Vivian Springford: A Retrospective

Vivian Springford: A Retrospective will mark the first opportunity for Santa Fe to view a broad selection of paintings by the artist. It will feature work spanning a period from 1959-1984. Springford first gained attention in the late 1950s as a second-generation abstract expressionist painter. She wrote of her work, “My painting is my own small plot of energy, in terms of color and movement, in the universal whole.”

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About the Artist
(1914 - 2003)
Vivian Springford was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and educated at the Spence School in New York City, and then the Art Students League. Born to a prominent family (her father was the former president and chairman of the board of Sevel, Inc, an early maker of refrigerators), she was pictured in The New York Times “Debutantes of the Winter Season in New York” in 1932.

Originally a portrait artist, she illustrated Albert Carr’s 1938 book Juggernaut with portraits of twenty political dictators from the Napoleanic era to the early twentieth century.

She was championed in the late 1950s by Howard DeVree, the New York Times art critic, and Harold Rosenberg helped Springford get her first show at Great Jones Gallery in 1960.


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