Dana Gordon

Born in 1946 - United States


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


Sideshow Nation III, Circle the Wagons, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Paperazzi, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, NYC
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
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
Bushwick Open Studios, 1013 Grand Street, Brooklyn
What Only Paint Can Do, Triangle Arts Assoc., Brooklyn; curator, Karen Wilkin
Mic Check, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn
It's All Good, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn
Bushwick Open Studios, 1013 Grand Street, Brooklyn
Charles Cowles Gallery, NYC
Old City Hall, Prague, Czech., “Sentient”, artists from the Graz International Studio
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
Andre Zarre Gallery, NYC, “Thru Thick and Thin”
Blondies Contemporary Art, NYC
55 Mercer Gallery, New York City,“Friends”
Paolo Baldacci Gallery, NYC
Art Initiatives at NY Law School Gallery, NYC,“Visual Evidence”
The Painting Center, NYC,“The Preview Show“
The Right Bank Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn;
Brand Name Damages Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Ledis Flam Gallery, NYC,“Paintings I Like” (five artists, incl. Amy Sillman, Peter Acheson)
Triangle Artists Workshop, Pine Plains, New York
Kouros Gallery, NYC, “Knowing What I Like”; curator, John Bernard Myers
Peder Bonnier, Inc., NYC
Northside Arts and Industries, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Peder Bonnier, Inc., NYC
Painting Space 122, NYC,“Jump—Four Painters”
“New New York”, Phoenix Museum of Modern Art, Coral Gables Metropolitan Museum,
Florida State University Art Gallery; curator, Albert Stewart
Neill Gallery, NYC,“Cloudworks”; curator, Peter Frank
Ericson Gallery, NYC
626 Space, NYC (performance)
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)
Boston Visual Artists Union Gallery, Boston,“Documents,” Harbor Gallery, Boston
Harbor Gallery, Boston
Nashua (New Hampshire) Arts and Sciences Center


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.


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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