Past Exhibition

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Rob Pruitt’s 50th Birthday Bash

Greenwich May 8th to September 30th, 2015

Rob Pruitt’s 50th Birthday Bash on view at The Brant Foundation from May 8, 2015 – September 30, 2015.

“I’m having a show at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center – and it’s my 50th birthday! I feel a certain warmth at the thought of these two events coinciding this May. The invitation to show my work in the beautiful converted barn on The Brant Foundation property is so appealing to me as I’ve admired Peter’s collecting since my days as a wee art handler at the Sonnabend Gallery where I remember Peter coming into look at the latest Koonses. Since then, his collection has grown to include the work of friends whom I admire greatly, and I’ve been happy and proud to be able to say that some of my own works have entered that company… But I digress. What I really want to say is that I’m excited by the opportunity to present my work in a space that is not another anonymous white cube. One might look through the Study Center’s windows and see the family’s horses in the surrounding fields. Just across the street sits a house where Brant kids do homework and holidays are celebrated. It’s not a typical institution but a thoughtful succession of rooms with a palpable connection to a real family. These rooms have already begun to develop their own legacy through the shows that have come before me, and they reflect the connoisseurship of a family I’ve grown quite fond of.” – Rob Pruitt

More on Rob Pruitt at The Brant Foundation:

Opening Party Page
In Conversation with Rob Pruitt and Tom Eccles
Art Ideas You Can Do Yourself Contest
Rob Pruitt Inspires Free Arts Day NYC

 

 

Artist Biography

Rob Pruitt

Rob Pruitt

Rob Pruitt was born in 1964 in Washington, D.C. and now lives and works in New York.

Pruitt attended Corcoran College of Art and Design and Parsons School of Design.

Rob Pruitt has exhibited extensively in New York and internationally; in 2013 the Aspen Art Museum held his mid-career retrospective.

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SOLO

2016

Rob Pruitt Flea Market, LAND, Los Angeles, CAFlea Market, LAND, Los Angeles, CA 2015Flea market, A plus A Gallery, Venice Italy

2015

Rob Pruitt, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, DetroitRob Pruitt, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwhich, CT Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, AplusA Gallery, Venice, Italy

2014

ARTLOVERS, Grimaldi Forum, MonacoThree Blind Mice, Museum Dhondt Daenens, Deurle, BelgiumStruktur & Organismus, Mühldorf, Austria

2013

Us, Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, SwitzerlandWild Life, Karma, Amagansett, NYThe Last Panda, Gavin Brown’s enterprise at 436 W. 15th St., New YorkRob Pruitt: An American Folk Artist, Aspen Art Museum, AspenThe Suicide Paintings, Massimo de Carlo, London, UK

2012

The Andy Monument, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TXFaces: People and Pandas, Massimo de Carlo, Milan, ItalyHistory of the World, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, GermanyFlea Market, La Monnaie de Paris, Paris, May 19thFlea Market, The Fireplace Project, Easthampton, NY, August 18th & 19thPattern & Degradation Book signing, Karma Bookstore, New York, March 10thResort Collection for Jimmy Choo

2011

Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TXThe Andy Monument, Public Art Fund, New York Air de Paris, Paris, France

2010

Pattern and Degradation, Gavin Brown’s enterprise & Maccarone, New YorkiPaintings, Franco Noero Gallery, Torino, ItalyPop Touched Me Book Launch/Autograph Collection, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New YorkThe Second Annual Rob Pruitt Art Awards, Guggenheim Museum & White Columns, New York, December 9thFlea Market, Opening Ceremony at Ace Hotel, New York, October 9th

2009

Franco Noero Gallery, Torino, ItalyLook What I’ve Done: Rob Pruitt Works 1989 – 2009, Carlson, London, United KingdomThe First Annual Rob Pruitt Art Awards, Guggenheim Museum & White Columns, New York, October 29Flea Market, Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London, UK December 21

2008

iPhotos, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New YorkPower House, Memphis, TNAmerican Academy in Rome, ItalyMaster Artist-in-Residence Exhibition, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach

2007

Flea Market, Frieze Art Fair, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, London, October 11 -14th

2006

Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New YorkAir de Paris, ParisBergdorf Goodman window display, sponsored by the New Museum, New York

2004

Paris in Tokyo, Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, JapanParis in Rome, Roma Roma Roma, Rome, Italy

2003

Surreal Estate, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York (with Jonathan Horowitz)

2002

Air de Paris, Paris, FranceLe Consortium, Dijon, FranceColette, Paris, FranceChina Art Objects Gallery, Los Angeles

2001

Franco Noero Gallery, Torino, ItalyPandas and Bamboo, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York 101 Art Ideas You Can Do Yourself, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH

2000

Psychic Predictions For The New Millennium & Things To Do With Lemons, Cabinet Gallery, London, UKFlea Market, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, June 16th, 17th & 18th

1999

101 Art Ideas You Can Do Yourself, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York

1993

Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice, ItalyMulier & Mulier, Knokke, Belgium

1992

Red, Black, Green, Red, White, and Blue, Leo Castelli Gallery, New YorkGalerie Rachel Lehmann, Lausanne, Switzerland

1991

APAC, Centre d'art Contemporian, Nevers, FranceStuart Regen Gallery, Los AngelesEsther Schipper, Cologne, GermanyDaniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany

1990

303 Gallery, New York

GROUP

2016

Meow, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

Shrines to Speed, Leila Heller Gallery, New York

Tomorrow is a new day, Private boat, Quai Antoine Ier, Pontons Riva, Monaco

Image Tech: Making Pictures in a Post-Digital Age, TCNJ Art Gallery, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

2014

Painter’s Painters: Gifts from Alex Katz, High Museum of Art, Atlanta G I R L, Gallerie Perrotin, Paris, France (Curated by Pharrell Williams)

Empire State, Gallerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France

2013

An-Americana, co-organized by the American Academy in Rome and Depart Foundation, American Academy in Rome (curated by Vincenzo de Bellis)

The Cat Show, White Columns, New York (curated by Rhonda Lieberman)

Empire State, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy (curated by Norman Rosenthal and Alex Gartenfeld)

BEER, The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2012

Funny, Flag Art Foundation, New York

R4, Special FIAC Project, Ile Seguin, Paris, France

Infinite Jest, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland Arthur Rainbow, Air de Paris, Paris, France

2011

Number Five: Cities of Gold and Mirrors, Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf, Germany

Grisaille, Luxembourg & Dayan, New York

Bed Bugs, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York

2010

It’s All American, New Jersey MoCA, Asbury Park, NJ

At Home/Not at Home, Hessel Museum of Art, New York

2009

Pop life: Art in a Material World, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom

The living and the dead, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

Whaddaya Wanna Be, a Flower?! Alexander and Bonin, New York

Mapping the Studio, Punta Della Dogana/Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy (curated by Alison Gingeras)

2008

The Station, Art Basel Miami, Miami (co-curated by Shamim Momin and Nate Lowman)

Malcolm McLaren – Musical Paintings, Schiebler Mitte, Berlin, Germany (curated by Bernd Wurlitzer)

Pretty Ugly, Gavin Brown’s enterprise and Maccarone, New York (curated by Alison Gingeras)

Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns?, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York (conceived by Urs Fischer and Gavin Brown)

Depreciation and Devastation, Passerby, New York (curated by Gavin Brown and Tony Just)

Sunshine, Rental Gallery, New York (curated by Darren Bader and Ritter/Zamet)

2007

She was Born to be my Unicorn, Smith-Stewart, New York

2006

The Gold Standard, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York

The Inside Game, Portland Art Center, Portland (curated by Joel Leib)

Celebrity, Sixtyseven Gallery, New York

The Name of the Show Is Not ‘Gay Art Now, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (curated by Jack Pierson)

Survivor, Bortolami Dayan, New York (curated by David Rimanelli)

Strictement Confidentiel. A partir de la collection Gensollen, Centre International d’Art et du Paysage, Ile de Vassiviere, France (curated by Chiara Parisi) (cat.)

2005

Interstate, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York (curated by Adam McEwen)

General Ideas: Rethinking Conceptual Art 1987-2005, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco

Drunk Vs. Stoned 2, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

Seeing Double, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

Trade, White Columns, New York, NY (brochure)

The Finale Floor Show, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, Belgium

100 artists see God, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA

2004

Open, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

For all, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Netherlands

No More Reality, Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

2003

Inaugural Exhibition, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

Franco Noero Gallery, Torino, Italy

Summer Group Show, China Art Objects Gallery, Los Angeles Following and to Be Followed (coming back), Le Consortium, Dijon, France

...still or sparkling?, John Connelly Presents, New York

Bright Lights, Big City, David Zwirner Gallery, New York

2002

Shanghai Biennale, Shangai Art Museum, Shanghai, China (cat.)

Something, Anything, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (curated by Nayland Blake)

Spot the diferrence, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands

De Gustibus, Palazzo dela Papesse, Siena, Spain

2001

China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles

The Americans New Art, Barbican Gallery, London, UK

Two Friends and so on, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles (curated by Jonathan Horowitz and Rob Pruitt)

Vantage Point, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

The Silk Purse Procedure, Arnolfini and Spike Island, Bristol, UK Salon, Delfina ProjectSpace, London, UK

2000

New York Projects, Delfina, London, UK

Protest and Survive, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

Cool-Aid, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

Two friends and so on, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York (curated by Jonathan Horowitz and Rob Pruitt)

Sentimental Education, Deitch Projects, New York (curated by David Rimanelli)

Post - POP, Post – PUNK, Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington D.C.
Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY

1999

Free Coke, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

Village Disco, Cabinet Gallery, London, UK

Glassbox, Paris, France
Neither / Nor, Grand Arts, Kansas City, KS (curated by Bill Arning)

Enter Yes, No, Don’t Know, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

1998

Home and Away, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York (curated by Kirsty Bell)

Superfreaks; Post Pop and the New Generation, Part 1: Trash, Greene Naftali, New York

Sassy Nuggets, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

Hey, You Never Know, New York (curated by Kenny Schachter)

1997

Screentest, Oasis Performance Series, New York

Thriller, 303 Gallery, New York (curated by Tom Borghese)

Recent Acquisitions, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Deitch Projects, New York

Inside Out Art Fair, New York (curated by Kenny Schachter)

Utopian Art Fair, Hotel 17, New York

1996

Circus of the Stars, Hotel 17, New York

1995

Alternative Art Fair, Hotel 17, New York

In a Different Light, University Art Museum, UC Berkeley, Berkeley

Photocollages, Le Consortium, Dijon, France

It's Only Rock and Roll, (touring); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, IL; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Virginia Beach Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach, VA; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR (curated by David S. Rubin)

1993

Avantgarde & Kamgagne, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (curated by Jürgen Harten)

Teddy & Other Stories, Cladio Botello Arte & Galleria In Arco, Torino, Italy (curated by Luca Beatrice and Cristiana Perrela)

In Search of Self, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC

Fortryck, Galleri Enkeshuset, Stockholm, Sweden

Under 30, Galerie Metropol, Wien, Austria

Translations, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

1992

Objects, Casteli Graphics, New York

Post Human (touring), FAE Musee D'Art Contemporain, Lausanne, Switzerland; Castello di Rivoli, Museo d' Arte, Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italy; Deste Foundation for contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Deichorhallen, Hamburg, Germany; Rudolph Zwirner Gallery, Cologne Germany (curated by Jeffrey Deitch)

Molteplici Culture, Rome, Italy (curated by Liam Gillick)

Tattoo Collection, Air de Paris, Paris, France

How It Is, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York

1991

The Store, Richard Bennett Gallery, Los Angeles

New Generaitons: New York, Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

New Work by Gallery Artists, 303 Gallery, New York

Louder, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago (curated by Kathryn Hixon)

Selections, FAE Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lausanne, Switzerland

No Man's Time, Villa Arson, Nice, France

1990

Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Washington D.C.

Brut '90, White Columns, New York

Paintball, 303 Gallery New York (with Richard Prince and Tom Henry III)

Stendhal Syndrome: The Cure', Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Total Metal, Simon Watson, New York (curated by Richard Phillips)

Stuttering, Stux Gallery, New York

1989

Group Show, American Fine Arts Co., New York

Video Presentation by Colin de Land, American Fine Arts Co., Art Cologne, West Germany

Installation view

Photography: Stefan Altenburger
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome

  • Installation view, Rob Pruitt: Art Idea #13: Put Googly Eyes in Trees, 2015 / Urs Fischer: Untitled (Big Clay No. 3), 2008-2011
  • Installation view, Art Idea #13: Put Googly Eyes in Trees, 2015
  • Installation view, Art Idea #13: Put Googly Eyes in Trees, 2015

Art Idea #13: Put Googly Eyes in Trees, 2015

13 oz. vinyl, d-rings, internal blower unit, ropes
Each eyeball 5’ diameter

 

“So that’s an Urs Fischer monumental outdoor sculpture, and then my piece is to the left; it’s the googly eyes in the trees. And it’s sort of installed to be in conversation with Urs’s monumental sculpture. I can remember after the invitation came from Peter, and getting a tour of the foundation, and thinking about what I might do, my mind reeling with millions of possible ideas. One of the first things that popped into my head was, how am I going to compete with this enormous Urs Fischer sculpture? And on a budget. So I thought that I was pretty clever to turn a tree into a sculpture — even bigger then Urs’s — by putting the googly eyes, for under $700. This is a sign of my name right in front of the foundations exhibition building. And what I was thinking is, basically, a show like this is a destination; it’s not like seeing an exhibition on the other side of town, or in Brooklyn, someplace where you just hop on the subway. So I was considering that. That anyone who comes will have made an effort. Like going to Euro Disney, that would be a big effort. So that inspired me to make my name in flowers as the first thing that you see when you enter the show.”

 

– Rob Pruitt in conversation with Tom Eccles.

101 Art Ideas Screen, 2015

Sharpie marker on back-side of Studio Lunch Tables, hinges
Dimensions Variable / each panel 96 x 24 inches
Photography: Stefan Altenburger
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome

It is a re-visitation of a piece that I made 12 years ago, called '101 Art Ideas You Can Do Yourself,' which we simple recipes for art-making. I think it was my first show at Gavin's, and I made it as a gift to my parents, who had paid for my art school education. My father died a few years ago, but he was a really warm, wonderful, kind man. He didn't finish high school and therefore didn't go to college, and loved me a lot, and was supportive of everything I did as an adult, like with my art-making, but never quite understood what the hell it was that I did do. So I made this list of 101 art ideas, like an explanation to him. It's a deconstruction, in my mind, of what conceptual art is in a way that I thought he could clearly understand it. So this version, coming 12 years later, I handed the original list over to my studio assistants, to update it. So it's all 101 ideas, but translated or filtered though their brains. So they totally ruined it. My original list is a lot better.

– Rob Pruitt in conversation with Tom Eccles

  • 101 Art Ideas Screen, 2015 (Detail)
  • 101 Art Ideas Screen, 2015 (Detail)
  • 101 Art Ideas Screen, 2015 (Detail)
  • 101 Art Ideas Screen, 2015 (Detail)
  • 101 Art Ideas Screen, 2015 (Detail)
  • 101 Art Ideas Screen, 2015 (Detail)

Installation view, Brant Family Flea Market

Photography: Stefan Altenburger
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome

  • Installation view, Brant Family Flea Market
  • Installation view, Brant Family Flea Market
  • Installation view, Brant Family Flea Market

Brant Family Flea Market

“So after you leave the reception area, the Brant Family Flea Market starts, it’s the first big room of the exhibition space, but this is a little side room off of that big room. And it was all of the matriarch stuff. And that is Stephanie Seymour, who is such a delight, and it was so much fun for me to work with her, and rummage through her closets with her. And I don’t know. I guess what I’m leading toward, is it wasn’t just an off-handed gesture, to get the Brants to sell all of their stuff; the museum kind of exists in the family’s backyard, and so, in my mind, I wanted to figure out a way to weave the family into the show. I’ve been making art for 25 years, but I haven’t been making art about the Brants for 25 years. But I thought that if I think about what I do, I’ll be able to stick to what it is that I do, but bring them into the show in a very natural, organic way. And this is what I came up with.”

 

-Rob Pruitt in conversation with Tom Eccles

Installation view, Brant Family Flea Market

Photography: Laura Wilson
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome

Exquisite Self-Portrait: The Artist, 2010

Silkscreen on canvas
84 3/4 x 63 3/4 inches
Private Collection
Photography: Stefan Altenburger
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome

Exquisite Self-Portrait: The Naturalist, 2010 Exquisite Self-Portrait: I love Beuys, 2010
Exquisite Self-Portrait: How May I Serve You?, 2015 Exquisite Self-Portrait: Cockeyed Romantic, 2010
Exquisite Self-Portrait: Princess Me, 2010 Exquisite Self-Portrait: The Surrealist, 2010
Exquisite Self-Portrait: Happy Birthday to Me, 2015 Exquisite Self-Portrait: Beauty Rest Selfie, 2015
Exquisite Self-Portrait: Powered by Pizza, 2015 Exquisite Self-Portrait: Miss Piggy, 2015
Exquisite Self-Portrait: Brooklyn Guy, 2015 Exquisite Self-Portrait: Aloha Santa Pirate, 2015

Installation view

Photography: Stefan Altenburger
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome

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  • Panda, 2015
  • Panda, 2015
  • Esprit de Corps: J Brand Bench 1, 2015
  • Seashell Collection (Shell A), 2015
  • Seashell Collection (Shell B), 2015
  • Lean (Chrome), 2015

Installation view

Photography: Stefan Altenburger
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome

244 Drawings of Us, 2014 (Detail) 244 Drawings of Us, 2014 (Detail)
244 Drawings of Us, 2014 (Detail) 244 Drawings of Us, 2014 (Detail)
244 Drawings of Us, 2014 (Detail) 244 Drawings of Us, 2014 (Detail)
244 Drawings of Us, 2014 (Detail) 244 Drawings of Us, 2014 (Detail)
244 Drawings of Us, 2014 (detail) 244 Drawings of Us, 2014 (Detail)
244 Drawings of Us, 2014 (Detail) 244 Drawings of Us, 2014 (Detail)
  • Father and Son, 2015
  • Installation view
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  • Installation view
  • Michelin 26.5R25 (Chrome), 2015

Installation view, Esprit de Corps (Hokusai’s Great Wave), 2015

Concrete, denim (34 pairs)
Dimensions variable
Photography: Stefan Altenburger
*A special thank you to Jenna Lyons at J.Crew for donating the jeans for Esprit de Corps (Hokusai’s Wave)
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome

  • Brains, 2006
  • Cotton Candy Frappuccino, 2015
  • Chopsticks, 2015
  • Beauty Mark, 2006
  • Red Bull, 2006
  • Silly String, 2015

  • Installation view, Pjatteryd Oil Painting: Marilyn 18 with "Brant Family Likes" heart
  • Installation view
  • Installation view

Installation view

Photography: Stefan Altenburger
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome

  • Installation view
  • Installation view
  • Installation view

Happy Mother's Day, 2015

Enamel and glitter on linen
40 x 30 inches
Photography: Stefan Altenburger
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome

  • Panda and Rainbow Bamboo, 2015
  • King Panda, 2015
  • Bamboo, 2015
  • Thirsty, 2015
  • Innocent, 2015
  • Abstract Love, 2015

Brant Family Likes

Peter Jr.'s "Brant Family Likes" heart Peter's "Brant Family Likes" heart
Allison's "Brant Family Likes" heart Ryan's "Brant Family Likes" heart
Stephanie's "Brant Family Likes" heart
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