For forty years Bleckner has been investigating the interface between psychology, biology and personal identity through painting. The results range from geometric abstraction about space suggested by nebulous fields or stripes, from painterly constellations and architecture to explicitly symbolic works in which urns, chandeliers, birds, flowers, blood or brain cells are used.
For the exhibition at the Palais Schönborn-Batthyány Bleckner examines his own history and the challenges what an artist is facing every day. Bleckner lends form to his works with new paintings from his series Dome and Architecture of the Sky. These compositions correlate with the unrecognizable in the search for an understanding of humanity. "...now that everything is about problem solving, what about those questions that don't have answers, that might never be answered. And then it gets as you say to the core of what it means to be an artist, the best part of all religions." (Bleckner in conversation with curator Andreas Reiter-Raabe).
Born on 12 May 1949 in New York, he studied first at New York University and later at the California Institute of the Arts. Bleckner had his first solo exhibition in 1975, and in 1995 the Guggenheim Museum in New York dedicated a mid-career retrospective to him. Works by the internationally renowned artist can be found in institutional and private collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art New York (USA), the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (USA), Collezione Maramotti (Italy), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Spain), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, USA).