About

Whitfield Lovell was born in 1959 in New York City. He received a BFA from Cooper Union in 1981. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum of American Art and the Seattle Art Museum. He is a 2007 recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Fellowship Award.

Exhibition

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Whitfield Lovell: First Impressions, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Whitfield Lovell: Distant Relations, Selections from the Kin Series, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Whitfield Lovell: Deep River, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN. Traveling to: Jepson Center, Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA (August 2014), Cummer Museum, Jacksonville, FL (May 2015)
2011 More Than You Know: Works By Whitfield Lovell, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
2010 Whitfield Lovell, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2009 Mercy, Patience and Destiny: The Women of Whitfield Lovell’s Tableaux, Woodruff Arts Center, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
2008 Whitfield Lovell: Kith and Kin, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
Whitfield Lovell: All Things in Time, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
2006 Whitfield Lovell, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Whitfield Lovell: Homegoing, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
2004 Whitfield Lovell: Tableaux, Olin Art Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Visitation: The Richmond Project, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
2003 That You Know Who We Are: Works by Whitfield Lovell, Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, Eatonville. FL
Whitfield Lovell: Ancestors, Flint Institute of Arts, MI
GRACE: A Project by Whitfield Lovell, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
Whitfield Lovell: Tableaux, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
2002 Whitfield Lovell: Embers, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
Whitfield Lovell: Memories, Thomasville Cultural Center, Thomasville, GA (traveled to Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA)
SANCTUARY: The Great Dismal Swamp, An Installation by Whitfield Lovell, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
2001 - 2002 Visitation: The Richmond Project, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA (traveled to: University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY; The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA)
2001 Whitfield Lovell, Recent Tableaux, Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Embers, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA
Beyond the Frame: Whitfield Lovell, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
2000 - 2002 Portrayals, Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York, Purchase, NY (traveled to: Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; Tubman African-American Museum, Macon, GA; Evansville Museum of Art, IN)
2000 Recent Tableaux, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
1999 - 2005 Whispers From the Walls - An Installation by Whitfield Lovell, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, TX (traveled to: Texas Fine Art Association, The Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, TX; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Robeson Art Gallery, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA; Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Texarkana, TX; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL; Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC; California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Reed College, Portland, OR; National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN; San Antonio Museum of Art, TX; Louisiana State University, Union Art Gallery, LA; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum, Logan, KS)
1998 Collecting Inspiration, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
1997 DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, NC
1993 Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, NY
1988 Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
1987 Harlem School of the Arts, New York, NY
1985 John Jay College, New York, NY
1984 Galeria Morivivi, New York, NY
1982 Interchurch Center, New York, NY


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Personal Recollections: Gifts from Robert Dannin & Jolie Stahl, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Modern Vision: American Sculptor’ Drawings from the Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan Collection, Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil Way from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL
2014 The Annual 2014: Redefining Tradition, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
Recent Acquisitions, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Please Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
2013 Woods, Lovely, Dark, and Deep, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
404 E 14th, organized by Tom Burckhardt, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY
Rethinking the American Dream: featuring work by Robert Indiana, Russell Young, and Whitfield Lovell, Long-Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2012 Roots and Links: Gifts from the Women’s Committee of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Picture Takers, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ
African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center, organized by the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, DC (traveling to: The David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD and other venues through 2015)
Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Traveling to: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA (April 17 – July 1, 2014); Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, IA (October 14, 2014 – January 2015); Vero Beach Museum of Art, FL (September 2-15 – January 2016)

2011 – 2012 New Prints 2011/Autumn, International Print Center New York, New York, NY. Traveled to University of Texas, Austin, TX
2011 War Prizes: The Cultural Legacy of Slavery & the Civil War, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
The Question of Drawing, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME
Never the Same Twice, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
Cake Walk Unveiled: Contemporary Artists Respond to the Past, The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
Printed by Master Printers, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT
2010 – 2011 Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, The David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
2010 Threads: Textiles and Fiber in the Works of African American Artists, EK Projects, Beijing, China
Anonymous, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
Works on Paper from the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art, The Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL
Themes of Identity: Selections from the Hunter Museum Collection, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
United States Mission to the United Nations, New York: ART in Embassies Exhibition, United Nations, New York, NY
Framed, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
2009 The 184th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, National Academy of Deisgn, New York, NY
Beyond Appearances, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
Collection Selections: Focus on Faces, Austin Museum of Art, TX
Sound:Print:Record: African American Legacies, University Museums, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Trees, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
Works on Paper from the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art, Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, TX; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
Through the Eyes of Others: African Americans & Identity in American Art, New York State Museum, Albany, NY
The American Scene, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
Collected. Propositions on the Permanent Collection, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Themes of Identity: Selections from the Hunter Museum’s Permanent Collection, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
2008 Houston Collects: African American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Works on Paper from the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art, Degenstein Art Gallery, Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
Black Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
The Other Mainstream II: Selections from the Collection of Mikki and Stanley Weithorn, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
Provocative Visions: Race and Identity-Selections from the Permanent Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2007 Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Still I Rise: African American Art from the Collection, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
182ND Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
At Freedom’s Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD
Taking Aim: Selections from the Elliot L. Perry Collection, Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
African American Art Works on Paper and Selections from the AT&T Art
Collection, The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH
Figure It! The Human Factor In Contemporary Art, The Clay Center, Charleston, WV
Works from the Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
2006 Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery, New York Historical Society, New York, NY
Soul Food! African American Cooking and Creativity, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
2005 A Sense of Place: Contemporary African-American Art, University Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, PA
Africa in America, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Collection Remixed, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
2004 Common Ground: 150 Years of Community in Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture, The American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY
Everyday Mysteries: Modern and Contemporary Still Life, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
Southern Journeys, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
2003 Black is a Color: African American Art at the Corcoran, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Art a Century Apart: 1903 and 2003, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
Images of the Spirit, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
The Culture of Violence, Samuel Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
Modern Storytellers: Bearden, Birch, Lovell, Ringgold, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Skowhegan Faculty Exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, ME
Celebrating African American Art, Craven Gallery, West Tisbury, MA
The Way They See It, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
Growing Up: Childhood in American and Native American Art, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Collector's Show, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Reality/Fiction: (Re)constructing Representation, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Queens, NY
2003 - 2005 African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, New York Historical Society, New York, NY. Traveling to: Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN; The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, FL; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH; Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH; The Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
2002 - 2003 De Kooning to Today: Highlights from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2002 Turn of the Century, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
One Thousand Words, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
The Art of Collecting Prints, Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2001 Skowhegan Faculty Exhibition, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
About Face: Collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch, Jr., Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Three Contemporary Artists in the Classroom: Whitfield Lovell, Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC
Selections: Painting, Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY
Beauty Without Regret, curated by Robert Kushner, Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Drawing on Language, curated by Carter E. Foster and Stephan F. F. Jost, SPACES, Cleveland, OH
Self-Made Men, curated by Alexi Worth, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
Identities: Contemporary Portraiture, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
Recent Acquisitions, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
About Face: Considering Portraits, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
A Shriek from an Invisible Box, Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2000 Hunter Gallery Selects, Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY
The Persistence of Photography in American Portraiture, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Good Business is the Best Art: Twenty Years of the Artist in the Marketplace Program, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
20th Century: Gifts for the 21st, Soho 20, New York, NY
2000 1/2: Going Forward Looking Back, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Memory and Material, Constructions and Compilations, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Urban Mythologies: The Bronx Represented Since the 1960s, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY
African American Art: Recent Acquisitions, National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
Fifteen, The Lobby Gallery, Deutsche Bank, New York, NY
1998 Food For Thought: A Visual Banquet, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
Major African-American Artwork Exhibition, Craven Gallery, West Tisbury, MA
1997 An Assessment of Contemporary Figuration, David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Sexta Bienal de La Habana, Havana, Cuba
Real: Figurative Narratives in Contemporary African American Art, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
This Is Why We Sing, Atrium Gallery, Morristown, NJ
1996 National Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Round 3 Installations, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX
Dia de los Muertos, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
Starting with Flowers, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
1995 Inaugural Exhibition, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
African American Works from the Permanent Collection, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
It’s How You Play the Game, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY
Murder, curated by John Yau, Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA (traveled to: Wolfson Gallery, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL; Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY)
Resisting Categories, curated by Emma Amos, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
1994 The Animal Show, Goddard Riverside Center, New York, NY
Consecrations: The Spiritual in the Time of AIDS, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, St. Louis, MO
Empowerment: The Art of African Americans, Krasdale Gallery, White Plains, NY
Identity Crisis, The Puffin Foundation, New York, NY
Trees, Midtown Payson Galleries, New York, NY
Page 9: Artist's Books Show, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
1993 - 1996 Current Identities: Recent Painting in the US, Cuenca Bienal, Cuenca, Ecuador (traveled to: Museum of Contemporary Art, Panama City, Panama; Salon Cultural Bancatlan, Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Patronato Pro Patrimonio Cultural, San Salvador, El Salvador; Binational Center, San José, Costa Rica; Museum of Modern Art, Medellín, Colombia; Museum of Modern Art, Bogotá, Colombia; Montevideo, Uruguay; Caracas, Venezuela; BNC’s Agustin Barrios Gallery, Asunción, Paraguay; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
1993 Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC
Portraits/Retratos, INTAR Gallery, New York, NY
1992 The Family, Goddard Riverside Center, New York, NY
Through the Eyes of Change, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
Good Work, Houghton Gallery, Cooper Union, New York, NY
1991 - 1992 Interrogating Identity, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY (traveled to: Madison Art Center, Madison, WI; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH; Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL)
Art Awareness, Lexington, KY
International Invitational, University of Hawaii at Hilo, HI
Laughing to Keep from Crying, Manhattan Community College, New York, NY
The Persistence of Memory, Bronx Museum Satellite at The Jewish Home, New York, NY
Happiness is a Warm Gun, Webo Gallery, New York, NY
Maps and Madness, Marine Midland Bank, New York, NY
The New School Collects: Recent Acquisitions, Parsons Exhibitions Center, New York, NY
The Human Circumstance, NYNEX Gallery, New York, NY
Race and Culture, City College Gallery, New York, NY
Artist in the Marketplace, Pepsico Gallery, New York, NY
Images from the Common Ground, Art in General, New York, NY
Family Stories, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York, NY
1990 New Perspectives, Wolfson Gallery, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL
El Arte de Resistencia, Galeria El Bohio, New York, NY
1989 Selections from the Slide Files, Artists Space, New York, NY
Small Works, Cinque Gallery, New York, NY
The Live Ones, Prospect Park Boat House, New York, NY
1988 New Visions, Queens Museum, New York, NY
Contemporary Nudes, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY
Continuance/Art of the African Diaspora, Aljira Gallery, Newark, NJ
Oversized: Contemporary Large Scale Prints, Hostos College Gallery, New York, NY
Who’s Uptown: Harlem ’87, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY
1987 Two-Person Show, Cinque Gallery, New York, NY
Masters and Pupils, curated by Kellie Jones, Metropolitan Life Gallery, New York, NY (traveled to: Jamaica Arts Center, New York, NY)
1986 Curator’s Choice, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY
Self-Portrait, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, NY
Black Visions, Tweed Gallery, New York, NY
Pisces Show, Weisner Gallery, New York, NY
Natural Disaster Show, Longwood Arts Gallery, New York, NY
Democracy at Work, Longwood Arts Center, New York, NY
1985 Leonarda DiMauro Gallery, New York, NY
Forecast Future Images, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, NY
Through a Master Printer, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY
South Bronx Show, Bronx River Art Gallery, New York, NY
In a Stream of Ink, Columbia Museum, Columbia, SC
Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1984 Artists in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY
Art Against Apartheid, curated by Willie Birch, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY
South Bronx Show, Fashion Moda, New York, NY
Affirmations of Life, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, NY
Two-Person Show, Studio Museum in Harlem Satellite Gallery, Harlem State Office Building, New York, NY
1983 Art Biz, Just Above Midtown/Downtown Gallery, New York, NY
Artists Prints, Cayman Gallery, New York, NY
Trans-Fers, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY
1982 Invitational, AIR Gallery, New York, NY
The Beauty Show, ABC No Rio, New York, NY
1981 Invitational Show, AIR Gallery, New York, NY