Jack Youngerman

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Jack Youngerman
Born(1926-03-25)March 25, 1926
DiedFebruary 19, 2020(2020-02-19) (aged 93)
Known forPainter
MovementMinimal, Abstract, Ragged Edge

Jack Albert Youngerman (March 25, 1926 – February 19, 2020) was an American artist known for his constructions and paintings.[1]


Jack Youngerman was born in 1926 in Webster Groves, Missouri, moving to Louisville, Kentucky in 1929 with his family. He studied art at the University of North Carolina from 1944 to 1946 under a wartime navy training program, and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1947.[2] In the fall of 1947, Youngerman moved to Paris on a G.I. Scholarship; he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he studied with Jean Souverbie. He traveled to the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Greece, to visit art museums and historic sites. In 1948, he formed a lifelong friendship with Ellsworth Kelly and also met Eduardo Paolozzi and César, each fellow students at Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1950, Youngerman married the French actress Delphine Seyrig (1932–1990).

That same year, Youngerman had his first group exhibition, Les Mains eblouies at Galerie Maeght in Paris, which also included Pierre Alechinsky, Eduardo Chillida and Corneille. He visited the studios of Constantin Brancusi and Jean Arp with Kelly, and found himself influenced by their sense of organic form. He met Alexander Calder through his father-in-law, Henri Seyrig, a renowned archaeologist and cultural attache to the Free French delegation to the United States. During this time he became interested in the resurgence of geometric abstraction in Paris, especially in exhibitions such as Salon des Réalités Nouvelles which included Max Bill, Auguste Herbin and Richard Lohse. Youngerman also visited the Salon de Mai to see the most current work of the School of Paris artists, among them such masters as Henri Matisse.

Youngerman died of complications from a fall in Stony Brook, New York on February 19, 2020 at the age of 93.[3]

Public collections[edit]



Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 1981- Washburn Gallery, New York[6]
  • 1986- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York[7]


  1. ^ Raynor, Vivien (May 14, 1982). "ART: THE CEREBRAL FAIRGROUND OF JACK YOUNGERMAN'S SCULPTURE". The New York Times. p. 21. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Jack Youngerman profile Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine, wolffineart.com; accessed October 5, 2014.
  3. ^ "Jack Youngerman, Distinctively Abstract Artist, Dies at 93". The New York Times. February 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "Exchange|Search: artist:"Jack Youngerman"". exchange.umma.umich.edu. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  5. ^ Askart.com, Jack Youngerman Public collections
  6. ^ Raynor, Vivien (May 14, 1982). "ART: THE CEREBRAL FAIRGROUND OF JACK YOUNGERMAN'S SCULPTURE". The New York Times. p. 21. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  7. ^ Russell, John (1986-03-07). "ART: JACK YOUNGERMAN AT THE GUGGENHEIM". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 January 2014.

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