Georges Noël French, 1924-2010


Georges Noël was born in Béziers, France in 1924.  He began his education as an engineering student and then studied both painting and sculpture in Pau from 1939-1945.  Influenced greatly by the art informal and Noveau Réalisme movements that emerged at this time, Georges Noël believes in gesture, objects and the accident.  The imagery within each oh his paintings is inspired by primitive and archaic symbols, graffiti art and musical scores. 


After moving to Paris in 1955, his artistic career began to flourish, and it continued to accelerate when he relocated to the United States.  Beginning in the 1950s and continuing through 2000 Georges Noël produced both canvases and works on hand-made papers, which were based on palimpsests.  Palimpsests are old manuscript pages often made of parchment or vellum that have been written on, scraped off and then used again.  During this process, the old writing would not be completely erased and would often still be visible.  Georges Noël takes the concept of palimpsest pages and builds upon his canvasses with sculptural materials such as sand, crushed flint, and raw pigments bringing three dimensionality and vigor to each work.  Georges Noël was a professor at the Minneapolis School of Art in 1969 and lived in New York from 1969-1983.  He returned to Paris in 1983.


The artwork of Georges Noël has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Bibliothèque Nationale and F.N.A.C. in Paris, and the Nationalgalerie in Berlin.


Galerie Paul Facchetti, Paris 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 (solo), 1961 (solo), 1964 (solo), 1967 (solo),        1968 (solo), 1970 (solo, Athens) (solo, Zurich), 1976 (solo)

Stadtisches Museum, Leverkusen, "Neues aus der neuen Malerei", 1958

Paris Biennale, 1959, 1961, 1963

Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, 1959, 1965

Neues aus der Neuen Malerei, Leverkusen, 1959

Studio Facchetti, Paris, 1960

Salon Comparaison, 1960

Seibu, Japan, 1961

Carnegie International Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA, 1961

Gallery John Lefebre , New York, 1961 (solo), 1962, 1964 (solo), 1965 (solo)

Galleria Lorenzelli, Milan, 1961 (solo)

Galerie Niepel, Dusseldorf, 1962 (solo)

Grandes et Jeunes d'Aujourd'Hui, Paris, 1963

Gallery Werner and Katz, Berlin, 1963 (solo)

Salon International des galleries-pilotes, Losanne, 1963

Documenta III, Kassel, 1964

Musée Galliera, Paris, "Promesses tenue", 1964

Kulturhaus der Stadt Ludwigshafen, 1965 (solo)

Galerie Lauter, Mannheim, 1965 (solo), 1980 (solo), 1984 (solo)

Galerie Heseler, Munich, 1965 (solo)

Galeria Cadario, Rome, 1967 (solo)

St. Louis Park Medical Center, Minneapolis, 1969 (solo)

Martin Gallery, Minneapolis, 1969 (solo)

Ten Downtown, New York, 1970 (solo)

Pace Gallery, New York, 1973 (solo), 1975-1976 (solo)

Harcus Krakow Rosen Sonnabend Gallery, Boston, 1975 (solo)

Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 1976 (solo), 1980 (solo), 1982 (solo), 1987 (solo)

Galerie Andre Emmerich, Zurich, 1976 (solo)

Galerie Stevenson & Palluel, Paris, 1977 (solo)

Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, 1977 (solo)

Galerie de France, Paris (1981)

Renauld Art & Industries, Centre International de Création, 1983 (solo)

Artistique, Abbaye de Sénanque, 1983 (solo)

Théâtre Municipal, Caen

Galerie Créatis, Paris, 1983-4 (solo)

Centre Américain, Paris, 1984 (solo)

Galleria Peccolo, Liverno, 1984 (solo)

Tamako Okasaki Cheneau, Paris, 1984 (solo)

Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, 1985 (solo)

Centre Culturel Georges Melies, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 1985 (solo)

Galerie Hervé Odermatt, Paris, 1986 (solo)

Galerie Municiaple d'Art Contemporain, Saint Priest, 1987 (solo)

Musée de Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, 1987 (solo)

Galleria Peccolo, Livorno, 1987 (solo)

Galerie Friedrich, Köln, 1987 (solo)

Arnold Herstand & Co., New York, 1988 (solo)

Centro Culturale d'Arte Bellora, Milano, 1988 (solo)

Galerie Franka Berndt, Paris, 1988 (solo)

Galerie Étage, Münster, 1989 (solo)

Galerie Georg Nothelfer, Berlin, 1989 (solo), 1993 (solo), 1996 (solo)

Galerie Mühlenbusch-Winkelmann, Düsseldorf, 1990 (solo)

Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg, 1990 (solo)

Galerie Berthet-Aittouarès, Paris, 1990 (solo)

Arnold Herstand & Co., New York, 1990 (solo)

Dennis Hotz Fine Art Ltd., London, 1990 (solo)

Lorenzelli Arte, Milano, 1990 (solo), 1991 (solo)

Base Gallery, Tokyo, 1991 (solo), 1992 (solo)

Galerie Sander, Darmstadt, 1991 (solo)

Galerie Friedrich, Köln, 1991 (solo)

Galerie Thamm Sander, Zurich, 1991 (solo)

La Teinturerie, Paris, 1992 (solo)

Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Ludwigshafen, 1993-4 (solo)

Institut Francais, Freiburg, 1994 (solo)

Galeria Peccolo, Livorno, 1995 (solo)

Statlische Kunsthalle, Mannheim, 1996 (solo)

Galerie Kiron, Paris 1996 (solo)

Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim, 1996 (solo)

Kunstverein Walfsburg, Walfsburg, 1997 (solo)

Galerie Georg Nothelfer, Berlin, 1997 (solo)

Galerie Vidal Saint Phalle, Paris, 1997 (solo)

Galerie Friedrich, Köln, 1997 (solo)

Museums and Public Collections

A.D.A.C., Saint Priest, France

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City

Cité de la Musique, Paris

City Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri


Fonds Nationals d'Art Contemporain, FNAC, Paris, France

Fonds region de l'Ile-de-France, Paris, France

Fondation Niels Onstad et Sonja Henje, Norway

F.R.A.C., Alsace, France

F.R.A.C., Centre, France

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK

Gray Art Gallery, New York City

IBM, Canada

Isi Cultural Foundation, Tokyo, Japan

Israel Museum, Israel

Kulturhaus der Stadt, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Germany

Larry Aldrich Museum, Connecticut

Mannheimer Versicherungen, Mannheim, Germany

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Musée de Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, France

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Menton, France

Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Histoire Naturelle, Valence, France

Museum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland

Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY

Schlunberger, Ltd., France

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City

Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

Tajimi Art Institute, Tajimi, Japan

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN 

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