Robert Gordy, American (1933 - 1986)

Robert Gordy

A Louisiana artist, Robert Gordy worked much of his life in New Orleans with exhibits and teaching experiences in many other areas of the United States. He became one of New Orleans's most influential artists

Gordy's work is abstract He created a distinctive style by borrowing from a wide variety of sources: Cubism, Surrealism, Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Art Deco and African tribal art. He is known for his Matisse-like repeat patterning and figurative paintings and abstract studies of human heads. Whimsical, imaginative, contemporary shapes and unusual treatment of color delight the eye and at the same time offer a depth of interest and intellect that forces the viewer to delve for deeper meaning.

Gordy worked in a variety of mediums that included acrylic, pen and ink, magic marker/felt-tip pen and mixed media. His specialty was printmaking.

The work of Bob Gordy may be seen in museums throughout the country. His work is included in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the National Collection of Fine Art in Washington. among many.

Place of Birth Jefferson Island, LA

Dates: October 13, 1933 - September 25, 1986

EDUCATION
1956 M.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
1955 B.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
1953 Studied with Hans Hofmann

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1965 Instructor, University of New Orleans, LA
1963 Instructor, The Putney School, Putney, VT
1962 Instructor, Sterling College, Sterling, KS
1957 Instructor, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA

SELECTED AWARDS
1978,67 Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Award, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX
1973 Award Winner, "Artists Biennial," New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
1971 Purchase Award, "Artists of the Southeast and Texas Biennial," New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Ford Foundation Fellowship
1954 Yale-Norfolk Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, CT

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2000,1996 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1992,88 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1987 Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
1986 New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
1986,84 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1985-86 Monotypes of Robert Gordy, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (traveling exhibition)
1985,79 Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY
1984-85 Prints and Paintings of Robert Gordy, New Orleans Museum of Art (traveling exhibition)
1984 The Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, AL
Artworks '84, Louisiana World Exposition, New Orleans, LA
1983 Carol Shapiro Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1982-81 Robert Gordy, Paintings and Drawings: 1960-1980, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
Jacksonville Museum of Fine Arts, Jacksonville, FL
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
Cincinnati Museum of Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1979,77 Delahunty Gallery, Dallas, TX
1976 Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL
1975 Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
1974,72 New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
1974 Pyramid Galleries, Washington, D.C.
1973,71,69 Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA
Hank Baum Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1972 Drawings and Prints, Glasgow College of Arts, Scotland
1970 Cranfill Gallery, Dallas, TX
1968 Atelier Chapman Kelley, Dallas, TX
1968,67 Glade Gallery, New Orleans, LA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1986 Artist/Printmaker, The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD
1985 The Exhibition at 112 Greene Street, Arthur Roger Gallery, New York, NY
1984 Monotypes, The Weintraub Gallery, New York, NY
The Art of New Orleans, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
1983 The Human Figure, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
New Decorative Art, The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA and The University Art Gallery,
State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY
Southern Fiction, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX
The American Artist as Printmaker: 23rd National Print Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum of Art,
Brooklyn, NY
1982 Image into Pattern, P.S.1 Gallery, New York, NY
American Painting of the Sixties and Seventies: The Real, The Ideal, The Fantastic-Selections
from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL
The Figurative Tradition: Paintings and Sculpture from the Permanent Collection, Whitney
Museum of American Art, New York, NY
American Figure Painting: 1950-1980, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
American Drawings in Black and White: 1970-1980, Brooklyn Museum, NY
Louisiana Major Works, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1978 21st National Print Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
The 1970's: New American Painting, The New Museum, New York, NY (traveling exhibition)
1975 Art USA: The South, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA (traveling exhibition)
1973 Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Divergent Representation: Five Contemporary Artists, National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
Extraordinary Realities, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1968 14 Artists, Award Winners in the Southeast and Southwest Regions Selected by the National Endowment for the Arts, Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, TX
New Acquisitions, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1967 Annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Alexandria Museum and Visual Art Center, Alexandria, LA
American Express Corp., New York, NY
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Dallas Museum, Dallas, TX
Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, TX
Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY
National Collection of Fine Art, Washington, D.C.
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Oklahoma Fine Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

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