Novros, David, 1941-

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David Novros (1941-) is a painter from New York, N.Y.

From the description of David Novros papers, 1963-2008. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 319940508

David Novros (1941-) is an abstract painter who lives and works in New York City.

From the description of Oral history interview with David Novros, 2008 Oct. 22-27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 297147997

David Novros (1941-) is an abstract painter in New York, NY.

Abstract painter David Novros was born in Los Angeles in 1941 and lived with his family in Van Nuys, California. His father, Lester Novros, was an artist whose interest in movement eventually led him to the Walt Disney Company, where he worked on animation projects. In 1941 he established his own production company, Graphic Films, and began teaching in the Cinema Department of the University of Southern California. Both David and his brother Paul were enamored with film; David turned to painting, but Paul followed in their father's line of work and became an award-winning film producer.

David entered the University of Southern California and studied painting with James Jervaisee. He made a few student films and sometimes worked with his father, but before long he turned to painting. During the summer of 1961, Novros attended courses at Yale and met Chuck Close, Brice Marden, and Vija Celmins.

After earning a B.F.A. in 1963, Novros completed his Army Reserve obligations and travelled in Europe. He moved to New York City in 1964 and met many Minimalist artists. Over the next several years, Novros's rectangular paintings gave way to multi-panel paintings and then to shaped panels. From the late 1960s through the 1970s, Novros developed a reputation as a geometric abstractionist. He showed at Park Place Gallery and had a solo exhibition at Virginia Dwan Gallery (Los Angeles) in 1966; the next year, his work was again presented at Park Place Gallery and at the Virginia Dwan Gallery (New York). Several solo exhibitions followed at Klaus Kertess's influential Bykert Gallery, as well as at other venues.

Novros participated in important exhibitions of abstraction, among them "Systemic Painting" (Guggenheim Museum, 1966), "Color and Structure" (Whitney Museum of American Art, 1971), and "Abstract-Geometry-Painting: Selected Geometric Abstract Painting in America since 1945" (Albright-Knox Gallery, 1989). In 1970, he was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

In the 1970s, Novros turned to fresco painting, and his eventual decision to focus on murals effectively removed him from the commercial gallery scene. One of his earliest commissions was a fresco painted in 1970 for the second floor of Donald Judd's studio/home. Other commissions include: Solar Triptych, a radial triptych that opens and closes throughout the day, for the lobby of Union Station, Newark, NJ (1984); a fresco in the Old Court House, Miami (1984); a painted-glass and copper fresco in the Gross Building, Winslow, Arizona (1994-1996); and the Liaunig Boat House with fresco paintings, Middleburgh, NY (1996-2003). A number of museums in the United States and Europe include Novros's work in their permanent collections, among them: Menil Collection, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum Liaunig (Austria), and Daimler contemporary (Berlin).

Mr. Novros lives and works in New York City.

From the guide to the David Novros papers, 1963-2008, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

Relation Name
associatedWith Brennan, Michael, person
associatedWith Bui, Phong, 1964- person
associatedWith Chrisman, Stephanie, person
associatedWith Colpitt, Frances. person
associatedWith Getty Research Institute. Contemporary Programs and Research. corporateBody
associatedWith Graham, Robert, 1938- person
associatedWith Hope, Charles person
associatedWith Hope, Charles. person
associatedWith Humblet, Claudine, 1946- person
associatedWith Judd, Donald, 1928- person
associatedWith McEwen, Rory. 1932- person
associatedWith Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Park Place Gallery Art Research, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Park Place, The Gallery of Art Research, Inc. and Paula Cooper Gallery corporateBody
associatedWith Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956. person
associatedWith Price, Kenneth, 1935- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
Art, Abstract


Birth 1941




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