born 1923, Panama Canal Zone
died 1978, New Haven, CT
Norman Ives's childhood was spent, as the son of a career naval officer,
in California, Connecticut and Hawaii. He graduated from Wesleyan University
in 1950, and then entered Yale University as a member of the first graphic
design class, studying for a time with Josef Albers, and also Herbert Matter.
receiving his MFA degree in 1952, Ives began teaching at Yale in the Graphic
Design program, progressing from Assistant, to Associate and finally Professor
in 1972 (he was also a visiting professor of art at the Rhode Island School
of Design) . During the mid-to-late 1950s he worked with Herbert Matter
on numerous design projects, including work for the New Haven Railroad,
and Knoll International.
In 1958 Ives opened his own studio in New Haven, and soon after this formed
a partnership with Sewell Sillman, his colleague at Yale, creating the
publishing company Ives-Sillman, Inc., which for the next fifteen years
was to publish a large number of important silkscreen portfolios and prints
by Josef and Anni Albers, Ad Reinhardt, Dieter Rot, Piet Mondrian, Jean
Dubuffet, Willem DeKooning, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and many others.
work, created at the same time as his design and publishing work, and reflecting
the cross-over of ideas between these fields, includes collages, posters,
silkscreen prints (between 25 and 30), paintings, murals and bas-reliefs
(in wood etc.). He exhibited extensively from the early 1960s, incuding
exhibitions at the Sidney Janis and Stable Galleries in New
York, and inclusion in many museum exhibitions across the country.
1964 University of Hawaii
1965 Stable Gallery, New York
1966 Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis
1967 Whitney Museum "Annual Painting Show"
Museum of Modern Art,
1968 Hayden Gallery, MIT
1971 Katanoh Art Gallery, New York
San Francisco Museum
of Art "Color/Constructivism/Realism in Contemporary Graphics"
1973 Pollack Gallery, Toronto
1975 National College of Fine Arts, Smithsonian "Images of an Era"
1977 Alice Simsar Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
State University of New York, Purchase