Robert C. Morgan
30 May - 27 June 2014
Galleria Il Ponte, in the cycle close up, presents in the lounge Syntax II, exhibition by Robert C. Morgan: series of works on canvas and paper in mixed media, made in 2006-2014, are shown.
While known to some as a writer and art critic, Robert C. Morgan has also maintained a career as an exhibiting artist for more than forty years. In 1970, he began painting abstract geometric shapes as a form of visual language while living in Santa Barbara, California. Conflating a Minimalist with a Constructivist approach to painting, Morgan rejected the large-scale format in favor of a modest scale that retained an architectural, often modular presence. While his metallic and graphite forms may reflect light, the burnt umber, ochre, and ultramarine absorbs it at the same moment. Upon moving to New York in 1989, he clarified his position as a Classical abstract painter in the Eastern sense, thinking of space as void (sunyata), and light as energy. Meaning is derived through syntax in which the modular shapes function equally together through form, light and the application of brushwork.
Robert C. Morgan has shown at the ICA in Boston (1972), Artists Space (NYC), 1976, 1977, The Whitney Museum of American Art, 1976, Anthology Film Archives (NYC), White Box, and the Film Millennium (NYC). His photographs, visual books, paintings, and installations have been shown at White Columns (NYC), CEPA (Buffalo, NY), Erik Stark Gallery (NYC), Galerie Antoine Candau (Paris), McKissick Museum of Art (North Carolina), Ulrich Museum (Wichita, Kansas), Memorial Art Gallery (Rochester, NY), International Artists Museum (Lodz, Poland), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), 49the Biennale di Venezia (1999), Gallery Yaki Kornblat (Amsterdam), and Galerie 1900-2000 (Paris).
In April–May 2009, Morgan was given a two-gallery retrospective at the Bjorn Ressle Gallery (New York) and Sideshow Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), and in 2010 a second solo exhibition at Sideshow. In 2011, he presented earlier paintings at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York. In 2012, he had a solo exhibition at Able Fine Art in Seoul, and in 2013, solo shows at Able Fine Art in New York, Creon, and the Rooster Gallery on the Lower East Side. This summer Morgan has a solo exhibition of recent small paintings and works on paper at the Galleria Il Ponte in Florence (Italy).
His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Artforum, Art News, Art in America, artcritical.com, and Art Monthly (Korea). In 1987-1988, he was granted an NEA - Rockefeller Fellowship as an artist and an Artist's Residency at the Clocktower, Institute of Urban Art and Resources (1988). His work is in many prominent collections.