ROSS BLECKNER'S first solo museum exhibition was organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1988. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including a midcareer retrospective organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1995.
His works are held in collections around the world including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Collezione Maramotti Museum, Italy; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Jewish Museum, New York; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Norway; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Bleckner was born in 1949 in New York and grew up in the town of Hewlett Harbor on Long Island. He decided to become an artist when he was in college, studying with Sol LeWitt and Chuck Close at New York University, where he earned a BA in 1971. Two years later, he completed an MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, where he met David Salle.
After moving back to New York, Bleckner purchased and moved into a Tribeca loft building in 1974. His first solo exhibition was held in 1975 at Cunningham Ward Gallery in New York. In 1979 he began his long association with Mary Boone Gallery in New York, which championed several of the so-called art stars of the 1980s. In 1981 Bleckner met Thomas Ammann, an important Swiss art dealer who went on to collect his work.
Bleckner’s early 1980s Stripe paintings pay homage to the work of Bridget Riley. His atmospheric Weather series (1983) followed. In 1984 Bleckner’s art attracted a burst of attention when he had a single large painting on view at Nature Morte in New York’s East Village.
In the following years, Bleckner commenced his Constellation paintings (1987–93), suggestive of night skies, and the Architecture of the Sky canvases (1988–93), which call to mind domed interiors. He has also created a series of bird paintings (1995–2003) and experimented with varied surfaces as well as the use of an airbrush.
After his first Los Angeles opening in 25 years, Bleckner created the Crypto Flares in the Hollywood Hills (2022).
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