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Ross Bleckner

United States 1949

Abstract Art

Ross Bleckner
Ross Bleckner
United States
February 17, 2017
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Ross Bleckner is an influential American artist who is primarily known for his poetic paintings that deal with complex themes such as losing something one loves and different aspects of memory. Bleckner usually relies on recurring, highly symbolic imagery, such as doves and flowers, as well as glowing, blurred light effects[1]. Ever since he achieved stardom in the 1980s, Ross was clearly inspired by the emotional tolls situations like the AIDS crisis brought on. He once explained his art with the following statement: Life is short. Life goes fast. And what I really want to do in my life is to bring something new, something beautiful and something filled with light into the world.

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Ross Bleckner – Meditation, 2006 (Left) / Birds of Japan, 1987 (Right) – Images via

Emerging Onto the Art Scene

Ross Bleckner was born in New York City and the Big Apple served the role of home for the majority of this artist’s career. In 1974, Ross moved into a Tribeca loft building where three of the floors were rented by the painter Julian Schnabel. These floors were later turned int the Mudd Club, a nightclub very popular with musicians and artists of all types and mediums. Ross held his first solo exhibition in the year of 1975, a show held at the Cunningham Ward Gallery in New York. Four years later, Bleckner started his association with the Mary Boone Gallery. Starting with the 1980s, Ross created artwork as an openly gay author. Most of his early topics were quite challenging and complex – Bleckner investigated themes of personal transformation, painful losses, how we handle our memories[2]. He often referenced the AIDS problem as the illness was taking lives at an alarming rate back then. The artist usually relied on symbolic imagery to get the message across to the viewers, utilizing this type of communicating through carefully established motifs much rather than standard representation.

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Ross Bleckner – In Replication, 1998 (Left) / Overexpression, 1998 (Right) – Images via

Later Achievements of the Artist

In 1995, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum had a major retrospective of his paintings made during the last two decades. Through his philanthropic efforts, especially those that came to be during the course of Ross’ mature career, Bleckner has enabled many organizations to perform their work and achieve goals. Ross is a part of many such organizations, like the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America[3], a non-profit community also known as ACRIA. Works made by Bleckner are held in collections around the world, some of which are located in the most prestigious institutions of the art world. His pieces are a part of acquisitions of Museum of Modern Art in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, in Los Angeles and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. In 2009, Bleckner was awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations – he was the first fine artist to receive the position. It should also be noted that Ross is currently a Clinical Professor of Studio Art at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

An openly gay artist interested in challenging topics, Ross Bleckner creates hypnotical works that tackle terrifying themes such as painful losses, the AIDS crisis and personal transformations

Untitled arts from 2015 and 2016 go under the related press, use and privacy terms
Robert Colescott – The Three Graces: Art, Sex and Death, 1981 (Left) / Count No Count, 1989 (Right) – Image courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery, New York

The Powerful Impact of Ross Bleckner

With their large-scale and strong emotional impact, Ross Bleckner’s pieces are extremely capable of evoking a compelling, borderline opiate and dizzying effect. Regardless of whether he is depicting abstract stripes or symbolic representational images of something like birds, Bleckner always manages to cause strong emotional reactions within his viewers. Such an ability is pretty much a guaranty of popularity and it comes as no surprise that, wherever Ross’ work goes, the artistic hype follows. Bleckner’s takes on the concepts of human body, health, disease and death are oftentimes terrifying but always astonishing experiences that leave no one unfazed.

This artist is represented by Puccio Fine Art and

Ross Bleckner lives and works in New York City, United States.


  1. Milazzo, R., The Paintings of Ross Bleckner, Editions Alain Noirhomme; 1st edition, 2008
  2. Bleckner, R., Ross Bleckner: Watercolor, Arena Editions; 1st Edition, 1998
  3. Crone, R., Bleckner, R., Ross Bleckner, Mary Boone / Michael Werner; First Edition, 1987

Featured image: Ross Bleckner – Photo of the artist in a gallery space – Image via
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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2017Abstract Painting Now! Kunsthalle Krems, KremsGroup
2017Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980sWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NYGroup
2016Ross Bleckner - Architecture of the Sky: Bohm ChapelJablonka Galerie - Köln, CologneSolo
2016Ross Bleckner: Forever Overhead Leila Heller Gallery - Dubai, DubaiSolo
2015Ross Bleckner - Freddy Presents Dick Freddy, Baltimore, MDSolo
2014Ross Bleckner - RetrospektivePlymouth Rock, ZurichSolo
2014Ross BlecknerMary Boone Gallery - 541 West 24 Street, New York City, NYSolo
2014Pressed FlowersLesley Heller Workspace, New York City, NYGroup
2014In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary PrintmakingJoslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NEGroup
2014The good, the bad and the ugly Gesso Artspace, Vienna Group
2014Urban Theater: New York Art In The 1980SThe Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TXGroup
2014This One´s Optimistic: PincushionNew Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CTGroup
2014Das Optische Unbewusste The Optical UnconsciousKunst(Zeug)Haus, RapperswilGroup
2014Repetitive MotionSteven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York City, NYGroup
2014Abstractly SpeakingParrish Art Museum, Southampton, NYGroup
2013Winter ShowVan de Weghe Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2013Wall Works - Hamburger BahnhofMuseum für Gegenwart, BerlinGroup
201393CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de CompostelaGroup
2013Making Connections Permanent Collection ExhibitionParrish Art Museum, Southampton, NYGroup
2013Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern ArtThe Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013Summer ShowCrane Kalman Gallery, LondonGroup
20131XXLaunch F18, New York City, NYGroup
2013Helmiä - Sara Hildén Foundation CollectionSara Hildén Art Museum, TampereGroup
2013NY again Gesso Artspace, Vienna Group
2013Paint Hotel Joe Sheftel Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013FlowersMcClain Gallery, Houston, TXGroup
2012Birds & Brains & FlowersJablonka Galerie - Köln, CologneSolo
2012FlowersGalerie Wilma Tolksdorf, FrankfurtSolo
2012FloraTayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WYGroup
201214th Post Cards From The EdgeCheim & Read, New York City, NYGroup
2012Roesler Hotel # 21 - Buzz Galeria Nara Roesler, São PauloGroup
2012Building a CollectionParrish Art Museum, Southampton, NYGroup
2012Conceptual AbstractionLeubsdorf Art Gallery - Hunter College, New York City, NYGroup
2012Time Capsule, Age 13 To 21: The Contemporary Art Collection Of Jason RubellNasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NCGroup
2012Word Symbol SpaceThe Jewish Museum of New York, New York City, NYGroup
2012Abstracción Y MovimientoCentro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), SevillaGroup
2012Sammlung Marx - Eine AuswahlMuzeum Narodowe w Szczecin, SzczecinGroup
2012Mixed ShowCrane Kalman Gallery, LondonGroup
2011Ross Bleckner: Paintings Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, CASolo
2011The Decade Show: An Anniversary ExhibitionMadelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NYGroup
2011Weihnachts-Charity für Licht ins DunkelGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, SalzburgGroup
2011Charity Exhibition For Light The DarkGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, ParisGroup
2011Die Sammlung MarxEine Auswahl - Atlas Sztuki, LodzGroup
2011Circa 1986 - HVCCAHudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NYGroup
2011A Summer SelectionCrane Kalman Gallery, LondonGroup
2011Focus: Abstraktion - Werke Aus Der Sammlung EsslEssl Museum - Kunst der Gegenwart,KlosterneuburgGroup
2011Ross Bleckner & Jeff SchneiderHillsboro Fine Art, DublinGroup
2010Ross Bleckner Paints like Freddie Mercury SingsPatrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CASolo
2010Eyes look into the wellGalerie Forsblom, HelsinkiSolo
2010Ross BlecknerMary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYSolo
2010Armitage Gone Dance Exquisite Corpse ProjectKlemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2010Ars Itineris - El viaje en el arte contemporáneoSala Este Alta - ARTIUM - Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz Group
2010The Facebook ShowMuseum of New Art - MONA, Pontiac, MIGroup
2010Other As AnimalDanese Corey, New York City, NYGroup
2010Changing Soil: Contemporary Landscape Painting (Za Fukei)Nagoya - Boston Museum of Fine Arts, NagoyaGroup
2010In DialogueAnonymous Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010Your History is not Our HistoryHaunch of Venison - New York, New York City, NYGroup
2009Ross Bleckner: New WorkBaldwin Gallery, Aspen, COSolo
2009Cold PressPage Bond Gallery, Richmond, VAGroup
2009Slow PaintingsMuseum Morsbroich, LeverkusenGroup
2009Five Decades Of Passion - Part Two: The Founding Of The Center, 1989–1991Fisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2009Group ExhibitionScott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, CAGroup
2009A Tribute To Ron WarrenMary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYGroup
2009A Tribute To Ron WarrenMary Boone Gallery - 541 West 24 Street, New York City, NYGroup
2009New York ContemporaryHillsboro Fine Art, DublinGroup
2009A Summer Selection of British, European and American Art and SculptureCrane Kalman Gallery, LondonGroup
2009FLOWER POWERCraa Centro di ricerca arte attuale Villa Giulia, VerbaniaGroup
2008Ross Bleckner - Works on PaperCrane Kalman Gallery, LondonSolo
2008Treasure HuntMadelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NYGroup
2008Collect With USArmand Bartos Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2008The 30th Anniversary – Part llWetterling Gallery, StockholmGroup
2008One Way, One TicketIVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, ValenciaGroup
2008Busan Biennale 2008The Busan Biennale, BusanGroup
2008The Big BangMuseo Carlo Bilotti, RomeGroup
2008An Exhibition of British, European and American PaintingsCrane Kalman Gallery, LondonGroup
2008FlourishRobischon Gallery, Denver, COGroup
2008Genesis – Die Kunst der SchöpfungZentrum Paul Klee, BernGroup
2008Empires and EnvironmentsThe Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MAGroup
2007Ross Bleckner New PaintingsMary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYSolo
2007Ross BlecknerMary Boone Gallery - 541 West 24 Street, New York City, NYSolo
2007Champagne & ChocolateTayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WYGroup
2007Black and White and Red - All Over Michele Mosko Fine Art, Denver, COGroup
2007Postcards from the Edge Benefit for Visual AIDSJames Cohan Gallery - New York, New York City, NYGroup
2007Vent'anni con gli amici (A. V.)Galleria In Arco, TurinGroup
2007All the More Real: Portrayals of Intimacy and EmpathyParrish Art Museum, Southampton, NYGroup
2007POP ART 1960's to 2000'sHiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, HiroshimaGroup
2007A Summer SelectionCrane Kalman Gallery, LondonGroup
2007Timer 01Triennale Bovisa, MilanGroup
2007Autumn Catalogue 2007: Australian, New Zealand and International Works of ArtMartin Browne Contemporary, Paddington, NSWGroup
2007Speed #1 - natura naturata - velocidad sin movimientoIVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern,ValenciaGroup
2007A Selection of British, European and American Paintings and SculptureCrane Kalman Gallery,LondonGroup
2006Observations 30+works: A Group ShowTayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WYGroup
2006The Birds And The BeesMadelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NYGroup
2006American Matrix: Contemporary Directions for the Harn Museum Collection Part IISamuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FLGroup
2006British, European and American Paintings and SculptureCrane Kalman Gallery, LondonGroup
2006Limited Edition Intaglio Prints by Paulson Press and PoligrafaTayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WYGroup
2006I Love My Scene: Scene 3Mary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYGroup
2005Zoo Story: An exhibition of animals in art - for the young and the young at heartFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2005Sunscreen 2005Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary, ABGroup
2005AccrochageVan de Weghe Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2004Visions of AmericaEssl Museum - Kunst der Gegenwart, KlosterneuburgGroup
2004Birdspace - A Post Audubon Artists AviaryHudson River Museum, Yonkers, NYGroup
2004Multiple Views: The Series in Contemporary ArtMadelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NYGroup
2004Africa - Beauty and DisasterGalerie Beyeler, BaselGroup
2004Toward AbstractionIKON Ltd, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2004Lo mi ricordoGalleria S.A.L.E.S., RomeGroup
2004FlowersMary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYGroup
2004Open Proposition - Artists for the Bill of RightsThe Proposition, New York City, NYGroup
2003Ross Bleckner - PathwaysCirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2003Ross Bleckner - New PaintingsBaldwin Gallery, Aspen, COSolo
2003Frame editions Hilger contemporary, Vienna Group
2003Nine Little Giants - Small MasterpiecesGalerie Thomas Schulte, BerlinGroup
2003Crimes and Misdemeanors - Politics in U.S. Art of the 1980sCAC - Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OHGroup
2003Greetings From New York: A Painting ShowGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, SalzburgGroup
2003Fall Colors: Group ShowBaldwin Gallery, Aspen, COGroup
2003Editionen der Kunstzeitschrift FrameNusser & Baumgart, MunichGroup
2003Bleckner, Fischl, TàpiesSamuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FLGroup
2003Me & MoreKunstmuseum Luzern, LucerneGroup
2003Unframed First LookLehmann Maupin, New York City, NYGroup
2003New Abstract PaintingMuseum Morsbroich, LeverkusenGroup
2003CurrentRichard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NMGroup
2003Bleckner, Fischl, TapiesSamuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FLGroup
2003Over the Top: Painting on a Grand ScaleMadelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NYGroup
2002Crisis ResponseThe RISD Museum - University of Rhode Island, Providence, RIGroup
2002True BlueJackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GAGroup
2002New PrintsRichard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NMGroup
2002Ross Bleckner, Christo & Jeanne-ClaudeScott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, CAGroup
2002ImpressionsGalerie Beyeler, BaselGroup
2002Il grande freddo - The Big Chill (A. V.)Galleria In Arco, TurinGroup
2001Ross Bleckner - PearlStudio d'Arte Raffaelli - Palazzo Wolkenstein, TrentoSolo
2001First Impressions - Paulson PressSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2001Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons - Four Decades of Art from the Broad CollectionsLos Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001OperativoMuseo Tamayo, Mexico CityGroup
2001ClassicsGalerie Beyeler, BaselGroup
2001Mythic Proportions - Painting in the 1980’sMuseum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA),Miami, FLGroup
2000Art at Work: Forty Years of the Chase Manhattan CollectionQueens Museum of Art (QMA),New York City, NYGroup
2000AmericanosGaleria Moises Perez de Albeniz, PamplonaGroup
2000Recent AcquisitionsMadelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NYGroup
2000Spot OnVictoria Miro Gallery, LondonGroup
2000In th power of paintingModerna Museet, StockholmGroup
2000BotanicaUniversity Galleries at Illinois State University, Normal, IlGroup
1999BotanicaTweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MNGroup
1999Selections From the Rubell Family CollectionUniversity of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FLGroup
1999Post-hypnoticUniversity Galleries at Illinois State University, Normal, IlGroup
1998Ross Bleckner, New PaintingsBaldwin Gallery, Aspen, COSolo
1998Cleveland Collects Contemporary ArtThe Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OHGroup
1998An exhibition of paintingsGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CAGroup
1998Tillbaka till åttiotalet — redan?Isn't It Too Early for the Eighties Yet? - Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, MalmöGroup
1997Silent & Violent: Selected ArtistsMAK Center for Art and Architecture, West Hollywood, CAGroup
1997Birth Of The Cool – Amerikanische Malerei Von Georgia O’keeffe Bis Christopher WoolDeichtorhallen Hamburg, HamburgGroup
1996Ross Bleckner - New PaintingsGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CASolo
1996Ross Bleckner, Paintings and WatercolorsBaldwin Gallery, Aspen, COSolo
1996Nuevas abstraccionesMuseu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, BarcelonaGroup
1996Nuevas abstraccionesMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MadridGroup
1996Le roi des aulnesGalerie René Blouin, Montreal, QCGroup
1991Ross Bleckner. Målningar 1981–1990Moderna Museet, StockholmSolo