Adja Yunkers, Miss Everready, color woodcut, 1952, private collection
Riga, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire
New York City
|Known for||Painting, printmaking|
Adja Yunkers (1900–1983) was an American abstract painter and printmaker. He was born in Riga, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire in 1900. He studied art in Leningrad, Berlin, Paris, and London. He lived in Paris for 14 years, and then moved to Stockholm in 1939. In Stockholm, he published and edited the arts magazines ARS magazine and Creation magazine. In 1947 he moved to the United States, where he lived for the rest of his life. He held a teaching position at the New School for Social Research in New York while summers were spent teaching at the University of New Mexico. In 1949, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. During the 1950s he primarily worked in color woodcuts, introducing brushwork into the genre. In 1960, he began producing lithographs. He produced two important series of lithographs at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles―Salt (five lithographs) and Skies of Venice (ten lithographs). Yunkers died in New York City in 1983.
- Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
- Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida
- Brooklyn Museum, New York City
- Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
- Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
- Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire
- Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California
- Hamburg Kunsthalle, Germany
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
- Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii
- Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
- Museum of Modern Art, New York City
- National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
- Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Illinois
Museo Pedro Coronel Zacatecas, México
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
- Stockholm National Gallery, Sweden
- University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum
- Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Chile
- Leeper, John Palmer (1952). New Mexico Artists. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico. p. 68.
- Bartelik, Marek, To Invent a Garden, The Life and Art of Adja Yunkers, New York, Hudson Hills Press, 2000.
- Johnson, Una E. & Jo Miller, Adja Yunkers; Prints 1927-1967, Brooklyn, N.Y., Brooklyn Museum, 1969.
- Paz, Octavio, Blanco, Illuminations by Adja Yunkers, Yunkers, 1974.
- University of New Mexico, New Mexico Artists: John Sloan, Ernest L. Blumenschein, Gustave Baumann, Kenneth M. Adams, Adja Yunkers, Raymond Jonson, Peter Hurd, Howard Cook, Albuquerque, N.M., University of New Mexico Press, 1952.
- Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Adja Yunkers, Salt Lake City, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 1969.
- Yunkers, Adja, Adja Yunkers, Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museaum, 1962.