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William Joseph Anastasi, artist. Recipient John Cage award, Foundation Contemporary Art, New York City, 2010.


Anastasi, William Joseph was born on August 11, 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Joseph Anthony and Jeanette (Corona) Anastasi.


Student University of Pennsylvania, 1953-1961.


He has lived and worked in New York City since the early 1960s. His work is predominantly abstract and conceptual. Early works such as Relief (1961) and Issue (1966) incorporate the use of industrial and construction materials.

Currently exhibited works include "Nine Polaroid Photographs of a Mirror", currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


  • In 2010 Anastasi was awarded The John Cage Award, an unrestricted grant awarded biennially, from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.


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    • One-man shows include Dwan Gallery, New York City, 1966-1967, 1970, Witherspoon Gallery University North Carolina, Greensboro, 1965, Washington Square Gallery, New York City, 1964, Personal 1 Museum, Long Island, New York, 1977, Hetzler and Keller Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany, 1979, Whitney Museum American Art, New York City, 1979, 1981, Kuntsmuseum Dusseldorf, Federal Republic Germany, 1979, Bess Culter Gallery, New York City, 1987-1988, The New Museum, New York City, Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1988, 1996, 1999, 2004-2005, Scott Hanson Gallery, 1989, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1990, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York City, 1991, 1993-1995, Krister Fahl Gallery, Stockholm, 1994, The Sorbonne, Paris, 1994, Rosenbach Museum & Library., Philadelphia, 1995, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1995, Pier Gallery, Orkney, Stromness, Scotland, 1995, Moore College Art and Design, Philadelphia, 1995, Anders Tornberg Gallery, Lund, Sweden, 1996, Hubert Winter Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 1998, 2001, The Museum of Judaica, Philadelphia, 1998, Specta Gallery, Copenhagen, 1999, Galerij S6, Aalst, Belgium, 1999, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, New York City, 1999, 2003, Art Agents Gallery, Hamburg, Germany, 2000, 2004, Niels Borch Jensen Gallery, Berlin, 2000, Nikolaj Comtemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, 2001, Thomas Rehbein Gallery, Cologne, 2002, 2004-2005, The Annex, New York City, 2003, Quadrum Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal, 2003, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, 2004, Solway Gallery, Los Angeles, Reykjavik Art Museum, 2004, Bayly Museum, University Virginia, 2005, Stefanie Hering Gallery, Berlin, 2005, Art Agents Gallery, Hamburg, 2005, Baumgartner Gallery, New York City, 2006, Bjorn Ressle Gallery, 2006, White Box, New York City, 2006-2007, Birmingham Museum Art, 2007, Drawing Center, New York City, 2007, Orangegroup Gallery, Los Angeles, 2007, Peter Blum, Chelsea, New York, 2009, Emilio Mazzoli, Galleria d'Arte Contemporanea Modena, Italy, 2009, Esbjerg Museum Fine Arts Denmark, 2009, others, Represented in permanent collections Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York, British Museum, London, United Kingdom, Metropolitan Museum Art, New York City, Brooklyn Museum Art, Philadelphia, Museum Art, Phoenix Museum Art, Georgia Museum Art, Walker Art Center, The Getty Center, Santa Monica, California, The Museum Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, Des Moines Art Center, Museum Modern Art, New York City, Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery Art, Washington, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Musee Moderne, Stockholm, Sweden, Whitney Museum American Art, Denver Art Museum, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia, J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, Le Witt Collection, Chester, Connecticut, Jewish Museum, New York City, Statensmuseum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Rooseum, Center Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden, Philadelphia, Museum Jewish Art, Guggenheim Museum, New York City, Arkansas Art Center, Oklahoma City Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Baltimore Museum Art, Maryland, Museum Ludwig Koln, Cologne, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut, Rubin Museum Art, New York City, Birmingham Museum Art, Alabama, University Virginia Art Museum, others, Progressive Contemporary Collection, Cleveland, Harold Fulekenberg Collection, Hamberg, Germany, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, The Morgan Literary Museum, New York City, The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Branswick, Maine. Co-author (with Micheal Seidel): Jarry in Joyce: A Conversation, 1995.

      Author: William Anastasi's Pataphysical Society: Jarry, Joyce, Dechamp and Cage, 2005. One-man shows include Aldrich Museum Art Ridyefield CT., Weatherspoon Museum Art, Greensboro North Carolina, Getty Museum Los Angeles, California, The Greenstem Museum, Settle Washington, Cooper Fund Collection Oakbrook, Illinois, Chase Manhattam Bank New York, The First Natural Bank Seattle, Kumst Museum Dusseldrof Germany, La Gia Collection Brusca, Italy, Fine Atrs Center Colorado Springd, Boise Art Museum, Idaho, Portland Art Museum, Oregon, Cedar Rapeds Museum Art, Iowa, New Mexico Museum Art Santa, Esbjerg Museum Fine Arts, Denmark, Isabelle-Du-Moulin & Niels orch Jensen Gallery, Berlin, 2010, Gering Lopez Gallery, New York City, 2010.


Married Irene Ierardi, August 15, 1951 (divorced 1964). Children: William, Lawrence, Jean.

Joseph Anthony Anastasi

Jeanette (Corona) Anastasi

Irene Ierardi

William Anastasi

Lawrence Anastasi

Jean Anastasi