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Michael Loew Art

MICHAEL LOEW (USA, 1907–85)

Michael Loew was born on May 8, 1907 and was the son of a New York City baker. After high school, he was an apprentice to a stained-glass maker and from 1926–29, he studied at the Art Students League. In 1929, he traveled to Paris, North Africa, Germany and Italy with a group of artists, including Max Schnitzler and Alfred Jensen. When he returned to New York City in 1931, the Great Depression hit Loew unexpectedly and for the next two years, he paid his apartment rent with his paintings. In 1935, he found work with the Works Progress Administration where he painted murals and partnered up with longtime friend Willem de Kooning in 1939 on a mural for the Hall of Pharmacy at the New York World's Fair. Their friendship lasted for the rest of their lives and in fact, Loew met his wife Mildred through a friend of de Kooning's. He traveled to Mexico in the late 1930s. Loew had a strong interest in artists' rights and activism and as president of the Artists Union, he led a protest which involved artists chaining themselves to poles in Union Square. After Pearl Harbor, Loew joined the Navy and served as the battalion artist for the Seabees in the Pacific. When he returned in 1946, his painting moved quickly toward abstraction. From 1947–49, he studied post-cubism at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts. In 1948, he joined the Spiral Group, an organization of artists devoted to the exhibition of experimental art. The Artists Gallery in New York hosted his first one-man show in 1949 and one year later, he enrolled at the Atelier Léger in Paris. In 1956, he began teaching in the United States. By 1985 he had been an instructor at the Portland Museum School, University of California at Berkeley and the School of Visual Arts. His works are in the collections of prominent institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He died on November 14, 1985, in New York.

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Mural Study 1933 Depression Era Mid-Century WPA Modern American Scene Drawing
By Michael Loew
Located in New York, NY
Mural Study 1933 Depression Era Mid-Century WPA Modern American Scene Drawing. Study to Scale Mural Sketch for “Evolution of Textile Production” East. All, Textile High School. 1933...
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1930s American Modern Michael Loew Art

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Egg Tempera, Board

"Refugees" Mexican American Oil Painting Depression Era WPA Mid-Century Modern
By Michael Loew
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Red Above Blue, 1966
By Michael Loew
Located in Hudson, NY
Michael Loew (1907-1985). Red Above Blue, 1966. Acrylic on canvas, 39 x 56 inches. Signed lower right. Signed, titled and dated en verso. Excellent condition. Biography: Michael Lo...
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1960s Hard-Edge Michael Loew Art

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Abstraction, 1959, No. 9
By Michael Loew
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A black and white abstract charcoal on paper by Post War artist Michael Loew. Signed lower right "Loew."
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20th Century Post-War Michael Loew Art

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Charcoal, Paper

Space Forms, 1952, No. 7
By Michael Loew
Located in Palm Desert, CA
An abstract pastel on paper by Post War artist Michael Loew. Space Forms, 1952, No. 7 is executed in a multitude of colors and depicts a geometric abstraction of intersecting lines. ...
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1950s Post-War Michael Loew Art

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Oil Pastel, Paper

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