Breckenridge, Texas, 1928 - 2010

Shirley West

Shirley West was a painter and sculptor, originated from Texas, who lived in Tribeca, New York, for most of her artistic life. One of her teachers was Max Beckmann, who, in the 1950’s, invited her to study with him at the University of Colorado, Boulder. West had her first solo show of drawings and paintings at the Museum of Modern Art in Miami in 1961. Throughout the ’60’s and ’70’s, Ms. West was active in the Art Students League in New York. Between 1968 and the early ’70’s, she built three large concrete outdoor sculptures that were constructed and remain on permanent display in Gainesville and Micanopy, Florida. A late highlight of Shirley West’s career was her solo show “Discovery: A Retrospective” in October and November of 2009 at the...

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Biography

Shirley West was a painter and sculptor, originated from Texas, who lived in Tribeca, New York, for most of her artistic life. One of her teachers was Max Beckmann, who, in the 1950’s, invited her to study with him at the University of Colorado, Boulder. West had her first solo show of drawings and paintings at the Museum of Modern Art in Miami in 1961. Throughout the ’60’s and ’70’s, Ms. West was active in the Art Students League in New York. Between 1968 and the early ’70’s, she built three large concrete outdoor sculptures that were constructed and remain on permanent display in Gainesville and Micanopy, Florida. A late highlight of Shirley West’s career was her solo show “Discovery: A Retrospective” in October and November of 2009 at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York.

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20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / Abstract and Figurative / American Art / Art after World War II / Art of the 1960s / Art of the 1970s / Art of the 2010s / Art Students League / Canvas / Contemporary American Art / Inspired by Cubism / Inspired by European Modernism / New York / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Porcelain / Sculpture / Smooth and Flat Surface / Still Life / United States / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1958

    MFA, Fine Arts, Columbia University, Columbia, Missouri

  • 1952

    BA, English Literature, Art History, Painting and Sculpture, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

  • 1949

    Associate of Arts, Stephens Coillege, Columbia, Missouri

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    West to West, Elga Wimmer PCC, New York

  • 2009

    Discovery: A Retrospective, Chelsea Art Museum, New York

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Education

  • 1958

    MFA, Fine Arts, Columbia University, Columbia, Missouri

  • 1952

    BA, English Literature, Art History, Painting and Sculpture, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

  • 1949

    Associate of Arts, Stephens Coillege, Columbia, Missouri

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    West to West, Elga Wimmer PCC, New York

  • 2009

    Discovery: A Retrospective, Chelsea Art Museum, New York