The Fuller Building, 41 East 57th Street, 9th Floor New York City, NY 10022 United States 212.535.8810
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$ 95,000


Origin United States
Period 1950-1979
Materials Oil on canvas
W. 95 in; H. 79 in;
W. 241.3 cm; H. 200.66 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date 1957
Description One of the most important abstract painters of his generation, Robert Natkin was known for his innovative blending of form, pattern, color and space to create a distinctly personal and lyrical style.

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1930, Natkin began his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago in the early fifties. In 1957, Natkin and his wife, fellow painter Judith Dolnick, opened Wells Street Gallery, which featured the work of artists such as Siskind, de Kooning, Kline, Pollock, and Chamberlain. 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.

During his time in New York, Natkin taught at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn 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 prominent groups shows, such as Young America (Whitney Museum of 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), Ways and Means (Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX), and the Annual of American Art (Pennsylvania Academy of Art, Philadelphia, PA) in 1962, and Jewish Themes/Contemporary American Artists (The Jewish Museum, New York, NY) in 1982.

Natkin’s paintings were included in a number of 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, such as 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).

Robert Natkin lived and worked in Redding, CT, until his death in 2010.
Styles / Movements Abstract Expressionism
Dealer Reference Number M 10264D.032
Incollect Reference Number 255138
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