David Bomberg was born in Birmingham, but grew up in Whitechapel in the East End of London. He originally trained as a lithographer, but left after a year to go to the Slade School of Art in 1911. His distinctive early work consists of angular forms and intense colours. However from the late 1920’s, his style became more expressionist, and he included works inspired by his travels to the Middle East and Europe. Bomberg also worked as a teacher at the Borough Polytechnic (now London South Bank University) in London from 1945 to 1953, where he taught Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff, among others. Bomberg died in London in 1957. The Tate Gallery, London, held a major retrospective of his work in 1988, and the Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal, Cumbria, held David Bomberg: Spirit in the Mass in 2006.Selected Solo Exhibitions1914 First one-man show of 55 pictures at the Chenil Galleries, Chelsea. Exhibited 5 pictures at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London in Twentieth Century Art1923 Pen and wash drawings at Heal’s Mansard Gallery, London1928 Leicester Galleries, London1929 Exhibition at Ruskin Gallery, Birmingham1932 Bloomsbury Gallery, London1936 Cooling Galleries, London1943 Leger Gallery, London1954 Heffer Gallery, Cambridge1958 Tate Gallery, London; traveled to Newcastle, Swansea, Middlesborough,Kettering, and Bradford1960 Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry1961 Hope Hall, Liverpool1967 David Bomberg 1890 – 1957 Tate Gallery, London; traveled to Hull, Manchester,Bristol, and Nottingham1973 Fischer Fine Art Limited, London1976 Richard Cork, Vorticism and Abstract Art in the First Machine Age, Gordon Fraser, London1979 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London1983 The Israel Museum, Jerusalem1983 David Bomberg: Drawings, Watercolours, Oils on paper,Gillian Jason Gallery, London1984 Ben Uri Gallery, London1985 Fishcer Fine Art Limited, London1986 L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, California1986 Rex Irwin Gallery, Wollahra, Australia1988 Fischer Fine Art Limited, London1988 Retrospective at the Tate Gallery, London. Richard Cork, David Bomberg,Tate Gallery catalogue1988 David Bomberg: Works on Paper, Gillian Jason Gallery, London1990-91 David Bomberg, Works on Paper, Gillian Jason Gallery, London1992 David Bomberg: Drawings 1914-1919, Gillian Jason Gallery, London, to mark the publication of Poems and Drawings from the First World War2004 David Bomberg en Ronda, Museo Joaquín Peinado, Ronda, Spain. Selected Group Exhibitions1948 Second Annual Exhibition of the Borough Group. Bomberg exhibits with his students1949 Third Annual Exhibition of the Borough Group, including pictures by Bomberg. Borough Group dissolves later that year1954-55 Exhibition of the Borough Bottega at several galleries1971 David Bomberg and Lilian Holt, Reading Museum and Art Gallery2000 La Mirada Fuerte: Pintura Figurativa de Londres (a collaboration between theBritish Arts Council and the Mexican Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes including Bomberg, Coldstream, Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews,Auerbach, and Uglow), Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City and Museo de Monterrey 2000. CollectionsCity of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; City Art Gallery of Leeds; Arts Council of Great Britain; British Museum; Imperial War Museum, London; Museum of London; The Tate Gallery; Victoria & Albert Museum; City Art Gallery of Manchester; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Jewish Museum, New York, and many more museums worldwide. Bibliography1919 Russian Ballet published with text and illustrations by Bomberg, published by Hendersons, The Bomb Shop, Cecil Court, London1967 William Lipke, David Bomberg, a critical study of his life and work, London, Evelyn, Adams & Mackay Ltd.
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