Thomas Nozkowski
The Revolutionary painting
Josée-Britanie Mallet + Claire Schofield, June 28, 2010
Thomas Nozkowski /Sans titre (7-53), 1994_PaceWildenstein, New York
Thomas Nozkowski /Sans titre (7-53), 1994_PaceWildenstein, New York

Thomas Nozkowski (b. 1944, Teaneck, New Jersey) received a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union Art School in New York City in 1967. The artist, who is known for his small-scale abstract paintings, began exhibiting in group shows in 1973, and made his solo debut in 1979. By 1982, the Museum of Modern Art, New York had acquired a painting from an early one-person exhibition for their permanent collection. To date, Nozkowski’s paintings have been featured in more than 300 museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide, including nearly 70 solo exhibitions.

Apart from this solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, other significant shows have included Thomas Nozkowski: Paintings, a survey from 1979 through 2003, at the Fisher Landau Center (2008); Thomas Nozkowski: Subject to Change at the Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany (2007); Thomas Nozkowski: Drawings, a retrospective of the artist’s works on paper, organized by the New York Studio School (2003); and Thomas Nozkowski: Twenty-Four Paintings, at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., which traveled to The Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Kansas through 1998. In 2007, Nozkowski’s works were included in Robert Storr’s exhibition at the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind – Art in the Present Tense.

Thomas Nozkowski /Sans titre (8-55), 2003_PaceWildenstein, New York
Thomas Nozkowski /Sans titre (8-55), 2003_PaceWildenstein, New York
Thomas Nozkowski has received numerous accolades throughout his career. Most recently, in 2007, the artist was invited to become a member of the National Academy of Design.  Nozkowski has been honored with four awards from The American Academy of Arts and Letters: the Merit Medal for Painting (2006), the Award in Painting (1999) and the Purchase Prize (1998, 1999).  The artist has also received a number of prestigious fellowships and grants, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1993); the New York State Foundation for the Arts fellowship Award (1989), the New York State Creative Artists Public Service Grant (1985) and the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant (1984).

Nozkowski has lectured at institutions across the United States including Columbia University School of the Arts (1996), the American University Graduate School of the Arts, Washington D.C. (1997), and the Cooper Union Art School, New York (1997).  In 2003, he became a Professor of Fine Art at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University. Nozkowski is currently the Bob and Happy Doran Visiting Artist at the Yale University Art Gallery.

Thomas Nozkowski /Sans titre (8-88), 2007_Kerry Ryan McFate- PaceWildenstein, New York
Thomas Nozkowski /Sans titre (8-88), 2007_Kerry Ryan McFate- PaceWildenstein, New York
Nozkowski’s work can be found in numerous collections worldwide, including the Brooklyn Museum; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland; The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Morgan Library and Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The New York Public Library, New York; The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others.

Thomas Nozkowski joined PaceWildenstein in 2007 and made his solo debut at the gallery one year later with an exhibition of approximately 40 recent paintings created between 2006 and 2008. Thomas Nozkowski lives and works in New York City and High Falls, New York.

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