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painting of bouquet of flowers on a brown, neutral background

Ross Bleckner

Untitled

2020

Oil on Linen

66 x 72 inches

167.6 x 182.9 cm

$100,000

Black painting with multicolored horizontal stripes throughout the canvas

Ross Bleckner

Untitled

2020

Oil on Linen

72  x 108 inches

182.9 x 274.3 cm

Painting of bouquet of flowers on black and pink background

Ross Bleckner

Untitled

2019

Oil on Linen

Unframed:

30 x 30 inches

76.2 x 76.2 cm

$30,000

white flowers on blue and black background

Ross Bleckner

Untitled

2020

Oil on canvas

Unframed:

30 x 30 inches

76.2 x 76.2 cm

$30,000

Painting of 22 white birds on black background

Ross Bleckner

Untitled

2015

Oil on canvas

72 x 96 inches

182.9 x 243.8 cm

Square black canvas with white bird in the center

Ross Bleckner

Untitled

2015

Oil on linen

18 x 18 inches

45.7 x 45.7 cm

$18,000

Greenish-gray cell painting with overlapping blue, yellow and green circles in the foreground.

Ross Bleckner

Banding Pattern

2000

Oil on Linen

36 x 36 inches

91.4 x 91.4 cm

$40,000

One of Ross Bleckner's Dome paintings from 1993. the background is black and the light yellow, blue and white dots spiral out from the center of the canvas.

Ross Bleckner

Untitled

1993

Oil on Canvas

60 x 60 inches

152.4 x 152.4 cm

$90,000

One of Ross Bleckner's cell paintings from 2000.

Ross Bleckner

Untitled

2000

Oil on Linen

60 x 60 inches

152.4 x 152.4 cm

$85,000

A black and white vertically striped painting on a square canvas.

Ross Bleckner

Untitled

2014

Oil on linen

72 x 72 inches

182.9 x 182.9 cm

$100,000

Image and quote from The New York Times, April 2019

 

 

 

The large-scale compositions are mostly black-and-white, with flowers, faces and hands emerging out of the abstract swirls in some places. The burned areas turn white, creating a hazy, ghostly effect.

“My work is really about consciousness more than anything,” said Mr. Bleckner. 

He isn't too touchy-feely when it comes to making new paintings: He burns them with a blowtorch as part of their creation, so that in one sense, they’re “destroyed.”

“I think about it as a resurrection.”

Portrait of Ross Bleckner in black and white

Ross Bleckner (b. 1949, New York, NY) emerged as a prominent artist in New York during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, his paintings are an investigation of change, loss, and memory, often suggesting meditations on the body, health and disease, much like a memento mori. “The idea that the body is so perfect, until it’s not perfect. It’s a fragile membrane that separates us from disaster.” His immersive paintings, whether pure abstraction of stripes or dots, or more representational renderings of birds, flowers, and brains, elicit a powerful hypnotic and dizzying effect. Smoothly layered on the canvas surface against a darker gray background, Bleckner’s famous multicolored volumetric circles or “cells” look like droplets of blood or molecules viewed under a microscope.

To this day, Bleckner is the youngest artist to receive a midcareer retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, at the age of 45. His paintings can be found in several major museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art and in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, as well as numerous exhibitions, including at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; Reina Sofia, Madrid; L.A. County Museum, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern; and Zentrum Paul Klee, Ber.

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