Brunswick, 1928 - 2011

Pat Passlof

Pat Passlof was born in Georgia in 1928, and grew up in New York City. She studied at Queens College, and in 1948 attended summer school at Black Mountain College, where she studied with Willem de Kooning, Josef Albers and Merce Cunningham, among others. She continued to study privately with de Kooning after returning to New York, where de Kooning also introduced her to her future husband, fellow painter Milton Resnick. After earning a BFA degree at Cranbrook Academy in 1951, Passlof quickly established herself in the vital milieu of downtown New York Abstract Expressionist painters centered on Tenth Street, where she had a series of studios and took part in group exhibitions through the 1950s. By the end of the 60’s she was living and working in her converted...

learn more about this artist

Biography

Pat Passlof was born in Georgia in 1928, and grew up in New York City. She studied at Queens College, and in 1948 attended summer school at Black Mountain College, where she studied with Willem de Kooning, Josef Albers and Merce Cunningham, among others. She continued to study privately with de Kooning after returning to New York, where de Kooning also introduced her to her future husband, fellow painter Milton Resnick. After earning a BFA degree at Cranbrook Academy in 1951, Passlof quickly established herself in the vital milieu of downtown New York Abstract Expressionist painters centered on Tenth Street, where she had a series of studios and took part in group exhibitions through the 1950s. By the end of the 60’s she was living and working in her converted synagogue on Forsyth St as was her husband Milton Resnick in his synagogue on Eldridge Street now the location of The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation. Passlof continued living and painting in New York up until her death in 2011.

Artworks

14

untitled, 2001

Related Categories

20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / Abstract Expressionism / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / American Abstract Expressionism / American Art / Art after World War II / Art of the 1990s / Art of the 2000s / Artists of All Time / Dense Composition / Energy/Vitality / Linen / New York / Oil on Linen / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Short and Quick Brushstrokes / United States / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1951

    BFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

  • 1950

    Private study with Willem de Kooning, New York, NY (1948-1950)

  • 1948

    Black Mountain College, NC, study with: Josef Albers, Buckminster Fuller, M.C. Richards, Merce Cunningham, Willem de Kooning (Summer 1948)

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “Small Paintings 1999-2001,” Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Pat Passlof: The Brush Is The Finger of the Brain,” The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, New York, NY

  • “Pat Passlof: Fifty Years on Paper,” New York Studio School (through Jan. 2020)

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “Montauk Highway III: Postwar Abstraction in the Hamptons,” Eric Firestone Gallery East Hampton, New York

  • 2017

    “Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction”, Museum of Modern Art, NY

  • “Inventing Downtown: Artists-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965,” Grey Art Gallery, NYU, NYC

view full CV

Curriculum Vitae

The artist CV shows the details after 2000s.
To access the artist’s full CV, please click the download button at the end.

Education

  • 1951

    BFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

  • 1950

    Private study with Willem de Kooning, New York, NY (1948-1950)

  • 1948

    Black Mountain College, NC, study with: Josef Albers, Buckminster Fuller, M.C. Richards, Merce Cunningham, Willem de Kooning (Summer 1948)

  • Queens College, New York, NY, study towards BA (1946-1948)

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “Small Paintings 1999-2001,” Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

  • “Pat Passlof: The Brush Is The Finger of the Brain,” The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, New York, NY

  • “Pat Passlof: Fifty Years on Paper,” New York Studio School (through Jan. 2020)

  • 2014

    "Pat Passlof: Painting from the 1950s," Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2012

    "Pat Passlof: Selections 1948-2011," Black Mountain College Museum, Asheville, NC

  • "Pat Passlof: Selections 1948-2011," Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

  • 2011

    "Recent Paintings 2005 - 2011," Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2005

    Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NewYork, NY

  • 2002

    Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2001

    College of Staten Island/CUNY, Staten Island, NY

  • 2000

    Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “Montauk Highway III: Postwar Abstraction in the Hamptons,” Eric Firestone Gallery East Hampton, New York

  • 2017

    “Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction”, Museum of Modern Art, NY

  • “Inventing Downtown: Artists-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965,” Grey Art Gallery, NYU, NYC

  • 2012

    "To be a Lady: forty-five women in the arts," 1285 Avenue of the America Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Jason Andrew

  • 2011

    "Black Mountain College and Its Legacy," LorettaHoward Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Robert S. Mattison and Loretta Howard

  • "Color Study," Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC

  • 2009

    "Club Without Walls," Butler's Fine Art, East Hampton, NY

  • 2008

    "The Shape of Imagination: Women of Black Mountain Collage", Black Mountain Collage Museum & Art Center, Asheville, NC

  • 2006

    "Greetings From Balck Mountain College", curated by Robert Godfrey, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

  • "The 181st Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art", National Academy Museum, New York, NY

  • 2004

    "Ground - Field - Surface", Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2003

    "A Bend in the Road: Paintings and Works on Paper by JakeBerthot, Philip Guston, Bill Jensen, Pat Passlof, Milton Resnick, and Myron Stout", curated by Kathy and Jim Muehlemann, Maier Museum of Art, Randolph Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA

  • "Summer Color", Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2002

    "Black Mountain College, An American Adventure", curated by Vincent Katz, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

  • "Painting: A Passionate Response", curated by Michael Walls, The Painting Center, New York, NY

  • 2001

    "Artist Couples", Katherina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2000

    "Intuitive Abstract Painting", curated by Nancy Einreinhofer, Ben Shahn Galleries, William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ

  • "American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture", New York, NY

  • "Generation II: A Survey of Woman Artists at the Millennium", A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

Grants/Awards

  • 2006

    Edwin P. Palmer Memorial Prize, 181st Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum, New York, NY

  • 2000

    Award of Merit for Painting, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York

Collections

  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

  • Birla Museum, Calcutta, India

  • CIBA-Geigy Collection, Ardsley, NY

  • Collections for the State Department

  • Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC

  • Cranbrook Academy Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

  • Marquette University, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI

  • Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI

  • Roswell Museum, Roswell, NM

  • Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

Bibliography

  • 2012

    Frederick, Jeff, "Pat Passlof: Elizabeth Harris," Art In America, Feb

  • Marshall, Alli, "A Fearlessness About It: New Show Highlights BMC Alumna Pat Passlof's Bold Work," Mountainx.com, Jan

  • Gullow, Ursula, "Portrait of Passlof," Verve, Jan

  • 2011

    Peter, Frank, "Pat Passlof," The Huffington Post, Dec 16

  • Plagens, Peter, "Pat Passlof 'Recent Paintings 2005-2011", The Wall Street Journal, December 10-11

  • De Jong, Caleb, "Pat Passlof Recent Paintings 2005-2011", www.thoughtsthatcureradically.com, Nov 27

  • Cohen, David, "Integrity and Finesse: Pat Passlof 1928-2011," artcritical.com, Nov 15

  • 2005

    Cohen, David, "Pat Passlof," (Catalog)

  • Johnson, Ken, Art in Review", The New York Times, March 4

  • Maine, Stephen, "Pat Passlof at Elizabeth Harris",

  • Art in America, October, pp 176-7

  • LaRocco, Ben, "Art Seen", The Brooklyn Rail, March, p 17

  • Walentinini, Joseph, "New York Reviews", Abstract Art on Line, Feb. 15, pp 1-3

  • 2003

    Diehl, Carol, "Pat Passlof at Elizabeth Harris", Art in America, March, p125

  • Wilkin, Karen, "At the Galleries", Partisan Review, 1, Winter, pp 114-5Walentini, Joseph, "Pat Passlof, January Artist Profile", Abstract Art on Line, abartonline.com, January, pp 1-5

  • 2002

    "Pat Passlof, An Interview with Albert Depas", Creative Insight, Fall (Interview)

  • 2001

    Fressola, Michael J., "Escape to a Passlofian realm", Staten Island Advance, December 5

  • 2000

    Silverstein, Joel, "Pat Passlof at Elizabeth Harris Gallery", COVERMAG Feature Article, October 18

  • "Galleries-Chelsea, Pat Passlof", The New Yorker, September 25, p14

  • Walentini, Joseph, "Gallery Views/Chelsea, Pat Passlof", Abstract Art on Line, abartonline.com, September 15, pp 1-2

  • Youens, Rachel, "Pat Passlof", New York Arts, September, p 63

  • Wilkin, Karen, "Pat Passlof", Passlof, (catalogue), pp 3-7

  • Johnson, Ken, "Art in Review, Invitational", The New York Times, March 31, p E35

Writing

  • 2000

    "Painting", The Painters Series, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC, pp 7-8

Teaching

  • 1983

    College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, NY (1983-2010)

  • 1972

    Richmond College, CUNY, Staten Island, NY (1972-1983)