Born to the generation of American artists who appeared on the international scene in the early 1980s, Ross Bleckner (born in New York in 1949) witnessed the explosion of the AIDS epidemic which hit the gay community and the art world hardest. From then on he created paintings that cross existential notions. Behind the seduction, the beauty of his compositions question loss, death and memory.
His delicate flowers betray a form of anxiety that their apparent fragility makes evident. Even if the artist does not conceive his paintings as vanities, they nonetheless remind us of an art form that goes beyond the elegance of a bouquet or a still life and reveals to the viewer a work tinged with spirituality.
In the past decades Bleckner has become well known for his support of humanitarian causes, including the fight against AIDS. He is also the first artist to have been appointed Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations, in 2009.
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 Sofía, Madrid; L.A. County Museum, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern; and Zentrum Paul Klee, Ber.
From 23 May until 21 June 2018 in Paris & from 25 May until 30 June 2018 in Brussels.