Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
NYC Benefit Auction 2018
First Flowers: Lilies (diptych), 2017-18
Graphite powder, pencil, and oil stick on paper
2 drawings, each 16 x 16 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Marking moments of transition in artist Joseph Havel’s life, First Flowers is part diary and part analog GPS. Havel made these prints during the first year spent in his new, second home in San Francisco, CA. Upon arriving to each stay in his new neighborhood, Havel would buy flowers from a stand on his walk from the metro station, drawing them as a way to commemorate that moment in time, and his path.
About the artist
Joseph Havel has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe including solo museum exhibitions at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead U.K., The Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, The Center for Contemporary Art, Kiev, The Huntington Beach Art Center, California, The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard, New York, and The Dallas Contemporary. A selection of his solo gallery exhibitions include Yvon Lambert, New York, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas and Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including the 2000 Whitney Biennial of American Art. His work is in public collections in the U.S. and abroad including The Whitney Museum, New York, The Modern Museum of Fort Worth, The Pompidou Center, Paris, The Academy of Art, Honolulu, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium, The Ministry of Culture, Paris, The Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, The Menil Collection, Houston, Fundacion Rouge, Paris, The Portland Museum of Art, The Dallas Museum of Art, Rice University, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has been at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston directing the Core Program since 1991. He was appointed Glassell School Director in 1993. He lives and works in Houston and San Francisco. He has received numerous awards including a National Endowment of The Arts Fellowship in 1987, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship in 1995, Artadia Award in 2005, and the Dallas Contemporary Texas Legend Award in 2008. He was the Art League Houston’s Texas Artist of the Year in 2010 and was the 2013 Texas Visual Artist as recognized by the Texas Legislature and the Texas Commission on the Arts.