Santa Monica, b.1956

John Zurier

John Zurier’s paintings of atmospheric color fields examine qualities of evanescent light as well as solid radiance. Offering nuanced examples of the medium’s possibilities, Zurier pares down painting to the essentials with a sensory and allusive richness embedded in their asperity. The structural vocabularies and limited palette emphasize the beauty inherent in nature without reference to landscape. This subtle beauty is apparent in the subdued visual incidents of delicate inconsistencies in the executions of lines, marks, hues, and margins while demonstrating a deliberate emphasis on the wholeness of chromatic surface.

John Zurier was born in Santa Monica, CA in 1956, and lives in Berkeley, CA and Reykjavík, Iceland. He received his MFA in painting from the University of California, Berkeley (1984). Selected museum exhibitions include: UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley,...

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Biography

John Zurier’s paintings of atmospheric color fields examine qualities of evanescent light as well as solid radiance. Offering nuanced examples of the medium’s possibilities, Zurier pares down painting to the essentials with a sensory and allusive richness embedded in their asperity. The structural vocabularies and limited palette emphasize the beauty inherent in nature without reference to landscape. This subtle beauty is apparent in the subdued visual incidents of delicate inconsistencies in the executions of lines, marks, hues, and margins while demonstrating a deliberate emphasis on the wholeness of chromatic surface.

John Zurier was born in Santa Monica, CA in 1956, and lives in Berkeley, CA and Reykjavík, Iceland. He received his MFA in painting from the University of California, Berkeley (1984). Selected museum exhibitions include: UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (2018 and 2014); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2017); New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM (2016); Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, ME (2015). He has also exhibited at the 30th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2012); California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, CA (2010); 7th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2008); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, England (2003); and the Whitney Biennial, NY (2002). In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Artworks

12

Hundasúra, 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / American Art / Art of the 2010s / Berkeley / Color Field Abstraction / Color Field Painting / Contemporary American Art / Gentle and Smooth Brushstrokes / Iceland / Inspired by Nature / Linen / Lyrical Expression / Oil on Linen / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Praise for Nature / Reykjavík / United States

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1984

    MFA, Painting, University of California at Berkeley

  • 1979

    BA, Landscape Architecture, University of California at Berkeley

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    North from Here, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

  • Places and Things, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2018

    Etchings and Monotypes, Borch Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    George's First Print Show, George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Blå (Blue), BORCHs Butik, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Black & White, Crown Point Press Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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Education

  • 1984

    MFA, Painting, University of California at Berkeley

  • 1979

    BA, Landscape Architecture, University of California at Berkeley

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    North from Here, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

  • Places and Things, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2018

    Etchings and Monotypes, Borch Gallery, Berlin, Germany

  • A Mind of Winter, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany

  • Sometimes (Over me the mountain), BERG Contemporary, Reykjavík, Iceland

  • 2017

    Stars Without Distance, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

  • At the very end of the blue sky, The Club, Tokyo, Japan

  • John Zurier, Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger, Norway

  • Dust and Troubled Air, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • 2016

    The Last Summer Light, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium

  • John Zurier: Summer Book, Niels Borch Jensen, Berlin, Germany

  • John Zurier and Friends, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA

  • Recent Watercolors, Lawrence Markey, San Antonio, Texas

  • East, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany

  • 2015

    John Zurier: Watercolors, Galleri Gangur (The Corridor), Reykjavik, Iceland

  • Between North and Night, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden

  • West of the Future, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2014

    John Zurier: Matrix 255, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

  • Recent Paintings, Lawrence Markey, San Antonio, TX

  • 2013

    Knowledge is a blue naiveté, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany

  • A spring a thousand years ago, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

  • John Zurier: Watercolors, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

  • John Zurier, Peter Blum Gallery, ADAA Art Show, New York, NY

  • 2012

    John Zurier: Paintings, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke-Heist, Belgium

  • John Zurier Paintings 1998-2012, The 30th Sao Paulo Biennial: The Imminence of Poetics, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • 2011

    John Zurier: Paintings and Watercolors, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

  • 2010

    John Zurier: White Paintings and Night Paintings, Peter Blum Chelsea, New York, NY

  • Nordic Paintings, Galería Javier López, Madrid, Spain

  • 2009

    John Zurier / John Beech, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

  • 2008

    John Zurier: Night Paintings, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2007

    John Zurier: Paintings, Galería Javier López, Madrid, Spain

  • John Zurier: Paintings, Peter Blum SoHo, New York, NY

  • 2005

    John Zurier: New Paintings, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

  • John Zurier: New Paintings, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2003

    John Zurier, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

  • John Zurier: Oblaka, Peer, London, UK

  • 2002

    Broken Fragments: New Monotypes on Linen and Paper, Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA

  • 2001

    John Zurier, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

  • John Zurier, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

  • 2000

    John Zurier: Paintings 1997-1999, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA (catalogue with interview with Lawrence Rinder)

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    George's First Print Show, George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Blå (Blue), BORCHs Butik, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Black & White, Crown Point Press Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Kind of Blue – Winter Exhibition, Crown Point Press Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • In Series: Contemporary Drawings from the Collection, SF MOMA, San Francisco, CA

  • 2017

    #currentmood, Berg Contemporary, Reykjavik, Iceland

  • SottoPelle (under the skin), Galleria Annarumma, Naples, Italy

  • THE STAND, P! Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2016

    Traces of Water, Hafnarbjörg, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

  • Be With Me, a Small Exhibition of Large Painting, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

  • Once we were next door neighbours, Hreinn Fridfinnsson and John Zurier, Listasafn ASI, Reykjavik, Iceland

  • 2015

    A Studio in Iceland, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Paper Trail: Contemporary Prints, Drawings, and Photographs from the Collection, Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

  • 2012

    30th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil

  • Heat Waves, Peter Blum Chelsea, New York, NY

  • Drawing a Line in the Sand, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2011

    El Genet Blau (The Blue Rider), JiM Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain

  • Life of the World to Come: Twist and Shout, NIAD Gallery, Richmond, CA

  • 2010

    Black and White, Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, NY

  • California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

  • Le Tableau, Cheim and Read Gallery, New York, NY

  • Jack Davidson, Laurie Reid, John Zurier, Pulliam Gallery, Portland, OR

  • Rare and Unreleased, NIAD Gallery, Richmond, CA

  • 2009

    Diminuendo & Crescendo: Small Works Exhibition, San Francisco Studio School Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Galaxy: A Hundred or So Stars Visible to the Naked Eye, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

  • TRANSformal, Pharmaka, Los Angeles, CA

  • Luminous Room, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

  • Evergreen: Green Paintings, George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Trans: Form/Color, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Monochrome, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

  • 2008

    Pintura Abstracta, Galeria Javier López, Madrid, Spain

  • Surface and Substance, San Francisco Studio School Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • To Be Looked At, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

  • To: Night, Times Square Gallery, Hunter College Art Galleries, New York, NY, in conjunction with “Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

  • Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea

  • 2007

    X-Tra:Kunstler der Galerie, Galerie Clause Smerak, Munich, Germany

  • CCA: 100 Years of the Making, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

  • Color/Construction: John Zurier / Tomas Vinson, Wade Wilson Art, Houston, TX

  • Contemporary Art: Gifts from the Alex Katz Foundation, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, MA

  • Selections from the Concrete, H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery, El Centro College, Dallas, TX

  • 2006

    The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

  • Line and Surface: Works on Paper, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

  • Some Light, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA Introduction, Wade Wilson Art, Houston, TX

  • 2005

    A Motion Picture: Videos by 18 Artists, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

  • Bay Area Bazaar, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR

  • 2004

    Specific Light, Eugene Binder Gallery, Marfa, TX

  • Array, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

  • Turning Corners, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA Gallery Artists, Chac Mool Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2003

    Exodus: Between Promise and Fulfillment, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK

  • Paintings, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2002

    John Zurier, Robert Ryman, Joseph Marioni: Painting, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

  • Painted Color, Chac Mool Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • Whitney Biennial 2002, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

  • XXL, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

  • 2001

    Prints, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

  • Minimalism: Then and Now, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

  • Selected Artists, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

Grants & Awards

  • 2019

    Honoree at the Hirshhorn New York Gala Artist x Artist

  • 2010

    John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

Collections

  • Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

  • Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

  • de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

  • Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME

  • Microsoft Corporation Art Collection, Redmond, WA

  • Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

  • Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

  • University of California, San Francisco Art Collection, San Francisco, CA

Publications

  • 2015

    John Zurier Paintings: 1981-2014. New York, NY: Peter Blum Edition, 2015.

  • 2012

    São Paulo Bienal – The Imminence of Poetics, (catalog), Luis Pérez-Oramas, Tobi Maier, André Severo, Isabela Villanueva

  • 2011

    Repeat After Me_Poems by Bill Berkson, Watercolors by John Zurier. Published by Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

  • 2010

    2010 California Biennial : Orange County Museum of Art, (catalog) Sarah C. Bancroft

  • 2008

    To: Night (Contemporary Representations of the Night) (catalog), curated by Joachim Pissarro, Mara Hoberman, Julia Moreno

  • The 7th Gwangju Biennial: 2008 Annual Report (catalog), curated by Okwui Enwezor, et al.

  • John Zurier Night Paintings: 2007-2008 (catalog), Larry Becker Contemporary Art Philadelphia, PA

  • 2005

    John Zurier: New Paintings 2005. San Francisco, CA: Gallery Paule Anglim, 2005. (exhibition catalogue)

  • 2003

    EXODUS: Between Promise and Fulfillment. Essay by Anthony Downey. Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge: Cambridge, England, 2003. (exhibition catalogue)

  • 2002

    Rinder, Lawrence, et. al. Whitney Biennial 2002. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2002. (exhibition catalogue)

  • 2000

    John Zurier Paintings 1997-1999. Interview with Lawrence Rinder. San Francisco, CA: Gallery Paule Anglim, 2000. (exhibition catalogue)

Bibliography

  • 2019

    Lindman, Erik. "Zohn Zurier with Erik Lindman," The Brooklyn Rail, October 2

  • 2018

    Horne, Stephen. “The Personality of Abstraction,” Border Crossings, September/October Issue 2018

  • Sauer, Jennifer. “Light & Memory: An Interview with John Zurier,” ArtDependence Magazine (online), May 3, 2018

  • Stopa, Jason. “Ambiguity as Strength: A Conversation with John Zurier,” Art in America (online), April 5, 2018

  • Westfall, Stephen. “Slow Painting”, Art in America, February 2018

  • 2017

    Cohen, David, moderator. “The Review Panel,” artcritical.com, episode 87, November 16, 2017

  • Smith, Roberta. “Weekend Arts | Galleries,” The New York Times, October 27, 2017

  • Pobric, Pac. “Private View,” The Art Newspaper, October 1

  • Kotz, Genevieve. “NYC Gallery Scene – Highlights Through October 1, 2017,” Hampton Arts Hub, September 26

  • Cascone, Sarah. “Editors’ Picks: 16 Things to See in New York This Week,” Artnet, September 25

  • Sunnana, Arnhild. “John Zurier – en kunstner vi vil se mer av!” Contemporary Art Stavanger, April 4

  • Borgen, Trond. “Colour as Optical Sponge,” Stavanger Aftenblad, April 18

  • Roth, David M. “John Zurier @ Anglim Gilbert,” Square Cylinder, May 31

  • “Við vorum einu sinni nágrannar - John Zurier og Hreinn Friðfinnsson,” art*zine, June 27

  • 2016

    “Fjölbreytt myndlistar- og hönnunardagskrá á Listahátíð í Reykjavík,” Listahátíð 2016, May 9

  • Chan, Dawn. “Land of Plenty: Reykjavik,” Artforum, June 5

  • Jóhannsdóttir, Anna. “Af góðum grönnum,” Morgunblaðið, June 23

  • “Datebook: John Zurier’s New Exhibition at Crown Point Press Gallery,” Blouin ArtInfo, September 6

  • Brown, Kathan. “John Zurier,” Overview, Fall

  • Jadrnak, Jackie. “Enchanting Art,” Journal North, October 21

  • 2015

    Sultan, Altoon. “John Zurier: Poetic Reticence,” Studio and Garden, February 24

  • Ray, Eleanor. “John Zurier,” The Brooklyn Rail, March 5

  • “John Zurier,” The New Yorker, March 9

  • Robinson, Emil. “A Vessel Filling Slowly,” ÆQAI, March 24

  • Bergman, Jeff. “Painting Lives! Zurier, Frecon and Nozkowski,” Atlas: Art News & Reviews & Interviews, April 9

  • Ebony, David. “John Zurier,” Art in America, May 12

  • Rhodes, David. “’Correspondances’: Evocations of Real World Experience in the Paintings of John Zurier,” artcritical.com, March 12

  • “Here are the Nominees for the 2014 AICA Awards,” ArtNews, February 27

  • 2014

    Bennett, Steve. “Lights, colors of Iceland inform artist’s work,” San Antonio Express News, April 13

  • Castro, Laslie Moody. “John Zurier at Lawrence Markey,” ArtForum, April 21

  • Mangini, Elizabeth. “John Zurier: MATRIX 255,” Caa.reviews, June 4

  • Tedford, Matthew Harrison. “John Zurier on Iceland, Light, and Landscape,” KQED Arts, October 6

  • Baker, Kenneth. “Art reviews: John Zurier in Berkeley,” San Francisco Chronicle, October 21

  • Baker, Kenneth. “Art review: John Zurier in Berkeley, Jurgen Trautwein in S.F.,” SF Gate, October 31

  • Howard, Rachel. “Painter John Zurier stirs memories with color, light,” SFGate, December 10

  • Golden, Alisa. “For the Love of Painting, Texture, Light, and Place: John Zurier,” Making Handmade Books, December 23

  • 2013

    Seed, John, “Once I get there, I Know Where I am,” The Huffington Post, July 26

  • Schjeldahl, Peter, “Goings on About Town: Art, John Zurier,” The New Yorker, June 24

  • Maine, Stephen, “One Foot In The Sublime: John Zurier at Peter Blum,” ArtCritical, May 26

  • “John Zurier at Peter Blum,” NY Arts, May 1

  • Ebony, David, “The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows You Won’t Want to Miss,” May 9

  • Baker, Kenneth, “John Zurier: Watercolors,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 20

  • Johnson, Ken, “Going Solo Has Its Day, in a Hodgepodge of Styles, Art Dealers Association Show at Park Avenue Armory,” New York Times, March 7

  • Sultan, Altoon. “Atmosphere and Touch: The Paintings of John Zurier,” Studio and Garden, May 19

  • 2012

    Fer, Briony, “The 30th Sao Paulo Bienal,” Artforum, December

  • “Top 10 from the Sao Paulo Bienal,” Art in America, September 25 (online)

  • 2011

    Baker, Kenneth, “John Zurier, Paintings and Watercolors,” San Francisco Chronicle, October 22

  • Knight, Christopher, “California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art,” Los Angeles Times, Jan 6

  • 2010

    Harvey, Doug,“Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Biennial?” LA Weekly, Nov 18

  • Wilson, Michael, “Le Tableau,” Time Out New York / Issue 777 : Aug 19–25

  • Morgan, Robert C., “Le Tableau at Cheim and Read,” Artcritical.com, July 23

  • Smith, Roberta, “Le Tableau: French Abstraction and Its Affinities,” The New York Times, July 2

  • 2009

    Baker, Kenneth, “Abstracts Commingle Well at Meridian,” San Francisco Chronicle, November 28

  • Feldman, Melissa, “John Zurier, Gallery Paule Anglim,” Frieze, Issue 125, September

  • Fazzolari, Bruno, “John Zurier & John Beech,” Stretcher Reviews, San Francisco, CA

  • 2008

    Newhall, Edith. “A Larry Becker Show Hail the Hue,” The Philadelphia Enquirer, July 25

  • Newhall, Edith. “Night Paintings,” The Philadelphia Enquirer, March 20

  • 2007

    Smith, Roberta. “John Zurier: Paintings”, The New York Times, May 18

  • Baker, Kenneth. “Good, Bad, Ugly at Langton,” San Francisco Chronicle, February 17

  • 2005

    Baker, Kenneth. “Zurier at Anglim,” San Francisco Chronicle, June 18

  • Fyfe, Joe. “John Zurier at Larry Becker,” Art in America, November

  • Jayavant, Prajakti. “John Zurier, New Paintings at Gallery Paule Anglim,” Stretcher.org

  • Newhall, Edith. “Paint in a Bottle,” The Philadelphia Enquirer, April 15

  • 2003

    Baker, Kenneth. “Zurier’s Quiet Brush,” San Francisco Chronicle, October 25

  • Searle, Adrian. “Lost in Space,” The Guardian UK, July 15

  • 2002

    Aronowitz, Al. “Column Seventy”, The Blacklisted Journalist, April 1

  • Baker, Kenneth. “The Possibility of an Image,” San Francisco Chronicle, December 22

  • Moutot, Michel. “La Biennale du Whitney Museum descend dans Central Park”, Agence France-Presse, March 9

  • Princenthal, Nancy. “Whither the Whitney Biennial”, Art in America, June

  • Saltz, Jerry. “American Bland Stand,” Village Voice, March 7

  • Smith, Roberta.“Bad News for Art at the Whitney Biennial,” The New York Times, March 31

  • Sozanski, Edward. “Three Painters,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 1

  • Vicente, Mercedes. “La Biennal de Whitney,” La Vanguardia, March 7

  • Searle, Adrian. “Lost in Space,” The Guardian UK, July 15

  • 2001

    Baker, Kenneth. “Louise Fishman/John Zurier,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 14

  • Hamlin, Jesse. “John Zurier Captures Joy in Fields of Color,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 4

  • 2000

    Baker, Kenneth. “Painting’s Move Toward the Vanishing Point,” San Francisco Chronicle, January 8

  • Bonetti, David. “John Zurier’s New Work at Gallery Paule Anglim,” San Francisco Examiner, January 12

Teaching

  • 2006

    Distinguished Professor, California College of the Arts (2006 - Present)