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Signs and Messengers

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Signs and Messengers


Mark Tobey

born Centerville, Wisconsin, 1890; died Basel, Switzerland, 1976

Tempera on board
40 1/2 × 29in. (102.9 × 73.7cm)
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Provenance: the artist to [Willard Gallery, New York], 1967; purchased October 1967
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryNew York, Willard Gallery, Mark Tobey: Oils, Temperas, Small Monotypes, Oct. 24-Nov. 25, 1967. No cat. no., reproduced p. 6.

Dallas, Texas, Dallas Museum of Art, Mark Tobey Retrospective, Mar. 20- April 21, 1968. Text by Merrill C. Rueppel. Cat. no. 126, reproduced.

Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, New Accessions USA, 1968, cat. no. 31.

Olympia, Washington, Washington State Arts Commission for the Governor's Office, 1969, extended loan.

Boulder, Colorado, University of Colorado, Creative Arts Festival, Watermedia Painting, 1970, no cat. no., reproduced.

Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Tobey's 80: A Retrospective Exhibition From Northwest Collectors, Dec. 3, 1970-Jan. 31, 1971. Text by Betty Bowen. Cat. no. 80, reproduced.

Washington, D.C., National Collection of Fine Arts, Tribute To Mark Tobey, 1974, cat. no. 54, reproduced.

Miami, Florida, The Art Gallery, Miami-Dade Community College, Mark Tobey 1930-1967: A Selection Of Works From The Seattle Art Museum, Dec.1, 1975- Jan. 29, 1976. Text by Willis F. Woods. Cat. no. 25, pp. 8, 11, reproduced. p. 28.

Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Northwest Traditions, June 29-Dec. 10, 1978. (Des Moines, Iowa, Des Moines Art Center, Mar. 19-Apr. 29, 1979). Text by Martha Kingsbury and Sarah Clark.. No cat. no., reproduced p. 48.

Osaka, Japan, National Museum of Art, Pacific Northwest Artists and Japan, Oct. 10-Nov. 28, 1982. no cat. no., reproduced p. 23.

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