MIlton Resnick
A Selection: 1975-1987

Exhibition dates: February 2 to August 2, 2019

The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation presents a selection of Resnick paintings from the Foundation’s collection. Installed on the second floor of the building, where the artist maintained a studio for many years, this exhibition showcases dense and subtle works from the 1970s and 1980s.

Milton Resnick (1917-2004) was born in Bratslav, Ukraine, and immigrated to the United States with his family 1922. He attended Pratt Institute, and graduated from the American Artists School in 1937. After serving in World War II, Resnick returned to New York, where he became a member of the first generation of American Abstract Expressionists. His practice eventually expanded beyond traditional notions of the genre. His exploration of paint’s materiality led him to make monumental, heavily impastoed canvases that give the impression of allover monochromatic fields, though they are in fact comprised of myriad hues. In the last years of his life, Resnick made another transition: painting visionary figurative works on a much more intimate scale. 

Resnick’s work is represented in many American and international collections, including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio; the National Gallery, Ottawa, Canada; the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia; the Malmö Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas, among many others. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Cheim & Read, New York (2018), Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York (2018), and group shows at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2018) and the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo (2018).