Ross Bleckner  (American, 1949) 

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Ross Bleckner (American, b.1949) is a New York-based painter who decided to become an artist after seeing an exhibition called The Responsive Eye at the MoMA in 1965. He went on to study with Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) and Chuck Close (American, b.1940) during his time at New York University, where he received his BA in 1971. He then went on to earn an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1973.

In 1974, Bleckner moved into a Tribeca loft building in New York City. Three of the floors were rented by painter Julian Schnabel (American, b.1951), and from 1977 to 1983, the building also housed the Mudd Club, a nightclub frequented by musicians and artists. He held his first solo exhibition in 1975 at Cunningham Ward Gallery in New York. In 1979, he began what was to become a long association with Mary Boone Gallery in New York. In 1981, Bleckner met Thomas Ammann of Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, an influential Swiss art dealer who became a major collector of Bleckner's work.

For the last 20 years, his art has been largely an investigation of change, loss, and memory, often addressing the subject of AIDS. Bleckner uses symbolic imagery rather than direct representation, and his work is visually elusive, with forms that constantly change focus. While much of Bleckner's work can be divided into distinct groups or series with motifs repeated from painting to painting, he is also known for combining old motifs. Works by the artist are held in collections around the world, including the MoMA, New York, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

Bleckner is currently a Clinical Professor of Studio Art at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. In May 2009 he was awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations.

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Ross Bleckner, Untitled

 

Ross Bleckner
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(Art) Amalgamated
Ross Bleckner, Untitled

 

Ross Bleckner
Untitled
(Art) Amalgamated
Ross Bleckner, Winter

 

Ross Bleckner
Winter
2002

Rands Fine Art
Ross Bleckner, Falling Birds II

 

Ross Bleckner
Falling Birds II
2002

Susan L. Halper Fine Art Inc.
Ross Bleckner, Happiness for Instance II

 

Ross Bleckner
Happiness for Instance II
1997

Lisa Brown Consulting
Ross Bleckner, Gay Flag

 

Ross Bleckner
Gay Flag
circa 1993

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Ross Bleckner, Untitled (Red/Green)

 

Ross Bleckner
Untitled (Red/Green)
2013

Crane Kalman Gallery
Ross Bleckner, Untitled (Yellow/Green)

 

Ross Bleckner
Untitled (Yellow/Green)
2013

Crane Kalman Gallery
Ross Bleckner, Meditations

 

Ross Bleckner
Meditations
2010

Senior & Shopmaker Gallery
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Ross Bleckner
Gay Flag, 1993
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Ross Bleckner
Untitled, 1990
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Ross Bleckner
Untitled, 2006
oil on paper laid on canvas

 

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1949   Born in New York, NY
1971   B.A., New York University, New York, NY
1973   M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
  Lives in New York
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 Jolla, 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
1986    Bleckner, Ross. “Failure, Theft, Love, Plague, Phillip Taaffe.” Pat Hearn Gallery, New York.