Rosemarie Castoro

Rosemarie Castoro

Born in Brooklyn, Rosemarie Castoro (1939-2015) lived and worked in New York her entire life, becoming a central figure in the city's Minimalist and Conceptualist Art scene. 

Finding early inspiration in experimental dance and choreography while a student at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and in subsequent collaborations with Minimal dancer Yvonne Rainer in the 1960s, Castoro’s work throughout her life exhibited a distinctly performative character and understanding of space and movement. From 1964 onwards, Castoro created systematic works exploring colour and structural compositions in highly innovative experimentations, like her Y-Unit Interference and Inventory paintings and drawings. In 1968 - a time of political unrest in the USA - Castoro abandoned colour and started to engage with Concept Art, Street Works, Concrete Poetry and Post-Minimal sculpture. From the 1970s until the last years of her life, Castoro focused on sculptural experimentation. She introduced surreal and sexual allusions into the rational and mathematical frame of Minimalism, her work's organic shapes presenting a parallel to the experimentation of Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois.

Throughout her life she showed a tendency to blend media - declaring herself a ‘paintersculptor’. Neither wholly Minimalist nor feminist, her work transgressed and metamorphosed into an erotically charged language. The feminist critic and curator Lucy R. Lippard later identified her as a figure who ‘subverted or overrode Minimalism on its own turf’.

Awards

2019


Asia Society Hong Kong, Asia Arts Game Changer Awards


 


2017


US Department of State International Medal of Arts, 2017 




1998


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant


 


1989


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant


 


1985


National Endowment for the Arts


 


1977


Tiffany Foundation Grant


 


1975


National Endowment for the Arts


 


1971


Guggenheim Fellowship


 


1969


Art in Embassies


 


 


Solo exhibitions

2019


Rosemarie Castoro: Wherein Lies The Space, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris, France


 


2017


Rosemarie Castoro: Focus on Infinity, MACBA, The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain


 


2016


Interference / Infinity, Broadway 1602 Harlem, New York, NY, USA


 


2015


SP Arte, Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil


Rosemarie Castoro: Loft Show, Broadway 1602 Outdoor, Rosemarie Castoro Studio, New York, NY, USA


 


2014


Frieze Masters, Regents Park, London, UK


 


2011


The Forest, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Snow Jobs, Galerie Ivana de Gavardie, Paris, France


 


 2009


Straight Sided & Knee-High Flashers, Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France


 


2007


Armpit Hair Coming from the Corner of a Room and Party of Nine, 150 East 52 Street, New York, NY, USA


 


2006


The Dimension of Line, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


2004


Mosquito Net Works, Eaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL, USA


Écrits/Writings, Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France


 


2003


Arches and Tunnels, 1974-5" Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France




2002


Archetypes, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


 2000


Black & White & Steel, Eaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL, USA


 


1999


Gallery Floating, Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France


 


1998


Syncope, Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France


 


1997


Short Stories, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Underconsciousness, Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France


 


1995


1964-1994 (small) works, Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France


 


1993


Knee-High Flashers, Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France


1972-76 Drawings, Stella R Graphics, Paris, France


 


1991 


Brush Stroke Series, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, USA


Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1989


Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Rosemarie Castoro: A Retrospective of Selected Works, 127 Grand St, New York, NY, USA




1987


Saint Peter's Church, Citicorp Center, New York, NY, USA
New Sculpture, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA


1986


Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Eaton/Shoen Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA


 


1985


Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1984


Eaton/Shoen Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA


Flashers on Third Avenue, New York, NY, USA


 


1983


Tibor De Nagy Gallery, New York, NY, USA


The American Center, Paris, France


Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Seven Flashers, Duane Park, NY, USA


 


1981


Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Marion Deson, Chicago, IL, USA
Making the Transitory Permanent: A Decade of Black & White Sculpture, Hal Bromm, Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1980


Knee-high Flashers, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Selected Major Works, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1979


Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Dirty Old Men, Julian Pretto, New York, NY, USA
24 Flashers, Artpark, Lewiston, NY, USA


 


1978       


Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY, USA


P.S.1., Long Island City, NY, USA


Beaver's Trap, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Sculpture, 1970-78, and Drawings, 1964-78, Julian Pretto, New York, NY, USA


Galerie Farideh Cadot, Paris, France




1977


University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA


 


1975


Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Painting 1967-68, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1973


Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Suspensions, Lubin House Gallery, Syracuse University, NY, USA


 


1972


Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1971


Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


 


 


 


 


Group exhibitions

2019 


Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C, USA


La Source, Villa Carmignac, Ile de Porquerolles, France




2018


It Comes in Waves, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Land of Lads,Land of Lashes, Rosemarie Castoro – Lydia Okumura – Wanda Czelkowska, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, London, UK


 


2016


From Los Angeles to New York: The Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA


121 Street, Broadway 1602 Harlem, New York, NY, USA


Around the Edge, Broadway 1602 Uptown, New York, NY, USA


Inaugural Exhibition, Broadway 1602 Uptown, New York, NY, USA


 


2014


ULTRAPASSADO Part I and II, Broadway 1602, New York, NY, USA


Artevida, Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


 


 2013


Enact, Online exhibition, The 25th year anniversary of the Cleveland Performance Art,


Festival "Present and Accounted": River of Street, as appearing on YouTube, First 10 Years


of ArtPark, Lewiston, NYTrio Flashers


 


2012


ShemPO(M) and Poem 2, Galerie Ivana de Gavardie, Paris, France


Wish You Were Here, 1970's Avante Garde, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA


 


2011


Turtle, Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France
Gallery Floating, Ivana de Gavardie Gallery, Paris, France
Architectures/Dessins/Utopies, CNAP France support, Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana, Bucharest, Romania


It's All Good!! Apocalypse Now, Side Show Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Four Sculptors, Leslie Heller Workspace, NY, USA
Galerie Ivana de Gavardie, Paris, France


 


2010        


It’s a Wonderful 10th, Side Show Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Galerie Ivana de Gavardie, Paris, France
Anti-Icon, Eaton Fine Arts, West Palm Beach, FL, USA


New Works/Small Scale, Art612 Gallery, Key West, FL, USA


Neo-Vitruvian, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA


ArtPark 1974-1984, University of Buffalo, Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY, USA


 


 


2009


It's a Wonderful Life, Side Show Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Subversive Spaces: Surrealism & Contemporary Art, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK
Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, UK
Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France
The Paper Fool Gallery, Provincetown, MA


 


2008


Peace, Side Show Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Volume I  and Summer Show, Eaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL, USA
Grids and EKG of the ALGallery, Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, France


 


 2007


War is Over, Again, Side Show Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
It Takes a Lifetime, Paula Barr Chelsea, New York, NY, USA


A Day in the Life of a Gallerist, Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, France


Contemporary Selections, and Summer Sculptures Eaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL, USA


 


2005


Gesture, Eaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL, USA
Configurations, MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland
Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, France
After Minimalism, Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL, USA
Black and White, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Summer Sculpture, Eaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL, USA


Inside Out, Byrdcliffe, Woodstock, NY, USA


 


2003


Art in the Park, Ft. Taylor, Key West, FL, USA
America Drill, Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, France
Metal and Paper, Eaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL, France
Site/Insight, P.S.1, Museum of Modern Art, Long Island City, NY, USA
Poetry/Prose, Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, France


 


 2002


Art in the Park, Ft. Taylor, Key West, FL, USA


 


2001 


Mosquito Net Works, Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, France
Ironic Column, Side Show Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, France


2000Go Figure, Eaton Fine Art, Inc, West Palm Beach, FL, USA


 


1998


Director's Choice (Recent Gifts and Acquisitions), Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL, USA


 


1997


Les Moments de Lieu Propre Qui Rythment Le Silence, Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, France
Small & Beautiful, Eaton Fine Art, Inc, West Palm Beach, FL, USA


 


1996


Julian Pretto Collection, Wadsworth Athenaeum, CT, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Eric Satie..., Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, France
Chelsea Walk, I.C.E. Gallery, NY, USA


 


1995  


The Art of the Opera, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA, USA
Une Constellation, May 6-June 24, Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, France
Phallic Symbols, May 16-July 7, 24 Hours for Life Gallery, NY, France
Quelques artist americains dans les collections francaises, 1960-1970, Beaumanoir, Le Leslay, France


 


1994


1969 A Year Revisited, Grey Art Gallery, NY, USA
FIAC, October, Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, France        
Woodstock 94, Mural, NY, USA


 


1993


Rosemarie Castoro, Daniel Dezeuze, Simon Hantai, and 2x1000, Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, France


Two Kings, Boca Raton Museum, FL, USA
Double Muse, Henry Street Settlement, NY, USA


 


1992


La Boite A Malices, Stellar Graphics, Paris, France
Points of View: 10 New York Artists, Northcutt Gallery, Eastern Montana College, Billings, MT, USA
Visions of Angels, Nancy Driscoll Gallery, NY, USA


 


1990


Old Friends...New Friends, Marvin Seline Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Annual Exhibition, Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Women's College, Lynchburg,             VA, USA
Season's Best, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Works from the Seventies, Hal Bromm Gallery, NY, USA
Sculptors Working, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA


 


1987


Castoro/Sharon, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Socrates Sculpture Space/Park, Long Island City, NY, USA
Realism and Abstraction, 2Oth Century Art, Newark Museum, NJ, USA


 


1986


TENNon-Objective, and Home Sweet Home, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Citicorp, St. Peter's Sanctuary, New York, NY, USA
Socrates Sculpture Space/Park, Long Island City, NY, USA
Museum of Modern Art Lending Service, New York, NY, USA


 


1985


Figure it Out: Exploring the Figure in Contemporary Art, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX, USA
The Governors Art Show, 57th Fl. World Trade Center II, NY, USA
Not Just Black and White, City Gallery, New York, NY, USA


New Sculpture, Major Works and City Streets,  Hal Bromm Gallery, NY, USA
Side by Side, New Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA
American Women Artists, Stamford, CT, USA


San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, USA


Contemporary Triptychs, Edith C. Blum Art Institute, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA


The Destroyed Print, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
Highlights, Selections from Collection, Bank of America World Headquarters, San Francisco, CA, USA
5 Galvanized Portraits, Itokin Plaza, Madison Ave. & 53rd Street, NY, USA


 


1984


On an Intimate Dimension, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Celebration of Italian Americans, Passaic County Community College Art Gallery, Patterson, NJ, USA


Art on Paper 1983, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC, USA
Noho, Soho,Tribeca, The Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, VA, USA
Intoxication, Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Pratt Invitational Alumni Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY, USA


 


1983


Connections: Bridges/ Ladders/ Ramps/ Staircases/ Tunnels, Institute of Contemporary Art,


Philadelphia., PA, USA


 


1982 


Drawing/New Directions, Summit Art Center, NJ, USA
Selections from Eaton/Shoen's First Year, ES Gallery, SF, CA, USA
Eaton/Shoen Gallery at Frank Lloyd Wright's HC Price 'Grandmother' House", Scottsdale, AZ
On Ward's Island, Organization of Independent Artists, NY, USA


Collector's Choice, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA
The Destroyed Print, Pratt Manhattan Center Gallery, NY, USA
Sculpture on the Lawn and in the Gallery, Eaton/Shoen Gallery, SF, CA, USA
Anti-Apocalypse: Artists Respond to the Nuclear Peril, Ben Shahn Gallery, William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ, USA
American Abstraction Now, Institute of Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum, Richmond,VA, USA


 


1981


Inside Spaces, MOMA Art Lending Service, New York, NY, USA
Direction 1981, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA
New Dimensions in Drawing, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, USA
New Show on Ward's Island, OIA, Ward's Island Sculpture Garden, NY, USA
Art on Paper 1981, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC, USA
Drawings, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Selections from Hal Bromm, New York, Eaton/Shoen Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Drawings, Watercolors and Prints, Leah Levy Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Winners All, Creative Arts Program winners, Pratt Institute Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
New Art II: Surfaces/Textures, MOMA Art Lending Service, NY, USA


US Art Now, Jan Eric Lowenadler, Stockholm, Sweden


 Heresies Second Annual Benefit Show, Grey Art Gallery, NY, USA


The Summer Show, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Sculptor's Work on Paper, Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA


 


1980


Across the Nation: Fine Art for Federal Buildings 1972-79,  Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., USA
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, USA
Painting and Sculpture Today, 1980, Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN, USA
Arte Americana Contemporanea, Udine, Italy
OIA, Ward's Island Sculpture Garden, NY USA
All in Line, Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University, NY, USA
Banco Gallery, Brescia, Italy
Hirschl & Adler Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Painting & Sculpture, Leah Levy Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Breaking In, Old Islip Station, Creative Time, NY, USA
Apokalypsis, Nardin Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1979


Art on Paper 1979, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC, USA
A Great Big Drawing Show, P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY, USA


 


1978


Indoor - Outdoor, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY, USA
Armpit Hair, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Press Conference Auditorium, New York, NY, USA
Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN, USA
Art on the Beach, Creative Time, Inc., Battery Park, New York, NY, USA
Sculpture Library: Part One, OIA, Ward's Island Sculpture Garden, NY, USA
The Presence of Nature, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Branch, New York, NY, USA
Adams and Castoro, Rush Rhees Gallery, University of Rochester, NY, USA
Review and Preview, Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Rotating Corners, II, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Arches and Bridges, Walt Whitman International Poetry Center, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ, USA
Black and White on Paper, Nobe Gallery, NJ, USA


 


1977       


Collection in Progress, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Invitational Sculpture Exhibition, Tyler Gallery of Art, SUNY, Oswego, NY, USA
Video and Performance, University of Colorado, UMC Center, Boulder, CO, USA
Art in Public Places, OIA, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY, USA
Drawings for Outdoor Sculpture, John Weber Gallery, NY
Forms in Focus, Co-op City, NY, USA
Moving, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA
$100 Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Shelf of Grass, Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY, USA
...Trap, Julian Pretto Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


 


1976


Ladder, Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Artists '76, McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX, USA
Thinking Drawings, Womencenter, Boulder, CO, USA
Sculptor's Drawings, Fine Arts Building, New York, NY, USA
Five Artists, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA


 


1975


New Drawings, Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Arches are Bridges, Storm King Gallery, Mountainville, NY, USA


 


1974


Art Acquisitions, 1973, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA
Storm King Art Gallery, Mountainville, NY, USA


 


1972


New York, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Paintings and Sculpture, Storm King Art Gallery, Mountainville, NY, USA
Oversized Drawings, Loeb Student Center, New York University, NY, USA
Armpit Hair, 112 Greene Street Gallery, NY, USA


 


1971


Drawings, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Erasable Structures, School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Projected Art: Artists at Work, Finch College, NY, USA


The Drawn Line, Parker 470 Gallery, Boston, MA, USA
Three Persons, 112 Greene Street Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Auction for Max's, Lo Guidice Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Highlights of the 1970-71 Art Season, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, USA
Drawings, Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, NC, USA


Changing Terms, curated by Elizabeth Clark, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA


 


 


1970


995,000, Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada
Between 4, Stadtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
Drawing Show, Bard College, Proctor Art Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA
Art in the Mind, Allen Art Museum, Oberlin, OH, USA
Young Artists for Young Collectors, Reese Palley, New York, NY, USA
High Class Drawings, Hundred Acres Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1969 


Number 7, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Streetworks,  13th & 14th Streets, New York, NY, USA
Language III, Dwan Gallery, New York, NY, USA


555,087, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA
Drawing Show, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1968       


Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Language III, Dwan Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1967


Invitational, Park Place Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1966


Invitational, Park Place Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Distillation, Tibor de Nagy & Stable Galleries, New York, NY, USA
E.A.T. Benefit, Castelli Gallery, New York, NY


 


1963


Prints, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, USA


 


 


 


 


 


 




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Public and private collections

France 


Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris


 


Spain 


MACBA, Barcelona


 


USA


Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY


Newark Museum, Newark, NJ


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, CA


Boca Raton Museum, Miami, FL