Harvey Breverman - five decades of printmaking and printmedia exploration

Daemen College to Present Exhibition of the Work of Harvey Breverman


September 29, 2011


Media:   Mike Andrei

              Director-College Relations




               Dr. Laura Sommer

              Associate Professor-Art History

               Director-Visual & Performing Arts Dept.



            In celebrating artist Harvey Breverman’s five decades of printmaking and printmedia exploration,  the Daemen College Fanette Goldman Carolyn Greenfield gallery will present the first public exhibition of “PRINTS/PROCESS/COLLABORATION: Drawn From Life,” a lithographic print suite portfolio. The exhibition will open on October 14, with a reception, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., in the gallery on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, in Amherst. The exhibit will close on November 11. It is free and open to the public.


            Drawn From Life features striking hand-drawn images of individuals connected to the literary and artistic worlds: pioneering poet Robert Creeley together with visual artist Jim Dine; acclaimed poets Susan Howe, Carl Dennis, Robert Duncan; and best-selling author Amy Tan. Also included are a self-portrait, and both handwritten and printed text for “Harvey’s Hip,” a poem by Robert Creeley.


            Of his subject matter and inspiration, Breverman comments “I have drawn them all on one or many occasions. Most are surrounded with disparate elements and idiosyncratic jottings wrenched out of context: they comprise a panoply of human emotion.”


            Hand-drawn on lithographic stones and aluminum plates by the artist, the limited edition of 20 was hand-processed and printed by Chunwoo Nam (a Tamarind Institute-trained master printer and award-winning international exhibitor), assisted by John Lee, John Shera, Seung Ho Shin.


            The lithographs are printed on Magnani Pescia Cream, Rives BFK Cream and Tan papers. Measuring 16 X 22 inches, each lithograph is signed and numbered by the artist, with the master printer’s chopmark affixed.


            Each copy of Drawn From Life is encased in a clothbound, four-flap enclosure portfolio handcrafted by Conservation Technician Kimberly Wagner at UB Libraries’ Center for Book Preservation. UB Visual Studies Experimental Print Imaging Center is the portfolio’s publisher.





        A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Harvey Breverman has exhibited in New York; Toronto; London; Amsterdam; Oslo; Paris; Bologna; Moscow; Basel; Barcelona; Crakow; Belgrade; Rome; Milan; Vienna; Honolulu; Tokyo; Caracas; and Rio de Janeiro. He has had eighty-four solo exhibitions. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum; the Whitney Museum; the Jewish Museum and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; The British Museum, London; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

        He received grants and awards from the Tiffany Foundation in 1962; the Netherlands Government in 1965; the New York State Council on the Arts (CAPS) in 1972; the National Endowment for the Arts in 1974 and 1980; and the American Academy/National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York in 1980 and 1981.

        Representing the U.S., he participated in International Print Biennales in England; Norway; Spain; Taiwan; China; Japan; Finland; Poland; Bulgaria; Italy; Germany; Egypt; Thailand; and Turkey. Breverman has taught and been a visiting artist at Ohio University; Illinois State; Michigan; Indiana; Skidmore; Maryland Institute; William and Mary; Oxford Universitys Ruskin School; England; Pont Aven School of Art; France; and Jagiellonian University, Poland. 

        A member of the National Academy since 1993, he received the Ralph Fabri Prize in 1993; the Leo Meissner Prize in 1995; the 1st Benjamin Altman Figure Painting Prize in 1999 and the Adolph and Clara Obrig Prize in Painting in 2001. In 2003 he received the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the College Art Association. He is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Art at the University at Buffalo.

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