Ross Bleckner was born in New York City in 1949. In 1971, he graduated from New York City University with a Bachelor of Arts. Two years later he obtained a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.
Emerging as a prominent artist in New York during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, Bleckner’s 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.
Bleckner lives and works in New York City.
- Petzel gallery, New York, NY
- Time of disquiet, MARUANI MERCIER, Brussels, Belgium
- Time of disquiet, MARUANI MERCIER HADIDA, Paris, France
- Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX
- Bohm Chapel, Cologne, Germany
- Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, UAE
- Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
- MARUANI MERCIER, Brussels, Belgium
- Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
- Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland.
- Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York.
- Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Astrup Fearnley Collection, Oslo, Norway.
- Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, New York.
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York.
- Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida.
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.
- Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea.
- Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, Florida.
- The Jewish Museum, New York, New York.
- Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California.
- Museo de Arte Contemporanea, Seville, Spain.
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois.
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California.
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.
- The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York.
- National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
- Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York.
- Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain.
- Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.
- Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida.
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California.
- Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York.