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Richard Filipowski (Polish, 1923-2008) was a United States-based artist and member of the New Bauhaus. Born in Poland in 1923, Filipowski’s family emigrated to Canada in 1927. Inspired by his teenage discovery of a Museum of Modern Art exhibition catalog on the Bauhaus school, FIlipowski decided to pursue a formal eduction in the arts. Upon the completion of his studies, Filipowski sought out Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, a founding member at the New Bauhaus, appealing to him for his mentorship. So impressed by the young Filipowski’s talents and tenacity, Moholy-Nagy invited him to join his program. There he was instructed across a range of media, including painting and metalwork, all under the tenants and style of the Bauhaus. A remarkable apprentice, Filipowski was eventually asked to join the Faculty at the New Bauhaus where he taught along side Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer from 1946-1950. He would subsequently go on to hold positions at the Institute of Design in Chicago as well as the Harvard School of Design and MIT in Boston.

While Filipowski was a prolific artist, creating hundreds of drawings, paintings, sculptures, he was deeply private about his personal creative endeavors. Referring to them as “art of the psyche”, he believe that they were purely a process of self-expression and exploration, a personal endeavor not need not be subject to criticism of commercialization. This impulse towards privacy, coupled with his lifelong dedication to educating others, are contributing factors to his having achieved less notoriety than some of his Bauhaus peers.

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RICHARD FILIPOWSKI (1923-2008)
 
Education
1942-46  Institute of Design, Chicago, IL
1938-42  Art Studies in Toronto, Canada
 
Teaching Positions
1953-89  Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1950-52  Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
1946-50  Institute of Design, Chicago
 
Awards
1988    Named Professor Emeritus by M.I.T.
1967    The Aleck and Ruth McClean Award
1958    First Prize for Sculpture, Boston Arts Festival
1957    Alfred P. Sloan Award, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1945    Honorable Mention, national design competition for dormitories at
                 Smith College
1941    Vimy Ridge Memorial Poster Competition
 
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018    Hostler Burrows, New York, NY (forthcoming) 
2013    Richard FIlipowski: Beyond the Bauhaus, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
2009    Acme Fine Art and Design, Boston, MA
2005    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
1989    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
1988    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
1974    Joan Peterson Gallery, Boston, MA
1969    University State College, Oneonta, NY
1968    Fitchburg Art Museum, MA   
1966-71  Art in Embassies Program, US State Department
1964    Joan Peterson Gallery, Boston, MA
1962    Joan Peterson Gallery, Boston, MA
1958    De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
1953    Boris Mirski Gallery, Boston, MA
1951    Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1950    Linn Gallery, Winnetka, IL
1947    Institute of Design, Chicago, IL
 
Selected Group Exhibitions
2006    De Menil Museum, Houston, TX
2005    Noguchi Museum, New York, NY
1972    De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
1969    Marblehead Arts Festival, MA
            Gallery of the State Street Bank, Boston, MA
            Prudential Center Gallery, Boston, MA
            De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
1968    Beverly Tercentenary Celebration Arts Festival, MA
1967    Ogunquit Art Museum, ME
            Joan Peterson Gallery, Boston, MA
            Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
            Prudential Center Gallery, Boston, MA
1966    Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
            Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

1965    Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
            De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
1963    Museum of Art and Science, Nashua, NH
            Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
1960    Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
1959    Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
            Nexus Gallery, Boston, MA
            Boston Arts Festival, Boston, MA
1958    Boston Arts Festival, Boston, MA
1949    Illinois State Museum
            Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1948    The Benjamin Gallery, Chicago, IL
            Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1947    Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1944    Julian Levy Gallery, New York, NY
 

Public Collections
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Walter Gropius House Museum
Addison Gallery of American Art
De Menil Collection Museum
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum
Cary Memorial Library
David Rockefeller
State Street Bank and Trust Company
Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company
Chase Manhattan Bank
First National Bank
 
Selected Commissions
1965    Untitled, Revere Copper and Brass Corporation
            Cross, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, PA
1964    Untitled, Sheraton Corporation, Prudential Center, Boston, MA
            Fence, North End Branch, Boston Public Library
1963    Cross, Chancel Light and Candelabra, Trinity Lutheran Church,
                 Chelmsford, MA

1962    Ark in the Chapel, Temple B’rith Kodesh, Rochester, NY
1960    Untitled, Sheraton Corporation, Dallas, TX
1956    Candelabra, Temple Emmanuel, Dallas, TX
1955    Relief for Ark, Entranceway and Eternal Light, Temple Israel,
                 Swampscott, MA

 
Bibliography
Richard Filipowski: Art and Design Beyond the Bauhaus, Marisa Bartolucci,
                 editor. The Monacelli Press, 2018
Opening Note, Hattula Moholy-Nagy

Finding Form:  The Art of Richard Filipowski, exhibition publication, M.I.T.
                 Museum, 2005

Lessons Learned:  Thoughts on Filipowski, Richard Dattner and Carol Bankerd
At the Intersections of Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, and Design, Larry List
The Quiet Man, Larry Weinberg, Modern Magazine, Fall 2010
A Gift of Friendship, Carol Bruce, Historic New England Museum, 2002

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