artists

Agatha Wojciechowsky

Born 1896; died 1986.

Agatha Wojciechowsky was recognized during her lifetime as a Surrealist. Although not following an art movement, her work reflected the sentiment of Art Informel of the 1950's. She had solo exhibitions from the 1960's to the present in New York, Cologne, Berlin, and Hamburg. Group exhibitions included shows with Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Dubuffet, Isamu Noguchi, Francis Picabia, Romare Bearden. Her artwork can be found in numerous public collections including Museum of Modern Art, the Prado, the Menil Collection, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Whitney Museum.

Agatha lived her earlier years in Steinach de Saale, and then sailed to the United States in 1923 to be a German-speaking governess in a German baron's household. She married, became a US citizen and moved to New York City. A well-known Spiritualist medium, Agatha traveled internationally as a healer.

In the early 1950's, without any background or training in the arts, Agatha began drawing. First, letters and automatic writing appeared, and then abstract drawings and faces.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
System and Vision, David Zwirner, New York, NY

2007
Agatha Wojciechowsky, Galerie Suzanne Zander, Cologne

2001
Agatha Wojciechowsky, Galerie Suzanne Zander, Cologne

1980
Agatha Wojciechowsky, Ramapo College Gallery, Mahwah, NJ

1978
Agatha Wojciechowsky, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne

1972
J. Walter Thompson Gallery, New York

1966
Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne
Galerie Springer, Berlin
Galerie Neuendorf, Hamburg

1963
Cordier and Ekstrom Gallery, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012
Drawing Parallels, Cavin-Morris, New York

2011
Chris Hipkiss and Agatha Wojciechowsky, KW69 #6, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
The Keno Twins 4, Villa Merkel & Bahnwärterhaus, Esslingen
John Zorn presents The Obsessive Collective, Cavin-Morris, New York
The Keno Twins 5, Associazione Barriera, Turin

2008
The Message –Art and Occultism, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Cologne

2007
Drawing the Astral Body, Cavin-Morris, New York

2006
Cavin-Morris, New York

2005
Outsider Art, Tate Britain, London
Kunst von Medien, Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne

2004
American Art Brut, Cavin-Morris, New York

2003
The Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL

2002
Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, UK
True Mediums, Cavin-Morris, New York
J Crist Gallery, Boise, ID

1998
Art Unsolved, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

1997
Phyllis Kind, New York

1995
Artist’s Choice: Elizabeth Murray, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1994
Phyllis Kind, New York

1977
Le message automatique, Petersen Galerie, Berlin

1969
Neue Kunst Das Modern Art Museum, Munich

1966
Soloists, Cordier and Ekstrom, New York

1964
Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Museo Del Prado, Madrid
Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Museum Charlotte Zander, Bonnigheim, Germany
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
The Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
Contemporary Art Collection, Atlanta University, GA
Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ
Universal Spiritualist Association, Camp Chesterfield, IN
Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro