Paul Ickovic

Paul Ickovic

Paul Ickovic was thirteen when he emigrated with his family to the United States via Czechoslovakia, England and Colombia. An assistant of Henri Cartier-Bresson, friend of Josef Koudelka, his lineage is among the great documentary and street photographers, yet what he sees expresses the daring and heart that is his alone. Using only his Leica, one lens and black and white film, he reveals the ineffable, the bizarre, tender and beautiful apparitions of life. His subject is the endless variation of relationship and femininity, depicted in his photographs as well as his playful drawings. A pilot, printer and musician, he is the author of five books– Kafka’s GraveIn TransitSafe ConductGorgeous Infidelities, a collaboration with poet  Naila Moreira, and a children’s book, Nicholas and The Magic Box. His photographs have been widely exhibited and are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; La Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; National Gallery of Art, Prague;  Minneapolis Art Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution.

EDUCATION

1969-71
Goddard College, BA

1966-68
Commercial pilot and flight engineer (Boeing 707)

1965-66
School of Visual Arts
Studied jazz guitar with Attila Zoller, and composition with Jimmy Guiffre

1964-65
Julliard School of Music

1962-64
Queens College

EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

Galeria Fotografija, Ljubljana
Southampton, Art fair, Southampton, New York
AIPAD, New York
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston
Daniel Wolf Gallery New York
Witkin Gallery, New York
Panopticon Gallery, Boston
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
Fleming Museum Burlington, Vermont
Guild Hall, Easthampton, NY
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston
Remy Toledo Gallery, NY
International Center of Photography, NY: Safe conduct, exhibition and book
International Center of Photography, NY, three man exhibit, Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa and Paul Ickovic
Adagio Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, Paul Ickovic and Robert Rauschenberg
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

MUSEUM AND GALLERY COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France
International Center of Photography, New York
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
National Museum of the Czech Republic, Prague, gifted from Guggenheim Museum collection
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC
New York Public Library, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts: Mead Art Museum, University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College and Smith College

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Milos Forman
Martin Scorsese
Joe Pesci
Richard Gere
David Mamet
Saul Steinberg
Henry Cartier Bresson
Josef Koudelka
Annaliese Soros
Joshua Ginsberg
Stephen Stinehour

AWARDS
2 grants, Vermont council on the Arts
AIGA best books awards (for Kafka’s Grave and Other Stories), essay by David Mamet

PUBLICATIONS

2016
At a Glance, Steinhour Editons

2015
Nicholas and the Magic Box

2014
Gorgeous Infidelities in collaboration with Naila Moreira, poet

1998
Boston Phoenix

1996
New York Review of Books

1992
Relative Truths, Guild Hall Museum (catalog)

1991
Safe Conduct, International Center of Photography / Introduction by Cornell Capa, essay by Vaclav Havel

1989
Out of Bounds, Guild Hall Museum (catalog)

1987
Kafka’s Grave and Other Stories, Okapi Editions / Essay David Mamet

1982
Chicago Tribune Magazine (cover)

1981
Prague Portfolio, Odeon Editions

1977
In Transit, Odeon Editions

1974
Paul Ickovic, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, catalog

1972
Soul of Vermont, Goddard Press