1911 Born in Stratford, Connecticut, USA. Parents are of Provencal-Italian origin. Studies for a short time at Yale, then goes to New York to study at the Art Students League. Among fellow students, meets Jackson Pollock and forms an on and off friendship. Also meets Arshile Gorky, “the idol of all,” who presides over an informal lyceum in the lunchroom.
1934 At his father’s insistence, Pavia goes to Italy to study at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence. Shuttles back and forth to Paris, drawn by his love (acquired through Gorky) for the art of Picasso. In Paris, meets Americans John Ferren, John Graham and Landes Lewitin. Meets Henry Miller, whose fiery talks in the cafés about the avant-garde, the decadence of the world, and attacks on the then popular American expatriate writers instill in Pavia the idea of inner art-making. The writer, twenties years older, will be a big influence in Pavia’s life.
1946 Five Americans: Sculpture Heads, Wildenstein Gallery, New York.
1948 Organizes the Club with Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Jack Tworkov, Charles Egan, Milton Resnick, Ibram Lassaw, Giorgio Cavallon and Conrad Marca-Relli. In a few months, the Club includes Harold Rosenberg, Philip Guston, Esteban Vicente, Leo Castelli, Ad Reinhardt, John Ferren, Emanuel Navaretta, Alcopley, Pearl Fine, Elaine de Kooning, Mercedes Matter and others. Pavia is chief panel maker for seven years.
1951 Ninth Street Show, an historic exhibition, organized at the Club.
1952 Seven Panels on Abstract Expressionism at the Club.
1952 Stable annual exhibition of paintings and sculpture, Stable Gallery, New York. Exhibitions continue until 1956.
1956 Resigns from the Club to publish It is. magazine.
1957 Twelve Sculptors, television show, Camera Three, Channel 4, NBC.
1959 Heads, large group show of heads in media, Great Jones Gallery, New York.
1960 Philip Pavia, large wax abstractions, Great Jones Gallery, New York.
1961 Philip Pavia, one-man exhibition, first all abstract bronze exhibition in New York, Samuel Kootz Gallery, New York.
1962 Group exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
1962 Group exhibition, Green Gallery, New York.
1962 Ides of March, large bronze abstraction for porte-cochère of Hotel Hilton, Avenue of Americas, New York.
1962 Continuity and Change: Old and a new work by contemporary artists, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut.
1962 Joseph Hirshhorn Collection, two bronze abstractions by Pavia, Guggenheim Museum, New York.
1963 Twentieth Century American Sculptors: large bronze abstraction selected by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for Battersea Park, London, England. Covered BBC-TV.
1966 Philip Pavia, one-man show, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.
1967 Philip Pavia, one-man museum exhibitions of marble abstractions, originating in the Gallery of Modern Art, Washington DC, traveling to the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the University of Iowa Art Museum.
1967 Sun-up installed for one year in front courtyard of Guggenheim Museum.
1968 Vermont International Symposium, twelve sculptors from different countries, selected by United States State Department, Paul Aschenbach, curator, in Proctor, Vermont. Pavia carved a 26-ton piece in Vermont marble.
1969 Pavia, one-man exhibition of marble abstractions, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.
1971 Wind, Sand and Stars, monumental ten-foot high marble abstraction, placed at entrance to the Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park, New York, auspices of Public Art Fund, Doris Freedman, director (carved in garden of Cooper Hewitt Museum, director: Lisa Taylor.)
1971 Art in Embassies, Philip Pavia and David Smith, one year in American Embassy in Paris, France; Another year traveling through South American embassies. Organized by Museum of Modem Art, New York, Waldo Rasmussen, curator.
1973 John F. Kennedy portrait, 6-foot high bronze head, exhibited at Metropolitan Museum of Art, Henry Geldzahler, curator.
1975 Philip Pavia and Tony Smith, two-man exhibition at Newark Museum, New Jersey.
1977 New York State: The State of Art, Bicentennial celebration, New York State Museum, Albany, N.Y. Lily Pond marble abstraction exhibited with Abstract Expressionist painters, Thomas B. Hess, curator.
1980 Portraits: Real and Imagined, group show, portrait of Esteban Vicente awarded first prize, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, N.Y.
1982 Philip Pavia: Imaginary Portraits from the Club, one-man exhibition, Max Protetch Gallery, New York.
1983 Five Bronze Heads, Public Trust Exhibition, several heads by Pavia, Washington DC, Elena Canavier, director.
1984 Metropolitan Museum Twentieth Century Collection, Selections, sculpture and five watercolors, Herbert H. Lehman College of Art Gallery, Greta Berman, curator.
1984 A Selection of Twentieth Century Three-Dimensional Portraits, catalogue cover “Imaginary Portrait of a Club Member” by Pavia, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art.
1984 The Return to Abstraction, group exhibition, illustrated catalogue, Ingber Gallery.
1985 Stone, group exhibition of stone sculpture, Thorp Gallery, New York.
1985 One Penn Plaza Group Exhibition, Two marble abstractions, Judd Tully, curator, New York.
1987 Philip Pavia, one-man exhibition, recent colored marble sculptures, Thorp Gallery, New York.
1990 Philip Pavia, one-man exhibition, abstractions in black and white marble, Il Salotto Galleria, Lake Como, Italy.
1991 Philip Pavia, one-man exhibition, black and white and colored marble abstractions, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, N.Y.
1995 Honorary doctorate, Pennsylvania Academy of Painting and Sculpture.
1995 Philip Pavia, one-man exhibition, abstractions in black and white marble, Andy Jllien Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
1997 Three Monumental Heads of Picasso, Aquamarine Sculpture Park, New York, Diedra Scott, curator.
1999 World Artists of the Millennium, group exhibition, marble abstraction, United Nations, New York, Elizabeth Foundation, sponsor. Gerard McCarthy, curator.
2000 Aspects of White, group exhibition, marble abstraction and head, Babcock Gallery, New York.
2000 Pollock-Krasner grant.
2002 Philip Pavia, one-man exhibition, recent sculpture: small temples in colored marble and bronze free-fall series, Broome Street Gallery, New York.
2002 Artists Equity honoree.
2003 Philip Pavia, Latest Decade, black and white sculptures and related watercolors, White Box, New York.
2004 Guggenheim Award for Sculpture.
2005 Philip Pavia: Terracotta Heads, one-man exhibition, O.K. Harris Gallery, New York.
2006 9th Street, David Findlay Jr Fine Art, New York.
2008 The Art of the Gesture, David Findlay Jr Fine Art, New York.
2008 Philip Pavia, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston.
2009 Philip Pavia’s World, Butler’s Fine Art, East Hampton, N.Y.
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