New York, b.1949

Suzanne Caporael

Suzanne Caporael was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1949. Her work derives from close observation of the natural world and the attempts—scientific and cultural—to define and control it. Observation coupled with research has resulted in groups of paintings related to trees, chemical elements, water, ice, time and place memory.

As noted in The New York Times, “Caporael’s paintings are a curious mix of the aesthetic and the conceptual...the paintings are sensuous and lyrical as well as rigorously formal.” Caporael continues to create paintings that both display and invoke a discipline of thought. The artist earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA. She had her first show at thirty-five, when then Director Paul Schimmel debuted her work at the Newport Harbor Art Museum...

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Biography

Suzanne Caporael was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1949. Her work derives from close observation of the natural world and the attempts—scientific and cultural—to define and control it. Observation coupled with research has resulted in groups of paintings related to trees, chemical elements, water, ice, time and place memory.

As noted in The New York Times, “Caporael’s paintings are a curious mix of the aesthetic and the conceptual...the paintings are sensuous and lyrical as well as rigorously formal.” Caporael continues to create paintings that both display and invoke a discipline of thought. The artist earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA. She had her first show at thirty-five, when then Director Paul Schimmel debuted her work at the Newport Harbor Art Museum (now the Orange County Museum of Art). She was awarded a National Endowment grant in painting in 1986, and has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2009 she was a guest artist-in-residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. The artist’s prints are published in collaboration with Tandem Press, Madison, WI.

Her work is represented in many major museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; the Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, among others.

Suzanne Caporael lives and works in Lakeville, CT with her husband, novelist Bruce Murkoff.

Artworks

20

751 (pour), 2018

Related Categories

20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / American Art / Art of the 1980s / Art of the 1990s / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Broad Brushstrokes / Color and Form / Contemporary American Art / Daily Life Experience / Everyday Objects / Geometric Abstraction / Lakeville / Linen / Lyrical Expression / New York / Oil on Linen / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Perception / Restrained Expression / Sensory Experience / Smooth and Flat Surface / Surrounding Environment / United States / View/Viewed / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1979

    MFA, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, CA

  • 1977

    BFA, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, CA

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    "Suzanne Caporael," Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2017

    “What Follows Here,” Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY

  • 2015

    “The Landscape,” Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    “Known: Unknown,“ New York Studio School, New York, NY 

  • “Belief in Giants,” Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY 

  • 2017

    “SITE/SIGHT,” Cross Contemporary Art, Saugerties, NY, curated by Ellen Kozak 

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Education

  • 1979

    MFA, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, CA

  • 1977

    BFA, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, CA

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    "Suzanne Caporael," Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2017

    “What Follows Here,” Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY

  • 2015

    “The Landscape,” Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY

  • 2014

    “Suzanne Caporael: Recent Paintings,” Peters Project, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2013

    “Enough is Plenty,” Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY       

  • 2012

    “Seeing Things,” Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY 

  • 2010

    “The Memory Store,” Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY  

  • 2008

    “Going,” Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2007

    “Roadwork,” Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2006

    “Time,” Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2005

    “Reading Time,” Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY and St. Louis, MO

  • “Works on Paper,” Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

  • “A Decade,” Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MI

  • 2004

    “Tide Waters,” Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • “Estuaries,” Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

  • 2003

    “Littoral Drift,” Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY 

  • “Recent Prints,” Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C. 

  • 2001

    “Turnagain Arm and Other Cold Places,” Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2000

    “Melt: New Paintings,” Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    “Known: Unknown,“ New York Studio School, New York, NY 

  • “Belief in Giants,” Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY 

  • 2017

    “SITE/SIGHT,” Cross Contemporary Art, Saugerties, NY, curated by Ellen Kozak 

  • “The Times,” The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY 

  • “Oklahoma and Beyond: Selections from the George R. Kravis II Collection,” Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, Stillwater, OK

  • 2016

    “Beyond Likeness: Mapping the Self,” Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI 

  • “The Other: Nurturing a New Ecology in Printmaking,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL 

  • 2015

    “Celebrating the Spectrum: Highlights from the Anderson Collection,” de Young Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

  • 2014

    “Color Rhythms,” Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM 

  • 2011

    “(Un)Natural Histories,” Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

  • 2010

    International Exhibition of Visual Arts, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

  • 2008

    “People and Places,” Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO 

  • “New Prints: Spring 2008,” International Print Center New York, NY 

  • “Less is More,” 511 Gallery, New York, NY 

  • 2007

    “Empty Nest: The Changing Face of Childhood in Art, 1880 to the Present,” Nathan A. Bernstein & Co, New York, NY, curated by Lowell Pettit

  • 2006

    “Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art,” Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

  • 2005

    “New Art New York: Reflections on the Human Condition,” Trierenberg Holding Inc., Traun, Austria 

  • 2003

    “Pressure Points,” The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX

  • “Components,” Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

  • 2002

    “Linger,” Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY 

  • “Plotting: A Survey Exhibition of Artists’ Studies,” Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL 

  • 2001

    “On Language: Text and Beyond,” Center Galleries, Detroit, MI

  • 2000

    “Identities: Contemporary Portraiture,” Palmer Gallery, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ 

  • “Watch,” Bona Fide Gallery, Chicago, IL 

  • “Ellsworth Kelly and Suzanne Caporael,” Graystone Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA 

Grants & Awards

  • 1986

    National Endowment for the Arts Painting Grant

Collections

  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

  • Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA 

  • Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI 

  • Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI 

  • Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 

  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA 

  • Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI 

  • Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 

  • Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA 

Bibliography

  • Artner, Alan G. “Attached to Ideas of Ice.” Chicago Tribune 20 Apr. 2001.

  • Artner, Alan G. “Paintings Start With Tree Rings.” Chicago Tribune 4 Mar. 1993.

  • Artner, Alan  G. “Suzanne Caporael.”  Chicago Tribune 12 May 2006.

  • Artner, Alan  G. “Suzanne Caporael.”  Chicago Tribune 8 Feb. 1991.

  • Artner, Alan G. “The Art of Making Objects About Painting.” Chicago Tribune 5 May 1988.

  • Artner, Alan G. “Works’ Beauty Is in Their Simplicity and Deceptiveness: Suzanne Caporael.” Chicago Tribune 17 Oct. 2008.

  • Baker, Kenneth. “Abstracts With a Hint of Nature.” San Francisco Chronicle 16 Apr. 1996.

  • Baker,  Kenneth. “Galleries.”  San Francisco Chronicle 27 May 1987.

  • Baker, Kenneth. “Nine Artists on the Loose in Los Angeles.” San Francisco Chronicle 18 Jul. 1985.

  • Baker, Kenneth. “Suzanne Caporael at the Wirtz Gallery.” San Francisco Chronicle 26 May 1992.