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Walead Beshty, Three Sided Picture (MRY), January 11, 2007, Santa Clarita, California, Fujicolor Crystal Archive

Walead Beshty

Three Sided Picture (MRY), January 11, 2007, Santa Clarita, California, Fujicolor Crystal Archive


Color photographic paper

Framed Dimensions:

14 3/8 x 11 3/8 inches

36.5 x 28.9 cm

Paper dimensions:  14 x 11 inches

Ross Bleckner -  - Viewing Room - Petzel Gallery

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.”

Ross Bleckner -  - Viewing Room - Petzel Gallery

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.

Installation view of Bleckner's show at Dallas Contemporary in 2017. The shot includes a large black square canvas, a square gray canvas, and a blue and gray dome painting.

Find a peaceful place where you can make plans for the future, Dallas Contemporary, 2017

Installation view

Installation view of Bleckner's show at the Guggenheim in 1995. The shot features 6 paintings, one round canvas and 5 square canvases of varying sizes.

Throbbing Hearts, Guggenheim Museum, 1995

Installation view

An installation image from Bleckner's show at Petzel Gallery in 2019. The shot features three large rectangular canvases.

Pharmaceutria, Petzel Gallery, 2019

Installation view