Al Held is born in Brooklyn, New York, October 12, son of Harry and Clara Held.
Attends New York City public schools.
Family moves to the East Bronx, New York.
Works at odd jobs after leaving high school.
Drops out of school. Serves in the United States Navy, joining up at seventeen. Needs his father's permission since he is underage. Works with a submarine squadron based at Fort Perry, Virginia.
Meets Nick Krushenick. Enrolls at Art Students League under GI Bill. Studies drawing with Kimon Nicolaides and anatomy with Robert Beverly Hale.
Studies at Art Students League with Harry Sternberg while working nights as a dish- washer. Applies to study under GI Bill with David Alfaro Siqueiros in Mexico but withdraws when school's accreditation is rescinded. Destroys much of his early work. Applies to the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, is accepted, then leaves for Paris.
Paris. Studies at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere with Ossip Zadkine. Befriends Sam Francis, George Sugarman, Salvatore Romano, Edward Clark and other Americans. While in Europe, visits Italy for the first time, as well as Spain. Has first solo show at Galerie Huit (1952).
Returns to New York. Moves into a loft on East Broadway, works on and off at the Door Store. Meets Franz Kline and Mark Rothko and visits their studios. Marries Giselle Wexler. A fire in the loft destroys all but a few of his early paintings.
Daughter, Mara, born. Lives six months in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Lives in San Francisco. Works as construction worker on the freeways. Meets Yvonne Rainer and Ronald Bladen. Divorces Giselle Wexler.
Returns to New York. Moves to 5 West 21st Street. Shows his first paintings in New York at the Camino Gallery on East Tenth Street. Is a founding member of the Brata Gallery on Tenth Street along with John and Nicholas Krushenick, George Sugarman, Salvatore Romano, Edward Clark and others. Becomes actively involved with artists of the New York School on Tenth Street, at The Club and the Cedar Street Tavern. Yvonne Rainer and Ronald Bladen come to New York. Marries Yvonne Rainer. Starts a small moving business to support himself, which he continues until 1960.
Shows at a group show at the Tanager Gallery on Tenth Street. Divorces Yvonne Rainer.
First solo show in New York at the Poindexter Gallery, with whom he continues to show until Meets Sylvia Stone.
Begins to paint in Sam Francis's studio at 940 Broadway (continues until 1962). Completes the Taxi Cab series of works using early acrylic dispersion paints on paper. Spends the next few summers on Sag Harbor, Long Island.
Buys a dairy farm in Boiceville, New York, to use as a summer home and studio. Appointed Associate Professor of Art at Yale University.
Moves to 182 Fifth Avenue. Joins Andre Emmerich Gallery and begins showing with Galerie Renee Ziegler, Zurich. Awarded Logan Medal by the Art Institute of Chicago.
First major group show in Europe, at the Kunsthalle, Basel.
Receives a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting. Is given solo show at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Diptych I and We installed the Tower East, Cleveland, Ohio, which his last Alphabet Series work. First Black and White paintings completed.
Major solo show at the San Francisco Museum of Art, which then travels to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Marries Sylvia Stone. Moves to West Broadway in Soho.
Mural Rothko's Canvas installed at the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York. Finishes first works using tape to create hard-edged geometric shapes.
First major retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
First solo show in South America with Adler Castillo Gallery in Caracas, Venezuela.
Mural Order/Disorder/Ascension/Descension installed at the Social Security Administration's Mid-Atlantic Program Center, Philadelphia.
Returns to using color in paintings.
Resigns professorship at Yale University.
Residency, January to June, American Academy in Rome.
Is elected to the Board of Trustees, American Academy in Rome.
Receives Jack I. and Lillian L. Poses Creative Arts Award, Painting Medal, Brandeis Univer- sity. Installs mural Mantegna's Edge in the Southland Financial Center lobby, Dallas, Texas (Mural is subsequently moved to the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, 2001).
Is elected to American Institute of Arts and Letters. Irving Sandler publishes Al Held, the first monograph on the artist.
Grandson Gabriel Held Jakubowicz is born. Installs mural Roberta's House in the Government Building, Akron, Ohio. Meets Kathleen Monaghan.
Creates first series of prints with Crown Point Press, San Francisco. Divorces Sylvia Stone. Marries Kathleen Monaghan.
Purchases property in Camerata di Todi, Italy. Starts an independent body of work in watercolor. Joins Robert Miller Gallery, New York.
Visiting artist, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.
Al Held Foundation is established.
Moves to Boiceville. Property and buildings renovated for year-round use as home and studio. Divorces Kathleen Monaghan.
Sells West Broadway loft.
Installs stained glass window Gravity's Rainbow in the Ronald Reagan National Airport, Washington, D.C.
Solo show at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.
Glass mosaic Passing Through installed in the 53rd Street/Lexington Avenue subway station, New York.
Awarded commissions for Jacksonville Library and Orlando Federal Court House in Florida. Dies July 27 in Camerata di Todi, Italy.