Robert Natkin

American, 1930 - 2010
Born in Chicago in 1930, Robert Natkin began his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago in the early ‘50s. Seeking further opportunities to show his work, Natkin moved to New York City in 1959, and was represented by Poindexter Gallery and later André Emmerich. Along with his dedicated studio practice, Natkin taught at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY while continuing to show in solo exhibitions throughout the country and abroad, most notably at the Tokyo Ginza Art Center (Tokyo, Japan), the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), the Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain (Grand Palais, Paris, France), the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, CT). Additionally, Natkin was featured in a number of important group shows, such as Young America (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY) in 1960, New Talent (Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA) and Carnegie Biennial (Carnegie Institute of Modern Art, Pittsburgh, PA) in 1961, Lyricism in Abstract Art (Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington D.C. and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA), and Ways and Means (Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX) in 1962. Natkin’s paintings were included in several exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY) from 1973 through 1980. The Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH) held a retrospective of the artist’s work in 1997. Natkin’s work can be found in esteemed public collections throughout the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.), the Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), and the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY). After leaving New York City in 1970 with his family, Robert Natkin lived and worked in Redding, CT, until his death in 2010.
Robert Natkin paintings
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