Jack Youngerman was born in 1926 in Webster Groves, Missouri. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky he returned to his native Missouri for college at the University of Missouri – Columbia. There, he majored in journalism, and also took his first drawing course.
After serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, the G.I. Bill helped Youngerman continue his art education at École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In Paris, Youngerman married a movie actress whose father was a scholar and diplomat, and who eventually became the director of the Musées de France. With these connections, Youngerman was introduced to a number of sculptors living in Paris at the time, including Constantin Brancusi, Jean Arp, Alexander Calder, and Ellsworth Kelly.
Youngerman’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; the Museum of Fine Art, Houston; the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York; the List Visual Arts Center at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts;
and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Jack Youngerman died on February 19, 2020.
Jack Youngerman finds inspiration in art and artifacts from around the world. The title Samarkand refers to the ancient city located along the Silk Road, an important trading route. The city experienced numerous conquests during its 2,500 year history, creating a culture that mixed together Iranian, European and Asian influences. The form of this sculpture resembles one of the most distinctive forms of Japanese art—a folding screen—combined with elements drawn from Middle Eastern architecture.
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Enamel on Aluminum
80.5″ x 80.5″
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Scarecrow, 2006 Tom Claassen
Untitled (Two Rabbits), 2004 Jonathan Clarke
Lifestyle, 2006 Niki de Saint Phalle
Adam & Eve, 1985-1989 Jim Dine
Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels, 2008 Mark di Suvero
Aesop’s Fables, 1990 Jean-Michel Folon
Voyage, 1999 Laura Ford
Bird, 2007 Keith Haring
Untitled (Ringed Figure), 1987 Käi
Love Vs. Money, 2017 Fernand Léger
Femmes Au Perroquet, 1952 Aristide Maillol
La Riviere, 1938 – 1943 Ju Ming
Tai Chi Singlewhip, 1998 Igor Mitoraj
Eros Bendato, 1999 Julian Opie
Kiera & Julian Walking, 2002
Bruce & Sara Walking, 2007 Tom Otterness
Kindly Geppetto, 2001 Mimmo Paladino
Zenit, 1999 Martin Puryear
Untitled (Bench), 2008 George Rickey
Four Rectangles Oblique, 1979 Tony Smith
Night, 1962 Bernar Venet
2 Arcs X 4, 230.5 Degree, Arc X 5, 1999-2000 Erwin Wurm
Big Suit, 2010 Kan Yasuda
Door of Return, 2001 Jack Youngerman