin Kremen shaped a career out of ‘experienced paper.’” Also, “Keep Mind Open.” The News & Observer, Raleigh, North Carolina, March 18, 2007.
Patterson, Tom. “Duke Prof ’s retrospective is stunning.” Winston-Salem Journal, May 6, 2007.
White, Amy. “Work-of-his-kind: In his ninth decade, Irwin Kremen celebrates a Lifetime of art.” Independent, June 6, 2007. Museum Collections
Glueck, Grace.  “Irwin Kremen.” The New York Times, April 2, 2004.
Mullarkey, Maureen. “Irwin Kremen.” The New York Sun, April 8, 2004.
Holg, Garrett. “Irwin Kremen.” ARTnews, November 2000, Vol. 99, No. 10, p. 214.
Patterson, Tom. “Life as Collage.” Duke Magazine, September – October, 2000, Vol. 86, No. 6, cover + pp. 2-8
Glueck, Grace. “High C: Collages by Irwin Kremen.” The New York Times, September 25, 1998.
Rush, Michael. “High C. Review:” The Critical State of Visual Art in New York, September 15, 1998.
Patterson, Tom. “Exhibit of Collage and Sculpture by Retired Duke Prof Worth a Long, Loving Look.” Winston-Salem Journal, October 6, 1996.
Patterson, Tom. “Thirty Years of Play Against a Darker Ground: Notes on Irwin Kremen and his Art.” In C#: Collage and Sculpture by Irwin Kremen. Greensboro, NC: Green Hill Center for N.C. Art, 1996, pp. vii-ix.
Millard, Charles. (Foreword). In Irwin Kremen: The Re’eh Series. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Ackland Art Museum, 1991.
Patterson, Tom. “New Risks: Kremen Keeps Growing.” Winston Salem Journal, Dec. 16, 1990.
Patterson, Tom. “Nuances: Intricate, Textured Collages Succeed on Many Levels.” Winston-Salem Journal, Sunday, May 27, 1990.
Shiff, Richard. “Insistent Matter: The Art of Irwin Kremen.” In The Art of Irwin Kremen. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Museum of Art, 1990, pp.1-5.
Manuel, John. “A Sublime Coherence: The Collages of Irwin Kremen.” Leader Magazine, May 18, 1989.
Artner, Alan G. “Works Are Studies in Elegant Refinement.” Chicago Tribune, March 4, 1988.
Hill, Barbara. “Kremen revives mystery in art.” Chicago Illini, March 3, 1988.
Indeck, Karen. Foreword. In per se: Collages & Other Works by Irwin Kremen. Chicago, Illinois: Gallery 400, University of Illinois, 1988.
Sappington, John. “Experienced Papers.” Philadelphia City Paper, May 27, 1988.
Spector, Buzz. “Irwin Kremen.” Artforum International, Summer, 1988, pp. 144-145.
Taylor, Sue. “Irwin Kremen.” ARTnews, May 1988, 185.
Gruber, J. Richard. “On Irwin Kremen.” In In Plain View: The Collages of Irwin Kremen. Memphis, Tennessee: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1987.
Heidrich, William. “Irwin Kremen’s Collages.” In In Plain View: The Collages of Irwin Kremen. Memphis, Tennessee: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1987.
Koeppel, Frederic. “Collage Art Masterful, Metaphoric Kremen Exhibit Powerful.” The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee), Sunday, September 27, 1987.
Narrett, Eugene. “Irwin Kremen: Collages. Art New England.” December 1985/January 1986.
Bannon, Anthony.” There’s Magic in Collage as Chaos Becomes Unity.” The Buffalo News, June 9, 1985.
Belz, Carl. “Irwin Kremen.” In SE E: Collages by Irwin Kremen, including the Re’eh Series. Waltham, Massachusetts: Rose Art Museum, 1985.
Brenson, Michael. “Collages that Wrest Dignity from the Holocaust.” The New York Times, September 15, 1985.
Digby, John & Digby, Joan. The Collage Handbook: State of the Art. (Section on “Irwin Kremen”) London: Thames and Hudson, 1985.
Glueck, Grace. “Irwin Kremen.” The New York Times, April 5, 1985.
Mintz, Jane. “Precision, Detail Pay Off for Prof Turned Collagist.” The Leader, Research Triangle Newsmagazine. June 27 – July 4, 1985.
Morgan, Robert C. “Two Speak Language of Art on Own Terms.” Rochester Sunday Democrat and Chronicle, June 9, 1985.
Taylor, Robert. “Shards of the World in Miniaturist’s Work.” Boston Sunday Globe, September 15, 1985.
Walker, Barry. “On Looking at Kremen Collages.” In SE E: Collages by Irwin Kremen. Brooklyn, New York: The Brooklyn Museum, 1985.
Caldwell, John. (Untitled essay). In “Collages by Irwin Kremen, 1976 – 1983.” Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, 1983.
Forgey, Benjamin. “Irwin Kremen Masters the Difficult Art of Collage.” The Washington Star, January 27, 1979.
Richard, Paul. “The Elusiveness of Irwin Kremen’s Collages.” The Washington Post, March 14, 1979.
Richards, M. C. “That Pure and Riddling Truth.” In Collages by Irwin Kremen. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1978.
Bookhardt. D. Eric. “Irwin Kremen’s East by West Shows the Artist’s True Direction.” Gambit Weekly (New Orleans, LA), November 3, 1997.

Public Collections

Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Allentown Museum of Art
Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, (now the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art), The University of Texas at Austin
The Arkansas Art Center
The Art Institute of Chicago
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive at UC–Berkeley ( three works).
Birmingham Museum of Art
Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center
Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University (sculpture)
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University
The Carnegie Museum of Art
Getty Research Institute (2 works)
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes
Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (two works)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (two works)
National Gallery of Art (two works)
Philadelphia Museum of Art (two works)
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University (three works)
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
Smith College Museum of Art (two works)
Smithsonian American Art Museum [formerly the National Collection of Fine Arts, and the National Museum of American Art] (five works).
Wichita Art Museum (four works)
Yale University Art Gallery (two works)

Exhibitions