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Ross Bleckner, I Met a Man

Ross Bleckner

I Met a Man

2018

Oil on linen

96 x 72 inches

243.8 x 182.9 cm

(BR 19/014)

Ross Bleckner, Visiting Rights

Ross Bleckner

Visiting Rights

2021

Oil on linen

72 x 72 inches

182.9 x 182.9 cm

Ross Bleckner, Outside Their Window

Ross Bleckner

Outside Their Window

2020

Oil on Linen

60 x 84 inches

152.4 x 213.4 cm

Ross Bleckner, County

Ross Bleckner

County

2022

Oil on canvas

120 x 84 inches

304.8 x 213.4 cm

Ross Bleckner, Dome

Ross Bleckner

Dome

2016

Oil on linen

84 x 84 inches

213.4 x 213.4 cm

Ross Bleckner, Bonds and Proteins

Ross Bleckner

Bonds and Proteins

2000

Oil on Linen

60 x 60 inches

152.4 x 152.4 cm

Ross Bleckner, Pharmaceutria

Ross Bleckner

Pharmaceutria

2019

Oil on linen

96 x 72 inches

243.8 x 182.9 cm

Ross Bleckner -  - Viewing Room - Petzel Gallery

Image and quote from The New York Times, April 2019

 

 

 

The large-scale compositions are mostly black-and-white, with flowers, faces and hands emerging out of the abstract swirls in some places. The burned areas turn white, creating a hazy, ghostly effect.

“My work is really about consciousness more than anything,” said Mr. Bleckner. 

He isn't too touchy-feely when it comes to making new paintings: He burns them with a blowtorch as part of their creation, so that in one sense, they’re “destroyed.”

“I think about it as a resurrection.”

Ross Bleckner -  - Viewing Room - Petzel Gallery

Ross Bleckner (b. 1949, New York, NY) emerged as a prominent artist in New York during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, his paintings are an investigation of change, loss, and memory, often suggesting meditations on the body, health and disease, much like a memento mori. “The idea that the body is so perfect, until it’s not perfect. It’s a fragile membrane that separates us from disaster.” His immersive paintings, whether pure abstraction of stripes or dots, or more representational renderings of birds, flowers, and brains, elicit a powerful hypnotic and dizzying effect. Smoothly layered on the canvas surface against a darker gray background, Bleckner’s famous multicolored volumetric circles or “cells” look like droplets of blood or molecules viewed under a microscope.

To this day, Bleckner is the youngest artist to receive a midcareer retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, at the age of 45. His paintings can be found in several major museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art and in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, as well as numerous exhibitions, including at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; Reina Sofia, Madrid; L.A. County Museum, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern; and Zentrum Paul Klee, Ber.