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George Tooker (August 5, 1920 – March 27, 2011)

George Clair Tooker, Jr. was an American figurative painter. His works are associated with Magic realism, Social realism, Photorealism and Surrealism.
Born: August 5, 1920, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 27, 2011, Hartland, Vermont, United States
Education: Art Students League of New York
Harvard University
Phillips Academy
Lived: Hartland (05048 Vermont)
Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village
9 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
77 State St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Buried: Sea View Cemetery, Mount Sinai, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Find A Grave Memorial# 67683783
Books: George Tooker: Working Drawings
Periods: Social realism, Surrealism

School: Phillips Academy Andover (also known as Phillips Academy, Andover, or PA, 180 Main St, Andover, MA 01810) is a co-educational university-preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9–12, along with a post-graduate (PG) year. Notable queer alumni and faculty: Arthur Everett Austin, Jr (1900-1957); Daniel Pinkham (1923–2006), George Tooker (1920-2011), John Horne Burns (1916–1953), William Morton Fullerton (1865–1952).

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The Art Students League of New York is an art school located ar 215 W 57th St, 10019. The League has historically been known for its broad appeal to both amateurs and professional artists and has maintained, for over 130 years, a tradition of offering reasonably priced classes on a flexible schedule to accommodate students from all walks of life. Notable queer alumni and faculty: Paul Cadmus (1904–1999), Paul Chalfin (1874-1959), Russell Cheney (1881–1945), Kate Cory (1861–1958), Eyre de Lanux (1894-1996), Thomas Eakins (1844–1916), Jared French (1905-1988), Marsden Hartley (1877–1943), Wilna Hervey (1894–1979), Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986), Violet Oakley (1874-1961), George Quaintance (1902-1957), Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008), Man Ray (1890–1976), Marion Sanford (1904-1987), Maurice Sendak (1928–2012), Prentiss Taylor (1907–1991), Paul Thek (1933-1988), George Tooker (1920–2011), Cy Twombly (1928-2011), Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942), Alice Morgan Wright (1881-1975), Russel Wright (1904–1976).

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In 1945 with a stipend of $90 a month from his family, George Tooker (1920-2011) moved to a cold-water flat on Bleecker Street, 10012, in New York's Greenwich Village (rent $17 per month) where he was to live for five years. A year later, upon Lincoln Kirstein’s suggestion, he was included in Dorothy Miller’s exhibition, Fourteen Americans, at the Museum of Modern Art, which had a major impact on his developing career.

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House: Upon graduating in 1942, George Tooker (1920-2011) enlisted in the Marine Corps. Returning to New York, he enrolled at the Art Students League and studied with Reginald Marsh in 1943 and 1944. While he was a monitor in one of Marsh’s classes, he met Paul Cadmus, who in turn introduced him to Jared and Margaret French, artists who became lifelong friends. They also introduced him to their wider circle of friends, an accomplished group of writers, composers, dancers, and artists, including Lincoln Kirstein, W.H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, Monroe Wheeler, and George Platt Lynes. In 1949 he met his long-time partner, William R. Christopher, who died in 1973. After a fire damaged the loft at 9 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011 in which Tooker and Christopher, were living in 1953, they bought and renovated a brownstone on State Street in Brooklyn Heights.

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House: After a fire damaged the loft on West 18th Street in which George Tooker (1920-2011) and his partner, William Christopher (1923-1973), painter and cabinetmaker, were living in 1953, they bought and renovated a brownstone at 77 State St, Brooklyn, NY 11201. They resided there until a short time after George's mother died in 1960, at which time they removed to Hartland, Vermont, and sold the house in Brooklyn Heights. A rooming house across the street inspired a number of his paintings in the years that followed, including his windows series. In 1954, Tooker received a commission to design the sets for Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera, “The Saint of Bleecker Street,” again thanks to Kirstein’s recommendation.

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School: In 1981, George Tooker (1920-2011) purchased from Geoffrey Fraser Champlain the Pond Cottage (249 Beaver Dam Rd, Brookhaven, NY 11719). In 1994 he sold it to the Post Morrow Foundation. Tooker found that the change experienced by the locale since he was young, and the passing of the people he associated with the area, were difficult for him; he explained, “when I was out there, I just remembered the past. ... And that's why I didn't stay. I sold the house because I was living in the past when I was down there. And I thought, in Vermont I live in the present.”

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House: Later in the 1940s, Jared French (1905-1988) and his wife formed a complicated relationship with Paul Cadmus and Cadmus' then lover, George Tooker (1920–2011). When French and his wife bought a home in Hartland (05048 Vermont), they gave Cadmus a house of his own on the property. French later took the house back and gave it to his Italian lover. French died in Rome in 1988 and many of his paintings remain with his friend, Roberto Gianatta. In 1960, George Tooker and his life partner, Bill Christopher, move to Vermont. They buy a barn in White River Junction and move it to their home site in Hartland, not far from Jared and Margaret French’s summer home. They cut the Barn down quite a bit and then add on additional rooms. They permanently relocated from Brooklyn. Tooker returned to New York quite often, though, and taught at the Art Student’s League from 1965 to 1968. In order to escape the harsh Vermont weather, Tooker and Christopher began spending winters in Spain. They bought an apartment in Malaga in 1968, which Tooker maintained for the next two decades. A few years after Christopher died in 1973, Tooker converted to Catholicism and became deeply involved with his church in Vermont, the St. Francis of Assisi Church (28 Union St, Windsor, VT 05089). He painted an elaborate seven-panel work, The Seven Sacraments, which was installed in the church in 1981. In the years that followed, Tooker increasingly focused on his art and spiritual life in the relative solitude of his Vermont home. He typically followed a daily pattern of attending early Mass, returning home to paint in his studio until late afternoon, and then often sketching in the evening. He died at home in April 2011.

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Cemetery: George Tooker (1920–2011) was an American figurative painter. His works are associated with Magic realism, Social realism, Photorealism and Surrealism. In 1968, he was elected to the National Academy of Design and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Tooker was one of nine recipients of the National Medal of Arts in 2007. Tooker died at his home in Hartland and is buried at Seaview Cemetery (233 N Country Rd, Mt Sinai, NY 11766).

Queer Places, Vol. 1.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World Authored by Elisa Rolle
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