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Luise Ross Gallery

Since 1960 Robert Birmelin has observed, worked, and exhibited his provocative paintings and drawings in New York City.

In the end of certainty, Birmelin's scenes feel specific yet carry a universal unease. The confusion and chaos of protests and uprisings, as well as the plight and disappearance of blue-collar work, provide his subject matter. The tension that exists between those who act and those who watch from afar is palpable. Birmelin is depicting people, caught in a tide of change they are incapable of riding and helpless to prevent. These changes ensnare us all.

Grounded in basic, but very real fear of a world rendered strange, nothing is a given, and there is no higher power to protect us. While Birmelin's paintings do at times imply that there is someone in control, this thought is not reassuring.

The end of certainty indeed.

This is Robert Birmelin's third exhibition at Luise Ross Gallery.

Please visit Robert Birmelin's artist page to view more images

Additional images are available on request


The Cooper Union Art School
BFA, Yale University Art School
MFA, Yale University Art School
University of London, Slade School of Art

Selected Scholarships and Grants

The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Yale Norfolk Summer Art School
U.S. Government Grant (Fulbright) for study in the United Kingdom
The American Academy in Rome
National Institute of Arts and Letters
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
1976, '82, '90
National Endowment for the Arts
1980, '88, '98, 2006
New Jersey Council for the Arts
The Joan Mitchell Foundation

Selected Awards

Henry G. Schiedt Memorial Prize for Painting, Pennsylvania Academy
1971, '76, '80
Childe Hassam Fund Purchase Awards, American Institute of Arts and Letters
Carnegie Prize for Painting, National Academy of Design
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island College
Benjamin Altman Prize for Landscape Painting, National Academy of Design

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

2016, '06, '99
Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
Von Stechow Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
2003, '00, '97
Peter Findlay Gallery, New York, NY
Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA
Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Jaffe-Friede & Strauss Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ (retrospective)
Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, Flushing, NY
Radix Gallery, New York, NY
1995, '93
Contemporary Realists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ralph Greene Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Jaffe Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
Galerie Mara, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1990, '88
Claude Bernard Gallery, New York, NY
A.M. Rosenthal Fine Arts Ltd., Chicago, IL
Marsh Gallery, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
The Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair, NJ
1986, '84
Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
1985, '82
Fendrick Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, France
1981, '80
Odyssia Gallery, New York, NY
Walker Art Museum, Bowdoin College, Bowdoin, ME
1979, '77
Capricorn Gallery, Bethesda, MD
Anapamu Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
1975, '72, '70
Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York, NY
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
1973, '71, '68
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
1967, '64, '60
Stable Gallery, New York, NY
1966, '64, '60
Kanegis Galery, Boston, MA
SIS Gallery, Milan, Italy
Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Selected Public Collections

Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College of CUNY, Queens, NY
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagoaka, Japan
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase, NY
The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
New York Public Library, New York, NY
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
University of Massachusetts Art Collection, Amherst, MA
University of Nebraska Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE
University of North Carolina Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

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