Bratislav, 1917 - 2004

Milton Resnick

Milton Resnick was born in Ukraine in 1917, and immigrated to New York City with his family in 1923. He grew up in the Lower East Side, and entered the American Artists School in 1933. In the 1930s he was on the WPA artist project, and met Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, John Graham and other downtown artists. In 1940 Resnick was drafted and served in the U.S. Army through all of World War II. After returning to New York in September 1945, Resnick immediately began painting abstractions thereby cementing his historical position as a member of the first generation of American Abstract Expressionists. He was a founding member of the Artists’ Club of the 1950s.

Over his long career, Resnick painted “through” classic Abstract Expressionist action painting, to arrive...

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Biography

Milton Resnick was born in Ukraine in 1917, and immigrated to New York City with his family in 1923. He grew up in the Lower East Side, and entered the American Artists School in 1933. In the 1930s he was on the WPA artist project, and met Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, John Graham and other downtown artists. In 1940 Resnick was drafted and served in the U.S. Army through all of World War II. After returning to New York in September 1945, Resnick immediately began painting abstractions thereby cementing his historical position as a member of the first generation of American Abstract Expressionists. He was a founding member of the Artists’ Club of the 1950s.

Over his long career, Resnick painted “through” classic Abstract Expressionist action painting, to arrive at works that gave the impression of allover monochromatic fields, although in fact comprised of myriad hues. Through the 1970s and 1980s his paint application became increasingly dense and his palette generally darkened, resulting in canvases of subtle, almost topographical presence. In the last years of his life, Resnick turned his painterly touch to visionary figure paintings alternating darkness with humor. He died in 2004.

Artworks

30

Veil of Isis, 1985

Related Categories

20th Century Art / Abstract Expressionism / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / American Abstract Expressionism / Art after World War II / Art of the 1950s / Art of the 1960s / Art of the 1970s / Art of the 1980s / Art of the 1990s / Artists of All Time / Bratislav / Dense Composition / Gestural Abstraction / Immigration / Impasto / Multiple Colors / Multiple Layers of Colors / New York / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Rough and Brave Brushstrokes / Sublime / Textured Surface / Topography / Ukraine / United States

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1937

    American Artists School, New York

  • 1932

    Pratt Institute, New York

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Milton Resnick: Paintings 1937 - 1987, The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, New York

  • Milton Resnick: Boards, Cheim & Read, New York

  • Milton Resnick: Paintings on Paper, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    2017 Alumni Association Exhibition, New York Studio School, New York

  • Paint Life I Move, les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France

  • The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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Education

  • 1937

    American Artists School, New York

  • 1932

    Pratt Institute, New York

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Milton Resnick: Paintings 1937 - 1987, The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, New York

  • Milton Resnick: Boards, Cheim & Read, New York

  • Milton Resnick: Paintings on Paper, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

  • 2014

    Milton Resnick (1917–2004): Paintings and Works on Paper from the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, New Jersey

  • Milton Resnick: Allegory and Insignia, Mana Contemporary, Chicago

  • 2012

    Milton Resnick, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco

  • 2011

    Milton Resnick: The Elephant in the Room, Cheim & Read, New York

  • 2008

    Milton Resnick. A Question of Seeing: Paintings 1958 – 1963, Cheim & Read, New York

  • 2006

    Milton Resnick: The Life of Paint, The Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, Oakdale, New York

  • Black & Blue, Robert Miller Gallery, New York

  • 2005

    Milton Resnick: Late Works, New York Studio School, New York

  • 2002

    Milton Resnick Five Years: 1959 – 1963, Robert Miller Gallery, New York

  • 2001

    Milton Resnick: X Space, Robert Miller Gallery, New York

  • 2000

    Nielsen Gallery, Boston

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    2017 Alumni Association Exhibition, New York Studio School, New York

  • Paint Life I Move, les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France

  • The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

  • 2016

    It’s Not Your Nature, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York

  • Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy of Arts, London; traveled to Guggenheim Museum, Bilbão, Spain

  • 2015

    Abstraction: Al Held, Paul Jenkins, Lee Krasner, Yayoi Kusama, Milton Resnick, Robert Miller Gallery, New York

  • Edith Schloss: Still Life, Myths, and Mountains, curated by Jason Andrew, Art Students League of New York

  • 2014

    Color Shift, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, California

  • Mana Monumental, curated by Eugene Lemay, Mana Miami, Miami, Florida

  • 2013

    Abstract Expressionism in Context: Seymour Lipton, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York

  • 2012

    The Lure of Paris, Loretta Howard Gallery, New York

  • The Poindexter Collection: Selections from the Montana Historical Society, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana

  • 2011

    The New York School: Selections from the Gollay Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida

  • After Paradise, Jason McCoy Gallery, New York

  • Abstract Expressionism: Reloading the Canon, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York

  • Summer Selections: A Rotating Exhibition of ‘The Usual Suspects', Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles

  • 2010

    From a Collection of Abstract Works on Paper 1941-1961, Cheim & Read, New York

  • Decameron, The New York Studio School, New York

  • Le Tableau: French Abstraction and its Affinities, curated by Joe Fyfe, Cheim & Read, New York

  • Monet and Abstraction, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisz and Fundacion Caja, Madrid

  • Out of the Back Room: Norman Bluhm, James Brooks, Philip Guston, Robert Motherwell, Milton Resnick, Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Eye & Mind: A Legacy of Art Collecting at Vanderbilt University, curated by Joseph S. Mella, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Public Spaces Changes 2010, Museum of Modern Art, New York

  • 2009

    Abstractions by Gallery Artists, Cheim & Read, New York

  • Club Without Walls, Butler’s Fine Art, East Hampton, NY

  • Milton Resnick: Selections for the Estate, Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

  • Abstract Expressionism: Further Evidence (Part One: Painting), Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York

  • 2008

    Fall Selections, Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Pretty Ugly, Maccarone Gallery, New York

  • Significant Form, The Persistence of Abstraction, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

  • New American Abstraction: 1950 – 1970, Gary Snyder/Project Space, New York

  • 2007

    Abstract Expressionist Prints, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts

  • Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

  • Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

  • Significant Form, The Persistence of Abstraction, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

  • 2006

    1950 to Now: Works from the Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida

  • Soutine and Modern Art: The New Landscape, The New Still Life, curated by Maurice Tuchman and Esti Dunow, Cheim & Read, New York

  • 2005

    The Subjective Figure, Robert Miller Gallery, New York

  • The Continuous Mark: 40 Years of the New York Studio School: Part 2 (1971 – 1978), New York Studio School, New York

  • Gallery Selections, Russell Bowman Fine Art, Chicago

  • 2004

    Ground – Field – Surface, Robert Miller Gallery, New York

  • 2003

    A Bend in the Road: Paintings and Works on Paper by Jake Berthot, Philip Guston, Pat Passlof, Milton Resnick, and Myron Stout, Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, Virginia

  • 2001

    The Stamp of Impulse: Abstract Expressionist Prints, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA (4/21 – 6/17/01); exhibition traveled to The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland (11/18/01 – 1/27/02); Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth (11/18 – 5/12/02); Mary and leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (1/16 – 3/16/03) (2001-2003)

  • Monet un die Moderne (Monet and Modernism), Kunsthalle, Munich (11/22/01 – 3/10/02); exhibition traveled to Fondation Beyeler, Basel/Riehen (3/22 – 7/30/02) (2001-2002)

  • A Winter Group of Artist Couples, Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York

  • 176th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York

  • 2000

    Excavating Abstract Expressionism, Auditorio de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2000-2001)

  • Nature: Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Contemporary Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton, PA

  • Painting Abstraction, New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, New York

  • New Work: Brenda Goodman, Duncan Martin, Milton Resnick, Joan Snyder, John Walker, Nielsen Gallery, Boston

Collections

  • Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio

  • Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, New Mexico

  • Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, Texas

  • Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, California

  • Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta, India

  • Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, Texas

  • Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York

  • Carlson Gallery, University of Bridgeport College of Fine Arts, Bridgeport, Connecticut

  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

  • College Union Collection, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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