Dorr Bothwell Biography



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Chronology:

1902
Born: San Francisco

1921-24
Studies: w/Gottardo Piazzoni, California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco; Rudolf Schaffer School of Design, San Francisco; University of Oregon

1924-27
Studio, San Francisco, Montgomery Block

1925-27
Opens Modern Gallery, Montgomery Street, San Francisco with eight other artists

1928
Visits Samoa

1930-31
Travels and studies in England, France, and Germany

1932-34
In San Diego, married to sculptor Donal Hord

1935-36
Design at Gladding-McBean, Los Angeles

1935
Opens Bothwell-Cooke Gallery in Los Angeles

1936-39
Works in mural division of the Federal Arts Project, Los Angeles

1938-39
WPA, designs dioramas/mechanized exhibitions for L. A. County Museum

1940
Moves to San Francisco, creates murals:Manning Coffee Restaurant, Sutter Street

1944-48
Teaches: California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco

1949-51
In Paris on Abraham Rosenberg Fellowship for Art Study Abroad

1952
Teaches: Parsons School of Design, New York

1953-58
Resumes teaching at California School of Fine Arts

1959-60
Teaches: San Francisco Art Institute

1960
Moves to Mendocino

1961-97
Instructs: Mendocino Art Center

1964-78
Teaches composition/design at Ansel Adams Photography Workshops, Yosemite;

1966,68,76,96
Teaches: San Francisco Art Institute

1966-67
In Nigeria and Tunisia, does photo-documentation of craft techniques

1968
Authors "Notan - on the Interaction of Positive and Negative Spaces" with Marlys Mayfield; reissued in 1976; first translation 1977(Danish)

1970
Travels and studies in England, France, and Holland

1971
Conducts symposium for teachers, "Notan Design" London, England

1974
Travels and studies in Bali, Java, and Sumatra

1979
Instructor in Composition at Victor School of Photography, Colorado

1979
Women in the Arts Award, Women's Caucus for Art

1982,85
Travels and studies in China and Japan

1991
New edition of "Notan" (see 1968)

1998
Receives Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award

1999
Travels to San Diego Historical Museum to speak at Donal Hord Exhibition

2000
Died in Ft. Bragg, California September 24 - Age 98



Selected One Person Exhibitions:

1917
Modern Gallery, San Francisco

1929
San Diego Fine Arts Museum

1930
Beaux Art Gallery, San Francisco

1941
San Francisco Art Association

1948-52
Serigraph Galleries, New York

1958
Meltzer Gallery, New York

1958
M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco

1962-68
Bay Window Gallery, Mendocino, California

1963
M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, "Signs and Fences"

1969
The Daily Gallery, San Francisco

1972
Bolles Gallery, San Francisco

1976-77,79
Bay Window Gallery, Mendocino, California

1977
Falkirk Center, San Rafael, California

1982,85-87
Bay Window Gallery, Mendocino, California

1989,91,93, 97, 99
Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles

2001
Memorial Retrospective, Tobey C. Moss Gallery

2004
An Eye Towards Abstraction, Tobey C. Moss Gallery



Selected Group Exhibitions:

1925
San Francisco Art Association, Fine Arts Building

1927
San Diego Art Guild

1929
San Francisco Art Association

1932
San Diego Art Guild

1933
San Diego Art Guild

1939
Golden Gate International Exposition

1948
National Serigraph Society, New York, First Prize

1952
M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco
Smithsonian Institution, "The Serigraph"

1952,58
Carnegie International Exhibition, Pittsburgh

1955
III Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil

1977
Brooklyn Museum, NY, "Thirty Years of American Printmaking"

1990
Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, "A Spectrum of Innovation: Color in American Printmaking 1890-1960"

1990/92(*)
"A Time and Place" The Ries Collection:Oakland Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Norton Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida

1995 (*)
"Pacific Dreams:Currents of Surrealism and Fantasy in California Art 1934-1957"
Oakland Art Museum; UCLA/Hammer Museum of Art; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, Utah

1995-1997(*)
"Independent Spirits:Women Painters of the American West 1890-1945" Autry Museum, Los Angeles, Gilcrease Museum, Oklahoma, and others

1996 (*)
"On the Edge of America, California Modernist Art 1900-1950" Rutberg Gallery

1990-99
Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2000
Orange County Museum of Art "Circles of Influence:Impressionism to Modernism in Southern California Art"

2000/2001
Los Angeles County Museum of Art "Made in California"



Museum Collections (a partial list):

Achenbach Foundation, S. F. Fine Arts Museum
University of Arizona, Tucson
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Orange County Museum of Art
Oakland Art Museum
San Diego Museum of Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery,U/Nebraska
Victoria and Albert Museum, Great Britain
Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.
Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
Library of Congress
National Museum of American Art
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
New York Public Library
N. E. Harrison Museum of Art, Utah



Publications:

1968
"Notan: The Principle of Light and Dark Design", Bothwell and Frey, Van Nostrand-Reinhold, New York

1976
"Notan" reissued in paperback

1977
"Notan" translated into Danish

1991
"Notan" new English edition

Listed in: Who's Who in America
Who's Who in the West

Materials useful for research: see (*)
The Archives of American Art, West Coast Center



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