Study of painter Manierre Dawson co-authored by assistant professor

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Randy Ploog, coordinator of international programs for the College of Arts and Architecture and affiliate assistant professor of art history at Penn State, is co-author of "Manierre Dawson (1887–1969): A Catalogue Raisonné," the first comprehensive study of the seminal American abstract painter. The catalogue was released by The Three Graces in association with Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York. Myra Bairstow assisted Ploog in compiling information for the publication, while Ani Boyajian served as editor.

Dawson has been heralded as one of the most innovative American artists of his generation. He created his first series of non-representational abstract paintings in the spring of 1910, making him the first American artist to paint abstractly -- a significant position in art history. Inclusion in the influential 1913 Armory Show in Chicago furthered his life-long commitment to abstract art.

This richly illustrated catalogue raisonné includes an in-depth essay by Ploog, which examines the artist’s career and explores Dawson’s legacy as one of the most innovative, compelling and masterful of American artists. The publication provides detailed provenance, exhibition histories and bibliographic references for his known 512 drawings, paintings and sculpture. The catalogued works are illustrated -- including 71 in color -- and many of them are reproduced for the first time.

The catalogue entries are annotated with the artist’s statements and augmented by the facsimile reproduction of Dawson’s handwritten “Record of Paintings and Sculpture” (circa 1903 -- 1963) and a transcription of his personal “Journal,” spanning the majority of his career. A series of detailed appendices provide accounts of the artist’s exhibition history and works in public collections.

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Last Updated April 14, 2011