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Agatha Wojciechowsky (1896 -1986) 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.

                        This is the work of different entities who take over and step into my body, directing my hand. I really have nothing to do with it. 

Agatha Wojciechowsky, along with many other artists of the post war era, was reaching for something timeless, in the spiritual realm. Her work is the expression of that quest.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 
Agatha Wojciechowsky, Warum ich meine Hände nicht ruhig halten kann,
Delmes & Zander, Cologne, February 20 - April 11

2007
Galerie Suzanne Zander, Cologne

2001
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, CologneGalerie Springer, Berlin
Galerie Neuendorf, Hamburg

1963
Cordier and Ekstrom Gallery, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 
Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic, AFAM, New York, January 21 - May 27

2016 
The Secret Staircase, Adams and Ollman, Portland, Oregon, July 15 - Aug 13
Measurably Long Kool, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, June 2 - Aug 26
Ghost in the Machine, LIFE ON MARS Gallery, Bushwick, New York
Spaced, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York

2015 
Jolie Laide, Life on Mars Gallery, Bushwick, New York
System and Vision, David Zwirner, New York

2014 
Do the Write Thing: Read Between The Lines, Christian Berst Art Brut, New York
PURPLE STATES & Cafe Dancer Pop-Up, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

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
Cavin-Morris, New York

2006 
Drawing the Astral Body, Cavin-Morris, New York

2005 
Outsider Art, Tate Britain, London, 13 September 2005 – 2 January 2006
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, responsible for the estate for five years

1998 
Art Unsolved, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

1997
Phyllis Kind, New York. Note: Phyllis Kind borrowed Agatha’s art
from Cordier and Ekstrom for subsequent shows and fairs.

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 USA Barock - Minima, Das Modern Art Museum, Munich

1966 
Soloists, Cordier and Ekstrom, New York

1964
Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York
University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX
The Landscape, School of Visual Arts, New York

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
The Menil Collection
American Folk Art Museum
Museo del Prado
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
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Larry Aldrich
Mrs. Douglas Auchincloss
Alfred H. Beard
Peter H. Beard
Charles Benenson
Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Benjamin
Dr. Detlev W. Bronk
Mrs. Robert Dowling
Richard Brown-Baker
Jean Dubuffet
Marcel Duchamp
Panos Gratsos
Wilder Green
Rudolf König
Richard Lindner
Mr. & Mrs. Jean de Menil
Dorothy Miller
Richard Miller
Alfonso Ossorio
Bernard Pfriem
Chancey L. Waddell

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