Rackstraw Downes  (American/British, 1939) 


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Rackstraw Downes Biography
1939   Born in Kent, England
1961   BA in English Literature, Cambridge University, England.
1961 - 1962   English-Speaking Union Traveling Fellowship
1964   BFA and MFA in Painting, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
1964 - 1965   Post-Graduate Fellowship. University of Pennsylvania.
1969   Marjorie Heilman Visiting Artist, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
1971   Yaddo Residence Fellowship
1974   Ingram Merrill Fellowship
1978   CAPS
1967 - 1979   Teaches painting at the University of Pennsylvania.
1980   National Endowment for the Arts
1989   Academy-Institute Award, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
1998   John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
1999   Inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
  Currently living and working in New York City
Selected Exhibitions
2004   Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York., Sept. 23 – Oct.30 -solo
Drawing as Part of the Process, New York Studio School -solo
2003   Water-Flow Monitoring Installations on the Rio Grande near Presidio, TX, -solo
The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas -solo
Celebrating Central Park. 1853-2003, Hirschl & Adler Galleries
Skowhegan 2002003 Faculty Exhibition. ICA, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine
Facing Reality. The Seavest Collection of Contemporary Realism. Neuberger Museum, SUNY, Purchase, New York
2002   poly.auto.gragh.y. Center Gallery, Fordam University at Lincoln Center, New York
Looking at America. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
2001   ReAppearance, Realism in Contemporary Art. Simmons Visual Arts Gallery, Brenan University, Gainesville, Georgia. (exh. cat.)
Fresh Kills: Artists respond to the Closure of the Staten Island Landfill. Snug Harbor Cultural, Staten, New York. (exh. cat.)
2000   Robert Miller Gallery, New York. -solo
Inside/Out. The Space of Landscape & Architecture. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Making Choices. Modern Art despite Modernism. Museum of Modern Art. New York. Curated by Robert Storr. (exh. cat.)
Crossing State Lines: Texas Art From The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Texas.
New York Perspectives II. MB Modern, New York.
Landscape 2000. The New Topography. Late Twentieth Century American Landscape Painting. The University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming.
In the Spirit of Landscape V. Nielsen Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
Artists in Maine. Hay Gallery. Portland, Maine.
Elogio de lo Visible, Galeria Marlborough, Madrid, Spain. (essay by Fernando Huici)
1999   The Chinati Paintings, The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. -solo
Green Woods and Crystal Waters, Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma. (exh. cat.)
Darkness and Light, Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, West Virginia.Contemporary
American Realist Drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. (exh. cat.)
1998   Working Drawings, Marlborough Gallery, New York. -solo
Summer, Lennon,Weinberg, Inc., New York.
Beyond The Mountains: The Contemporary American Landscape, Asheville Art Museum.
Tendences Actuelles de la Peinture a Houston, Texas, oeuvres sur papier, Musee de l¢ Echevinage, Santes, France (exh. cat. with artist’s statement).
Landscapes, Meyerson & Nowinski, Seattle, Washington.
Malcolm Morley, Ellen Phelan, Rackstraw Downes. Suzanne Hillsbury Gallery, Detroit, Michigan.
1997 - 1998   Best of the Season: Selected Works from 1996-97 Gallery Exhibitions, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Landscape, Seen & Unseen, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York. Traveling exhibition: Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.
CityScapes, Marlborough Gallery, New York.
Landscape: The Pastoral to the Urban, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
1997   Marlborough Gallery, New York. (exh. cat., with essay by Hayden Herrera) -solo
1994   Amherst College, Massachusetts. -solo
1992   Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina. -solo
1991   Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York. -solo
1988   Drawings, Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas. -solo
1987   Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York. (exh. cat.)-solo
1984   Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York. (exh. cat., with essay by John Yau)-solo
1980   Kornblee Gallery, New York. -solo
Tatischeff & Company, New York. -solo