Fred Escher

Born 1940

MFA University of Wisconsin 1967


2015 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1980 National Endowment for the Arts Grant

One Person Exhibitions

2018  CatBox Contempoary, Ridgewood,NY

2018   Galerie SYMPA, Figeac, France

2017   57West57StreetARTS Gallery, NYC

2013   Heskin Contempoary, NYC

1985   Phillis Kind Gallery , NYC

1984   112 Greene St. NYC

1984   Nancy Lurie Gallery , Chicago

1982   Anderson Gallery , Virginia Commonwealth University

Roger Litz Gallery, NYC

Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago

1980   Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago

1979   Walter Kelley Gallery, Chicago

1971   Hundred Acers Gallery, with OK Harris, NYC

1970   Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis

Group Exhibitions

2016   Fred Valentine, Fred Escher and Ron Baron, NYC

1985 Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art

1985  Kind at Koplin, Koplin Gallery , Los Angeles

1985  Narrative Art PS 1, NYC

1985  Scapes, Santa Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara

1985  Summer Show Phyllis Kind Galley, NYC

1984 Great Values, Feature Gallery, Chicago

1984  Narrative Art, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City

1983 Harm Boukaert Gallery, NYC

1983  The American Artist as Printmaker, Brooklyn Museum

1983 Xtra Critical Role, Gabrielle Bryers, NYC

1983  Looking at Women, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago

1982 Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Art Museum

1982  Drawing Invitational, Harm Bouckaert Gallery, NYC

1981 Young Chicago Artists, Quay Gallery, Chicago

1972 Drawings, Hundred Acres Gallery, NYC

1970 9 Artists/ 9 Spaces, Waker Art Center, Minneapolis

1970  Funk and Phenomena, O K Harris Gallery, NYC


Artscribe International No. 56, “Fred Escher at Phyllis Kind” review by Barry Schwabsky, February-March 1986, p.74

The New York Times, “Art: “Fred Escher at Phyllis Kind” review by Vivien Raynor, January 3, 1986, C20

Art in America, “Fred Escher at Phyllis Kind” review by Gerrit Henry, April 1986

Arts Magazine, “Fred Escher Phyllis Kind” review by David Lurie, February 1986

City Living, “Eclectic Collections – Soho Remains Complex as Ever” review by Joana Jebsen, February 1985

Los Angeles Times, “Scapes’ Exhibit: Rooms With Too Many Views” review by Suzanne Muchnic, December 9, 1985, p.4

The Freeman’s Journal, “Doubleday (Abdul) and Diamond Art” review by Bruce Kurtz, September 5, 1984

The Reader, Chicago, IL., “Women In Trouble” by Virginia Holbert, February 25, 1983, p.4

Commonwealth Times, Richmond, Va., Lori Blackmon, September 14-21, 1982, p.12

The Richmond Times Dispatch, “Pat Adams, John Baldessari, Fred Escher” review by Robert Mertitt,


Commonwealth Times, Richmond, VA., “Escher Overlooks Ackell’s ‘Censorship of Sorts’” by Richard Townsend, October, 1982, p11

The Reader, Chicago, IL., “The Importance of Being Tasteless” by Christopher Lyon, April 14, 1982, p.36 ff.

Art/World, NYC, NY., “Fred Escher” review by Barnaby Ruhe, January 26, 1982, p.5

Images and Issues, “Young Chicago Painters at Quay” by Mary Stofflet, Winter 1981-1982, p.90

Soho Weekly News, “Fred Escher” review by William Zimmer, January 26, 1982, p.25

Arts Magazine, “Fred Escher”review by Gwynne Vernet, February 1982 Art in America,

“The Academy of the Bad” by Peter Plagens, November 1981, p.11 ff.

Artforum, “Fred Escher”review by C. L. Morrison, March 1981

Assembling#10, Richard Kostelenetz editor, 1980

The Reader, Chicago, IL. “Fred Escher” by Joanna Frueh, February 1980

Tenth Assembling – A Collection of Otherwise Unpublishable Manuscripts, Compiled by Richard Kostelanetz and David Cole, 1980

Art in America, “Fred Escher” by Joanna Frueh, October 1979

Artforum, “Fred Escher, Walter Kelly Gallery”review by C. L. Morrison, April 1979

Chicago Sun-Times, “Fred Escher” review January 7, 1979

Transit, Holland, Netherlands, 1977

A.Q., Frankfurt, Germany, 1975

Photo Methods for Industry, “Fred Escher” by William Hyzer, March 1973 Avalanche, Summer 1972

Avalanche, Winter 1971

New York Times, “Art Review”, January 1971

Art News, “Fred Escher” review February 1971


“Painting and Sculpture Today” Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN., Catalogue.1986 p23

‘Scapes’ University Art Museum , Santa Barbara, CA., “Fred Escher”, catalogue, curated by Phyllis Plous, 1985

“Painting and Sculprure Today” Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN., catalogue, 1985

“El Arte Narrativo” Museo Rufino Tamayo, director Robert R. Littman, November-December 1984, catalogue p.29

” El Arte Narrativo” PS 1 Long Island City, NY, director Alanna Heiss

“The American Artist as Printmaker National Print Exhibition” The Brooklyn Museum, catalogue, curator Barry Walker, October 28, 1983 , p. 56

“9 artists/9 spaces” Walker Art Center , curated by Richard Koshalek , October 1970, catalogue p. 20


“Ricky the Rat and Friends” Vulcanizadora Publishing, 2015 Hardcover
62 pages ,7” x 9.5” , 56 Watercolors, Edition 500  ISBN  978-0-692-35529-9

“Brushes” Painting – Cleaning – Sweeping –  Brushing
Vulcanizadora Publishing  2014 , 47 Watercolors ,21cm x 20cm, Edition 500
ISBN-13   978-0-615-97707-2

“Killings” Executions Rapes Suicides Tortures Murders, Rock Co. Publishing 1980,
32 Pagers, 31 Drawings , Edition 500

“Animals”  Drawings and Photographs, Rock Co. Publishing1978
62 Pages, 40 Photographs, Edition 500

“H-I-D-I-N-G”, Rock Co. Publishing 1972, 26 Photographs, 29 Pages, Edition 250