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Dream and Do I
17 color silk screen
33" x 42" unframed
Edition of 75 with 20 APs
Ross Bleckner, the contemporary New York artist, is widely recognized for his immersive paintings with subjects ranging from abstract representations of dots and stripes to blurred and luminous renderings of birds, candelabras, and flowers. The first art exhibition Bleckner recalls was the Museum of Modern Art's 1965 survey of Op-Art, The Responsive Eye, which would have a great impact on his own artist practice.
Bleckner first began his career as a student at New York University studying with the artists Sol LeWitt and Chuck Close and went on to receive his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1973. In 1974, Bleckner returned to New York and soon began exhibiting his paintings in galleries, as well as beginning his long association with Mary Boone Gallery. Affected by the 1980s AIDs crisis, his paintings have made reference to the fragility of the human body, loss, and memory.
Internationally recognized, Bleckner has exhibited widely at venues such as SFMoMA, the ICA Philadelphia, Kunsthalle Zuriche, and Moderna Museet in Stockholm, among others. In 1995, he became the youngest artist to receive a midcareer retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. He is also the first fine artist to be honored with the title of Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nation. His work can be found in the public collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.
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