Don Dudley Biography

Don Dudley




Painter, installation artist, sculptor, and printmaker Don Dudley was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1930. He studied at the Chouinard Art Institute under Richards Ruben from 1953 to '54 and held his first major solo exhibition at the New Gallery in Houston, Texas, in 1958. He worked and taught in Southern California through the 1960s, becoming associated with the Finish Fetish and other West Coast Modernist movements. From 1959 to '64 he taught at the La Jolla School of Art, followed by positions at the University of California Extension, San Diego; the Pasadena Museum School; and the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. He then taught for one year at the California State College and the University of California, Irvine, before relocating to New York. There, he quickly established a reputation in the Minimalist and other movements and by 1972 had shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has since shown in major galleries and museums both in the U.S. and abroad. He continues to live and work in New York. 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2022, '19, '17: "Don Dudley: Recent Work", Magenta Plains, NY
2018: "Don Dudley: Activated Walls and Recent Works", Galerie Thomas ander, Cologne, Germany
2013: "Modular Spaces", Galerie Thomas Zander
2011: I-20 Gallery, NY; Mendes Wood, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1985, 1982, 1978: Pam Adler Gallery, NY
1984: "Running Dream", new Museum of Contemporary Art, NY
1982: CUNY Baruch College, NY
1981, 1977: Galerie Farideh Cadot, Paris, France
1979: University of California Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
1976: Galerie Alfred SChmela, Dusseldorf, Germany
1975: John Doyle Gallery, Paris, France
1964, 1961: I Gallery, La Jolla, CA
1959: La Jolla Museum of Art, CA
1958: New Gallery, Houston, TX

Selected Collections:
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Memphis TN; Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA; San Francisco Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, CA; among others.

Grants and Awards:
1981: Artist in Residence, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
1979: Visiting Artist, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
1978: Artist in Residence - New York State Council on Art, Robertson Center for the Arts and Sciences, Binghamton, NY