Norman Ives’s work was exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout his lifetime. His professional design work involved the creation of symbols, book jackets, and posters. His graphic design shows the same sophistication and mastery of form found in his personal work. Retrospectives have been launched to showcase his brilliance as a fine artist and graphic designer.

Whitney Museum of American Art

In 1967 Ives’s work was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition 3 graphic designers, as mentioned above. In December of that same year, Ives’s eight-foot-square painting Number 3-L was chosen for the Whitney Museum of American Art’s exhibition of contemporary painting. In addition his painting was one of those selected for the accompanying catalog, From the168 works accepted about a third were included in the catalog.

Artists whose work appeared in this milestone event is a striking roster of the day’s premier talents, including Josef Albers, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cy Twombly, Mark Tobey, Willem de Kooning, Alex Katz, Ben Shahn, and Andy Warhol.

Artists could directly submit their work for consideration, or their work might be submitted by a gallery. The Stable Gallery is listed as the lender of Ives’s painting. Eleanor Ward had established her gallery and herself as synonymous with avant-garde art. As an unequaled seer, she was the first to exhibit the work of many of these artists.

Gallery Exhibitions

His early work was exhibited by the Stable Gallery in New York, which was an avant-garde creation of Eleanor Ward, a foresighted genius who recognized the potential of Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Franz Kline, and other promising contemporaries of Norman Ives. He was also exhibited at Sydney Janis Gallery, Saidenberg Gallery, Marilyn Pearl Gallery, and various others.

Individual Exhibitions

  • Rochester Institute of Technology’s University and Bevier Galleries, 2016
  • AIGA Gallery, 2007
  • Stable Gallery, New York
  • Saidenberg Gallery, New York
  • Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York
  • Pollock Gallery, Toronto
  • Washburn University at Topeka
  • The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis
  • The University of Hawaii
  • Neuberger Museum in Purchase

Major Group Exhibitions

  • “Art of the Poster,” Museum of Modern Art
  • “American Arts Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting,” Whitney Museum

“Vision is the most universal of languages; seeing is more convincing that reading. It is up to the designer to interpret our culture in a way that is universally understood through the eye. “ — Norman S. Ives

RIT 2016 Rochester Institute of Technology

Norman Ives: Constructions & Reconstructions

University of Massachusetts 2021, CVPA Gallery 

Norman Ives: Constructions & Reconstructions