- born in 1936 in Szeged, Hungary
- immigrated to Israel in 1957; to Montréal, Québec in
- B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1964); M.A.,
Concordia University (1977); Ph.D. in Education and Art, Columbia Pacific University, San
Rafael, California (1986)
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Paul Hartal's painting consists of bright,
expressionistic canvases, often combined with photography or other technological
processes, as part of the attempt to unite the scientific with the creative, or intuitive.
His 1975 manifesto on Lyrical Conceptualism put forward a theory of art that emphasized
the creative process as an interaction of emotion and intellect, fusing them and thus
denying the traditional belief that they are at odds with one another. He writes:
"Lyrical Conceptualism does not impose any formal limitations on the artists
freedom. It merely suggests. Instead of competition it advocates cooperation. In our
post-industrial society, science and technology determine our lifestyle. Consequently, art
must concern itself with science and technology. However, science and technology should
not be our masters but our servants" (1975). Hartal refuses to polarize science and
art, but involves the use of technology by the artist in the creation of beauty, resulting
in works that seek to unify science and art, emotion and logic, intelligence and soul.
Hartal returned to Hungary in 1983, and his art and writings have been frequently
discussed by the Hungarian media. In 1989 his book about Lyrical Conceptualism, The
Brush and the Compass, was discussed in the Hungarian journal Újuidék
(Pictorial Youth). In 1991, the book and his ideas again became the subject for an
article, in the Hungarian paper Új Forrás (New Source). His 1989 Space Art
series is an example of how Hartal has explored the place of science in human life,
commenting on what he calls "our yearning to know the secrets of the universe, and
our ultimate failure to apprehend the cosmos." A poet as well as a painter, Hartal is
also the author of A History of Architecture (1972), Painted Melodies (1983),
and The Kidnapping of the Painter Miro (1997), a novel that Hartal wrote and
illustrated. He is honorary curator of the Israel Museum, and the founder-director
(1987) of the Centre for Art, Science, and Technology in Montréal, Québec.
Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, New York
||Micro Hall Art Center,
Galerie-Studio J. Yahouda Meir, Montréal, Québec
Centre Psycho-Social, University Lausanne, Montreux, Switzerland
Atelier 2101, Montréal, Québec
Art Montréal, Tele-Art de Vehicule Art (Montréal) 79, Montréal, Québec; Jacquie
Gallery, Montréal, Québec
||East Meets West: Two Person
Exhibition by the Originators of Blankism and Lyrical Conceptualism
Dansung Gallery Seoul, Seoul, Korea
||Mostra Biennal d'Art
Queensland College of Art Gallery, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia; Toowoomba
Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Dot Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
Palazzo Gambacorti, Pisa, Italy
Seoul International Fine Art Center, Seoul , Korea
Havana National Museum, Havana, Cuba
||Spaceweek International Art
Space Center, Houston, Texas
Centro Civico Social, Madrid, Spain
Municipal Library, St. Laurent, Montréal, Québec
Galleria Communale d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
||Musée de la Poste, Paris,
Galerie Fokus, Montréal, Québec
||Artists of all the World
for the Piero Manzoni's Infinite Line
Milan Art Center, Milan, Italy
Arte-Studio, Bergamo, Italy
||Space and Humanity
Ward-Nasse Gallery, New
York, New York
Society of Experimental Artists, Longboat Key Art Center,
||Eco Museum, Savona, Italy
Archeology of the Future
Lo Straniero International Show
Centro Culturale, Florence, Italy
University of Delaware, Delaware
Alcorcon Civic Centre, Madrid, Spain
||Sion Museum, Switzerland
Visions of Space
OURS, Montreux, Switzerland
||Studio Dieci, Vercellie, Italy
La Rose des vents
Villeneuve d'Ascq., France
Contemporary Gallery Aono, Matsuyama City, Japan
Munson-Williams-Proctor Inst., New York, New York
Espace 31, Paris, France
Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Washington
||Art Festival Seoul
Véhicule Art, Montréal, Québec
Festival international des arts
Olympic Velodrome, Montréal, Québec
||46th Salon des
Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, France
Memorial Invitational Print Exhibition
Columbia Greene Community College, Hudson, New York
Academie internationale de Lutece, Paris, France
Festival internationale de peinture et d'art
graphico-plastique de Saint Germain-des-Prés
Galeries Raymond Duncan, Paris, France
Ligoa Duncan Gallery, New York, New York
||International Art Fair
||Colbert Gallery, Montréal,
|Galleria Naz Arte, Rome, Italy
Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montréal, Québec
Musée du Québec, Québec, Québec
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Seoul International Fine Art Centre, Seoul, Korea
|East Meets West: Two Person Exhibition
by the Originators of Blankism and Lyrical Conceptualism: Cho, sang-Hyun, Paul Hartal.
Seoul, Korea: Dansung Gallery Seoul, 1998.
of Living Artists. Renaissance, California: ArtNetwork Press, 1993.
Exler, Elizabeth. "Paul Hartal: A manifesto on
Lyrical Conceptualism." Manhattan Arts (November/December 1992):14.
Hartal, Paul. "Antares." Leonardo 26,
---. The Brush and Compass: The Interface Dynamics of
Art and Science. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1988.
---. Black and White. Montréal, Québec:
Lyrical Conceptualist Society, 1984.
---. "Homage to a blue planet: Aeronautical and
astronomical artworks." Leonardo 25, no. 2 (June/July 1992): 211-215.
---. "A manifesto on Lyrical Conceptualism." Art
in America (November/December 1976): 153.
---. ["A manifesto on Lyrical Conceptualism."] Artnews
(November 1977): 214.
---. A Manifesto on Lyrical Conceptualism.
Montréal, Québec: Paul Hartal, 1975.
---. Painted Melodies. Montréal, Québec:
Galerie-Studio J. Yahouda Meir, 1983.
---. "Perceptual ambiguity and metaphoric
conceptualization." Contemporary Philosophy (July/August 1990): n.p.
---. Poetry Canada 10, no. 4 (Winter 1989-90):
---. Rain Drop. New York, New York:
Ward-Nasse Gallery, 1994.
---. "Space in vision, vision in space." Ylem
(September 1991): 3.
---. Vernissage. Montréal, Québec: Lyrical
Conceptualist Society, 1979.
---. Visions: Moment in Frame. Owings Mills,
Maryland: National Library of Poetry, 1998 (Companion to the audio cassette put out by the
National Library of Poetry, 1996).
---. "Visions of the cosmos: Space art." Orbiter
Magazine (January/ February 1995):18.
Canadian Who's Who XXXII. Toronto, Ontario:
University of Toronto Press, 1997.
"The Lyrical Conceptualism of Paul Hartal: The Brush
and the Compass." Pictorial Youth (6 September 1989): 18.
Pickover, Clifford A. Chaos in Wonderland. New
York, New York: St. Martins Press, 1994.
---. Mazes for the Mind. New York, New York: St.
Martins Press, 1992.
Szathmary, Kara. "Cosmic Symbiosis." Artists/USA
Szombathy, Bálint. "Melody and scene." Life
and Literature (Élet és Irodalom) (23 June 1990): n.p.
Who's Who in American Art. 21st edition. New
York, New York: Bowker, 1995-96.
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