Robert Natkin

(American, 1930–2010)

coltrane by robert natkin

Robert Natkin

Coltrane, ca. 1963

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Robert Natkin

Untitled, 1957

untitled by robert natkin

Robert Natkin

Untitled, 1958

untitled by robert natkin

Robert Natkin

Untitled, 1956

Biography

Timeline

1930
Born in Chicago, IL
1948 - 1952
Studies at the Art School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he is strongly influenced by the collection of Post-Impressionist paintings
1952
Lives briefly in New York, deeply influenced by Willem de Kooning’s paintings
1958
Has one-man show at the Wells Street Gallery
1959
Closing of the Wells Street Gallery. In January Natkin moves to New York where he begins exhibiting with the Pointdexter Gallery
1968
Is included in the exhibition Timeless Paintings from the USA at the Galerie Facchetti, Paris. Makes his first trip to Europe
1969
Retrospective solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art
1976
Retrospective exhibition of Natkin’s work at Moore College of Art Gallery, Philadelphia
1980
BBC documentary on Robert Natkin, directed by Mike Dibb. Takes up writing on a regular basis, including art criticism for Modern Painters and The New York Observer as well as catalogue introductions for fellow artists
1991
Executes a mural at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, Rockefeller Center, New York

Exhibitions

2007
LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Los Angeles Art Show (exhibited by LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM) at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA
2006
David Findlay Jr Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
2004
David Findlay Jr Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
Flanders, Minneapolis (solo)
Face to Face, David Findlay JR Fine Art, New York
2003
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH (solo)
2002
Kouros Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2001
Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA (solo)
Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago (solo)
2000
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples (with Judith Dolnick)
Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
1999
Douglas Flanders Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
Paul Mellon Arts Center Gallery, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallington, CT (solo)
Theo Waddington Fine Art, Boca Raton, FL (solo)
The Reece Galleries, Inc., New York, NY (solo)
1998
Robert Natkin and Judith Dolnick: Selected Works, Thomas J Walsh Art Gallery, Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, CT
1997 - 1998
Several group exhibitions, The Reece Galleries, Inc., New York, NY

Public Collections

Akron Art Institute, Akron, OH
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
University of Oklahoma Museum of Art, Norman, OK
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Literature

1997
Henry Gerrit. “Robert Natkin at Reece.” Art in America, Dec 1997.
1992
Beckett, Sister Wendy. “The Story of Painting: Essential Guide to the History of Western Art.” London: Dorling Kindersley, London, pp. 388, 453
1989
Campbell, Lawrence. “Color Coordinates.” Art in America, Sep 1989, pp. 188-93.
Wolff, Theodore F. “The Many Masks of Modern Art.” The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, 1989, pp. 72-75.
1988
Dillon, Michael. Introduction to Robert Natkin: Recent Paintings from the Hitchcock Series. Catalogue, Redding: Meriden-Stinehour Press, 1988.
1981
Fuller, Peter. Robert Natkin. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1981.
1980
Henry, Gerrit. “Robert Natkin.” Artnews, Nov 1980.
Fuller, Peter. “Excerpts from a New York Diary.” Art Monthly, no. 33, (1980), pp. 14-15.
1974
Fuller, Peter. Introduction to Robert Natkin. Exh. cat., André Emmerich Gallery, New York
Nordland, Gerald. “Robert Natkin: Color-Saturated Elastic Space.” Art News, v. 72 (Feb 1973), pp. 54-55. Reprinted in Robert Natkin., Exh. cat. Holburne of Menstrie Museum, Bath, England, 1974.
1967
Tucker, Marcia. “Natkin: Overtones at Outskirts.” Art News, v. 66, no. 1 (Mar 1967). pp.48–49, 74.
1964
Judd, Donald. “Exhibition at Poindexter Gallery,” Arts Magazine, v. 38 (Feb 1964), p. 26.
1961
Edgar, Natalie. “Exhibition at Poindexter Gallery.” Art News, v. 60 (Nov 1961), p. 19.