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Lennart Anderson Retrospective Travels to Southern Utah Museum of Art

July 19th, 2023

Lennart Anderson (U.S., 1928-2015) Bacchanal, 1956. Oil on canvas board, 16 x 20 in. Collection of Jeanette Anderson Wallace.

A retrospective exhibition of Lennart Anderson (MFA Painting 1952) makes its third stop at Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) and is on view through September 23, 2023.  This survey is the first retrospective of Anderson’s work since his passing and SUMA’s presentation is the largest iteration.

Anderson was well known for his mastery of tone, color, and composition. He held not only high regard in his artistic community but also for his dedication as an instructor who influenced generations of artists and curators at Columbia University, Princeton University, Yale University, and finally Brooklyn College.

The Executive Director of SUMA, Jessica Kinsey said, “When I have spoken to former students about Lennart’s pedagogic approach, they describe it as both tender and uncompromising, expecting from his students the same high standards that guided his own practice.”

Anderson was born in Detroit and attended Cass Technical High School. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before returning to the Detroit area to complete his Master of Fine Arts at Cranbrook. He received numerous awards including the Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tiffany Foundation. Anderson’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Fralin Art Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Palmer Museum of Art, and Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts, among others.


Learn more:

‘Lennart Anderson: A Retrospective’ opens at Southern Utah Museum of Art – ArtDaily

Lennart Anderson: A Retrospective – Southern Utah Museum of Art

Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art