Alvin Demar Loving, Jr. (1935-2005)

    An African-American collage artist, painter of geometric abstraction and educator, Al Loving was known for work that explored color and "vibrant counterpoint". He first gained wide public attention with hard-edged geometric paintings in a 1969 solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Art. His later works became more fluid and were multi-layered, acrylic painted constructions described in a 1974 "New York Times Review" as 'dynamically composed reliefs, wall pieces that energize the space around them, seemingly almost to be caught in the act of moving across the wall."
    Alvin Demar Loving was born in Detroit. His father was an educator and part-time sign painter who became a Dean at the University of Michigan School of Education. His mother, Mary Helen Greene, was a quilter whom Alvin, fascinated by the blocks of color, used to spend much time watching as she sewed.
    Loving earned a fine arts degree at the University of Illinois in 1963 and a Master in Fine Arts Degree from the University of Michigan in 1965. In 1968, he moved to New York City where he taught at City College in New York from 1988 to 1996.
    His last big project was a commission of 70 bright colored stained-glass windows and large mosaic wall completed in 2001 for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
    Al Loving, age 69, died of lung cancer on June 21, 2005 at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Establishment * Address Web Site Address
Metropolitan Museum of Art   Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York City, NY  10028
New Jersey State Museum   205 West State Street
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ  08625-0530
Oklahoma City Museum of Art   415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
Philadelphia Museum of Art   26th St & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
P.O. Box 7646
Philadelphia, PA  19101
Studio Museum in Harlem   144 West 125th Street
New York City, NY  10027
The Detroit Institute of Arts   5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI  48202
The Empire State Collection   Empire State Building
New York City, NY  
The Toledo Museum of Art   2445 Monroe Street
Box 1013
Toledo, OH  43697
The University of Michigan Museum of Art   University Of Michigan
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1354
Whitney Museum of American Art   945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York City, NY  10021


Art sites Also by Alexander Boyle:

Guide to where the Hudson River School Painted

Bright Lights, Safe Harbors, Painted Images of American Lighthouses

First Review of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Nov. 22, 1825

Thomas Cole in the Upper Schoharie watershed of the Catskills

Frederic E. Church (1826-1900)

Master-list of Herman Herzog (1832-1932)

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and Houghton Farm, Mountainville, NY

John F. Peto (1854-1907), The Studio in Island Heights, NJ

Biography of Eugene Francis Savage (1883-1978)

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) rediscovery   

Abstract Expressionist Joseph Grippi (1924-2003)   

Alvin Loving (1935-2005)

The Outside Art of Nobihoru Yamauchi

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