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Vivian Springford was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and educated at the Spence School in New York City, and then the Art Students League.

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. Prominent collectors such as Leon Mnuchin purchased paintings from the exhibition.

Springford shared studio space with the artist Walasse Ting for ten years, and helped him with the translations of his poetry. Through her association with Ting, Springford developed close contacts with artists such as Pierre Alechinsky, Sam Francis and Karel Appel.

Springford had a solo show at Preston Gallery in NYC in 1963, but became a reclusive artist after that, only showing in a few group exhibitions at the request of fellow artists and friends. She otherwise refused to sell or promote her own works. She worked in her studio through the mid 80s until macular degeneration rendered her blind.

Having no immediate family, she was unable to leave her small New York apartment. In 1998, a volunteer working with elderly shut-ins was visiting with Springford and learned about a storage room in Chelsea that held her life's work. They found more than 40 years worth of paintings and drawings covered in plastic and a decades worth of dust. The volunteer brought samples of Springford's work to Gary Snyder, an art dealer known for his exhibitions of historically rooted art and artists. Snyder immediately recognized its importance and began the process of cleaning, restoring, and showing her work. Snyder's first exhibition of Springford's work in 1998 was nearly sold out before its opening. When Vivian Springford died in 2003, Snyder presented a well-received memorial show.

As the history of Abstract Expressionism continues to be explored and defined, Vivian Springford is emerging as an important figure, who developed a sophisticated and original style of painting.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2021
GESTURELeslie Feely
2020
VIVIAN SPRINGFORDLeslie Feely
2018
Vivian SpringfordAlmine Rech
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Untitled (Tanzania Series), 1972

Acrylic on canvas
55 3/8 × 61 1/4 in
140.7 × 155.6 cm
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Vivian Springford was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and educated at the Spence School in New York City, and then the Art Students League.

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. Prominent collectors such as Leon Mnuchin purchased paintings from the exhibition.

Springford shared studio space with the artist Walasse Ting for ten years, and helped him with the translations of his poetry. Through her association with Ting, Springford developed close contacts with artists such as Pierre Alechinsky, Sam Francis and Karel Appel.

Springford had a solo show at Preston Gallery in NYC in 1963, but became a reclusive artist after that, only showing in a few group exhibitions at the request of fellow artists and friends. She otherwise refused to sell or promote her own works. She worked in her studio through the mid 80s until macular degeneration rendered her blind.

Having no immediate family, she was unable to leave her small New York apartment. In 1998, a volunteer working with elderly shut-ins was visiting with Springford and learned about a storage room in Chelsea that held her life's work. They found more than 40 years worth of paintings and drawings covered in plastic and a decades worth of dust. The volunteer brought samples of Springford's work to Gary Snyder, an art dealer known for his exhibitions of historically rooted art and artists. Snyder immediately recognized its importance and began the process of cleaning, restoring, and showing her work. Snyder's first exhibition of Springford's work in 1998 was nearly sold out before its opening. When Vivian Springford died in 2003, Snyder presented a well-received memorial show.

As the history of Abstract Expressionism continues to be explored and defined, Vivian Springford is emerging as an important figure, who developed a sophisticated and original style of painting.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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