Ross Bleckner, ‘Black Monet’, 2014, Watermill Center Summer Benefit Auction 2014

Estimate: $18,000. Ross Bleckner’s large-scale, immersive paintings elicit a hypnotic, dizzying effect, whether in pure abstractions of stripes or dots, or more representational renderings of birds, flowers, and urns. 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.

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

2016
2016
Group Exhibition, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai
2016
Ross Bleckner: Forever Overhead, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai
2013