Sunday, June 26, 2011

Presenting John M. White

John White is a painter, sculptor and performance

artist. He has been exhibiting publically for almost

40 years. Culturally, politically and aesthetically

influenced by the late 60’s, White’s work exemplifies

this period of redefinition and experimentation.

Throughout his career, he has focused on three

major areas of work: performance
art, site-specific installations and drawing and painting.
Although always interdisciplinary , his work is primarily
autobiographical in nature and always includes

some element of humor. Considered one of the seminal

California performance artists, White has staged

hundreds of public performances since 1967, and

is included in numerous public museum collections,

including Los Angeles County
Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum in New York,
La Foret Museum in Tokyo, Total Museum in Korea,
Seattle Museum, Palm Springs Desert Museum,
St. Louis Museum, Oakland Museum and others.
He is the recipient of three National Endowment for
the Arts grants and has served as a panelist twice.
He was awarded the New Talent Award from
LACMA in 1971, CETA Grant in 1979 and Djerassi
Fellowship in 1989. Since unofficially retiring from
performance art in 1989 (there have been two

exceptions "Annotated Lipschitz ," 1991 at the

Los Angeles Music Center and "Circa" 1999 at the

Armory Center in Pasadena) he has focused on

installation and painting. Qualified historians

may request access to the Smithsonian Institute
Archives which has acquired White’s early sketches

and notes.

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