Russell Crotty

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    Installation photograph of Drawing on Space at fa projects, London middle:: Oliver Zwink, Square, 2002 foreground: Russell Crotty, Badlands Radio, 2002 background: Russell Crotty, NGC 6960 The Veil Nebula in Cygnus, 2000 Photo: Steve White

Russell Crotty (b. 1956, San Rafael, California) lives in Ojai, California and works in Ventura, California. He studied at University of California Irvine and San Francisco Art Institute. Known for paper-coated suspended globes and large-scale books containing a fervent network of ballpoint pen lines and color washes, Crotty’s vast body of work challenges the definition of drawing, pushing the genre towards minimal sculptural installation. Although often reflective of a ravished and diminishing natural world, installations of the work create a decidedly calm and optimistic spacial experience. Selected career highlights include: Embassy of the United States, Beijing, China; ART in Embassies Program, U.S. Dept. of State (2008); and Visual Arts Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts (1991). Selected exhibitions include: Art=Text=Art: Private Languages / Public Systems, (Sally and Wynn Kramarsky Collection), UB Anderson Gallery, University at Buffalo, NY; traveling exhibition (2014); Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2013); Revealed: Turner Contemporary Opens, Turner Contemporary, Margate, England (2011); Aligned with the Coast, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris (2011); Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY: traveling exhibition (2009); and Drawing on Space, Drawing Room, London (2002). Crotty has work in many collections, including: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Miami; and High Museum of Art, Atlanta. He is represented by: Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA; CRG Gallery, New York, NY; Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, France; and Michel Soskine, Madrid, Spain.

Last updated: 02.10.2014