Robert Melee, American (1966 - )

Robert Melee

Born 1966.
Lives and works in New Jersey and New York City.


1986 - 1990 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Its Last Move, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
2014 a dozen Roses, Higher Pictures, New York, NY
2011 Triscuit Obfuscation, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Robert Melee, David Kordansky, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Robert Melee, City Hall Park, New York, NY
Unshamelessfulnessly, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Robert Melee's Poplar, Ingalls & Associates, Miami, FL
2005 Robert Melee, Sutton Lane Gallery, London, England
In Between False Comforts, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Robert Melee, Art Statements, Art 34 Basel, Switzerland
2002 You, Me and Her, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Units, Jay Jopling / White Cube, London, England
Unit, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Robert Melee Movies, Centre Gallery, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, FL
1998 Robert Melee, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
1996 Baloneyism, Bravin Post Lee, New York, NY
White Room, White Columns, New York, NY

Museum Exhibitions and Biennials

2014 Outside the Lines: Rites of Spring, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
2010 It's All American, New Jersey MoCA, Asbury Park, NJ(curated by Alex Gartenfeld and Haley Mellin)
Portugal Arte 10, Portugal Biennial, Lisbon Portugal, (curated by Stefan Simchowiz)
2009 Arena Mexico, Guadalajara, Mexico
hit it big, Mason Gross School of the Arrs, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Wild Exaggeration, The Grotesque Body in Contemporary Art, Haifa Museum of Art,Haifa, Israel
Arena Mexico, Guadalajara, Mexico
2005 Make It Now: New Sculpture in NY Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY
Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Museum, Long Island City, NY
2004 Currents 31 : Robert Melee, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI (curated by Stefano Basilico)
Adaptive Behavior, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (curated by Dan Cameron, Yukie Kamiya and Trevor Smith)
2001 Robert Melee’s Unit, Corcoran Museum, Washington D.C.

Group Exhibitions

2015 Colors, Louis B. James Gallery, New York NY
2014 Outside the Lines: Rites of Spring, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
2013 More Young Americans, Hotel de Miramion, Paris
I Killed My Father, I Ate Human Flesh, I Quiver With Joy: An Obsession With Pier Paolo Pasolini, curated by Invisible-Exports, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY
Deep Cuts, curated by David Humphrey and Wendy White, Anna Kustera, New York NY
2012 hue and cry, curated by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Sotheby's S/2 Gallery, New York, NY
Space Invaders, curated by Karin Bravin, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
I glove U, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond VA
2011 Norfolk, Thierry Goldberg, New York, NY
Notes on Notes On Camp, Invisible Exports, New York, NY
With One Color, curated by Paul Frank McCabe, Van De Weghe Fine Art, New York, NY
Dust To Settle, Cuchifritos (New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for the New City), New York, NY
Living Live, LGBT Center, New York
2010 NY/Prague 6, Futura - Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud
Portugal Arte 10, Portugal Biannual, Lisbon, Portugal, Curated by Stefan Simchowitz
Lush Life, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY, Curated by Franklin Evans
Reel Subjects, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
2009 Bad Habits, Albright-Know Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Curated by Heather Pesanti
Glitterati, Headquarters, New York, NY, Curated by Thomas Woodruff and Aaron Cobbett
LOVER, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY, Curated by Kate Gilmore & Candice Madey
Glamour Bomb, Parlor Gallery, New Jersey, NJ
2008 It's Not Over Yet, Invisible-Exports, New York, NY
Looking Back, Mireille Mosler, Ltd. New York, NY
Mamma's Boy, Comme il Faut Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2007 Neointegrity, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
Warhol and..., Kantor/Feuer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Lath Picture Show, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
Artists’ Self-Portraits as Porn Stars, Circus of Books, West Hollywood, CA (curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud)
2006 The shape of jazz, Clifford Chance, Dinaburg Arts LLC, New York, NY
Lisa Kirk’s Greatest Hits, Wayward Canon, London
2005 Painting the Edge, Galerie Do_Hyundai, Korea
Summer Group Show, Sutton Lane Gallery, London
Can I Get A Witness, Longwood Gallery, Bronx, New York, NY (curated by Dean Daderko)
2003 Mama's Boy, White Columns, New York, NY (curated by Jane Harris)
The Outlaw Series, New York, NY (curated by Lisa Kirk)
Greetings from New York: A Painting Show, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
YOU, Royal Modern Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Lisa Kirk)
The TaDa Show, The Annex, New York, NY
2002 The Longest Winter, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Monitor, Volume 2, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
Flesh for Fantasy, Javogue & Ingalls Fine Arts, Miami Beach, FL
Family, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT (curated by Jessica Hough)
Wonderland, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium
Super-Heroes, Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva, Switzerland
State of the Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
2001 American Spirituality, Audiello Fine Art, Inc. New York, NY
Skank, Plus Ultra, Brooklyn, NY
2000 Exposure: Recent Acquisitions from the Doron Sebbag Art Collection, O.R.S.
Ltd, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Mount Miami, Tel Aviv Artists Studio, Tel Aviv, Israel
Achieving Failure: Gym Culture, collaboration w Meredith Danluck, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY (curated by Bill Arning)
1999 Group Show, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL
Group Show, Cartervous & Time, Whales, UK
1998 Sassy Nuggets, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Pet Shop, Nicholas Davies & CO, New York, NY
1997 Gramercy Park Fair, New York, NY
1996 Doggy Style, Space, New York, NY (curated by Rick Prol)
The Joy of Painting, curated by Alix Lambert, HERE, New York, NY
Maux Faux, Richard Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Summer Show, Richard Anderson Fine Arts, New York, NY
1993 Dirty Birds, Wooster Gardens, New York, NY
1992 7 Rooms, 7 Shows, P.S.1 Museum, Long Island City, NY
Neurotic Art Show, Artist Space, New York, NY
1991 Home, Home For Contemporary Arts, New York, NY
1990 Visual Art Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Steve Keister)


2010 Robert Melee's Talent Show, The Kitchen, New York, NY
2005 Robert Melee's Talent Show, The Kitchen, New York, NY
2003 This is for You, Movement Research at the Judson Church, New York, NY


2014 Wilson, Siona, “Robert Melee: A Dozen Roses.” Art Review, October
Jane Harris, "Mommy Dearest: An Interview With Robert Melee" The Huffington Post, Dec 8, 2014
Joseph Keckler, "a dozen Roses, Robert Melee on Photographing His Mother", VICE, July 9
2013 “Robert Melee: This is For You,” Newmuseum.or
2011 Daniel Kunits, Reviews, Modern Painters, September
Will Heinrich, "Robert Melee", The New York Observer, October 3rd, 2011
2010 McGarry, Kevin. “Jersey, Sure”. October 30.
Mendelsohn, John. “Robert Melee: The Magnetic Grotesque.” Sculpture Magazine. November.
Ozuna, Tony. "New York state of mind." Prague Post September 22
2008 Vogel, Carol. "Inside Art, New in City Hall Park." The New York Times Decenmber 19. Rosenberg, Karen. "Rober Melee." The New York Times November 7: Page C31
2007 Smith, Roberta. "In These Shows, the Material Is the Message." The New York Times August 10, 2007: Page E29. Lopez-Chahud, Omar. “Robert Melee.” Zing Issue 21.
Saltz, Jerry.”Non-Specific Objects”. Modern Painters. March: p.32-34.
2006 Cotter, Holland. "The World Tour Rolls Into Town, Sprawling but Tidy." The New York Times 10 March
2005 Barliant, Claire. “Robert Melee.” ARTFORUM December 2005.
Objekt International. cover, p. 132. issue # 31.
Harris, Jane. "Robert Melee In Between False Comforts." Time Out NY 27 October - 2 November: p.74.
Webster, Peter. "Robert Melee, A Blissfully Impudent Artist Finds Contentment in New Jersey." New York Home November-December: pp.48-50.
Young, Stephanie. "Dark Laughter." Blender Magazine Fall/ Winter.
Genocchio, Benjamin."Robert Melee Turned His Back on New York and Gladly Moved To Asbury Park."The New York Times 22 May.
Cotter, Holland, "A Different Kind of Never-Never Land." The New York Times, 3 May: p. 5E.
White, Rodger. "Looking Good and Meaning Well." n + 1.
2004 Johnson, Ken. "Adapting and Constructing in a Dizzly Changing World." The New York Times Friday, 24September: p. E 35.
Krenz, Marcel. "Adaptive Behavior." Flash Art November – December.
Auer, James. "’Mommy’ will shock and entertain you." Journal Sentinel July.
2003 Rodriguez, Liana. “Coming Attractions.” Loft Summer.
Mack, Gerhard. “Messe der Rekorde.” Art: das Kunstmagazin No. 6 June.
“Art Basel: Robert Melee, Her Curtains.” Beaux Arts Magazine No. 229 June.
Robinson, Walter. “Basel ABC.” June.
Marzahn, Alexander and Gerig, Karen N. "Das Reaktionsvermögen verblüfft schon vor dem Startschuss" Basler Zeitung 18 June.
2002 “The Aldrich Museum.” Tema Celeste August.
Sims, Carol. “The Aldrich Takes on ‘Family’.” Antiques and Arts Weekly 14 June.
Ocana, Damarys. “The Longest Winter.” The Miami Herald 6 October.
Schwan, Gary. “Feel like chillin’?Take a cold, hard look at these exhibits.”The Palm Beach Post October 6.
Sheffield, Skip. “‘The Longest Winter’ exhibit opens at FAU.” Boca Raton News15 September.
Saltz, Jerry. “Mommie Queerest”. The Village Voice. 25 September– 1 October.
“Robert Melee” The New Yorker 24 September.
Cotter, Holland. “Robert Melee; You Me and Her.” The New York Times. 20 September.
Brundage, Brita. “Disrobing the Family ” Fairfield County Weekly. May 23-29
“Family.” Antiques and the Arts Weekly 3 May.
Luft, Scot. “University Galleries prepare for ‘Winter’ season.” Boca Raton Times.14 August.
Tupohy, Laurel. “family.” The New-Times 7 June.
Yablonsky, Linda. “Painting the Town.” Time Out New York 7-14 March.
Smith, Roberta. “Brice Delsperger”. The New York Times. 8 March.
2001 “Art and Outrage." CBS News T.V. Special Fall.
O’Sullivan. Michael. “Selections Troubling and Beautiful.” Washington Post 15 June.
Binstock, Jonathan. “Robert Melee”. Fellowship in the Visual Arts brochure. 6 June - 19 July.
Cotter, Holland. “Skank.” The New York Times 1 June.
2000 “smock walk gallery tour.” Smock Magazine Fall/Winter
Harris, Mark. “Robert Melee.” Art Monthly September
Currah, Mark. “Robert Melee.” Time Out London. 9-16 August.
“Robert Melee.” Independent Study 30 July.
Guner, Fisun. “Robert Melee.” What’s On in London. 26 July.
Cotter, Holland. “Marilyn Minter.” The New York Times 5 May.
Levin, Kim. “Voice Choice.” The Village Voice 25 April.
Smith, Roberta. “Art in Review.” The New York Times 21 April.
Moreno, Gene. “Miami Art Review.” Art Papers March – April.
1999 Feinstein, Roni. “Miami Heats Up.” Art in America December
Moshkovits, Boris. “More than Mambo.” Flash Art November-December
1998 Arning, Bill. “Art Review.” Time Out. 17-24 September.
Brack, Yvette. “Art Review.” Time Out. 23-30 July.
Kley, Elisabeth. "Color of Memory."
Cotter, Holland.“Art in Review.” The New York Times 10 July.
1996 Levin, Kim. “Voice Choice.” The Village Voice 12 March.
1995 Levin, Kim. “Voice Choice.” The Village Voice 21 March.
Karmel, Pepe. “Art in Review.” The New York Times 24 March.
1992 Levin, Kim. “Voice Choice.” The Village Voice 22 December.


2014 This Mess is a Place: A Collapsible Anthology of Collections and Clutter, And Publishing, London, U.K.
2008 Mama’s Boy, Comme Il Faut. Tel Aviv, Israel.
2005 Painting the Edge. Gallery Hyundai, Korea.
Make It Now. Sculpture Center. Long Island City, NY.
2002 Family. The Adlrich Museum
2001 I am a Camera. The Saatchi Collection. Booth and Clibborn Editions, London
Exposure: Recent Acquisitions from the Doran Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd. Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Tel Aviv, Israel
2000 Katz-Freiman, Tami. Mount Miami: American Artists in Tel Aviv.
1999 Tomcic, Goran. Robert Melee’s Home Movies, Miami-Dade Community College

Special Projects

2006 Untitled site-specific installation, Legion, New York, NY
Complete set design for Michael Portnoy’s- The Big K, the Kitchen, New York, NY
2004 K48, issue #5
2002 Whitney Museum of American Art, Panel discussion on Robert Melee's work for Initial Public Offerings (I.P.O.): New Artists, New Curators series, New York, NY
1999 Zing Magazine- Winter Issue 1999, by John Connelly
1998 National Foundation for the Advancements in the Arts, Miami Residency
1997 Zapp Video Magazine, Robert Melee Movies, Issue #9 & 10, Amsterdam
1994-1996 Robert Melee Movies, NY Cable, Channel 17, 34
1995 Showtime: Drawings by Robert Melee, Nicholas Davies & Co., New York, NY
1993 Bomb, Me & Mommy, Winter Issue
1990 Robert Melee’s Mommy, Window Installation, 17th ST., New York, NY

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