Graham, John, 1887-1961

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1887-01-08
Death 1961-06-27
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Jack Mayer was an art dealer and owner of Gallery Mayer, New York, which handled the work of painter John Graham. Graham, born Ivan Gratsianovitch Dombrovski in Kiev, Russia in 1886 (baptised in 1881, hence the use of that year on many authoritative sources), came to N.Y. in 1920 and was a central figure among American avant-garde artists, especially from the late 1920s to 1940s. Graham was also a collector of African art which inspired an interest in primitivism in his work. Graham moved to Mexico in 1936. In 1937 he published Systems and Dialectics of Art, stimulating American artists interest in primitive art.

From the description of Papers of and related to John D. Graham, [ca. 1950-1960]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86118714

Painter, collector; New York and Mexico.

Born Ivan Gratsianovitch Dombrovski in Kiev, Russia. His birthday is listed as 27 December, 1886 but after 1917 Russia adopted the Gregorian calendar changing the date to 7 January, 1887. He moved to New York in 1920, changing his name to John Dabrowsky Graham. He was a central figure among American avant-garde artists, especially from the late 1920's-1940's.

From the description of John D. Graham notebook and sketchbook, 1944-1946. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122370586

John D. Graham (1887-1961) was a painter and collector from New York and Mexico.

Born Ivan Gratsianovitch Dombrovski in Kiev, Russia. Various legal documents list his birth as 1886, 1887, or 1888. He moved to New York in 1920, changing his name to John Dabrowsky Graham. He was a central figure among American avant-garde artists, especially from the late 1920's-1940's. His understanding of cubism and surrealism made him a link to the European art scene. He helped Stuart Davis, Lee Krasner, William de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, and David Smith gain recognition and critical acclaim. His interest in horses, Jungian psychology, yoga, and the occult appear as themes in his work. Graham collected African art which he exhibited in New York inspiring an interest in primitivism among artists. Frank Crowninshield commissioned Graham to assemble an African art collection for him. Graham moved to Mexico in 1936. In 1937, he published SYSTEMS AND DIALECTICS OF ART, stimulating American artists interest in primitive art.

From the description of John D. Graham papers, 1799-1988, bulk 1890-1961. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 430379235

Painter, collector; New York and Mexico.

Born Ivan Gratsianovitch Dombrovski in Kiev, Russia. Various legal documents list his birth as 1886, 1887, or 1888. He moved to New York in 1920, changing his name to John Dabrowsky Graham. He was a central figure among American avant-garde artists, especially from the late 1920's - 1940's. His understanding of cubism and surrealism made him a link to the European art scene. He helped Stuart Davis, Lee Krasner, William de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, and David Smith gain recognition and critical acclaim. His interest in horses, Jungian psychology, yoga, and the occult appear as themes in his work. Graham collected African art which he exhibited in New York inspiring an interest in primitivism among artists. Frank Crowninshield commissioned Graham to assemble an African art collection for him. Graham moved to Mexico in 1936. In 1937, he published SYSTEMS AND DIALECTICS OF ART, stimulating American artists interest in primitive art.

From the description of John D. Graham papers, 1799-1988 (bulk 1890-1961). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 245518408

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  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Surrealism
  • Cubism
  • Painting, Modern--20th century
  • Art--Collectors and collecting
  • Authors
  • Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
  • Expatriate painters
  • Artists as authors
  • Antiques
  • Painters

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  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)
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  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)
  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)
  • Russia (Federation)--Kiev (as recorded)