Frank Freed

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Frank  Freed Circus in Spring
Circus in Spring, c. 1960
acrylic on canvas
20 x 24 in
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Frank  Freed Old Woman to Market
Old Woman to Market, c. 1960
acrylic on board
12 x 9 in
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Frank  Freed Picasso
Picasso, 1957
oil on canvas board
10 x 8 in
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Frank  Freed Post Office
Post Office, c. 1960
watercolor
14.5 x 21.5 in
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Frank  Freed Revolving Door at Christmas
Revolving Door at Christmas, 1963
acrylic on board
24 x 18 in
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Frank  Freed Sunday Drive though the French Countryside 1
Sunday Drive though the French Countryside 1, c. 1960
gouache
14.5 x 21.5 in
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Frank  Freed Sunday Drive though the French Countryside 2
Sunday Drive though the French Countryside 2, c. 1960
gouache
14.5 x 21.5 in
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Frank  Freed Untitled ( Art Auction)
Untitled ( Art Auction), nd
watercolor and mixed media on paper
13.75 x 9.75 in
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Frank  Freed Untitled (building with three archways)
Untitled (building with three archways), c. 1960
oil on canvas
18 x 14 in
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Frank  Freed Untitled (city)
Untitled (city), c. 1960
gouache on paper
19.5 x 15 in
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Frank  Freed Waiting for the Train
Waiting for the Train, c. 1960
pen and ink
8 x 9.5 in
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Frank  Freed Italian Restaurant
Italian Restaurant, 1956
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in
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Frank  Freed

Frank Freed

Frank Freed Description

FRANK FREED (1906–1975)

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Frank Freed was raised in Houston. Planning to pursue a career in journalism, Freed studied literature at Harvard where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Following a brief attempt at writing, Freed began working in the insurance business with his father.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Freed volunteered to join the Army, serving in Normandy with the Corps of Engineers. Travelling around Europe during the war, especially the time he spent in Paris, sparked his interest in art. He left France feeling culturally enriched and inspired to try his hand at art.

After his return from the war, Freed enrolled in a design and painting class taught by Robert Preusser at the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. From that time on, Freed made painting a meaningful part of his life while maintaining his livelihood as an insurance salesman.

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

  • 1906 Born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1927 BA, English Literature, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1942–46 Served in U. S. Army
  • 1948–50 Student, Museum School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • 1950 Married Eleanor Kempner
  • 1975 Died in Houston, Texas

Selected Exhibitions

·       1948–49 10th Texas General Exhibition 1948-1949, circulated: Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1949–52 24th–27th Annual Exhibit of Works by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1950 Art of 49, Bute’s Art Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1950 Art News National Amateur Painters’ Competition, Galleries of the National Academy of Design, New York, New York

·       1951 First Solo, Alley Theater, Houston, Texas

·       1952 Paintings by the Harvard Class of 1927, Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts

·       1953–55 Annual Art Rental Exhibit, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas

·       1953 Festival of Jewish Art, Temple Emanuel, Houston, Texas

·       1954 29th Annual Exhibit of Works by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1956 Frank Freed Paintings, Alley Theater, Houston, Texas

·       1957 Opening Exhibition, Cushman Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1958 Eight Paintings by Frank Freed, Rudi’s Restaurant, Houston, Texas

·       1958–60 33rd–35th Annual Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1964 Jury Award Exhibition, Jewish Community Center, Houston, Texas

·       1964 Paintings by Frank Freed, Tall Timbers Club, Houston, Texas

·       1966 Show of Drawings, Jewish Community Center of Houston, Texas

·       1966 Made in Houston, Louisiana Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1966 Six Southwest Artists, Kiko Galleries, Houston, Texas

·       1966 10th Anniversary Tekkei Kai Group Exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum, Japan

·       1966 Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1966, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1967 Invitational Group Show, Art League of Houston, Texas

·       1967 Annual Invitational Exhibit, Nicholson Memorial Library, Longview, Texas

·       1967 Dimension—Houston II 1967 Arts Festival Exhibit, Art League of Houston, Texas

·       1967 Artists of the Southeast and Texas Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

·       1968 Spring Jury Exhibition, Texas Fine Arts Association, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas

·       1968 Dimension—Houston III, Art League of Houston, Texas

·       1968 33rd Annual, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

·       1968–69 Annual Sun Carnival Art Exhibition, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas

·       1969 Paintings and Drawings from 1965 to 1969 by Frank Freed, Carol Lane Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1970 Pinturas Recientes de Frank Freed, El Instituto Mexicano Notreamericano de Relaciones Culturales, Mexico City

·       1971 Dimension—Houston VI, Art League of Houston, Texas

·       1971 Main Street Art Happening, Houston Chamber of Commerce, Houston, Texas

·       1972 Paintings by Frank Freed, Meredith Long & Company, Houston, Texas

·       1972 Southwest Fine Arts Biennial, Museum of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

·       1973 An American in France: Paintings by Frank Freed, Shamrock Hilton, Houston, Texas, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Alliance Française of Houston

·       1974 Frank Freed Paintings, Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas

·       1974 Annual Jury Award Art Exhibition, Jewish Community Center of Houston, Texas

·       1975 All Media Spring Membership Exhibit, Art League of Houston, Texas

·       1975 Houston Area Exhibition, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Texas

·       1976 The American Jewish Festival, Congregation Emanu El, Houston, Texas

·       1978 Art and The Alphabet, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1979 FIRE! Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1979 A Survey of Texas Naïve Artists, Witte Museum, San Antonio, traveled to: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin; Tyler Museum of Fine Arts, Tyler, Texas

·       1980 Eyes of Texas. Texas Folk Artists, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas

·       1982 A Peaceable Kingdom: Animals in Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1982 In Our Time: Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum, 1948–1982, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1983 Frank Freed: People and Places, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas

·       1984 Houston Figurative Art, College of the Mainland, Texas City, Texas

·       1985 Americans at Play: Realism between the World Wars, Davis Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1985 Americans at Work: Realism between the World Wars, Transco Energy Company, Houston, Texas

·       1986 Texas Seen—Texas Made, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas

·       1989–90 Another Reality, Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Inc., Houston, Texas, traveled to: Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; and other venues

·       1994 Solo, Frank Freed: Paintings and Drawings, 1946–1975, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1996 Solo, More Than a Constructive Hobby: The Paintings of Frank Freed, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       2004 A Selection of Art Made in Houston 1950-1965, Brazos Projects, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, Texas

·       2006 Houston Art in Houston Collections: Works from 1900 to 1965, Heritage Society Museum, Houston, Texas

·       2011 Lone Star Modernism: A Celebration of Mid-Century Texas Art, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2012 A Survey of Texas Modernists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2013 Rhythms of Modernism, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2013 Summer Encore Exhibition, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2014 Houston Founders at City Hall Art Exhibition, City Hall, Houston, Texas

·       2014 A New Visual Vocabulary: Developments in Texas Modernism 1935-1965, One Allen Center, Lobby Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       2015 Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams of Modern Art in Houston, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas (catalogue)

Selected Public Collections

  • Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
  • McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Austin, Texas

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