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Harold Lehman's art continues to have an important place in American art today. His iconic painting Portrait of a Dancer Plus A Sculptor has been included in several major exhibits and his role as a bridge to bringing D.A. Siqueios to New York has also been recognized in recent shows.

  • 2010, D.A. Siqueiros in Los Angeles: Censorship Defied. Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2009, Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis. Museo Del Barrio, New York, NY. The influence Harold Lehman had on introducing D.A. Siqueiros to the New York art scene and the role he played as his assistant in the New Experimental Workshop was explored in the opening exhibit of the newly restored museum.

  • 2005, Surrealism USA. National Academy of Design, New York, NY. Harold's painting Portrait of a Dancer Plus a Sculptor appeared in this major exhibition on surrealism in the United States. The show opened in New York in Feb. 2005 and traveled to the Phoenix Art Museum from June to September 2005.

  • 2005, War Bond Era Posters, California State University, Chico, California. As part of the College of Humanities and Fine Art theme "War and Culture" curator Catherine Sullivan of the Janet Turner Print Museum located on the campus, invited Mr. Lehman to exhibit the Paratrooper. March 21-April 18, 2005.

  • 2002, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA. Mr. Lehman was invited to participate in curator Michael Duncan's Post Surrealist exhibit that debuted in the new Pasadena Museum of California Art. The exhibit was from October 2002 to January 2003 and also toured to the Nora Eccles Museum of Art, Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

  • 1995, Pacific Dreams: California Surrealists - 1930's. Mr. Lehman was a prominent member of the Post-Surrealists, an avant-garde group of California artists, active in the 1930's. In 1995, three of Mr. Lehman's paintings were included in a retrospective exhibit of this group. The tour went to the following museums:
    • Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
    • CLA/Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
    • Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT

Exhibits Prior to 2000

  • The New York World's Fair 1939-40, New York, NY.
  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • The Whitney Museum, New York, NY
  • The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
  • The National Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • The National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
  • The San Diego Gallery of Fine Arts, San Diego, CA
  • The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection and Museum, Miami Beach, FL


Last update: September 1, 2010
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Current Exhibit

Autry National Center
September 24, 2010 - January 9, 2011
D.A. Siqueiros in Los Angeles:
Censorship Defied

Analogy: Capital/Labor Analogy: Capital/Labor

The Autry’s new exhibition, Siqueiros in Los Angels: Censoship Defied will feature more than 100 works and materials drawn from archives across the continent to explore this fertile period in the life and work of one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

The Estate of Harold Lehman is proud to have several works of art done by Harold Lehman during this period when he worked with and was greatly influenced by this great Mexican artist. In addition, the Estate has loaned many unique historical documents and articles to help give life to this period and the collaboration between Siqueiros and the group of young artists who Harold Lehman was friends with at the time: Jackson Pollock, Reuben Kadish, and Phil Guston.