Lew Thomas

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Biography

 

Born 1932 in San Francisco, CA
Lives and works in Petaluma, CA

EDUCATION

1962
BA, English Literature, University of San Francisco, CA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
Lew Thomas, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

1995
Personal Pastime: Hilderbrand Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Pictures from the Picture Book (catalog), allerArt Bludenz – Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur, Bludenz, Austria

1992
Snap-On-Art, Marguerite Oestreicher, New Orleans, LA

1990
Domestic Photos of the 70s, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1989
My Movie Star, Simonne Stern Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1988
I Have My Own Ideas, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Doubling, Graham Gallery, Houston, TX

1987
Pictures on Words, Allen Street, Dallas, TX

1986
Untitled, Artists League Texas, Abilene, TX
VCR Film Still, Graham Gallery, Houston, TX
Untitled, University of Texas, Arlington, TX

1985
VCR Film Still Series, Asher/Faure, Los Angles, CA

1981
Installation: Vitruvian Context, Ohio State University of Art, Columbus, OH

1980
Reproductions of Reproductions, Center Creative Photography, AZ
Bookspines, Fraenkel Gallery, San Fransisco, CA
Bookspines, Asher/Faure, Los Angeles, CA
Installation: Vitruvian Contex, Zriny Hayes, Chicago, IL

1979
Scale (poster), Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
Bibliography(s), Lawson deCelle, San Francisco, CA

1976
Vitruvian Context: 1482-1976, San Jose State University Art Gallery, San Jose, CA
The Photographic Works, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Outside/Inside (poster), The Coffee Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1975
Bracketing, Darkroom Workshop, Berkeley, CA
8 x 10 (catalog), Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

1974
8 x 10, Lamkin Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
Photographic Corners, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

1973
Photography of Ennui, deSaisset Art Gallery, University of Santa Clara, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Richard Wright: Nine Chains To The Moon (Chapter 3), BQ, Berlin, Germany

2014
PURE WATER, LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz, Austria

2012
Photography, Sequence, & Time, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

2009
Galaxy: A Hundred Or So Stars Visible To The Naked Eye, University of California,
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA

2002
Picturing Modernity, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

2001
Recent Acquisitions (Three Circles), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF, CA
Post Modern Americans, Menil Collection, Houston, TX

1998
Photography After Modernism, San Francisco Musuem of Modern Art, SF, CA

1996
7 Strangers, Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1994
Dialogues with Photography (catalog), Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Picasso to Christo, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

1993
Multiple Images Since 1965, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1993
Cast in Glass, Gallery 1/0, New Orleans, LA
Sprung in Dei Zeit (Jump Into Time) (catalog), Berlinisched Galerie, Berlin, Germany

1992
Crowning Achievements, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA

1991
Object and Image, Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Murdering Representation, X-ART & Glass Works, New Orleans, LA
Off the Canvas, Asher/Faure, Los Angeles, CA

1990
Crossing the Line: Word & Image, Montgomery Art Museum, Pomona, CA
Big Pictures: Large-Scale Photography in California, Mills College, Oakland, CA

1989
150 Years of Photography, Oliver Art Center College Art & Crafts, CA

1987
Third Coast: Texas Art (catalog), Aspen Art Center, Aspen, CO
Found, Diverseworks, Houston, TX
Photography Technology, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
Photography & Art Since 1945, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

1986
Black, White & Color (poster), Diverseworks, Houston, TX
Still: Cinema & Video Transformed, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

1984
Photography in California since 1945, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

1983
Big Pictures by Contemporary Photographers (catalog), MOMA, New York, NY

1982
20th Century Photography from MOMA Collection, Seibu, Tokyo, Japan
Target Three: In Sequence (catalog), Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX

1981
Photographs & Words (catalog), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Erweiterte Fotographi (catalog), 5 Internationale Wien, Wien, Austria

1980
Absage An Das Einzeiblid (catalog), Folkwang Museum Fotogrfische Sammlung, Essen,
West Germany

1979
Texas Contemporary Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX

1978
Global Passport (catalog), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

1977
West Coast Conceptual Photography (catalog), LaMamelle, San Francisco, CA

1976
Photography And Language (catalog), CameraWork, San Francisco, CA

1974
New Photography: San Francisco and the Bay Area (catalog), The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. Traveled to Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, San Diego, CA.

1972
Portfolios and Series, Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA

1970
San Francisco Art Institute Centennial Exhibition (catalog), San Francisco, CA

AWARDS/GRANTS

1996
Louisiana Division of the Arts, Artist’s Mini Grant

1995
Florsheim Fund for Purchase of Artist’s Work, University Art Museum, Berkley, CA

1989
American Federation of Arts, Award of Excellence, (catalog), Louisiana Artists Pages: Love in
the Ruins

1986
National Endowment for the Arts, Photography

1981
National Endowment for the Arts, Photography Publications (The Restless Decade)

1980
National Endowment for the Arts, Photography
National Endowment for the Arts, Photography Publications (The Restless Decade)
National Endowment for the Arts, Photography Exhibitions (Photographs & Words), San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Printing Industries of America, Graphic Arts Award

1979
National Endowment for the Arts, Artist
National Endowment for the Arts, Photography Publication,
(Still Photography. The Problematic Model) NFS Press
Ellison Book Award, Design Citation (“harmony of text and format”), University of Cincinnati,
(Turtle: Poems:Book)

1976
Society for the encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA), (Photography and Language)

1975
National Endowment for the Arts, Photography

1974
Printing Industries of America, Graphic Arts Award
lio Liston Memorial Publications Award, Mills College and Western Association of Art
Museums, (The Thinker)

PUBLICATIONS

Thomas, Lew, ed. Stan Rice: Paintings, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
Thomas, Lew, ed. The Body Photographic, New Orleans: Contemporary Arts Center, 1995.
Thomas, Lew. Picture Book, New Orleans: NFS Press, 1994.
Thomas, Lew, ed. Visionary Imagists, New Orleans: Contemporary Arts Center, 1990.
Thomas, Lew, ed. Robert Carey Tannen: REPROspective, New Orleans: Contemporary Arts Center, 1990.
Thomas, Lew and Tom Dolan, eds. Louisiana Artists' Pages: Love in the Ruins, New Orleans: Contemporary Arts Center, 1989.
Thomas, Lew, ed. Lies and More Lies: Photography of Representation, New Orleans: Contemporary Arts Center, 1989.
Thomas, Lew, ed. Not for the Livingroom, Houston, TX: Diverseworks, 1986.
Thomas, Lew, ed. The Restless Decade: John Gutmann's Photographs of the Thirties, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1984.
Thomas, Lew, ed. The Restless Decade, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1986 (REPRINT).
Thomas, Lew, ed. Still Photography: The Problematic Model, San Francisco, CA: NFS Press, 1981.
Thomas, Lew, ed. Pages From A Child's Documentary, San Francisco, CA: NFS Press, 1980.
Thomas, Lew, ed. 18th near Castro Street X 24, San Francisco, CA: NFS Press, 1979.
Thomas, Lew, ed. Gay Semiotics, San Francisco, CA: NFS Press, 1978.
Thomas, Lew, ed. Photography & Ideology, Los Angeles, CA: Dumb Ox Press, 1977.
Thomas, Lew. Structuralism & Photography, San Francisco, CA: NFS Press, 1977.
Thomas, Lew and Donna-Lee Phillips, eds. Eros & Photography, San Francisco, CA: NFS Press, 1977.
Thomas, Lew, ed. Photography & Language, San Francisco, CA: NFS Press, 1976.
Thomas, Lew. 8 x 10, San Francisco, CA: NFS Press, 1975.
Thomas, Lew. The Thinker, San Francisco, CA: The Fine Arts Museum, 1974.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Verlag Jung und Jung, ed., Reines Wasser. Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz and Verlag Jung und Jung, 2014.
O’Toole, Erin. “Redux: Lew Thomas’s Structural(ism) and Photography,” Aperture Magazine (Winter 2014), pp. 13-14.
Lehrer-Graiwer, Sarah. “Top 10 of 2014: Lew Thomas,” ARTFORUM (December 2014), p. 263.
Bryant, Eric. “Lew Thomas,” Modern Painters, June 2014, p.87.                                         Waddington, Chris. “Local artist uses past and present to rich effect,” The Times Picayune, September 1995.
Bookhardt, D. Eric. “Personal Pastimes,” Inside Art, September 1995.
Green, Roger. “Taking photography beyond the obvious,” The Times Picayune, October 20, 1989, p. 21.
Strauss, David Levi. “Profile: Lew Thomas,” ACTS 5. London: St. James Press, 1986/87.
Johnstone, Mark. “Reshaping the Familiar,” Artweek (December 1985).
Lawrence, Michael. Review of Lew Thomas, Asher/Faure. West Hollywood Paper, December 12, 1985.
Ed. “On View at the Modern,” The New York Times, April 10, 1983, p. 33.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. “Photographs and Words, An Exhibition” (multi-page advertisement with reproductions of Lew Thomas’s work), Artforum, Summer 1981, p. 21-27.
Morgan, Robert C. “You Can’t Tell a Book by Its Cover (But You Can Locate a Text by Its Spine),” Journal Southern California Art + Magazine, October 1980, No. 28, pp. 53-55.
Murray, Joan. “Lew Thomas’ Library,” Artweek (August 1980).
Myers, Jr., George. “Culture & Anarchy: Structuralism and Photography, by Lew Thomas,” Gargoyle Magazine, February 1980.
Chahroudi, Martha. Review of Photography and Language. Afterimage, April 1977, p. 17.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
High Museum, Atlanta, GA
Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Walt Disney Development Company, Los Angeles, CA