Edmund D. Lewandowski (1914 - 1998)

Birth date: 1914 Death date: 1998  
Birth location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Death location: Rock Hill, South Carolina  
Media: Decorative Art , Graphic Art , Illustration , Mural , Painting Web site:
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Edmund D. Lewandowski
Born 1914 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died 1998 in Rockhill, South Carolina
As an artist and educator, he has played a leading role in the development of American modernism and was Wisconsin’s most important disciple of this style. Lewandowski said he had an overwhelming desire as an artist to record the beauty of man-made objects. His crisp images of machines, harbors, industrial structures (grain elevators and bridges), rigid geometry and reverence for his subject are a lasting contribution in the field of the Precisionist aspect of modernism.
Lewandowski’s achievements were many and diverse. He holds the distinction of working on the largest and smallest works of art in the United States.  The Milwaukee War Memorial Center mosaic that was created by Lewandowski in 1976 contains one and one-half million pieces of glazed tile and measures 18,000 square feet. The smallest work was the design for the Polish millennium commemorative stamp for the U.S. Postal Service which sold over 100 million copies. They also included covers for Fortune Magazine, interiors for luxury liners (S.S. Constitution and Independence), and a commissioned portrait of Pope Pius XI. Around 1950 he created a 16’ mosaic for the entrance of Brooks Memorial Union at Marquette University, symbolizing the Jesuits and Pere Marquette; in 1958 he produced a 10’ by 90’ mural for the Allen Bradley Co. employee cafeteria and in 1978 he completed a 34’ by 34’ biblical mosaic of St. Luke for St. Luke’s Hospital. His talent was included in 163 exhibitions.  The first color presentation to originate from WTMJ-TV studios was an innovative one-half hour series, The Layton Story, presented by Edmund Lewandowski.

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

1973, 78 Fairweather - Harden Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1983, 85  Sid Deutsch Gallery, New York 
H. V. Allison Galleries, New York: Greenville County Museum of Art, South  Carolina 
Greenville County Museum of Art, Rockhill, South Carolina 

Selected Group Exhibitions

1936 Forty-Seventh Annual, American Painting and Sculpture, The Art Institute of Chicago,Illinois
 Sixteenth International Exhibition of Watercolors, The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
New Horizons Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
1937 The Downtown Gallery, New York, New York
1938  Trois Siecles d’art aux Etats-Unis, Musee du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France 
11th Biennial International Watercolor exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York 
A Special Exhibition of Contemporary Painting in the United States, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1941 The twentieth International Exhibition of Watercolors, The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
                        La Pintura Contemporanea Norteamericana, South American Traveling Exhibition
New Examples by Leading American Artists, The Downtown Gallery, New York, New York
1942 Twenty-first International exhibition of watercolors, The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
1942 Artists for Victory: An Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1943 Realists and Magic Realists, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Fifty-fifth annual American Exhibition, Watercolors and Drawings, the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

American Art, The Downtown Gallery, New York

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