1928

Al Held is born in Brooklyn, New York, October 12, son of Harry and Clara Held.

1933-44

Attends New York City public schools.

1942

Family moves to the East Bronx, New York.

1944

Works at odd jobs after leaving high school.

1945-47

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.

1948

Meets Nick Krushenick. Enrolls at Art Students League under GI Bill. Studies drawing with Kimon Nicolaides and anatomy with Robert Beverly Hale.

1949

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 Applies to study under GI Bill with David Alfaro Siqueiros in Mexico but withdraws when school's accreditation is rescinded.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.

1950-53

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).

1953

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.

1954

Daughter, Mara, born. Lives six months in Hoboken, New Jersey.

1955

Lives in San Francisco. Works as construction worker on the freeways. Meets Yvonne Rainer and Ronald Bladen. Divorces Giselle Wexler.

1956

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.

1957

Shows at a group show at the Tanager Gallery on Tenth Street. Divorces Yvonne Rainer.

1959

First solo show in New York at the Poindexter Gallery, with whom he continues to show until Meets Sylvia Stone.

1960

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.

1963

Buys a dairy farm in Boiceville, New York, to use as a summer home and studio. Appointed Associate Professor of Art at Yale University.

1964

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.

1965

First major group show in Europe, at the Kunsthalle, Basel.

1966

Receives a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting. Is given solo show at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

1967

Diptych I and We installed the Tower East, Cleveland, Ohio, which his last Alphabet Series work. First Black and White paintings completed.

1968

Major solo show at the San Francisco Museum of Art, which then travels to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1969

Marries Sylvia Stone. Moves to West Broadway in Soho.

1970

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.

1974

First major retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

1975

First solo show in South America with Adler Castillo Gallery in Caracas, Venezuela.

1976

Mural Order/Disorder/Ascension/Descension installed at the Social Security Administration's Mid-Atlantic Program Center, Philadelphia.

1978

Returns to using color in paintings.

1980

Resigns professorship at Yale University.

1981

Residency, January to June, American Academy in Rome.

1982

Is elected to the Board of Trustees, American Academy in Rome.

1983

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).

1984

Is elected to American Institute of Arts and Letters. Irving Sandler publishes Al Held, the first monograph on the artist.

1985

Grandson Gabriel Held Jakubowicz is born. Installs mural Roberta's House in the Government Building, Akron, Ohio. Meets Kathleen Monaghan.

1986

Creates first series of prints with Crown Point Press, San Francisco. Divorces Sylvia Stone. Marries Kathleen Monaghan.

1987

Purchases property in Camerata di Todi, Italy. Starts an independent body of work in watercolor. Joins Robert Miller Gallery, New York.

1988

Visiting artist, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.

1990

Al Held Foundation is established.

1992

Moves to Boiceville. Property and buildings renovated for year-round use as home and studio. Divorces Kathleen Monaghan.

1994-95

Sells West Broadway loft.

1996

Installs stained glass window Gravity's Rainbow in the Ronald Reagan National Airport, Washington, D.C.

2002

Solo show at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.

2003

Glass mosaic Passing Through installed in the 53rd Street/Lexington Avenue subway station, New York.

2005

Awarded commissions for Jacksonville Library and Orlando Federal Court House in Florida. Dies July 27 in Camerata di Todi, Italy.

1963 "Al Held Paints a Picture" (Genesis 1963) for Art News 1964 (Photo 2015 Estate of Rudy Burckhardt / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

1928

Al Held is born in Brooklyn, New York, October 12, son of Harry and Clara Held.

1933-44

Attends New York City public schools.

1942

Family moves to the East Bronx, New York.

1944

Works at odd jobs after leaving high school.

1945-47

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.

1948

Meets Nick Krushenick. Enrolls at Art Students League under GI Bill. Studies drawing with Kimon Nicolaides and anatomy with Robert Beverly Hale.

1949

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.

1950-53

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).

1953

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.

1954

Daughter, Mara, born. Lives six months in Hoboken, New Jersey.

1955

Lives in San Francisco. Works as construction worker on the freeways. Meets Yvonne Rainer and Ronald Bladen. Divorces Giselle Wexler.

1956

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.

1957

Shows at a group show at the Tanager Gallery on Tenth Street. Divorces Yvonne Rainer.

1959

First solo show in New York at the Poindexter Gallery, with whom he continues to show until Meets Sylvia Stone.

1960

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.

1963

Buys a dairy farm in Boiceville, New York, to use as a summer home and studio. Appointed Associate Professor of Art at Yale University.

1964

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.

1965

First major group show in Europe, at the Kunsthalle, Basel.

1966

Receives a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting. Is given solo show at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

1967

Diptych I and We installed the Tower East, Cleveland, Ohio, which his last Alphabet Series work. First Black and White paintings completed.

1968

Major solo show at the San Francisco Museum of Art, which then travels to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1969

Marries Sylvia Stone. Moves to West Broadway in Soho.

1970

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.

1974

First major retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

1975

First solo show in South America with Adler Castillo Gallery in Caracas, Venezuela.

1976

Mural Order/Disorder/Ascension/Descension installed at the Social Security Administration's Mid-Atlantic Program Center, Philadelphia.

1978

Returns to using color in paintings.

1980

Resigns professorship at Yale University.

1981

Residency, January to June, American Academy in Rome.

1982

Is elected to the Board of Trustees, American Academy in Rome.

1983

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).

1984

Is elected to American Institute of Arts and Letters. Irving Sandler publishes Al Held, the first monograph on the artist.

1985

Grandson Gabriel Held Jakubowicz is born. Installs mural Roberta's House in the Government Building, Akron, Ohio. Meets Kathleen Monaghan.

1986

Creates first series of prints with Crown Point Press, San Francisco. Divorces Sylvia Stone. Marries Kathleen Monaghan.

1987

Purchases property in Camerata di Todi, Italy. Starts an independent body of work in watercolor. Joins Robert Miller Gallery, New York.

1988

Visiting artist, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.

1990

Al Held Foundation is established.

1992

Moves to Boiceville. Property and buildings renovated for year-round use as home and studio. Divorces Kathleen Monaghan.

1994-95

Sells West Broadway loft.

1996

Installs stained glass window Gravity's Rainbow in the Ronald Reagan National Airport, Washington, D.C.

2002

Solo show at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.

2003

Glass mosaic Passing Through installed in the 53rd Street/Lexington Avenue subway station, New York.

2005

Awarded commissions for Jacksonville Library and Orlando Federal Court House in Florida. Dies July 27 in Camerata di Todi, Italy.