Timeline

1927
Takes his first art classes, from the sculptor Onorio Ruotolo, director of a private art school.
1930
Attends classes at the Cooper Union.
1931
Establishes his own studio, in Greenwich Village.
1931–1934
Does occasional illustrations and covers for newspapers and periodicals.
1935–1938
Joins WPA (Works Progress Administration), first as a teacher and then creating paintings for the Federal Art Project, Easel and Mural Divisions.
1949
Participates in the founding of the Artists’ Club. Active in the organization of the Ninth Street Show.
1953
Organizes the Second Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture (successor to the original Ninth Street Show) at the Stable Gallery.
1954
Receives the Logan Medal, First Prize, The Art Institute of Chicago, for his picture, Seated Figure, 1953–54, which is acquired by the museum.
1954–1955
Visiting critic, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1958
Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
1959
Receives Ford Foundation Grant.
1959–1960
Visiting critic, Yale University.
1960
Honorable mention, Bienal de Bellas Artes, Mexico City. Detroit Institute of Arts Purchase Prize.
1963
Kohnstamm Award, The Art Institute of Chicago.
1965–1967
Artists-in-residence and faculty member, The New College Fine Arts Institute, Sarasota, Florida
1976
Member, the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
1998
Career retrospective at the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation, Venice, Italy.
2000
Dies August 29 in Parma, Italy.

Exhibitions

2012–2013
"INsite/INchelsea" Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York
2012
"Conrad Marca-Relli: The Architecture of Action" Ronshini Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2011
Some Assembly Required: Assemblage & Collage, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, California.
2011
Conrad Marca-Relli: City to Town, Knoedler & Company, New York. (solo)
2011
Conrad Marca-Relli: The Springs Years, 1953–1956, Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center, East Hampton, New York (solo)
2009–2010
Selected Works by Gallery Artists, Knoedler & Company.
2009
The Sweeney Decade: Acquisitions of the 1959 Inaugural, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
2009
Conrad Marca-Relli: The New York Years 1945–1967, Knoedler & Company, New York. (solo)
2009
Manzoni: A Retrospective, Gagosian Gallery, New York.
2009
Abstract Expressionism: Further Evidence (Part One: Painting), Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York.
2008–2009
New York Cool: Painting and Sculpture from the NYU Art Collection, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York; traveled to Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park; University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
2008
Conrad Marca-Relli: Protagonista dell’Espressionismo Astratto Americano, Il Sindaco Letizia Moratti, Rotonda della Besana, Milan, Italy. (solo)
2007–2008
Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
2007
L’Arte e La Tartaruga—Omaggio a Plinio De Martiis, Museo d’arte Moderno Vittoria Colonna, Pescara, Italy.
2007
Piero Manzoni, Museo d’Arte Contemporaneo Donna Regina (MADRE), Naples, Italy.
2007
Collage-Collages 1912/1963, Galleria civica d’arte moderna e contemporanea (GAM), Turin, Italy.
2006
Afro e Italia-America, Incontri e Confronti, Chiesa di San Francesco, Udine / Palazzo Ricchieri, Pordenone, Italy.
2006
Marca-Relli: Mostra antologica, Lagorio Arte Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy (solo)
2005
Burri—gli artisti, la material, Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, Italy.
2005
Prima di Burri e con Burri, Palazzi Vitelli alla Cannoniera, Città di Castello, Italy.
2005
Action Painting, Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy.
2004–2005
Marca-Relli: Tensioni Composte (Composite Tensions), Galleria Open Art, Prato, Italy. (solo)
2004
Washburn Gallery. (solo)
2002
Marca-Relli: l’amico americano—sintonie e dissonanze con Afro e Burri, Galleria d’Arte Niccoli. (solo)
2001
Conrad Marca-Relli: Canvas Collages, Washburn Gallery, New York. (solo)
2000
Conrad Marca-Relli: Works 1945–1996, Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany. (solo)
1998
Omaggio a Conrad Marca-Relli, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy. (solo)
1998
Anteprima, Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, Italy.
1997
Trash: From Junk to Art, Museo di Trento Rovereto, Trento, Italy.
1997
Un Art Autre, Toulouse, France.
1996
Expressionismo Abstracto, Centro Cultural / Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City.
1996
Marca-Relli: Collages in Black & White, 1958–1996, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, New York. (solo)
1994
Reclaiming Artists of the New York School: Toward a More Inclusive View of the 1950s, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, City University of New York.
1991
La più della Gallerìa d’Italia, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy.
1991
Conrad Marca-Relli: A Selection, Marisa del Re Gallery. (solo)
1990
Marca-Relli, Galleria d’Arte Niccoli, Parma, Italy. (solo)
1990
Marca-Relli: Four Decades of Collage, Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona. (solo)
1990
Marca-Relli: Small Scale Collage Paintings of the 1950s and 1960s, Vanderwoude Tananbaum Gallery, New York. (solo)
1989
Conrad Marca-Relli: Paintings from the 1950s, Marisa del Re Gallery. (solo)
1988
Black and White, Marisa del Re Gallery.
1987
Preview 1988, Corbino Galleries, Sarasota, Florida.
1987
Marca-Relli: Three Decades of Collage, Marisa del Re Gallery. (solo)
1986–1987
Elders of the Tribe, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York.
1986
Marca-Relli: Ultimate Imagery, R.H. Love Modern, Chicago, Illinois. (solo)
1986
Marca-Relli, Marisa del Re Gallery. (solo)
1985
Marca-Relli: New Works, Marisa del Re Gallery, New York. (solo)
1983
Conrad Marca-Relli: Homage to La Belle Époque—New Works, Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York. (solo)
1983
Five from the Hamptons: Jimmy Ernst, Balcomb Greene, Ibram Lassaw, Conrad Marca-Relli, Syd Solomon, Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, Florida.
1982
Conrad Marca-Relli: Selected Collages, Phoenix II Gallery, Washington, D.C. (solo)
1982
G.M.B. Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan. (solo)
1981
Marca-Relli: Collages and Multiples, Steven Rosendahl Gallery, Naples, Florida. (solo)
1981
East Hampton / New York, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York.
1980
17 Abstract Artists of East Hampton: The Pollock Years 1946–1956, Guild Hall Museum. Traveled to The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York.
1980
Marca-Relli, Hokin Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. (solo)
1979–1980
Marca-Relli, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida. (solo)
1979
Conrad Marca-Relli: The Early Years: 1955–1962, Marlborough Gallery. (solo)
1979
Marca-Relli: Collage and Sculptures, 1950–1978, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (solo)
1979
Born in Boston: Sixteen Prominent Artists Who Were Raised in the Boston Area Who Developed Their Careers Elsewhere, De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts.
1978
Carone Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (solo)
1978
Marca-Relli: Obra Recent, Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona, Spain. (solo)
1977
Marca-Relli: New Constructions and Collages on Paper, Cordier & Ekstrom, New York. (solo)
1977
Gibson y Marca-Relli, Galería Fred Lanzenberg, Ibiza, Spain. (solo)
1976
Marca-Relli, Galería Eude, Barcelona, Spain. (solo)
1976
Artists and East Hampton, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York.
1975
Richard Brown Baker Collects, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut.
1975
Marca-Relli: Works from Ibiza, Marlborough Gallery, New York. Traveled to Marlborough Goddard Gallery, Toronto, Canada; Marlborough-Goddard Gallery, Montreal, Canada. (solo)
1975
Galería Carl Van der Voort. (solo)
1974
Marca-Relli, Marlborough Galerie AG, Zurich, Switzerland. (solo)
1974
Twelve American Painters, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
1973
Marca-Relli, Galería Inguanzo, Madrid, Spain. (solo)
1973
Galerie Numaga, Auvernier (Neuchâtel), Switzerland. (solo)
1973
Galerie Bahlsen, Berlin, Germany. (solo)
1972
Conrad Marca-Relli: Paintings and Lithographs, Makler Gallery. (solo)
1972
Galería Carl Van der Voort, Ibiza, Spain. (solo)
1972
Amerikanische abstrakte Malerei, Galerie Marlborough, Zurich, Switzerland.
1971
Collages by American Artists, Art Gallery, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.
1971
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. (solo)
1971
Galerie Schmela. (solo)
1970
Conrad Marca-Relli, Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York. (solo)
1970
Marca-Relli: Collage / Gottlieb: Sculpture, University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park. (solo)
1970
Conrad Marca-Relli: Retrospective Group of Paintings, Norton Gallery and School of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida. (solo)
1970
Artists of Suffolk County: The Abstract Tradition, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York.
1970
Trends in Twentieth-Century Art, Art Gallery of the University of California, Santa Barbara.
1970
American Artists of the 1960s, Boston University, Massachusetts.
1970
II Bienal de Arte Coltejer, Medellin, Colombia.
1970
American Painting 1970, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.
1969
American Art Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art.
1969
American Drawings of the Sixties, New School Art Center, New York.
1969
Reed College, Portland, Oregon. (solo)
1969
Seattle Art Museum, Washington. (solo)
1968–1969
American Painting: The 1950s, American Federation of the Arts. Traveling.
1968
Signals in the Sixties, Honolulu Academy of Art, Hawaii.
1968
Dorazio, Marca-Relli, Pasmore, Arts and Crafts Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1968
International Sculpture, Galleria Marlborough, Rome.
1968
Alpha Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts. (solo)
1968
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. (solo)
1968
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. (solo)
1968
Pittsburgh International Exhibition, Carnegie Institute.
1967–1968
Marca-Relli, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Traveled to Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. (solo)
1967
James David Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida. (solo)
1967
Conrad Marca-Relli: Painted Canvas, Collage, and Sculpture, Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (solo)
1967
Guston, Marca-Relli, Rosati, Colby College, Waterville, Maine.
1967
Selections 1967: Recent Acquisitions in Modern Art, University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley.
1967
Recent Acquisitions in Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (White House Rotating Exhibition).
1967
Art in Process: The Visual Development of a Collage, American Federation of the Arts, New York.
1966
Art of the United States, Whitney Museum of American Art.
1966
American Art Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art.
1966
Abstract Expressionism: A Continuing Tradition, J. L. Hudson Gallery, Detroit, Michigan.
1965
Exhibition of Paintings, Ringling Museum of Art.
1965
The Virgil Barker Memorial Collection of American Art, The University of Miami, Florida.
1965
Conrad Marca-Relli: Collages, Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (solo)
1965
The 29th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art.
1965
Annual Exhibition, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
1965
American Art Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art.
1964
Pittsburgh International Exhibition, Carnegie Institute.
1964
American Art Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art.
1964
Between the Fairs—25 Years of American Art, 1939–1964, Whitney Museum of American Art.
1964
Marca-Relli: Unique Metal Relief Sculptures, Kootz Gallery. (solo)
1963
Conrad Marca-Relli, Galerie Charles Lienhard, Zurich, Switzerland. (solo)
1963
New Collages in Aluminum by Marca-Relli, Kootz Gallery. (solo)
1963
Marca-Relli, Tokyo Gallery, Japan. (solo)
1963
66th Annual American Exhibition—Directions in Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, The Art Institute of Chicago.
1963
American Art Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art.
1963
De A à Z, 31 peintres Américains choisis par the Art Institute of Chicago, Centre Culturel Américain, Paris, France.
1963
The 28th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1963
New Directions in American Painting, The Poses Institute of Fine Art, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.
1962
Summer Exhibition, University of Colorado, Boulder.
1962
Art Since 1950, World’s Fair, Seattle, Washington.
1962
Annual Exhibition, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
1962
BSN Nigata Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
1962
Abstrakte Amerikanische Malerei, Darmstadt Hessisches Landesmuseum, Germany.
1962
Selections from the Dana Collection, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
1962
Marca-Relli, Galleria d’Arte del Naviglio. (solo)
1962
Collages in New Materials by Marca-Relli, Kootz Gallery. (solo)
1962
Conrad Marca-Relli, Galerie de France, Paris. (solo)
1961
Marca-Relli: New Paintings, Kootz Gallery. (solo)
1961
Marca-Relli, Joan Peterson Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts. (solo)
1961
Instituto d’Arte Contemporaneo, Lima, Peru. (solo)
1961
Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf, Germany (with Robert Motherwell). (solo)
1961
American Abstract Expressionists and Imagists, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
1961
News, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland.
1961
The Art of Assemblage, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
1961
Annual Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago.
1961
Pittsburgh International Exhibition, Carnegie Institute.
1961
American Art Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art.
1961
Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, University of Illinois, Urbana.
1960
Paths of Abstract Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio.
1960
60 American Painters: Abstract Expressionist Painting of the Fifties, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
1960
Contemporary American Painting, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Ohio.
1960
Annual Exhibition, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
1960
Undici americani, Galleria dell'Ariete, Milan, Italy.
1960
Marca-Relli: New Work, Kootz Gallery. (solo)
1960
Playhouse Gallery, Sharon, Connecticut. (solo)
1960
Segunda Bienal Interamericana de México, Mexico City.
1959
American National Exhibition, Moscow, Russia.
1959
V Bienal, Estados Unidos, Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brasil.
1959
Documenta II, Kassel, Germany (organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York).
1959
American Art Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art.
1959
Giovanni Pittori Americani, Isola Tiberina, Rome.
1959
Arte Nuova—Esposizione Internazionale di Pittura e Scultura, Circolo degli Artisti, Palazzo Graneri, Turin, Italy.
1959
Marca-Relli: New Paintings, Kootz Gallery, New York. (solo)
1958
Marca-Relli, Stable Gallery. (solo)
1958
American Art, Brussels Universal and International Exhibition, Belgium.
1958
Annual Exhibition, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia.
1958
Contemporary Art Acquisitions 1957–1958, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
1958
The 1958 Pittsburgh Bicentennial International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Carnegie Institute.
1958
Art of a New Era: USA, Japan, Europe, International Osaka Festival, Japan.
1957
American Art Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art.
1957
American Paintings 1945–1957, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota.
1957
Rome-New York Art Foundation, Isola Tiberina, Rome, Italy.
1957
Sixth Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, The Stable Gallery.
1957
Marca-Relli: Collages, Pitture, Galleria La Tartaruga, Rome, Italy. (solo)
1956
Marca-Relli: Recent Collages, Stable Gallery. (solo)
1956
Paintings, Collages, Drawings by Corrado Marca-Relli, Frank Perls Gallery, Los Angeles, California. (solo)
1956
American Art Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art.
1956
American Artists Paint the City: XXVIII Biennale Internazionale d’Arte, Venice, Italy (United States Pavilion, organized by The Art Institute of Chicago).
1956
Fifth Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, The Stable Gallery.
1955
Fourth Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, The Stable Gallery.
1955
Stable Gallery. (solo)
1955
Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, University of Illinois, Urbana.
1955
Pittsburgh International Exhibition, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1955
American Art Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art.
1954
Annual Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.
1954
Third Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, The Stable Gallery.
1953
American Art Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art.
1953
Second Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, The Stable Gallery, New York.
1953
Stable Gallery, New York. (solo)
1951
Recent Paintings by Corrado di Marca-Relli, The New Gallery, New York. (solo)
1951
Ninth Street Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, 60 Ninth Street, New York.
1950
Abstraction Today, New Gallery.
1949
Galleria II Cortile. (solo)
1949
Corrado di Marca-Relli, Niveau Gallery. (solo)
1948
Galleria Il Cortile, Rome, Italy. (solo)
1947
Corrado di Marca-Relli: Oils, Niveau Gallery, New York. (solo)
1941
Soldier-Artists, Contemporary Arts Gallery, New York.

Public Collections

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia
The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor
University of Nebraska Art Galleries, Lincoln
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Portland Art Museum, Oregon
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida
The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Sammlung Reinhard Onnasch, Berlin, Germany
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California
Seattle Art Museum, Washington
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota
Museu d’Art Contemporani (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Museum of Art and Archeology, University of Missouri-Columbia
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana
Jersey City Museum, New Jersey
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma, Norman
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Denver Art Museum, Colorado
Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
The Empire State Plaza Art Collection, Albany, New York
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Galleria d’Arte moderno e contemporanea (GAMEC), Bergamo, Italy
Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection
Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania
The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, California
The Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine
Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina

Literature

2008
David Anfam, Magdalena Dabrowski, et al. Conrad Marca-Relli (Milan: Bruno Alfieri, 2008).
1998
Luca Massimo Barbero, et al. Conrad Marca-Relli (Milan: Electa, 1998).
1976
Daniel Giralt-Mircle. Marca-Relli (Barcelona: Polígrafa, 1976). Preface by Harold Rosenberg
1963
H[jorvardur] H[arvard] Arnason. Marca-Relli (New York: Abrams, 1963).
1960
Parker Tyler. Marca-Relli, The Pocket Museum (Paris: Editions Georges Fall, 1960).