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Robert Grosvenor

Robert Grosvenor (b. 1937) is an American sculptor and photographer known for his surreal captures of vernacular architecture and modernist retrofuturisms. Grosvenor’s monumental sculptures transform a bevy of mid-century technologies, structures, and cultural lores into simple, streamlined forms. These idiosyncratic forms challenge the sculptural conventions of weight, line, movement, and inertia. Grosvenor was included in the historic 1966 Primary Structures survey exhibition at the Jewish Museum, which famously introduced Minimalist art to a broader public. Although his work builds on the aesthetic program of Minimalism, Grosvenor playfully resists the cool austerity emblematic of the genre. Rather he explores the sensuousness of his materials and the nostalgic qualities of their color and design. Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions include Karma, New York (2020); Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris (2020); Consortium Museum, Dijon (2020); Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2019); Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2018); and the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2017), among others. Grosvenor’s work is represented in various public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam; and the Direction Régionale des Affaires Rennes.

Portrait of Robert Grosvenor as he poses with his work in his downtown studio, New York, New York, November 12, 1965. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

Portrait of Robert Grosvenor as he poses with his work in his downtown studio, New York, New York, November 12, 1965. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

born 1937, New York, NY
lives and works in East Patchogue, NY

EDUCATION

1958

University di Perugia, Italy

1957-1959

Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

1956

Ecole des Beaux Arts, France

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020

Consortium Museum, Dijon, France, Robert Grosvenor (forthcoming)
Karma, New York
Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris, New Works

2019

ICA Miami, Miami, Robert Grosvenor

2018

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

2017

The Renaissance Society, Chicago
Karma, New York
Maccarone, Los Angeles

2015

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

2014

Max Hetzler, Berlin
Karma, New York

2012

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

2010

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

2007

Paula Cooper Gallery

2005

Fundação de Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

2003

The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

2000

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1998

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1996

Lawrence Markey, New York
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1995

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

1993

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1992

Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland
Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne

1991

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1990

Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles

1989

Centre d’Art Contemporain du Domaine de Kerguehennec à Bignan, Locmine, France

1988

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1986

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1984

P.S.1, The Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, New York

1981

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1978

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1977

Galerie Eric Fabre, Paris

1976

The Clocktower, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York

1975

Galerie Stampa, Basel
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Galerie Eric Fabre, Paris
Pasguale Tridorio, Naples

1974

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Françoise Lambert, Milan

1972

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1971

La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California

1970

Fischbach Gallery, New York
Galerie Ricke, Cologne

1967

Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles
Park Place, New York

1965

Park Place, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Group Exhibition

2018

Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris, Robert Grosvenor, Richard Prince

Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ, Flat Out: Works on Paper, 1960-2000

2017

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery 1959-1971
Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, Strange Attractors: The Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Art Vol. 1 Life on Earth
Jean-Paul Najar Foundation, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Artist Run New York: The Seventies

2016

MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens, FORTY, organized in Celebration of MoMA PS1’s 40th Anniversary by PS1 Founder Alanna Heiss

2015

Thomas Dane Gallery, London, Blind Architecture, curated by Douglas Fogle
David Zwirner, New York, Selections from the Kramarsky Collection
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Dissolving Margins

2014

M-ARCO, Marseille, Mind and Matter, curated by Daniel Marzona

2013

Martos Gallery Summer Location, East Marion, NY, Lat. 41˚ 7’ N. Long. 72˚ 19’ W., curated by Bob Nickas

2012

Museum Wiesbaden, Germany, Der Raum der Linie

2011

Simone Subal Gallery, New York, zoom, shift, abstract

2010

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Whitney Biennial
Whitney Museum of American Art, Singular Visions, curated by Scott Rothkopf and Dana Miller

2009

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Every Revolution is a Roll of the Dice, curated by Bob Nickas
MoMA, New York, Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection

2007

Marfa Ballroom, Marfa, TX, A Roll of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance, curated by Bob Nickas

2006

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Against the Grain: Contemporary Art from the Edward R. Broida Collection, organized by Ann Temkin
Stifhung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Center of International Sculpture, Duisburg, Germany, Was ist Plastik? 100 Jahre – 100 Köpfe: Das Jahrhundert moderner Skulptur
Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, Still Points of the Turning World: Site Santa Fe’s Sixth International Biennial, curated by Klaus Ottmann
Kuntsmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland,Plane/Figure: Amerikanische Kunst aus Schweizer Sammlungen
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Group Exhibition

2004

Domaine Pommery, Reims, France, Genesis Sculpture, Experience Pommery #1

2003

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, New Gouaches / Large-Scale Sculpture
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Group Exhibition
Biennale D’Art Contemporain de Lyon 2003, France, It happened tomorrow

2002

Kannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Drawings of Choice from a New York Collection

2001

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Villa Manin, Passariano, Marzona Villa Manin: a private collection

2000

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1999

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Forum: Robert Grosvenor, Andreas Gursky, John Wesley
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Afterimage: Drawing through Process
Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France, Dessiner est un autre langage
Lawrence Markey, New York, Posters Exhibition

1998

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Sculpture and Drawing
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Amnesty International Benefit Drawing Show

1996

Karsten Shubert Gallery, London, From Figure to Object: A Century of Sculptor’s Drawings

1995

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, American Sculptors in the 1960s: Selected Drawings from the Collection

1994

le consortium, Dijon, Country Sculpture
National Gallery of Art, Washington, From Minimal to Conceptual Art: Works from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Holiday Exhibition

1993

Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina, Art on Paper
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, 25 Years: Part I

1992

Philippe Staib Gallery, New York, then & NOW

1991

John Gibson Gallery, New York, 30th Anniversary Series: Sixties

1990

Foundation Deutsch, Belmont-Sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, L’Aventure de L’Abstraction: 1960-1990
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Group Print Exhibition

1989

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Works on Paper

1988

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Changing Group Exhibition
Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, Linien : Arbeiten auf Papier

1987

Laumeier Sculpture Park and Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, The Success of Failure, Travelled to: Johnson Gallery, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont; University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tuscon, Arizona
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, L’Epoque, La Mode, La Morale, La Passion: Aspects de l’art d’aujourd’hui 1977-1987
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Art Against Aids: A Benefit Exhibition
Kassel, West Germany, documenta 8
Dia Art Foundation, New York, AMFAR

1986

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Changing Group Exhibition
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, Works from the Paula Cooper Gallery

1985

Edith C. Blum Art Institute, Milton and Sally Avery Center for the Arts, The Bard College Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, The Maximal Implications of the Minimal Line
Hayden Gallery, Albert and Vera List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Giacometti to Johns: The Albert and Vera List Family Collection
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Sculpture
The Puck Building, New York, Independent Curators Incorporated 10th Anniversary Benefit Auction
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Changing Sculpture Exhibition

1984

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America
Drawings by Sculptors: Two Decades of Non-Objective Art in the Seagram Collection, travelled to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver; The Nickle Arts Museum Calgary, Alberta; Seagram Building, New York; London Regional Art Gallery, London
Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, American Sculpture

1983

SVC/Fine Arts Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, Objects, Structures, Artifice: American Sculpture 1970-1982

1982

Ben Shahn Galleries, William Paterson College, Wayne, New Jersey, Drawings from the Collection of Milton Brutten and Helen Herrick
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut, postMINIMALism

1981

Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, Sculptors’ Drawings and Macquettes
Lousiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, Amerikanische Zeichnungen der Siebziger Jahre, travelled to: Kunsthalle Basel, Basel; Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich; Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, West Germany

1979

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut, The Minimal Tradition
Fischbach Gallery, New York, 15th Anniversary Exhibition
Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Germany, Tendencies in American Drawings of the Late Seventies

1978

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Private Images: Photographs by Sculptors
Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, Drawings for Outdoor Sculpture: 1946-1977, (traveled to University of California, Santa Barbara, California; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Group Exhibition
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Group Exhibition

1977

Galerie G. Mollet-Vielle, Paris, Travaux sur Papier
Kassel, West Germany, Documenta 6
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Group Show
Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, Minnesota, American Drawing 1927-

1977
New York State Museum, Albany, New York, New York, The State of Art
John Weber Gallery, New York, Drawings for Outdoor Sculpture: 1946-1977
Rush Rhees Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, Drawings and Prints: New York

1976

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 200 Years of American Sculpture
Fine Arts Building, New York, Sculptor’s Drawings
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Biennale of Sydney

1975

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Gallery Group Show
Loretta Yarlow Gallery, Toronto, Sculptor’s Drawings
Stadtisches Museum, Levenkusen, Germany, Zeichnungen III
The Clocktower, New York, Selections from the Collection of Herb and Dorothy Vogel
Lewiston, New York, ArtPark
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Tendences Actuelles de la Peinture Américaine
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture of the 60’s and 70’s from the Herb and Dorothy Vogel Collection

1974

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Group Exhibition

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Drawings and Other Work

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Artists’ Benefit Sale For Encounter

1973

Graduate Center, The City University, New York, Three New Works by Robert Grosvenor, Forrest Myers, Richard Nonas

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Biennial Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Opening Group Exhibition

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, Works on Paper

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Fall Group Exhibition

1972

Paula Cooper Gallery Exhibition, Greenwich, Connecticut, New York 72

Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Eight

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Group Exhibition

10 Bleecker Street, New York, Group Exhibition

Lo Guidice Gallery, New York, Drawings by Sculptors

1971

Sonsbeek Park, Arnheim, The Nertherlands, Sonsbeek 71

Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium, 11th International Biennial Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

The Society for Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Works on Paper: 31st Annual Exhibition

Windham College, Putney, Vermont, Paula Cooper Gallery Exhibition

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Selected Works

1970

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Drawings

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, Art on Paper

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, Monumental Art

The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina, Art on Paper

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, Art for Your Collection

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Referendum 70

1969

University Gallery, Minneapolis, The Artist and the Factory

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 14 Sculptors: The Industrial Edge

Whitney Museum of Art, New York, Contemporary American Art

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Drawing Exhibition

1968

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Plus by Minus

The Hague, The Netherlands, Minimal Art, Gemeentemuseum, (travelled to Stätische Kunsthalle-Düsseldorf, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin)

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Sculpture Annual

1967

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, American Sculpture for the 60’s

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Sculpture for the 60’s

Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Art for the City

Loeb Student Center, New York University, New York, Bladen, Grosvenor, Von Schlegell

A.F.A. Travelling Drawing Exhibition, Park Place, New York

Park Place Group Exhibition, Friends of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado

1966

The Jewish Museum, New York, Primary Structures

New York University, New York, Drawing Exhibition

1965

American Express Pavillion, New York World’s Fair, New York

Park Place, New York

Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles

1964

Welfare Island Art Festival, New York

John Daniels Gallery, New York

Park Place, New York

Royal Marks Gallery, New York

Noah Goldowsky Gallery, New York

1963

Park Place, New York

1962

Park Place, New York

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts

Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles Los Angeles

Lannan Foundation Los Angeles

Edward R. Broida Trust Los Angeles

Walker Art Center Minneapolis

Seagrams and Sons, Inc. New York

The Museum of Modern Art New York

The Whitney Museum of American Art New York

Direction Régionale des Affaires Rennes, France

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Ridgefield, Connecticut

Museum Boymans-van Beuningen Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington, DC

FRAC Bretagne Châteaugiron, France

Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota Minneapolis

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla, California

Fundação de Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal

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