Conrad Marca-Relli

Born in 1913 - United States


Conrad Marca-Relli was an American artist who belonged to the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionist represented by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Marca-Relli and others became a leading art movement of the postwar era. Following a period of painting Surrealist inspired imagery, Marca-Relli made a critical breakthrough with large-scale collage paintings that frequently drew inspiration from the human form to create abstract compositions of interlocking curves and angles.

He is considered to be one of the first artists to raise the art of collage to a status comparable with monumental painting, which paved the way for the large "combine paintings" of the Neo-Dada artists of the 1960s. Marca-Relli took a constructive approach to image making, building up surfaces by cutting out and applying shapes to canvas or metal supports. Contours and shapes in his work were based on imagined architectural themes or figure arrangements but were deliberately left ambiguous.

Marca-Relli maintained strong links to Europe throughout his life and did not wish to break from the traditions of the "Old World" unlike many of his contemporaries. He lived and worked in France, Spain, and Italy and looked to European painters from the Renaissance, Cubism, and metaphysical movements for inspiration.

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1947, 1949, 1951: Niveau Gallery, New York City
1948-1949: Galleria Il Cortile, Rome
1953, 1956, 1958: Stable Gallery, New York City
1956: Frank Perls Gallery, Los Angeles & Hollywood
1957: Galleria La Tartaruga, Rome
1957, 1962:Galleria del Naviglio, Milan
1959, 1960-1964: Kootz Gallery, New York City
1960: Sharon Playhouse Gallery, Sharon, Connecticut
1961: Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf; Bolles Gallery, San Francisco; Joan Peterson Gallery, Boston; Instituto de Arte Contemporáneo, Lima
1962: Galerie de France, Paris;
1963: Galerie Charles Lienhard, Zürich; Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
1965: Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires
1967: James David Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida; Makler Gallery, Philadelphia; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
1968: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Alpha Gallery, Boston; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
1969: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; Reed College, Portland, Oregon
1970: University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, Maryland; Norton Gallery and School of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
1970, 1975, 1979: Marlborough Gallery, New York City
1971: Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf; Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Lowe Art Museum at University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
1972, 1975: Galería Carl Van der Voort, Ibiza
1973: Galería Ynguanzo, Madrid; Galerie Numaga, Auvernier, Neuchâtel; Galerie Bahlsen, Berlin
1974, Marlborough Galerie, Zürich; Makler Gallery, Philadelphia
1975, Marlborough-Goddard Gallery, Toronto and Montreal
1977, Galería Lanzenberg, Ibiza; Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery, New York City
1978, Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona
1978-1979: Carone Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1979: Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1979-1980: John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida
1981: Hokin Gallery, Chicago
1982: Phoenix Gallery, Washington, D.C.; G.M.B. Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
1983: Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York City
1985-1987, 1989, 1991: Marisa del Re Gallery, New York City
1986: R.H. Love Gallery, Chicago
1990: Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
1990: 2002: Galleria d'Arte Niccoli, Parma
1996: Vered Gallery, East Hampton, New York
1998:Fondazione Peggy Guggenheim, Venice
2000: Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt
2002: Galleria d'arte Niccoli, Parma
2004: Joan T. Washburn Gallery, New York City; Galleria Open Art, Prato
2006: Lagorio Arte Contemporanea, Brescia
2008: Rotonda della Besana, Milan
2009: Knoedler & Company Gallery, New York City
2010: Galleria d'arte Bergamo, Bergamo
2011: Knoedler & Company Gallery, New York City
2011: Pollock Krasner House&Study Center, East Hampton
2012: Ronchini Gallery, London

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