Pat Passlof was born in Georgia in 1928 and grew up in New York City. In the summer of 1948 she studied painting with Willem de Kooning at Black Mountain College, and continued to study with him privately after they returned to New York. That fall, De Kooning introduced her to Milton Resnick. She and Resnick began to live together in the mid-1950s and married in 1962.

Her work, fully immersed in the Abstract Expressionist ethos, grew progressively lighter and more serendipitous over the years, as did her color sense. From 1984 until her death in 2011 she made both figurative work, often landscapes peopled with centaurs, nymphs and horses, and large abstractions derived from repeated patterns and marks.


1928   Born in Brunswick, GA, lived in New York City

2011   Died, New York City


Queens College, New York, NY

Black Mountain College, NC, studying under: Josef Albers, Buckminster Fuller, M.C. Richards, Merce Cunningham, and Willem de Kooning

Private study with Willem de Kooning, New York, NY

BFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI


College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, NY

Richmond College, CUNY, Staten Island, NY


2014 “Pat Passlof: paintings 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, New York, NY

2002 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

2001 College of Staten Island/CUNY, Staten Island, NY

2000 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

1998 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

1996 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

1993 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

1978 Landmark Gallery, New York, NY

1974 Landmark Gallery, New York, NY

1973 Forrest Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

1965 Feiner Gallery, New York, NY

1964 Feiner Gallery, New York, NY

1963 Globe Gallery, New York, NY

1962 Globe Gallery, New York, NY

1961 Green Gallery, New York, NY

1952 Circle Gallery, Detroit, MI


1959 March Gallery, New York, NY

1957 March Gallery, New York, NY


2017 “Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction,” MoMA, New York, NY. Organized by Starr Figura and Sarah Hermanson Meister with Hillary Reder

2017 “Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965,” Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Melissa Rachleff

2012-13 “To be a Lady: forty-five women in the arts,” 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, curated by Jason Andrew

2011 “Black Mountain College and Its Legacy,” Loretta Howard 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

2008-9 “The Shape of Imagination: Women of Black Mountain College,” Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center, Asheville, NC

2006 “Greetings From Black Mountain College,” Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, curated by Robert Godfrey

“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

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

“Summer Color,” Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

2002 “Black Mountain College, An American Adventure,” Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, curated by Vincent Katz

“Painting: A Passionate Response,” The Painting Center, New York, NY, curated by Michael Walls

2001 “Artist Couples,” Katherina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY

2000 “Intuitive Abstract Painting,” Ben Shahn Galleries, William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ, curated by Nancy Einreinhofer

“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

1999 Rivington Gallery, New York, NY

“Material Abstraction,” Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

1997-8 “Crossing the Threshold,” Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY, traveling exhibition curated by Bernice Steinbaum

1997 “American Academy Inivitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture,” American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY

1994 “Spellbound,” Blondies Contemporary Art, New York, NY

1993 “Figuration ’93,” 55 Mercer Street Gallery, New York, NY

1992 “Paths to Discovery – The New York School: Works on Paper from the 1950s and 1960’s,” Sidney Mishkin Gallery of Baruch College/CUNY, New York, NY

“Figure Variations,” Kathryn Sermas Gallery, New York, NY, December 1991-January 1992

1991 “Selection: The New York School: Works on Paper from the 1950’s and 1960s,” Elston Fine Arts, New York, NY

“The Nude: Drawings by New York School Artists circa 1930-1950,” Twining Gallery, New York, NY

1989 Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

1987 “New York-Beijing,” Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA, traveling to Hong Kong Arts Festival, Shanghai Art Museum and Beijing Art Museum

1986 “Art from the City University of New York: Approaches to Abstraction,” Shanghai, China

“Portraits,” Sorkin Gallery, New York, NY

1985 “Naked Paint,” Newhouse Gallery, Snug Harbor, NY

“Survival of the Fittest,” Ingber Gallery, New York, NY

“The Gathering of the Avant-Garde: The Lower East Side 1950-1970,” Kenkeleba House Gallery, New York, NY

1984 -6“Synergy Artists,” Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY, traveling exhibition

1983“Paint as Image,” Ben Shahn Galleries, The William Patterson College of New Jersey, Patterson, NJ

“Abstract Painting 1960-1969,” P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY, curated by Richard Bellamy

“Paint as Image,” Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, NY

1982 “Print Show,” Ingber Gallery, New York, NY

“Artists’ Choice,” Gruenebaum Gallery, New York, NY

1976 “Works On Paper,” Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY, 1976-77

“Works On Paper,” Wichita Falls Museum, Wichita, KS

“Four Painters: Oversize Paintings,” University Art Gallery, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY

1975 “Color, Light and Image – An International Invitational,” Interart Center, New York, NY, 1975-6

“Works On Paper,” Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

1974 “Works On Paper,” Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ

“Works by Women,” Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC; travelled to Kresge Art Center Gallery, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

1970 Roswell Museum, Roswell, NM

1961 Gallery Group Show, Green Gallery, New York, NY

1960 Reuben Gallery, New York, NY