Rolph Scarlett

Canadian-American, 1889–1984

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Rolph Scarlett

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Canadian-American, 1889–1984

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Rolph Scarlett was a painter of geometric abstraction during the American avant-garde movement of the 1930s and 1940s. Born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1889, he left Canada at the age of 18 to go to New York City and returned to Canada during the years of World War I. However, by 1924 he had established New York City as his home. While he was beginning his career as an abstract painter, he was designing stage scenery for George Bernard Shaw's play, Man and Superman and for the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. In 1939, while in the process of creating the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (later the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Director Hilla Rebay began to take an interest in Scarlett's work. By 1940 he had become the new museum's chief lecturer. By 1953, the Guggenheim owned nearly sixty of his paintings and monoprints. He regularly exhibited his work in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Art Museum, the Art Institute in Chicago, and in NY: the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Later, he became a resident of the Woodstock art colony for more than twenty-five years and showed his work in the Woodstock exhibits.
Listed in Who Was Who in American Art, American Paintings and Sculpture, and many others; museums include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Carnegie Museums (Pittsburgh), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), and many others.

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Rolph Scarlett was a painter of geometric abstraction during the American avant-garde movement of the 1930s and 1940s. Born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1889, he left Canada at the age of 18 to go to New York City and returned to Canada during the years of World War I. However, by 1924 he had established New York City as his home. While he was beginning his career as an abstract painter, he was designing stage scenery for George Bernard Shaw's play, Man and Superman and for the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. In 1939, while in the process of creating the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (later the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Director Hilla Rebay began to take an interest in Scarlett's work. By 1940 he had become the new museum's chief lecturer. By 1953, the Guggenheim owned nearly sixty of his paintings and monoprints. He regularly exhibited his work in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Art Museum, the Art Institute in Chicago, and in NY: the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Later, he became a resident of the Woodstock art colony for more than twenty-five years and showed his work in the Woodstock exhibits.
Listed in Who Was Who in American Art, American Paintings and Sculpture, and many others; museums include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Carnegie Museums (Pittsburgh), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), and many others.

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Whitney Biennial
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