Biography

(1930-1998)

Allan D’Arcangelo was an American painter and printmaker.  Born in Buffalo, New York in 1930, D’Arcangelo studied painting in Mexico City from 1957 to 1959 under the G.I. Bill with modernist artist and critic John Golding.  D’Arcangelo returned to New York in 1959, and in 1963, his reputation as a seminal Pop artist was solidified with his first solo exhibition in New York’s Fischbach Gallery in which he showed his acrylic paintings of American highways and industrial landscapes.  He continued to show throughout the 1960s, and in 1971 just joined Marlborough Gallery.

During the five decades of his career, D’Arcangelo remained true to his unique interpretation of the modern American landscape, creating iconic, large-scale paintings of road signs, highways, and airplanes.  D’Arcangelo also taught throughout his career at the School of Visual Arts and Brooklyn College, and he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988-87.  By his death in 1998, D’Arcangelo was the subject of many one-man shows at 

 

such influential institutions as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), and the Institute of Contemporary Art (Chicago), as well as in several group shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), and the Museum of Modern Art (New York), where Pegasus was shown in their 1965-66 exhibition, Around the Automobile.

His work is in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum (New York); the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York); the Museum of Modern Art (New York); the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis); the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris); and the Museum Ludwig (Cologne).

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