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Dana Gordon

Born in 1946 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Dana Gordon is an American abstract artist who explores playful shapes and vivid colours to display an exuberant abstraction. As a multidisciplinary artist, he also writes about art and, in the period 1968-78, made avant-garde films as well as paintings. He lives and works in New York City.

Gordon graduated in Art from Brown University, Providence. He then studied with artists Tony Smith, George Sugarman and Ad Reinhardt at Hunter College, New York where he earned a MA in Art. After his studies, he had the opportunity to work for Smith and Sugarman as their assistant in their studios. Dana Gordon also studied photography and film with Aaron Siskind at the Institute of Design in Chicago.

Early in his career, Gordon produced shaped, three-dimensional canvases before re-exploring painting, directly using mark-making and line as his main vehicle or entry point.

In his 2010-2014 paintings, the line has become the edge of the shapes, providing shapes for full expression of colour. Gordon thinks of the shapes, adjoining shapes, and clusters of shapes as little paintings in themselves, within the larger whole painting.

Dana Gordon was immersed in an artistic environment during his youth, visiting many times the Art Institute of Chicago. However the epiphany that made him comprehend creativity emerged from jazz clubs, hearing and seeing the improvisations of geniuses artists Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

When painting, Gordon is interested in the visual conversation between colours, shapes and lines, this approach is depicted in his paintings likewise in essays he wrote for various publications about his inspiring artist Camille Pissaro. Dana Gordon’s kaleidoscopic compositions are contemplative and evoke somewhat Orphic Cubism.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2014
Andre Zarre Gallery, New York City
2013
Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, NY
2003
Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton
1997
Andre Zarre Gallery, New York City
1996
The Courthouse Gallery of Anthology Film Archive, New York City
1995
“Kunstmuhle,” “next” kunst verein International Studio and Exhibition, Graz, Austria
1994
Adelphi University, Garden City, Long Island;
55 Mercer Gallery, New York City
1993
55 Mercer Gallery, New York City (January),
55 Mercer Gallery, New York City (October);
The Painting Center, New York City (October)
1988
Ruggiero-Henis Gallery, New York City
1982
Ericson Gallery, New York City
1973
Pyramid Gallery, Ann Arbor
1967
Armour Gallery, Chicago


GROUP

2015
Sideshow Nation III, Circle the Wagons, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Paperazzi, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, NYC
2014
Andre Zarre Gallery, 40th Anniversary Exhibition
21 and Counting, The Painting Center
Sideshow Nation II, the Alamo, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Paperazzi, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, NYC
2013
Surviving Sandy, Industry City, Brooklyn, curator, Phong Bui
NurtureArt Benefit, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, NYC, curators, Lamensdorf, Panero, Smith- Stewart, and Tribe, October, 2013
Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn
2012
Bushwick Open Studios, 1013 Grand Street, Brooklyn
What Only Paint Can Do, Triangle Arts Assoc., Brooklyn; curator, Karen Wilkin
Mic Check, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn
2011
It's All Good, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn
2010
Bushwick Open Studios, 1013 Grand Street, Brooklyn
2001
Charles Cowles Gallery, NYC
1996
Old City Hall, Prague, Czech., “Sentient”, artists from the Graz International Studio
1995
Andre Zarre Gallery, NYC,“Paper and Canvas,” (other artists in show incl. Frances Barth, Ellen Lanyon, Loren Munk, Doug Ohlson, Marjorie Strider, Joan Thorne, Thornton Willis)
Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College, NYC, “News, Surprises, Nostalgia”
Blondies Contemporary Art, NYC
1994
Andre Zarre Gallery, NYC, “Thru Thick and Thin”
Blondies Contemporary Art, NYC
55 Mercer Gallery, New York City,“Friends”
1993
Paolo Baldacci Gallery, NYC
Art Initiatives at NY Law School Gallery, NYC,“Visual Evidence”
The Painting Center, NYC,“The Preview Show“
1991
The Right Bank Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn;
Brand Name Damages Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
1989
Ledis Flam Gallery, NYC,“Paintings I Like” (five artists, incl. Amy Sillman, Peter Acheson)
1988
Triangle Artists Workshop, Pine Plains, New York
1987
Kouros Gallery, NYC, “Knowing What I Like”; curator, John Bernard Myers
1985
Peder Bonnier, Inc., NYC
Northside Arts and Industries, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
1984
Peder Bonnier, Inc., NYC
1983
Painting Space 122, NYC,“Jump—Four Painters”
1982
“New New York”, Phoenix Museum of Modern Art, Coral Gables Metropolitan Museum,
Florida State University Art Gallery; curator, Albert Stewart
1981
Neill Gallery, NYC,“Cloudworks”; curator, Peter Frank
Ericson Gallery, NYC
626 Space, NYC (performance)
1980
Hunter Gallery, Hunter College, NYC, “Frames”, curator, Dorothy Zeidman
“Small Works”, Wash. Sq. East Galleries, NYU, NYC, curator, Patterson Sims, Whitney Mus.
626 Space, NYC (performance)
Artists Space, NYC (performance)
1976
Boston Visual Artists Union Gallery, Boston,“Documents,” Harbor Gallery, Boston
1975
Harbor Gallery, Boston
1974
Nashua (New Hampshire) Arts and Sciences Center


AWARDS

Edward Albee Foundation Fellowships, 1990, 1993
Millay Colony for the Arts, 1992
Triangle Artists Workshop, 1988
Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, 1986
Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, 1978
Faculty Research Grants, 1977, 1975
NEA US-UK Bicentennial Exchange Grant, "runner-up", 1978.


COLLECTIONS

The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
The American College of Greece, Athens
Royal Film Archive of Belgium, Brussels
CGNA Museum, Philadelphia
Philip Morris, Inc., New York
Becton Dickinson Corp., New Jersey
Sydney and Francis Lewis, Best & Co., Virginia
Edward Albee, Wilfred Heilbut, James Panero, Hilton Kramer, Timothy Radin, Virgil Thomson and other private collections

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