Ross Bleckner 1949 —

Biography

Bleckner emerged as a central figure in the revival of American painting, a position he has solidified in the 1990’s.  Through various subjects and motifs – optically dizzying stripes, nocturnal landscapes, funerary urns, memorial imagery, chandeliers, abstract domes, birds, sunflowers and constellations – Bleckner evokes memory, desire, and irony in order to examine the uncertainty of the human condition, while simultaneously celebrating the transcendent principles of nature and the cosmos.

Bleckner’s principle focus is the theme that pervades his work: light.   In a series of essays for the catalogue of his retrospective at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum March 3-May 14, 1995, the beauty and presence of the Bleckner’s paintings was captured by Lisa Dennison, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, Thomas Crow, Professor of History of Art at the University of Sussex and Simon Watney, critic. Bleckner’s work was placed in the context of recent art history.  The text and show explore the interplay between Bleckner’s painterly inventiveness and his rediscovery of themes and effects used by artists of another age.

Works by Ross Bleckner are in the principle museums of contemporary art including; the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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View synoptic biography below.

Cells

Cells
2001
Oil on board

28.75 x 35.75 inches 72.6 x 98 cm
Signed and dated on verso

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014

Maruani & Mercier Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY.

2012
Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany

2011
Maruani & Noirhomme Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Scott White Fine Art, San Diego, CA.

2010
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.
Emilio Mazzoli gallery, Modena, Italy
Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland

2009
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO.

2008
Imago Galleries, Palm Springs, CA.

2007
Cais Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

2006
Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland.

2005
Ruzicska Gallery, Salzburg, Austria.

2004
Dialogue with Space, Esbjerg Art Museum, Esbjerg, Denmark.

2003
Lehman Maupin Gallery, NYC, NY.
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

2001
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

2000
Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
Galerie Ernst Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland.
Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, England.

1999
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

1997
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France.
Bawag Foundation, Vienna, Austria.

1996
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

1995
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC, NY.
Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway.
I.Y.A.M.. Centre Julio Gonzalez, Yalencia, Spain.

1994
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

1993
Galerie Max Metzler, Koln, Germany.
Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY

1991
Kolnischer Kunstverein, Koln, Germany.
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

1990
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada.
Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

1989
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas.
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1988
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California.
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

1987
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

1986
Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

1983
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2014
In the Beginning/End States, Sgorbati Projects, NYC, NY.
Repetitive Motion, SHFAP at Projector Gallery, NYC, NY.

2013
Paint Hotel, Joe Sheftel Gallery, NYC, NY.

2012
Conceptual Abstraction, Hunter College Time Square Gallery, NYC, NY.

2011
Surrounding Bacon and Warhol: Selections from the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley Museum of MOdern Art, Oslo, Norway
Pop Art 1960's-2000's From Misumi Collection, Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Magic Hand, ARTBLOGARTBLOG, NYC, NY.
An Instance of Vibration, Anonymous Gallery, NYC, NY.

2010
Your History is not Our History, Haunch of Venison, NYC, NY.
Selections, LA Art House, West Hollywood, CA.
Other as Animal, Danese Gallery, NYC, NY.
America: Here and Now, traveling exhibition
Stream of the Unknown: Selections from the Collection, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY
In Dialogue, Anonymous Gallery, NYC, NY.

2009
A Tribute to Ron Warren, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

2008
Genesis- The Art of Creation, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
Empires and Environments, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.

2007
Time .01: I Love My Scene/Scene 3, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

2006
View Nine: I Love My Scene/Scene 3, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.

2005
Picturing America: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Nagasaki
Prefectural Art Museum, Nagasaki, Japan.
Zoo Story, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, New York.

2004
Flowers, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.
Flowers Observed, Flowers Transformed, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania.
A Celebration of the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Honorees in
the Visual Arts, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York.
North Fork/South Fork: East End Art Now/Part ll, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New
York.

2003
Me & More, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland.

2002
Art Downtown: New York Painting and Sculpture, 48 Wall Street, NYC, NY.

2001
Mythic Proportions: Painting in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami,
Florida.
Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons: Four Decades of Art from the Broad Collection, Los Angeles
County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California.

2000
In the Power of Painting, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.
On Canvas: Contemporary Painting, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC, NY.
In the Power of Painting, Alesco, Zurich, Switzerland.

1999
The American Century: Art and Culture 1950-2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC,
NY.

1997
Birth of the Cool: Amerikanische Malerei, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

1996
Nuevas Abstracciones, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain.

1995
Passions Privees, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France.

1994
Painting and Sculpture: Recent Acquisitions, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, NY.

1992
Slow Art: Painting in New York Now, P.S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, New York.

1991
Mito y Magia en America: Los Ochenta, Museo de arte contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico.
Metropolis, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany.
Devil on the Stairs: Looking Back on the Eighties, Institute of Contemporary Art,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1989
1989 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY.
Prospect 89, Frankfurt Kunstverein and Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, West Germany.

1988
Biennial of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
The Image of Abstraction, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California.
The Binational/Die Binationale, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.
Art at the End of the Social, The Rooseum, Malmo, Sweden.
Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1987
1987 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY.

1985
Currents, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts.

1984
The Meditative Surface, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

1981
"New York in Black and White, The Museum of Modern Art/Penthouse, NYC, NY.

1979
New Painting/New York, Hayward Gallery, London, England.

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