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Ross Bleckner

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Biography
b. 1949, New York

Ross Bleckner was born on May 12, 1949, in New York and grew up in the prosperous town of Hewlett Harbor on Long Island. The first art exhibition he saw—The Responsive Eye, a show of Op art on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1965—had a strong impact upon him. He decided to become an artist when he was in college, studying with Sol LeWitt and Chuck Close at New York University, where he earned a B.A. in 1971. Two years later, he completed an M.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, where he met David Salle.

After moving back to New York, Bleckner purchased and moved into a Tribeca loft building in 1974. Painter Julian Schnabel rented out three floors of the building, and the Mudd Club, a nightclub frequented by musicians and artists, occupied space there from 1977 to 1983. (Bleckner sold the building in 2004.) Bleckner's first solo exhibition was held in 1975 at Cunningham Ward Gallery in New York. In 1979, he began his long association with Mary Boone Gallery in New York, which championed several of the so-called art stars of the 1980s. In 1981, Bleckner met Thomas Ammann, an important Swiss dealer who went on to collect his work.

Bleckner's early 1980s Stripe paintings, which pay homage to the work of Bridget Riley, were not particularly well received by critics. His atmospheric Weather series (1983) followed. In 1984, Bleckner's art attracted a burst of attention when he had a single large painting on view at Nature Morte in the East Village. Around this time, he was painting canvases he viewed as memorials, in which candelabras, vases, chandeliers, and rococo motifs seem to float against dark grounds. This imagery was in part a response to the AIDS crisis. Later paintings also manifest his sense of loss stemming from the disease. Some paintings, such as 8,122+ as of January 1986 (1986), bear titles reflecting the number who had died of AIDS to date; others are commemorative works dedicated to individuals; still others employ patterns of dots to suggest the lesions produced by AIDS-related sarcomas.

In the following years, Bleckner commenced his Constellation paintings (1987–93), suggestive of night skies, and the Architecture of the Sky canvases (1988–93), which call to mind domed interiors. In the early 1990s, he made his first Cell paintings, which make reference to diseased human cells. From that time, he has continued to paint apects of the body viewed at the microscopic level, including forms related to DNA and cancer cells, the latter in response to his father's unsuccessful battle with the disease. He has also created a series of bird paintings (1995–2003) and experimented with varied surfaces as well as the use of an airbrush. In 1993, Bleckner bought a property formerly belonging to Truman Capote in Sagaponack, Long Island.

Bleckner's first solo museum exhibition was organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1988. His work has since been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including a midcareer retrospective organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1995. He has been represented in many group exhibitions devoted to abstraction, among other themes, as well as the Whitney Biennial (1975, 1987, and 1989), Biennale of Sydney (1988), and Carnegie International (1988). He continues to live and work in New York and Sagaponack.


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Curriculum Vitae
2010

Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY. (solo)

2008

East Coast Perspectives, Imago Galleries

2008

The 30th Anniversary, PART II, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm

2008

Genesis - Die Kunst der Schopfung, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

2008

Empires and Environments, The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA

2008

Expenditure, The Busan Biennale, Busan

2008

Genesis - Die Kunst der Schopfung, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

2008

Empires and Environments, The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA

2007

Black and White and Red - All Over, Michele Mosko Fine Art, Denver, CO

2007

All the More Real: Portrayals of Intimacy and Empathy, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY

2007

Timer 01, Triennale Bovisa, Milan

2007

Speed #1 - natura naturata - velocidad sin movimiento, IVAM - Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Valencia

2007

Cais gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)

2007

Ross Bleckner - Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich (solo)

2007

I Love My Scene 3, Mary Boone Gallery, New York (solo)

2006

Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki (aolo)

2006

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

2005

Picturing America. Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Nagasaki, Japan

2005

Prefectural Art Museum, Nagasaki, Japan

2005

Zoo Story. Fisher Landau Center for Art. Long Island City, New York, USA

2005

East Village USA, New Museum of Contemporary Art

2005

Galerie Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria (solo)

2004

Perspectives at 25, Contemporary Arts Museum. Houston

2004

Birdspace: A Post-Audubon Artist's Aviary, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York

2004

Cultivating Landscape, Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego

2004

Dialogue with Space, Esbjerg Art Museum, Denmark

2004

Flowers, Mary Boone Gallery, New York

2004

Flowers Observed, Flowers Transformed, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2003

Mary Boone Gallery, New York

2003

Lehmann Maupin, New York (solo)

2003

Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado (solo)

2003

New Abstract Painting Painting Abstract Now, Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen

2002

Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Trento (solo)

2002

Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm (solo)

2002

Alain Noirhomme Gallery, Brussels (solo)

2002

Guild Hall Collects: Artists of Hampton Bohemia, Guild Hall Museum, New York

2002

Skin to Bones. Painting Since 1970, Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham

2002

Mary Boone Gallery, New York

2002

Self and Soul: The Architecture of Intimacy, Asheville Art Museum, North Carolina, USA

2002

Church of San Giorgio in Poggiale, Bologna, Italy

2001

Operativo, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City

2001

Wilma Tolksdorf Gallery, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (solo)

2001

Galleria in Arco, Turin, Italy and Galleria Raffaelli, Trento, Italy (solo)

2001

Mary Boone Gallery, New York (solo)

2001

Absolut Modern, Modern Art Museum Fort Worth

2001

Mythic Proportions. Painting in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art Miami

2001

Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons. Four Decades of Art from the Broad Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2001

Roundup, El Paso Museum of Art

2000

Art at Work. Forty Years of the Chase Manhattan Collection, Queens Museum of Art New York

2000

In the Power of Painting, Moderna Museet, Stockholm / Alesco, Zurich (cat.)

2000

On Canvas. Contemporary Painting, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

2000

Vaknin Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta (solo)

2000

Victoria Miro gallery, England (solo)

2000

Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta (solo)

2000

Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens, Greece (solo)

2000

Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland (solo)

2000

Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston (solo)

2000

Lococo Mulder Fine Art, Germany (solo)

2000

Interim Art, London (solo)

2000

Wetterling Teo, Singapore (solo)

2000

Works in Light, Galerie Beyler, Germany

2000

Drawings 2000, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

1999

Emiliomazzoli, Galleria d'Arte Contemporanea Modena, Italy

1999

Welterling Gallery Kungstradgarden 3, Stockholm, Belgium (solo)

1999

Martin Browne Fine Art Sydney (cat.) (solo)

1999

The Storytellers, Itochu Gallery, Japan

1999

Botanica: Contemporary Art and the World of Plants, Tweed Museum of Art, University of Duluth Duluth, ME

1998

Puntos Cardinales, Museo Alejandro Otero Caracas, Venezuela

1998

Paper Thin, Stephen Wirtz Gallery San Francisco, CA

1998

Julie M. Gallery Tel Aviv

1998

Lehmann Maupin New York, NY

1998

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1998

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller East Hampton, NY

1998

Ross Bleckner: The Last Decade, Patrick Painter Santa Monica, CA

1998

Galerie Aglutinador Havana, Cuba

1997

Bawag Foundation Vienna, Austria

1997

Galerie Larsen Stockholm, Belgium

1997

Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot Paris, France

1997

Galerie Daniel Templon Paris, France

1997

Robert McClain & Company Houston, TX

1997

Galleri Larsen Stockholm, Belgium

1997

Turner & Runyon Gallery Dallas, TX

1997

A Reversal of Scale, Turner & Runyon Gallery Dallas, TX

1997

Ross Bleckner, Mark Francis, Leigh Martin, Mervyn Williams, GOW Langsford Auckland, New Zealand

1997

Intimate Universe (Revisited), Robert Steele Gallery New York, NY

1997

Identity Crisis: Self-Portraiture at the End of the Century, Milwaukee Art Museum Milwaukee, WI

1997

Table Tops: Morandi's Still Life's to Mapplethorpe's Flower Studies, California Center for the Arts Museum Escondido, CA

1997

Birth of the Cool: American Painting, Kunsthaus Zürich Zürich, Germany

1997

After the Fall: Aspects of Abstract Painting since 1970, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art Snug Harbor, Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY

1996

Blind Spot: The First Four Years, Paolo Baldacci Gallery New York, NY

1996

The Modern Landscape, Queens Library Gallery Jamaica, NY

1996

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

1996

On Paper II, Schmidt Contemporary Art Saint Louis, MO

1996

Painting-Singular Object, The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Japan

1996

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1996

Galleria S.A.L.E.S. Rome, Italy

1996

Larry Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills, CA

1996

Galerie Kyoko Chirathivar Bangkok, Thailand

1996

Baldwin Gallery Aspen, CO

1995

University Art Gallery University of CA, San Diego, La Jozlla, CA

1995

Rebecca Camhi Gallery Athens

1995

Off Shore Gallery East Hampton, NY

1995

I.V.A.M., Centre Julio Gonzalez Valencia, CA

1995

Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst Oslo, Norway

1995

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, NY

1995

Mario Diacono Gallery Boston, MA

1995

Barbara Davis Gallery Houston, TX

1995

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

1995

Ross Bleckner, Peter Cain, Judith Eisler, Jack Pierson, Juan Usle, Christopher Wool, Galleri K Oslo, Norway

1995

American Interiors, Knoedler & Company New York, NY

1995

New York Abstract, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, LA

1995

Making a Mark: Drawings of the 1980s, The Bruce Museum Greenwich, CT

1995

Critiques of Pure Abstraction, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Gallery University of Houston, Houston, TX

1995

In a Different Light, University Art Museum, University of California Berkeley, CA

1994

Painting, Nina Freudenheim Gallery Buffalo, NY

1994

Desire, Charles Cowles Gallery New York, NY

1994

Abstract Works on Paper, Robert Miller Gallery New York, NY

1994

Painting and Sculpture: recent Aquisitions, The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY

1994

30 Years-Art in the Present Tense, The Aldrich Museum of Modern Art New York, NY

1994

Inaugural Group Show, Off Shore Gallery East Hampton, NY

1994

Absence, Activism and the Body Politic, Fishbach Gallery New York, NY

1994

Against All Odds: The Healing Powers of Art, The Ueno Royal Museum Tokyo, Japan

1994

The Inward Eye: Ross Bleckner, Richmond Burton, Julian Lethbridge, Laura Carpenter Fine Art Santa Fe, NM

1994

Isn't It Romantic?, On Crosby Street New York, NY

1994

From Media to Metaphor: Art About AIDS, Grey Art Gallery, New York University New York, NY

1994

New York on Paper, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris, France

1994

Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot Paris, France

1994

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1994

Turner & Byrne Gallery Dallas, TX

1994

Galeria Soledad Lorenzo Madrid, Spain

1993

Kohn Abrams Gallery Los Angeles, CA

1993

Guild Hall Museum East Hampton, NY

1993

Galerie Max Hetzler Köln, Germany

1993

Galerie 56 Budapest, Hungary

1993

Baumgartner Galleries Washington, D.C.

1993

Jason Rubell Gallery Miami Beach, FL

1993

New York on Paper, Galerie Ernst Beyeler Basel, Switzerland

1993

Italy-America Abstraction Redefined, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna San Marino, Italy 1993

Extravagant: The Economy of Elegance, Tony Shafrazi Gallery New York, NY

1993

I am the Enunciator, Thread Waxing Space New York, NY

1993

Intimate Universe, Nina Freudenheim Gallery New York, NY

1992

Intimate Universe, Michael Walls Gallery New York, NY

1992

Transmodern, Baumgartner Galleries Washington, D.C.

1992

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

1992

Then and Now, Phillippe Staib Gallery New York, NY

1992

Contemporary Masterworks, Feigen Gallery Chicago, IL

1992

Theoretically Yours, Chiesa di San Lorenzo di Aosta Italy

1992

Recent Abstract Painting, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH

1992

A Passion for Art: Watercolors and Works on Paper, Tony Shafrazi Gallery New York, NY

1992

Easel Painting, Perry Rubenstein Gallery New York, NY

1992

The City Influence: Ross Bleckner, Peter Halley, Jonathan Lasker, Museum of Contemporary Art Wright State University, Dayton, OH

1992

Devils on the Stairs: Looking Back on the Eighties, Newport Harbor Art Museum Newport Beach, CA

1992

Galerie Samia Saouma Paris, France

1992

Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot Paris, France

1991

Jason Rubell Gallery Palm Beach, FL

1991

Fred Hoffman Gallery Santa Monica, CA

1991

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1991

Moderna Museet Stockholm, Belgium

1991

Devils on the Stairs: Looking Back on the Eighties, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, PA

1991

The New Abstraction, Sidney Janis Gallery New York, NY

1991

Outrageous Desire, Rutgers University Rutgers, NJ

1991

Anni 80: Aristi a New York, Palazzo delle Albere Trento, Italy

1991

La Metafiscia della Luce, John Good Gallery New York, NY

1991

From Media to Metaphore: Art About AIDS, Independent Curators Incorporated New York, NY

1991

Nayland Blake, Ross Bleckner, Donald Moffatt, Simon Watson Gallery New York, NY

1991

Metropolis, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Germany

1991

Mitto y Magia en America: Los Ochenta, Museo de arte contemporaneo de Monterrey Monterrey, Mexico

1991

Who Framed Modern Art or the Quantitative Life of Roger Rabbit, Sidney Janis Gallery New York, NY

1991

Weitersehen, Museum Haus Esters and Museum Haus Lange Krefeld, Germany

1991

Inconsolable, Louver Gallery New York, NY

1991

The Last Decade: American Artists of the 80s, Tony Shafrazi Gallery New York, NY

1991

Token Gestures (A Painting Show), Scott Hanson Gallery New York, NY

1991

10 + 10: Contemporary Soviet and American Painters, Tsentralnyi Zystavochnyi Zal Leningrad, USSR

1990

10 + 10. Contemporary Soviet and American Painters, Milwaukee Art Museum

1990

Kölnischer Kunstverein Köln, Germany

1990

Kunsthalle Zürich Zürich, Switzerland

1990

Heland Wetterling Gallery Stockholm, Belgium

1990

Galeria Soledad Lorenzo Madrid, Spain

1990

Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, Canada

1989

Akira Ikeda Gallery Nagoya, Japan

1989

Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, PA

1989

Contemporary Art Museum Houston, TX

1989

Milwaukee Art Museum Milwaukee, WI

1989

Mario Diacono Gallery Boston, MA

1989

Galerie Max Hetler Köln, Germany

1989

The Silent Baroque, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Salzburg, Austria

1989

Re-presenting the 80s, Simon Watson Gallery New York, NY

1989

Viennese divan: Sigmund Freud Nowadays, Museum of the 20th Century Vienna, Austria

1989

Prospect 89, Frankfurt Kunstverein and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany

1989

1989 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY

1989

Pre-Pop Post-Appropriation, Stux Gallery New York, NY

1989

Epiphanies, Edward Thorp Gallery New York, NY

1988

Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburg, PA

1988

Hybrid Neutral: Modes of Abstraction and the Social, Independent Curators Incorporated New York, NY

1988

The Binational/Die Binationale, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Germany

1988

The Image of Abstraction, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA

1988

Biennial of Sydney, Biennial of Sydney Sydney, Australia

1988

Art at the End of the Social, The Rooseum Malmö (cat.)

1988

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1988 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, CA

1988

Waddington Galleries London, England

1987

Margo Leavin Gallery Los Angeles, CA

1987

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1987

Fall Invitational, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Ridgefield, CT

1987

Armitage Ballet Benefit, Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1987

Ronald Greenburg Gallery Saint Louis, MO

1987

The Ironic Sublime, Galerie Albrecht Munich, Germany

1987

Post-Abstract Abstraction, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Ridgefield, CT

1987

Awards in the Visual Arts 6, Grey Art Gallery New York, NY

1987

1987 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY

1987

Still Life, Beyond Tradition, Visual Arts Museum New York, NY

1987

Atelier Conversations, John Good Gallery New York, NY

1987

The Antique Future, Massimo Audiello Gallery New York, NY

1986

Intuitive Line, Hirschl & Adler Modern New York, NY

1986

Landscapes, Luhring, Augustine and Hodes Gallery New York, NY

1986

Emerging Artists 1986, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH

1986

End Game: Reference and Simulation in Recent American Painting and Sculpture, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, MA

1986

Paravision II, Margo Leavin Gallery Los Angles, CA

1986

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1986

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1986

Mario Diacono Gallery Boston, MA

1985 Boston Museum School Boston, MA

1985

From Organism to Architecture, New York Studio School New York, NY

1985

Abstract Painting Redefined, Louis K. Meisel Gallery New York, NY

1985

Group Drawing Show, New York Studio School New York, NY

1985

Cult and Decorum, Tibor de Nagy Gallery New York, NY

1985

Vernacular Abstraction, Wacoal Art Center Tokyo, Japan

1985 Paravision, Postmasters Gallery New York, NY

1985

Final Love, Cash/Newhouse New York, NY

1984 Still Life with Transaction II: Former Objects, New Moral Arrangements, and the History of Surfaces, Galerie Jurka Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1984

Sex, Cable Gallery New York, NY

1984

Natural Genre, Florida State University Gallery and Museum Tallahassee, FL

1984

Personal Views, Janus Gallery Los Angeles, CA

1984

The Innovative Landscape, Holly Solomon Gallery New York, NY

1984

Still Life with Transaction: Former Objects, New Moral Arrangements, and the History of Surfaces, International with Monument Gallery New York, NY

1984

Civilization and the Landscape of Discontent, Nature Morte Gallery New York, NY

1984

The Meditative Surface, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago Chicago, IL

1984

Newscapes-Land and City/States of Mind, One Penn Plaza New York, NY

1984

Modern Expressionists, Sidney Janis Gallery New York, NY

1984

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1984

Nature Morte Gallery New York, NY

1983

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1983

Science Fiction, John Weber Gallery New York, NY

1983

Mary Boone and Her Artists, Seibu Gallery Tokyo, Japan

1983

Contemporary Light, Katherine Markel Gallery New York, NY

1983

Selected Drawings, Jersey City Museum Jersey City, NJ

1983

Drawing It Out, Baskerville + Watson Gallery New York, NY

1982

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1982

Portico Row Gallery Philadelphia, PA

1982

Patrick Verelist Galerie Antwerpen, Belgium

1981

New York in Black and White, The Museum of Modern Art/Penthouse New York, NY

1981

Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA

1981

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1980

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1980

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1980

Nouva Immagine, Milan, Italy

1979

Four Artists, Hallwalls Buffalo, NY

1979

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1979

New Painting/New York, Hayward Gallery London, England

1979

Mary Boone Gallery New York, NY

1978

University Gallery of Fine Arts Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

1977

Cunningham Ward Gallery New York, NY

1976

John Doyle Gallery Chicago, IL

1976

New Work/New York, Fine Arts Gallery California State University, Los Angeles, CA

1976

Recent Work, The Johnson Gallery Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

1975

Selected Works: New York, Meadow Brook Art Gallery Oakland University, Rochester, MI

1975

John Doyle Gallery Chicago, IL

1975

Paula Cooper Gallery New York, NY

1975

Contemporary Reflections, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Ridgefield, CT

1975

1975 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY

1975

Cunningham Ward Gallery New York, NY


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