BIOGRAPHY

Born 1956, Santa Monica, CA

Lives and works in Berkeley, CA

 

EDUCATION

University of California at Berkeley, BA 1979 in Landscape Architecture

University of California at Berkeley, MFA 1984 in Painting

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Stars Without Distance, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

 

At the very end of the blue sky, THE CLUB, Tokyo, Japan

 

John Zurier, Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger, Norway

 

Dust and Troubled Air, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016

The Last Summer Light, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium

 

John Zurier, Summer Book, Niels Borch Jensen, Berlin

 

John Zurier and Friends, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA

 

Recent Watercolors, Lawrence Markey, San Antonio, Texas

 

East, Galerie Nordenhacke, Berlin

2015

John Zurier: Watercolors, Galleri Gangur (The Corridor), Reykjavik, Iceland

 

Between North and Night, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden

 

"West of the Future," Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

2014

John Zurier: Matrix 255, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

 

Recent Paintings, Lawrence Markey, San Antonio, TX

2013

Knowledge is a blue naiveté, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany

 

"A spring a thousand years ago," Peter Blum Gallery, NY

 

"John Zurier: Watercolors," Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

 

"John Zurier," Peter Blum Gallery, ADAA Art Show

2012

John Zurier: Paintings, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke-Heist, Belgium

 

John Zurier Paintings 1998-2012, The 30th Sao Paulo Biennial: The Imminence of Poetics, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2011

John Zurier Paintings and Watercolors, Gallery Paule Anglim,San Francisco, CA

2010

White Paintings and Night Paintings, Peter Blum Chelsea, NY

 

Nordic Paintings, Galería Javier López, Madrid

2009

John Zurier / John Beech, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

2008

John Zurier, “Night Paintings,” Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

2007

John Zurier, Galeria Javier López, Madrid, Spain

 

John Zurier: New Works, Peter Blum SoHo, New York, NY

2005

John Zurier: New Paintings, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

 

John Zurier: New Paintings, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

2003

John Zurier, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

 

John Zurier: Oblaka, Peer, London, UK

2002

Broken Fragments: New Monotypes on Linen and Paper, Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA

2001

John Zurier, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

 

John Zurier, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

2000

John Zurier: Paintings 1997-1999, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA (catalogue with interview with Lawrence Rinder)

1999

John Zurier: Monotypes, Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA

1994

John Zurier: Abstract Paintings, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

1990

John Zurier: Monotypes, Concourse Gallery, Bank of America World Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

1989

John Zurier: New Paintings, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

1986

John Zurier, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

1985

John Zurier, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

1984

John Zurier, Dana Reich Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

John Zurier, Sun Gallery, Hayward, CA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

SottoPelle (under the skin), Galleria Annarumma, Naples

 

THE STAND, P! Gallery, New York, NY

2016

Traces of Water, Hafnarbjorg, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

 

Be With Me, a Small Exhibition of Large Painting, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

 

Once we were next door neighbours, Hreinn Fridfinnsson and John Zurier, Listasafn ASI, Reykjavik, Iceland

2015

A Studio in Iceland, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

Paper Trail: Contemporary Prints, Drawings, and Photographs from the Collection, Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

2012

30th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil

 

Heat Waves, Peter Blum Chelsea, New York, NY

 

Drawing a Line in the Sand, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

2011

El Genet Blau (The Blue Rider), JiM Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain

 

Life of the World to Come: Twist and Shout, NIAD Gallery, Richmond, CA

2010

Black and White, Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, NY

 

California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

 

Le Tableau, Cheim and Read Gallery, New York, NY

 

Jack Davidson, Laurie Reid, John Zurier, Pulliam Gallery, Portland, OR

 

Rare and Unreleased, NIAD Gallery, Richmond, CA

2009

Diminuendo & Crescendo: Small Works Exhibition, San Francisco Studio School Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

Galaxy: A Hundred or So Stars Visible to the Naked Eye, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

 

TRANSformal, Pharmaka, Los Angeles, CA

 

Luminous Room, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

 

Evergreen: Green Paintings, George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

Trans: Form/Color, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

Monochrome, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2008

Pintura Abstracta, Galeria Javier López, Madrid, Spain

 

Surface and Substance, San Francisco Studio School Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

To Be Looked At, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

 

To: Night, Times Square Gallery, Hunter College Art Galleries, New York, NY, in conjunction with “Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

 

Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea

2007

X-Tra:Kunstler der Galerie, Galerie Clause Smerak, Munich, Germany

 

CCA: 100 Years of the Making, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

 

Color/Construction: John Zurier / Tomas Vinson, Wade Wilson Art, Houston, TX

 

Contemporary Art: Gifts from the Alex Katz Foundation, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, MA

 

Selections from the Concrete, H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery, El Centro College, Dallas, TX

2006

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

 

Line and Surface: Works on Paper, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

 

Some Light, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

 

Introduction, Wade Wilson Art, Houston, TX

2005

A Motion Picture: Videos by 18 Artists, curated by Tom Marioni, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

 

Bay Area Bazaar, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR

2004

Specific Light, Eugene Binder Gallery, Marfa, TX

 

Array, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

 

Turning Corners, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

 

Gallery Artists, Chac Mool Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003

Exodus: Between Promise and Fulfillment, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK

 

Paintings, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

2002

John Zurier, Robert Ryman, Joseph Marioni: Painting, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

 

Painted Color, Chac Mool Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

Whitney Biennial 2002, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

 

XXL, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

2001

Prints, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

 

Minimalism: Then and Now, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

 

Selected Artists, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

1999

A Quiet Storm, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

Paintings, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX

 

Beholding Beauty, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

1998

Undercurrents and Overtones: Contemporary Abstract Painting, Oliver Art Center, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

 

Paintings, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

 

Practice and Process: New Painterly Abstraction in California, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena and the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

1996

Abstraction Absolved: Ten Bay-Area Painters, Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA

 

New Talent, New Ideas, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY

 

Paintings, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

 

Three Painters: Anne Appleby, Gregg Renfrow, John Zurier, Arts Benicia Center, Benicia, CA

1993

Drawing First, Southern Exposure Gallery at Project Artaud, San Francisco, CA

 

Recent Paintings: Donald Feasel, Philip Morsberger, John Zurier, Shasta College Gallery, Redding, CA

 

Artists’ Self-Portraits in Black and White by Eighty-six West Coast Artists, Edith Caldwell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

Chad Buck, Dan Connally, John Zurier, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

1992

Three Painters: Donald Feasel, Philip Morsberger, John Zurier, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, CA

 

Drawing Room, Nexus, Berkeley, CA

1990

Chain Reaction Six, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

Fifteen Artists of Gallery Paule Anglim, Shasta College Gallery, Redding, CA

1989

Invitation Print Exhibition, NIAD Gallery, Richmond, CA

1988

Sixteen Young Bay Area Artists, Colorado State University Art Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

1986

Monotypes: Garner Tullis Workshop, Pace Editions, New York, NY

 

Garner Tullis Workshop, Gallery au Poisson Rouge, Praz/Vully, Switzerland

 

Expressive Abstraction, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

 

Gallery Artists, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

 

ProArts Annual, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, CA

 

The Art of Collaboration: Monotypes from the Studios of Garner Tullis, California State University, San Bernadino, CA; traveled to Western Washington State University Art Gallery

 

Teachers and Pupils, Anna Gardner Gallery, Stinson Beach, California

1984

Three Pick Four, University of California, San Francisco, California

 

MFA/UCB/1984, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

1983

Hayward Area Forum of the Arts Annual, Centennial Hall, Hayward, CA

1980

Paintings and Drawings, Phillippe Bonnafont Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

MONOTYPE PROJECTS

1998-2002

Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA

1989-1990

Garner Tullis Workshop, Santa Barbara,CA

1984-1986

Garner Tullis Workshop, Emeryville, CA

 

AWARDS AND TEACHING

2010

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

2006

Present Distinguished Professor, California College of the Arts

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME

Microsoft Corporation Art Collection, Redmond, WA

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

University of California, San Francisco Art Collection, San Francisco, CA

Principia College, Elsah, IL

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017

Pobric, Pac. “Private View,” The Art Newspaper, October 1

 

Kotz, Genevieve. “NYC Gallery Scene – Highlights Through October 1, 2017,” Hampton Arts Hub, September 26

 

Cascone, Sarah. “Editors’ Picks: 16 Things to See in New York This Week,” Artnet, September 25

 

Sunnana, Arnhild. “John Zurier – en kunstner vi vil se mer av!” Contemporary Art Stavanger, April 4

 

Borgen, Trond. “Colour as Optical Sponge,” Stavanger Aftenblad, April 18

 

Roth, David M. “John Zurier @ Anglim Gilbert,” Square Cylinder, May 31

 

“Við vorum einu sinni nágrannar - John Zurier og Hreinn Friðfinnsson,” art*zine, June 27

2016

“Fjölbreytt myndlistar- og hönnunardagskrá á Listahátíð í Reykjavík,” Listahátíð 2016, May 9

 

Chan, Dawn. “Land of Plenty: Reykjavik,” Artforum, June 5

 

Jóhannsdóttir, Anna. “Af góðum grönnum,” Morgunblaðið, June 23

 

“Datebook: John Zurier’s New Exhibition at Crown Point Press Gallery,” Blouin ArtInfo, September 6

 

Brown, Kathan. “John Zurier,” Overview, Fall

 

Jadrnak, Jackie. “Enchanting Art,” Journal North, October 21

2015

Sultan, Altoon. “John Zurier: Poetic Reticence,” Studio and Garden, February 24

 

Ray, Eleanor. “John Zurier,” The Brooklyn Rail, March 5

 

“John Zurier,” The New Yorker, March 9

 

Robinson, Emil. “A Vessel Filling Slowly,” ÆQAI, March 24

 

Bergman, Jeff. “Painting Lives! Zurier, Frecon and Nozkowski,” Atlas: Art News & Reviews & Interviews, April 9

 

Ebony, David. “John Zurier,” Art in America, May 12

 

Rhodes, David. “’Correspondances’: Evocations of Real World Experience in the Paintings of John Zurier,” artcritical.com, March 12

 

“Here are the Nominees for the 2014 AICA Awards,” ArtNews, February 27

2014

Bennett, Steve. “Lights, colors of Iceland inform artist’s work,” San Antonio Express News, April 13

 

Castro, Laslie Moody. “John Zurier at Lawrence Markey,” ArtForum, April 21

 

Mangini, Elizabeth. “John Zurier: MATRIX 255,” Caa.reviews, June 4

 

Tedford, Matthew Harrison. “John Zurier on Iceland, Light, and Landscape,” KQED Arts, October 6

 

Baker, Kenneth. “Art reviews: John Zurier in Berkeley,” San Francisco Chronicle, October 21

 

Baker, Kenneth. “Art review: John Zurier in Berkeley, Jurgen Trautwein in S.F.,” SF Gate, October 31

 

Howard, Rachel. “Painter John Zurier stirs memories with color, light,” SFGate, December 10

 

Golden, Alisa. “For the Love of Painting, Texture, Light, and Place: John Zurier,” Making Handmade Books, December 23

2013

Seed, John, “Once I get there, I Know Where I am,” The Huffington Post, July 26

 

Schjeldahl, Peter, “Goings on About Town: Art, John Zurier,” The New Yorker, June 24

 

Maine, Stephen, “One Foot In The Sublime: John Zurier at Peter Blum,” ArtCritical, May 26

 

“John Zurier at Peter Blum,” NY Arts, May 1

 

Ebony, David, “The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows You Won’t Want to Miss,” May 9

 

Baker, Kenneth, "John Zurier: Watercolors," San Francisco Chronicle, April 20, 2013

 

Johnson, Ken, "Going Solo Has Its Day, in a Hodgepodge of Styles, Art Dealers Association Show at Park Avenue Armory," New York Times, March 7, 2013

 

Sultan, Altoon. “Atmosphere and Touch: The Paintings of John Zurier,” Studio and Garden, May 19

2012

Fer, Briony, "The 30th Sao Paulo Bienal," Artforum, December 2012

 

"Top 10 from the Sao Paulo Bienal," Art in America, September 25, 2012 (online)

2011

Baker, Kenneth "John Zurier, Paintings and Watercolors," San Francisco Chornicle, October 22, 2011

 

Knight, Christopher, "California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art," Los Angeles Times, Jan 6, 2011

2010

Harvey, Doug, "Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Biennial?" LA Weekly, Nov 18, 2010

 

Wilson, Michael, "Le Tableau," Time Out New York / Issue 777: Aug 19-25, 2010

 

Morgan, Robert C., "Le Tableau at Cheim and Read," Artcritical.com, July 23, 2010

 

Smith, Roberta, "Le Tableau: French Abstraction and Its Affinities," The New York Times, July 2, 2010

2009

Baker, Kenneth, “Abstracts Commingle Well at Meridian,” San Francisco Chronicle, November 28, 2009

 

Feldman, Melissa, “John Zurier, Gallery Paule Anglim,” Frieze, Issue 125, September 2009

 

Fazzolari, Bruno, “John Zurier & John Beech,” Stretcher Reviews, San Francisco, CA Stretcher.org

2008

Newhall, Edith. “A Larry Becker Show Hail the Hue,” The Philadelphia Enquirer, July 25, 2008

 

Newhall, Edith. “Night Paintings,” The Philadelphia Enquirer, March 20

2007

Smith, Roberta. “John Zurier: Paintings”, The New York Times, May 18

 

Baker, Kenneth. “Good, Bad, Ugly at Langton,” San Francisco Chronicle, February 17, 2007.

2005

Baker, Kenneth. “Zurier at Anglim,” San Francisco Chronicle, June 18

 

Fyfe, Joe. “John Zurier at Larry Becker,” Art in America, November

 

Jayavant, Prajakti. “John Zurier, New Paintings at Gallery Paule Anglim,” Stretcher.org.

 

Newhall, Edith. “Paint in a Bottle,” The Philadelphia Enquirer, April 15

2003

Baker, Kenneth. “Zurier’s Quiet Brush,” San Francisco Chronicle, October 25

 

Searle, Adrian. “Lost in Space,” The Guardian UK, July 15

2002

Aronowitz, Al. “Column Seventy”, The Blacklisted Journalist, April 1, 2002.

 

Baker, Kenneth. “The Possibility of an Image,” San Francisco Chronicle, December 22

 

Moutot, Michel. “La Biennale du Whitney Museum descend dans Central Park”, Agence France-Presse, March 9

 

Princenthal, Nancy. “Whither the Whitney Biennial”, Art in America. June

 

Saltz, Jerry. “American Bland Stand”, Village Voice, March 7

 

Smith, Roberta. “Bad News for Art at the Whitney Biennial”, The New York Times, March 31

 

Sozanski, Edward. “Three Painters,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 1

 

Vicente, Mercedes. “La Biennal de Whitney,” La Vanguardia, March 7

 

Searle, Adrian. “Lost in Space,” The Guardian UK, July 15

2001

Baker, Kenneth. “Louise Fishman/John Zurier,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 14, p. B2.

 

Hamlin, Jesse. “John Zurier Captures Joy in Fields of Color,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 4, p. C2.

2000

Baker, Kenneth. “Painting’s Move Toward the Vanishing Point,” San Francisco Chronicle, January 8, p. B1.

 

Bonetti, David. “John Zurier’e New Work at Gallery Paule Anglim,” San Francisco Examiner, January 12, p. B-6.

1999

Baker, Kenneth. “Zurier’s Wavering Lines of Uncertainty,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 20, p.B10.

1998

Bonetti, David. “Abstraction is Back,” San Francisco Examiner, October 22, p.B1.

 

Bonetti, David. “Ten Takes on Painterly Abstraction,” San Francisco Examiner, August 11, pp. B1, B7.

 

Krantz, Claire Wolf. “Practice and Process,” SEE, September-October

 

Martin, Victoria. “Practice and Process: New Painterly Abstraction at the Armory Center for the Arts,” Artweek, April 1998, Volume 29, Number 4, p.24.

 

“Ten Takes on Painterly Abstraction,” San Francisco Examiner, August 11, pp.B1, B7.

 

Wilson, William. “Pasadena Armory Showcases California Abstractionists,” Los Angeles Times, March 30, p.F7.

1996

Bonetti, David. “Return of the Abstract at Mills College,” San Francisco Examiner, December 6, p.C3.

 

Webster, Mary Hull. “Anne Appleby, Gregg Renfrow and John Zurier at Arts Benicia,” Artweek, April, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 19-20.

 

Shaboy, Benny. Interview with John Zurier, studioNOTES, January/March, issue 10, pp. 4-5.

1994

Baker, Kenneth. “Reviews: John Zurier at Paule Anglim,” ARTnews, October

1993

Baker, Kenneth. “John Zurier at Anglim,” San Francisco Chronicle, January 20, p. D3.

1992

Baker, Kenneth. “Three Painters at Oakland Show,” San Francisco Chronicle, December 24, p. E.

1990

Baker, Kenneth. “Zurier’s Monotypes at Bank of America,” San Francisco Chronicle, September 20, p. E5.

1989

Baker, Kenneth. “Forthright, Bold Abstracts,” San Francisco Chronicle, June 17

1987

Mochary, Alexandra. “Bay Area Art - Take Another Lok,” Antiques and Fine Art, November/December, pp. 71-75.

1986

Brunson, Jamie. “A Sense of Spiritual metaphor,” Artweek, November 29, vol. 17, no. 40, pp. 9-10.

 

Shere, Charles. “Strong Statement for Expressive Abstraction,” Oakland Tribune, November 27, p. C3.

 

Shere, Charles. “Vitality Spills Out from Canvases of Young Bay Artists,” Oakland Tribune, February 4, p. C1.

1985

Ames, Richard. “John Zurier at Pamela Auchincloss Gallery,” Santa Barbara California news Press, October 12, p. D26.

 

Shere, Charles. “Pro Arts Stages Welcome Revival of Juried Annual,” Oakland Tribune, December 24, p. C3.

 

Solnit, Rebecca. “A Familiar Future,” Artweek, July 13, vol. 16, no. 25, p. 6.

 

BOOKS, MONOGRAPHS, AND CATALOGUES

2015

John Zurier Paintings: 1981-2014. New York, NY: Peter Blum Edition, 2015

2012

Sao Paulo Bienal "The Imminence of Poetics," (catalog), Luis Pérez-Oramas, Tobi Maier, André Severo, Isabela Villanueva

2011

"Repeat After Me - Poems by Bill Berkson, Watercolors by John Zurier. Published by Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

2010

"2010 California Biennial: Orange County Museum of Art," (catalog) Sarah C. Bancroft

2008

"To: Night (Contemporary Representations of the Night)" (catalog), curated by Joachim Pissarro, Mara Hoberman, Julia Moreno

 

"The 7th Gwanju Biennial: 2008 Annual Report," (catalog), curated by Okwui Enwezor, et al.

 

"John Zurier Night Paintings: 2007-2008," (catalog), Larry Becker Contemporary Art Philadelphia, PA

2005

Pope, Alexander. John Zurier: New Paintings 2005. Text from “The Essay on Man.” San Francisco, CA: Gallery Paule Anglim, 2005. (exhibition catalogue)

2003

EXODUS: Between Promise and Fulfillment. Essay by Anthony Downey. Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge: Cambridge, England, 2003. (exhibition catalogue)

2002

Rinder, Lawrence, et. al. Whitney Biennial 2002. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2002. (exhibition catalogue)

2000

John Zurier Paintings 1997-1999. Interview with Lawrence Rinder. San Francisco, CA: Gallery Paule Anglim, 2000. (exhibition catalogue)

1998

Practice and Process: New Painterly Abstraction in California. Introduction by Jay Belloli and Jeff Nathanson. Pasadena and Richmond, CA: Armory Center for the Arts and the Richmond Art Center, 1998. (exhibition catalogue)

1996

Abstraction Absolved: Ten Bay Area Painters. Introduction by Keith Lachowicz. Oakland, CA: Mills College Art Gallery, 1996. (exhibition catalogue)

1986

Garner Tullis Workshop: Monotypes. Introduction by Memory Holloway. Praz/Vully, Switzerland. Galerie Au Poisson Rouge, 1986. (exhibition catalogue)


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