Jonathan Lasker

Jonathan Lasker

Jonathan Lasker was born in New Jersey in 1948. He currently lives and works in New York City.
From the late 1970s, Lasker developed a formal language made out of different processes of mark-making, repetitive patterns and fluid lines like scribbles either loose or loaded with paint creating flat edged areas. His compositions remain nevertheless controlled and structured and oscillate between intuition and analysis. Lasker explores the possibilities of painting, aiming at a system "which could legitimise itself" (Jonathan Lasker). The artist questions the mechanics of abstraction and the viewer’s inherent identification with figuration. “My goal is to bring the viewer to the threshold of narrativity without crossing over, to bring the viewer to the state of pure pictorially. Therefore I decided to use unrecognizable abstract forms as surrogate figures. This would convey the pure condition of being a thing in space.” Since the early 1980s, his work has been exhibited in many one-man shows, including the ICA Philadelphia, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Kunstverein St. Gallen. He participated in the 1992 Documenta IX in Kassel.

Solo exhibitions

2015


Jonathan Lasker, Cheim and Read, New York, NY, USA.


 


2014


Recent Paintings, Peter Lund, Oslo, Norway.


 


2012


"Jonathan Lasker: The 80s", Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden.


"Jonathan Lasker: Recent Paintings", Thaddeaus Ropac, Paris, France.


"Jonathan Lasker: Early Works", Cheim & Read, New York, NY, USA.


"Jonathan Lasker: The 80s", Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany.


 


 2011


"Jonathan Lasker: The 80s", Timothy Taylor, London, UK. 


 


 2010               


"Recent Paintings", L.A. Louver, Los Angeles, California


"Jonathan Lasker: In the Presence of the Artists", Alain Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium


 


2009               


Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden


 


2008               


Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany


Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon


 


2007


Galerie Sabine Knust - Maximilian Verlag, Munich, Germany


Timothy Taylor Gallery, London


Cheim & Read Gallery, New York


 


2006


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Galerie Alain Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium


From Drawing to Painting to Drawing, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark


From Drawing to Painting to Drawing, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland


 


2005


Galleria Cardi, Milano, Italy


Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland


 


2004


Coloured Scribbles, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK


 


2003


Jonathan Lasker Retrospective, Museo Nacional Centrade Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Travelling to: Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany


 


2002


Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Kiezle und Gmeiner, Berlin, Germany


Drawing and Painting, Sperone Westwater , New York, USA


Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany


Jonathan Lasker, Galeri Wang, Oslo, Norway


 


2001


Jonathan Lasker, Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden


 


2000


Jonathan Lasker: Oeuvres Récentes, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Jonathan Lasker (Complete Print Survey), Jan Weiner, Kansas City, USA


 


1999


The Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO, USA


The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada


Rose Ar tMuseum,Brandeis University, MA


Jonathan Lasker, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA


 


1998


Jonathan Lasker, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK


Jonathan Lasker, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain


 


1997-1998


Jonathan Lasker: Paintings 1977-1997, Germany; The Netherlands; Switzerland


Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


1997


Jonathan Lasker, Velge et Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium


Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris France


Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Kienzle und Gmeiner, Berlin, Germany


Jonathan Lasker, Galleria Milleventi, Torino, Italy


Jonathan Lasker, Schmidt Contemporary Art, St Louis, USA


 


1996


Jonathan Lasker: New Paintings, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA (cat.)


 


1995


Jonathan Lasker, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain


 


1993


Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


 


1992


Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pensylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA


 


Group exhibitions

2014


Taking a Line for a Walk, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland.


CalArts Benefit Exhibition, Metro Pictures/Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA.


Group Show, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, USA.


Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA.


Night Images, Michael Werner Kunsthandel, Cologne, Germany.


Pop Abstraction, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, NY, USA.


93 Exhibition, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.


Slow Learner, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK.


Bad Influence, Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA.


Busan Biennale 2014, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea.


The Hidden Picture - Collecting Art at ING, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen, Netherlands.


 


2013


"Painting 101", Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY, USA.


Wit, The Painting Center, New York, NY, USA.


Thought, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany.


Spring Break, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany.


Reinventing Abstration, Cheim and Read, New York, NY, USA.


Entrée libre mais non obligatoire, Villa Arson, Nice, France.


Panorama, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.


Keine Parole: Aktion-Malerei-Konzept, Werke aus der Sammlung Kienzle, Berlin, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany.


Promenades d’Amateurs, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco.


 


2012


"Reinventing Abstraction : New York Painting in the 1980s", Cheim & Read, New York, NY, USA.


American Art of the 1980’s, Nosbaum and Reding Art Contemporain, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.


A. ABSTR_ACTION., Galerija Contra, Koper, Slovenia.


 Outside In, Timothy Taylor, London, UK.


Art in Embassies Exhibition, U.S. Embassy, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.


Smile, Amerikanische Kunst: Sammlung Kienbaum, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany.


Conceptual Abstraction, Hunter College, Time Square Gallery, New York, NY, USA.


Heute: Malerei, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany


 


2011


“Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts”, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
"Exhibition of Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards", American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
"Jim Schmidt Presents: Abstraction", Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO 
The Minimal Gesture, Timothy Taylor, London, England
1991… Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Night Scented Stock, curated by Todd Levin, Marianne Boesky, New York
The Bewildered Image: American Painters from the 1980’s, Patricia Low Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland


 


 


2010               


Kienzle Art Foundation, Berlin, Germany, “Loose Joints”, Hans-Jürgen Hafner and Daniel Kletke, curators


Galería Max Estrella, Madrid, Spain, “España / America The Redefined Abstraction”, Demetrio Paparoni, curator


Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France, “Babel”


Cheim and Read, New York, “Le Tableau”, Joe Fyfe, curator


Bravin Lee Programs, New York


Tibor de Nagy, New York, “Town and Country”, Trevor Winkfield, curator


University of New Mexico Art Museum, Alburquerque NM, “Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at Fifty”


Orlando Art Museum, Orlando, FL, “Currents in Contemporary Art”


Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland, “Studies in Paint: Jonathan Lasker and John Noel Smith”


 


2009               


Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany


 “Die Gegenwart der Linie”, Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay University, Clarksville, TN,


“Jettison: New Ideas in Abstraction”, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA


Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam, Germany, “Collecting    Evidence – Part I: False Friends, The Kienzle Art Foundation”


Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art, Clevland, OH, “On Paper”


Cheim and Read, New York, New York, “Abstractions by Gallery Artists”


Jan Weiner, Kansas City, MO, “Summer Eyes/Summarize”


Mushroom Works, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, “Print”


 


2008


Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH,  “What is a Print?”


Mudam Luxembourg- Musée d’Art Modern Grand-Duc Jean,                                 


Luxembourg , Luxembourg, “Out of Storage I:                                                                     


Peintures choisies de la Collection”


La Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Vigo, Spain, “En Construcción I”


 


2007


Atomations, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA


Contemporary, Cool and Collected, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC


Conversations - Artist and Collector, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND


PAINT IT BLUE - Werke aus der ACT Art Collection / Siegfried Loch, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany


 


2006


Broken Surface, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany


Patrick Heron, Jonathan Lasker, Katie Pratt, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton, England


hot spring in autumn, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria


Affinities, Centre Européen d’Action Artistiques, Strassbourg, France


The 181st Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum, New York


Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden


Modern and Contemporary Master Drawings, Connaught Brown Gallery, London, England


Summer Eyes/Summarize, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO


Gunnar A. Kaldewey: Artist Books for a Global World, Four Collaborations in Depth, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA


Paint it Blue- Werke aus der ACT Art Collection Siegfried Loch, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany


Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany


 


2002


Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany, UK


 


2001


New paintings, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, USA


Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, The Centre of Contemporary Art, “American Art from the Goetz Collection, Munich”


Between Language and Form, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, USA


 


2000


Arte Americana; Ultimo Decennio, Museo d Arte della Citta di Ravenna, Ravenna, Italy


 


1999-2000


Jonathan Lasker: Selective Identity, Paintings from the 1990s, St. Louis, MO, USA; Toronto, Canada; Birmingham, AL, USA


 


1999


In Site: Constructing the JCC Collection, Johnson County College, Gallery of Art, Overland Park, KS, US


Birmingham Museum of Art, AL, Jonathan Lasker: Selective Identity, Paintings from the 1990s


 


1998


Pop/Abstraction, Museum of American Art of Pennsylvania Academy of F.A. Philadelphia, PA, USA


ART C. Association Art Contemporain Ville d'Issoire, France


 


1997


Abstraction/Abstractions--Géometries Provisoires, Musée d'Art Moderne: curators DeChassey & Morineau St. Étienne, France


 


1996


Playpen & Corpus Delirium, Kunsthalle Zurich Zurich, Switzerland


 


1995


Sarah Campell Blaffer Gallery (& other locations) University of Houston, TX, USA


 


1993


The Permanent Collection Revisted, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington, DC, USA


 


1989


Horn of Plenty, Stedelijk Museum, curator Gosse Oosterhof Amsterdam, The Netherlands


 


1985


Vernacular Abstraction, Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo, Japan


 


1981


Patrick Verelst, Antwerp, Belgium


Public and private collections

Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY


Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL


The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, CA                                      


The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI


Fond National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France


Fond Regional d'Art Contemporain, Auvergne, France


Fundacio "La Caixa", Barcelona, Spain


Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Vigo, Spain


High Museum, Atlanta, GA


Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.