Ross Bleckner, ‘Bird, Brain, Black (II)’, 2014, MARUANI MERCIER GALLERY

About Ross Bleckner

Ross Bleckner’s immersive, large-scale paintings elicit a powerful hypnotic, dizzying effect. Whether pure abstraction of stripes or dots or more representational renderings of birds, flowers, and urns, Bleckner’s work recalls Op Art and the obsessive and mysterious luminosity of Yayoi Kusama’s Polka-dot paintings. Smoothly layered on the canvas surface against a darker gray background, his multicolored volumetric circles or “cells” look like droplets of blood or molecules viewed under a microscope. Emerging as a prominent artist in New York during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, Bleckner’s paintings, like memento mori, often suggest meditations on the body, health, disease, and especially AIDS-related death.

American, b. 1949, New York, New York, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Fast Forward: Paintings from the 1980s, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2016
Group Exhibition, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai
2016
Ross Bleckner: Forever Overhead, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai
2013

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
Ross Bleckner: New Paintings & Works on Paper, Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco
2016
2016
Ross Bleckner: Forever Overhead, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai
2014
Ross Bleckner - Black Bird Brain, MARUANI MERCIER GALLERY, Knokke

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Summer Group Exhibition, Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego
2017
The Secret Life of Plants, Freight + Volume, New York
2017
ORIGINAL PRINTS FROM LOCOCO FINE ART PUBLISHER, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Inc., Fort Worth
2017
'GARDEN PARTY', Brintz Galleries, Palm Beach
2017
Fast Forward: Paintings from the 1980s, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2016
Lasting Impressions, Heather Gaudio Fine Art, New Canaan
2016
Group Exhibition, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai
2015
Duo: A Group Show, Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley
2013
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