Leonid Lerman: Bio

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1953 Born in Odessa, USSR
1965-1969 Attends Odessa School of Art
1970-1971 Attends Professional School of Mosaics and Wood Carving, Odessa
1979 Receives M.F.A. from Leningrad Higher School of Art and Industry, USSR
1980 Emigrates to the United States
1981 Receives James Wilburt Johnston Sculpture Award, Washington, D.C.
2011 Elected as honorary National Academician, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
Lives and works in New York, NY


1985 * C.A.S.E. Museum of Russian Contemporary Art in Exile, Jersey City, NJ
1986 Paulo Salvador Gallery, New York
1987 Tradition Three Thousand Gallery, New York
1988 * On the Edge: The Sculpture of Leonid Lerman, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC
1989 * Leonid Lerman: Sculptures and Drawings, Riskin-Sinow Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Sculpture Center Gallery, New York
1993 Paintings, McKee Gallery, New York
1994 Leonid Lerman: Complex Presentiment, Modernism, San Francisco
Landscape of a Victory, McKee Gallery, New York
1999 New Sculpture, McKee Gallery, New York
2002 Ronchini Arte Contemporanea, Terni, Italy
2003 * The Last Man, McKee Gallery, New York
2005 * Leonid Lerman: The Last Man and Related Works, Freedman Gallery, Albright College
Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
2006 New Sculpture, McKee Gallery, New York
2008 * Phantom of Malevich, White Space Gallery, London
2010 Leonid Lerman: Casting Shadows, McKee Gallery
2012 Leonid Lerman, Sculpture Garden and Carriage House, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY
Playing with Fire: Terracottas, McKee Gallery
2014 John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY


1978 Menage Exhibition Hall, Leningrad
1982 * Centre des Congrès de Québec, Canada
1983 Terminal New York, Brooklyn, New York
1984 Sculpture Center Gallery, New York
Paulo Salvador Gallery, New York
Now Gallery, New York

1985 IMF, Washington, D.C.
P.S. 1, Long Island City, New York
Galerie Marie-Therese, Paris, France
C.A.S.E. Museum of Russian Contemporary Art in Exile, Jersey City, NJ
13 Hour Gallery, New York
Sculpture Center Gallery, New York
1986 * Gallery International 52, New York
No Se No Gallery, New York
1987 City Gallery, New York
Kraine Gallery, New York
* Kenkeleba Gallery, New York
1988 Res Nova Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1989-1990 * Transit: Russian Artists Between the East and West, Fine Arts Museum of
Long Island, Hempstead, New York
1990 State Russian Museum, Leningrad
* The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
The Drawing Center, New York
Russian Artists in Exile, Milton J. Weill Art Gallery, 92nd Street Y, New York
1993 Monumental Propaganda, Courtyard Gallery, World Financial Center, New York
1993-1994 Old Symbols / New Icons in Russian Contemporary Art, Stuart Levy Fine Art, New York
1994 Ideal Landscapes: Artists from the Former Soviet Union, de Saisset Museum, Santa
Clara University, CA
Selected Works on Paper, Modernism, San Francisco
1995 Heroes and Heroines: From Myth to Reality, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit,
5 + 5, Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, New York
Prospekts: Contemporary Russian Art from New York, Chase Manhattan Bank, SoHo
branch, New York
1998 * The Edward R. Broida Collection, Orlando Museum of Art, FL
Shaping Space: Drawings by Six Contemporary Sculptors, Dunedin Fine Art Center, FL
Sculpture, McKee Gallery, New York
Faculty Show, Sculpture Center School, New York
1999 Red Square, Smack Mellon Studios, Brooklyn, New York
1999-2000 Manifestations of the Human Spirit, Joshua Lowenfels, The Baldacchino, New York
2000 Group Show, McKee Gallery, New York
Three Works from the Edward R. Broida Collection, Audrey Jones Beck Building, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2001 A Private Reading: The Book As Image and Object, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New
2002 National Academy of Design Museum, New York
2004 * Drawing Today, New Arts Gallery, Litchfield, CT
2005 Sculpture: An Intuitive View, McKee Gallery, New York
* Twentieth Century Sculptors of Russian and Eastern European Origin, Mimi Ferzt Gallery,
New York
2006 Collage in Russia, 20th Century, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
2007 Small Bodies, McKee Gallery, New York
2009 XXXMalevich, Anya Stonelake/White Space Gallery, London
Art About Art, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
2010 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
Sculpture, McKee Gallery, New York
2012 * The Annual: 2012, Contemporary Art Since 1826, National Academy Museum, New York
2014 Art in Nature, Greenwood Gardens, Short Hills, NJ
Contemporary Drawing, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2014-2015 * Rauschenberg: Collecting & Connecting, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC

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Ileana Suarez, “Artists paint Lady Liberty on box car,” The Hudson Dispatch, November 8, 1984.
Naomi Kenan, “’Eight One-Man Shows’ on exhibition,”The Jersey Journal, November 1, 1985.
Roger Green, “Nova artists shine together,”The Times-Picayune, March 6, 1988.
Jana Kollias, “Artist searches for identity,” The Chronicle, September 8, 1988.
Max Halperen, “Fight of the century,” Leader Magazine, September 15, 1988.
Henry A. Vermillion, The Spectator, September 15 – 21, 1988.
Dennis Szakacs, “Sightings: Great Fun,” The Independent, September 22 – October 5, 1988.
Max Halperen, “An artist between two cultures: The moralistic wit of Leonid Lerman,” The Arts Journal, October 1988.
Phyllis Braff, “Emigré Works Reflect Tension of the Journey,” The New York Times, November 19, 1989.
Karen Wilkin, “At the Galleries,” Partisan Review, Spring 1993.
“Leonid Lerman,” Art Korea, April 1998.
JoAnne Milani, “Quality’s the theme in collector’s show,” The Tampa Tribune, May 24, 1998.
“Body Types,” New York Magazine, August 3, 1998.
JoAnne Milani, “Gallery Gilmpses,” The Tampa Tribune, August 23, 1998
Deborah Everett, NY Arts, vol. 4, no. 3, 1999.
Ken Johnson, “Leonid Lerman,” The New York Times, March 26, 1999.
Nancy Princenthal, “Leonid Lerman at McKee,” Art in America, September 1999.
Lance Esplund, “The More the Merrier,” Modern Painters, Winter 1999.
Barry Walker, “Tina Turner, Christopher Wilmarth / In the Blue Blackness of My Sleep, Leonid Lerman: From The Edward R. Broida Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, brochure © 2000.
Ron Schira, “Creating a Language for One’s Art,” Reading Eagle, January 23, 2005.
“A Visit to Leonid Lerman’s Studio,” Logos, [web page]; http://www.logosjournal.com/issue_4.1
/lerman.htm [Accessed, March 31, 2005].
Jonathan Gilmore, “Leonid Lerman at McKee,” Art in America, April 2007.
Eric Gelber, “Small Bodies: Sculptures by Leonid Lerman, Jeanne Silverthorne, and William Tucker,” The New York Sun, April 26, 2007.
“Leonid Lerman: I am Interested in Universal Art,” ARTS: The Art Magazine, Vol. 10. LXV. No. 572, 2010.
D. Dominick Lombardi, “Leonid Lerman at McKee Gallery,” The Huffington Post, November 19, 2012. [web page]; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/d-dominick-lombardi/new-hudsonsecond-nature_b_1972079.html . [Accessed December 1, 2012].