Timeline

1932
Born in San Francisco, CA
1950
Graduated Alameda High School
1950–1954
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA: B.F.A.
1956
Ends a stint in the Army to enroll at CCAC for a Master's Degree
1956–1958
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA: M.F.A.
1960–1961
University of California, Berkeley, CA
1977
NEA Individual Artist Grant
1982
NEA Individual Artist Grant
1983
Guggenheim Fellowship
1989
NEA Individual Artists Grant
1995
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; Academy Award in Art
Lives in San Francisco, CA

Exhibitions

2012
Lifelike, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; travel to Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
2012
Highlights 2012, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011
Hyper Real – Art and America in 1970, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
2011
Dawn Till Dusk, jen bekman, New York, NY
2010
Hyper Real, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
2010
The Road to Here, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California
2010
Robert Bechtle: Watercolors and Drawings, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2009
Picturing America: Photorealism in the 1970s, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
2009
The Rose at Brandeis: Works from the Collection, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
2008
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2007
“Pioneers,” CCA Watts Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
"Robert Bechtle: Plein Air 1986-1999," Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA (solo)
"Robert Bechtle," Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
2006
“Infinite Painting,“ Villa Manin Centro d’ Art Contemporanea, Codroipo, Italy; Villa Manin, Passariano, Udine, Italy
Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
“Full House,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
"Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (solo)
2005
Gallery Paul Anglim, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2003
Hyperrealismes USA, 1965-1975, Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France
2002
Gallery Paul Anglim, San Francisco, CA (solo)
“New York Renaissance: Masterworks from the Collection of the Whitney Museum,” Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
2002
“American Standard: (Para)Normality and Everyday Life,” Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
2001
“Looking At You,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“Les Annees Pop” Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY (solo)
2000
Gallery Paul Anglim, San Francisco, CA (solo)
“Urban Realism,” Blain Fine Art, London, UK
“Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Drawings 2000,” Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
“A Century of the American Dream,” Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya: Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe, Japan
"Centric 58: Robert Bechtle, California Classic", University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA; Oakland Museum of California (solo)
1999
“The American Century: Art and Culture, 1950-2000,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1997
“Thirty-five Years at Crown Point Press,” National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
“Watercolors” O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY (solo)
1996
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY (solo)
“CCAC: Past, Present, and Future (1906-1996),” Oliver Art Center, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Gallery Paul Anglim, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1995
American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1993
Robert Bechtle + Ralph Goings. A Review of Paintings and Watercolors, 25 Years, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
1992
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY (solo)
1991
“Robert Bechtle: New Work,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
Gallery Paul Anglim, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1987
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY (solo)
1984
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY (solo)

Public Collections

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Neue Galerie der Stadt Aachen, Ludwig Collection, Aachen, Germany Ludwig
Museum in the Russian Museum, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Literature

2008
The Wizard of Oz, Essay by Jens Hoffman, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, 2008
Ice Cream: Contemporary Art in Culture, Phaidon, New York, 2007
2007
Peinture et Photographie, Essay by Jean-Luc Chalumeau, Chene, France, 2007
Robert Bechtle Plein Air 1986-1999, January 31-March 3, 2007 exhibition catalog. Essay by Bill Berkson, Gallery Paule Anglim, 2007
Photorealism: Cultural Icons, December 5, 2006-January 13, 2007 exhibition catalog, Essay by Louis K. Meisel, Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, 2007
Robert Bechtle, December 1, 2006 –January 6, 2007 exhibition catalog. Essay by Linda Nochlin, Gladstone Gallery, 2006
2006
Infinite Painting: contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Francesco Bonami, Villla Manin Centro d'Arte Contemporanea
2005
Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, University of California Press, Berkley
2000
Centric 58: Robert Bechtle – California Classic, Marina Freeman, edited by Constance W. Glenn. University Art Museum, College of the Arts, California State University, Long Beach
Realism in 20th Century Painting, Brendan Prendeville, Thames and Hudson, London, UK
Made in California: Art Image and Identity, 1900-2000, Stephanie Barron, Sheri Bernstein, Ilene Susan Fort, Los Angeles County Museum of Art/ University of California Press, Berkeley, CA
Modern Art in the USA: Issues and Controversies of the 20th Century, Patricia Hills, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ
1999
The American Century: Art and Culture 1950-2000, Lisa Phillips, Whitney Museum of American Art/ W.W. Norton & Co,. New York, NY
Art of the 20th Century: The History of Art Year by Year from 1900 to 2000, Jean-Louis Ferrier, Editions du Chene, France, p705
Why Draw a Landscape? Kathan Brown, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
1998
California Art: 450 Years of Painting and Other Media, Nancy Dustin Wall Moure, Dustin Publications, Los Angeles, CA
No. 1: First Works by 362 Artists, Ed. By Francesca Richer & Matthew Rosenzweig, DAP, New York