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Kestutis Zapkus

Born in 1938 - Lithuania

BIOGRAPHY

Kestutis Zapkus is a painter born in Lithuania. In the 1960s he moved to the US and studied arts : he got his BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (Ryerson Foreign Travel Fellowship) and his MFA from Syracuse University, New York.

He received numerous awards for his work: in 1964, First Prize at the Second Annual Chicago Arts Festival Invitational Exhibition; in 1968 the CAPS; in 1979 the NEA; in 1996, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Grant.

Kestutis Zapkus held teaching positions at: University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts, The Vilnius Academy of Art, The Cooper Union School of Art, Parsons School of Design, Princeton University, State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

1962 Gres Gallery, Chicago
1965 Kazimir Gallery, Chicago
1966 Kazimir Gallery, Chicago
1968 Stable Gallery, New York
1971 Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
1973 Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
1975 Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, works on paper
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, paintings
1977 Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
1978 Galerie Darthea Speyer, Paris
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, retrospective
1979 Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
1981 Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, retrospective
John Weber Gallery, New York
1982 "Kes Zapkus: Notation/Progression", Hecksher Museum, Huntington, New York
John Weber Gallery, New York
1984 "Children of War", John Weber Gallery, New York1988 John Weber Gallery, New York
"Children of War", Museum of Art of Lithuania, exhibited in Vilnius, Klaipeda,
& Kaunas, L.T.S.R, & Moscow, U.S.S.R.
John Weber Gallery, New York
The Vilnius Museum of Fine Arts, Vilnius, Lithuania
Gallery of the L.T.S.R. Mission, Moscow, U.S.S.R
1995 Andre Zarre Gallery, New York
2001 “Paintings & Drawings 1998-2000”, Art Sites, Greenport, NY
“Selected Paintings 1993 – 2005”, Icehouse Gallery, Greenport, NY
2007 “Mindset-Timeset Variations” (Paintings and Drawings), Art Sites, Riverhead, NY
2008 "Big Paintings 1975 – 2007", OK Harris Works of Art, New York
2011 "Recent Paintings", OK Harris Works of Art, New York


GROUP SHOWS

1958 Chicago and Vicinity", The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park, Illinois
1964 "Signal: Six Artistes Americains de Paris et d'Amsterdam", Centre Culturel
Americain, Paris
1965 Invitational Exhibition, Society of Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of
Chicago, Chicago
Invitational Exhibition, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb
1968 "Some Younger American Painters and Sculptors", touring exhibition, The
Museum of Modem Art, New York
1969 “Painting Annual', The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
"Eight Painters", Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts
1970 "Painting and Sculpture Today", The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
"Critics' Choice", New York Council on the Arts, touring exhibition
Drawing Exhibition, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
1971 Three-man show, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, (with Ruda and Diao)
"Work on Paper", 31st Annual Exhibition of the Society of Contemporary Art,
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Paula Cooper Gallery Exhibition, Windham College, Putney, Vermont
"Art for Your Collection", Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
1972 “New York '72", Paula Cooper Gallery Exhibition, Greenwich, Connecticut
"New York Painting", Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
"New York Abstract Painting", Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Gallerie Simone Stem, New Orleans
1973 Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
"33rd Biennial Exhibition", The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C."New American Abstract Painting", Northern Illinois University Art Gallery, Dekalb
"Options 73/30: Recent Works of Art", Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
“Art for Your Collection", Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
1974 Spring Group Exhibition, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
"Painting and Sculpture Today, 1974", Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
"Painting and Sculpture Today, 1974", Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
Fall Group Exhibition, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
"Vera List Selects", Greenwich Library, Greenwich, Connecticut
"Drawings and Other Work", Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
1975 "Painting Endures", The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Spring Group Show, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
"Drawings", Dootson-Calderhead Gallery, Seattle
"Drawings", Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia
“A Change of View", Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut
"Recent Work", Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
1976 Group Show, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
"Approaching Painting: Part Three”, Hallswalls, Buffalo, New York
Group Show, Paula Cooper Gallery, Los Angeles
"Fortieth Annual Exhibition", Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio
"Perspective '76", Freedman Art Gallery, Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania
1977 "Paintings", Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
"Drawings of the 70's", The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
"Critics' Choice", Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
& Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, New York
"Contemporary Collection", Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut
"Drawings and Prints--New York", University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
"Art for Your Collection", Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
1978 "Project Rebuild", Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York
Group Show, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
1979 Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
"Art on Paper 1979", Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
1980 "Color in Colorado", Aspen Center for the Visual Arts, Aspen
Group Show, Okun-Thomas Gallery, St. Louis
"American Drawings in Black and White; 1970-1980", Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
1981 "Drawings", (benefit - Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts),
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Group Show, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
"Peter Stuyvesant Collection", The Provencial Beijnhof, Hasselt, Belgian Limburg
1982 "Ten Artists from New York", Sunny Savage Gallery, Boston
"Drawing - New Directions", Summit Art Center, Summit, New Jersey
"Zero Nuclear", Parson School of Design, New York
1983 "Terminal New York", Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn
"Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art, Part One", The Museum of Art,
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh
"Christmas Invitational", AIR Gallery, New York
1984 "Artists Call Against Intervention in Central America", Leo Castelli Gallery, New York Gallery Group", John Weber Gallery, New York
“Maximalism", Tweed Gallery, New Jersey
"Art as Social Conscience", Bard College, New York
“Labor Intensive Abstractions", organized by P. S. 1 at The Clocktower, New York
1985 "Gallery Group", John Weber Gallery, New York
1986 "Comino a Cuba", Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico
"Gallery Group", John Weber Gallery, New York
"2nd Biennal de la Havana", Centro Vifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba
"Law and Order", Leo Castelli Gallery, John Weber Gallery, Barbara Gladstone Gallery,
New York
1987 Group Exhibition, Exhibition Palace, Vilnius, Lithuania
Group Exhibition, Cooper Union School of Art, New York
1989 Sightings", Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, & Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery,
Brooklyn; 1988-1989 toured in Spain and Portugal under the auspices of the Instituto
de Estudios Norteamericanos
"Belief in Paint", Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont
1990 The Grid: Organization and Idea", Ben Shahn Galleries, The William Paterson College
of New Jersey, Wayne, N.J.
1991 Arco, Madrid
"Art on Paper," Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
"Pictures for an Exhibition", The Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
"The Bryan Montgomery Collection", Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary
1992 Stuyvesant Foundation Collection", Sevilla, Spain
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary (Bryan Montgomery Collection, London,
England: Zapkus Paintings)
Gallery of Art, Novosibirsk, Russia (Bryan Montgomery Collection, London, England:
Zapkus Drawings and Prints)
"The Open Work", John Good Gallery, New York
1994 "Civic Virtues," National Bank Plaza, Charlotte, NC
"The Exuberant '80's," Andre Zarre Gallery, New York
“The Faculty Show 1994, - Staller Center, SUNY at Stony Brook
"One Hundred Hearts," 45 Greene Street, New York
1995 "20th Anniversary Exhibition 1974-1994," Andre Zarre Gallery, New York
"In Small Dimensions," Andre Zarre Gallery, New York
1997 "Abstraction Index", Condesco/Lawler Gallery, New York
“The Faculty Show 1997”, Staller Center, SUNY at Stony Brook
1998 “Footfalls”, (site-specific, large scale, bamboo sculpture), Greenport, NY
1999 “The Faculty Show 1999”, Staller Center, SUNY at Stony Brook
2000 “25th Anniversary Exhibition”, Andre Zarre Gallery, New York
2001 “Structures”, The Workspace, New York
“The Faculty Show 2001”, Staller Center, SUNY at Stony Brook
“Structures”, Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pa
“Difficult Subjects”, Art Sites, Greenport, NY
“Structures”, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
2006 Group Show, OK Harris Works of Art, New York
2008 American Abstract Artists, The Painting Center, New York
"40th Anniversary", Galerie Darthea Speyer, Paris
2010 "American Abstract Artists International, 'L'astrazione vista da un cosmopolita'",
Otrano, Italy
2011 "Abstraction (Abstraction to the Power of Infinity)", Crane Arts, Philadelphia
"American Abstract Artists International/ 75th Anniversary",
Galerie ogbo and Deutscher Kunstlerbund, Berlin, Germany,
and OK Harris Works of Art, New York

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