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Arthur Monroe

Arthur Monroe (b. 1935, New York, NY; d. 2019, Oakland, CA) was an American abstract painter and museum professional. He was educated at The Boy’s School in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Museum School Art School (BMAS). Monroe trained further in painting at the renowned Art Students League and under the private tutelage of the seminal German-American painter Hans Hofman. During his lifetime, Monroe exhibited at  venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN); University of Kristiansand Kunsthalle (Norway); the Oakland Museum (Oakland, CA); the Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco, CA,); the Pasadena Museum of Art (Pasadena, CA); the University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA); the University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, CA); the University of Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA); and the Trident Museum of Art (Santa Clara, CA). His artwork resides in the permanent collections of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, DC); Kristianina University (Oslo, Norway); the University of Agder (Grimstad, Norway); and the De Sassiet Museum (Santa Clara, CA). Monroe worked as the Chief Registrar of the Oakland Museum of Art for over 30 years. His collected papers from 1950 - 2019 were recently acquired by the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art.

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