Leon Golub

Leon Golub (1922-2004) was an American painter. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, where he also studied, receiving his BA at the University of Chicago in 1942, and his BFA and MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1949 and 1950, respectively. He is known for his graphic images depicting man's inhumanity to man. In Golub’s work political allegory meets profound empathy and fierce pictorial imagination. His work has been the focus of surveys at Nacional Centro De Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2011), The Drawing Center, New York, US (2010), Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago, Illinois, US (2003), Anthony Reynolds Gallery (2005, 2000, 1998 and 1991), The New Museum, New York, US (1984), Eli Broad, Los Angeles, California (1989), San Francisco Art Institute (1976), and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (1970-71). In 1996 he was awarded at the Hiroshima Prize and exhibited a retrospective at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. 

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