Buffie Johnson

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Buffie Johnson
Photo of Buffie Johnson.jpg
The artist "Buffie at 30", Circa 1935, photograph by Edward Weston
Born(1912-02-12)February 12, 1912
New York, New York
DiedAugust 11, 2006(2006-08-11) (aged 94)
New York, New York
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Known forPainting
MovementSurrealism, Abstract Expressionism

Buffie Johnson (February 12, 1912 – August 11, 2006) was an American painter, associated with the Abstract Imagists.


Born in New York City, Johnson studied in her youth at the Académie Julian in Paris and at the Art Students League of New York.[1] She had lessons with Francis Picabia and Stanley William Hayter,[2] and she earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1943, Johnson was included in Peggy Guggenheim's show Exhibition by 31 Women at the Art of This Century gallery in New York.[3] From 1946 to 1950 she taught at the Parsons School of Design. She received many awards, including fellowships from Yaddo, the Bollingen Foundation, and the Edward Albee Foundation and her work appeared at the Whitney Biennial on multiple occasions. Organizations holding examples of her work include the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the National Collection of Fine Arts; the Walker Art Center; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and Yale University.[1] In 1988 she published Lady of the Beasts: Ancient Images of the Goddess and Her Sacred Animals. Twice married – her second husband was the critic Gerald Sykes – Johnson was survived by a daughter.[2]


She was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in the Arts 2007 by the College Art Association Committee on Women in the Arts (CWA) and the Women's Caucus for Art (WCA).[4]


  1. ^ a b Jules Heller; Nancy G. Heller (19 December 2013). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-63882-5.
  2. ^ a b "Buffie Johnson, Artist and Friend of Artists, Dies at 94". The New York Times. 2 September 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  3. ^ Butler, Cornelia H.; Schwartz, Alexandra (2010). Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art. New York: Museum of Modern Art. p. 45. ISBN 9780870707711.
  4. ^ "Buffie Johnson - Biography". artNET. Retrieved 16 August 2018.

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