Modern Art

Born in Bay City, TX, USA, 1911
Died in Bay City, TX, USA, 1977

Education
1929 – 1931

Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas

College Station, TX, USA

1931 – 1933

University of Texas

Austin, TX, USA

Solo Exhibitions
2018

Modern Art

London

2017

Forrest Bess | Joan Snyder

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY, USA, travelling to: Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2016

Paintings

Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2013

Seeing Things Invisible

The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, USA, travelling to: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2013-14); Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, USA (2014); University of California at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA, USA (2014)

2012

Christie's

New York, NY, USA

1994

Annemarie Verna Galerie

Zurich, Switzerland

1993

Hirschl & Adler Modern

New York, NY, USA

1991

Compass Rose Gallery

Chicago, IL, USA

1989

Forrest Bess (1911-1977): Here is a Sign

Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

1988

Hirschl & Adler Modern

New York, NY, USA, travelling to: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA

1986

Hiram Butler Gallery

Houston, TX, USA

1981

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York, NY, USA

1977

The Art League of Bay City

Bay City, TX, USA

1974

Everson Museum of Art

Syracuse, NY, USA

1967

Betty Parsons Gallery

New York, NY, USA

1963

The New Arts

Houston, TX, USA

1962

Contemporary Arts Association

Houston, TX, USA

Retrospective Exhibition

Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1959

Recent Paintings

Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1958

André Emmerich Gallery

Houston, TX, USA

1957

Paintings

Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1951

Memorial Student Center

Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, College Station, TX, USA

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas, TX, USA

1950

Paintings

Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1941

The Museum of Fine Arts

Houston, TX, USA

1938

Witte Memorial Museum

San Antonio, TX, USA

1936

BayTex Hotel

Bay City, TX, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019

The World According to

Pace Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2018

The Art of Found Objects: Enigma Variations

Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX, USA

Collecting on the Edge

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA

Black Light

Centro de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

It's Personal

Edward Ressle Gallery, New York, NY, USA

School of Chairs

The David Ireland House, 500 Capp Street Foundation, San Francisco, CA, USA

Outliers and American Vanguard Art

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA, travelling to: High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, USA (2018); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2018-19)

2017

Get Outta That Spaceship and Fight Like a Man

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY, USA

The Museum of Everything

Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TAS, Australia

Margins Beyond: Self Taught

Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Dallas, TX, USA

2016

Intersections: Arlene Shechet

The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., USA

Before Midnight

Karma, Amagansett, NY, USA

Biennial of Painting 2016: Yoknapatawpha

Roger Raveelmuseum, Machelen-aan-de-Leie, Belgium

When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS, USA, travelling to: Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL, USA (2016-17); Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA, USA (2017); Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID, USA (2017); Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM, USA (2017)

Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA

2015

Surrealism: The Conjured Life

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA

The Abstract Impulse

The Grace Museum, Abilene, TX, USA

Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams of Modern Art in Houston

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, USA

2014

It's Magic

Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, USA

The Sea

Mu.ZEE, Ostend, Belgium

Left Bank on the Bayou: Avant-garde Art and Theater in the 1930s Houston

O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX, USA

July

The Approach, London

Purple States

Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Abandon the Parents

Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark

Pace Gems: Selections from the Linda Pace Foundation Permanent Collection

SPACE, San Antonio, TX, USA

2013

Songs of Innocence and Experience

Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

2012

HIEROGLYPHS

SPACE, San Antonio, TX, USA

Signs & Symbols

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA

Whitney Biennial 2012

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA

2011

Forrest Bess: 100 Years

Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Dallas, TX, USA

Legacy: Selections from Emily Fisher Landau's Gift to the Whitney Museum of American Art

Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY, USA

Sets and Sutures: Forrest Bess, Justin Lieberman, John McLaughlin

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2010

La maison et l’infini: The Christian Zacharias Collection

Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne, Switzerland

Four Decades

Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2009

Exhibition #1

The Museum of Everything, London, travelling to: Pinacoteca Agnelli, Turin, Italy (2010)

Core

Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Five Decades of Passion Part One: The Eye of the Collector, 1968-1988

Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY, USA

2008

Oranges and Sardines: Conversations on Abstract Painting

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Castle in Context

Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Disarming Matter

Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2007

a point in space is a place for an argument

David Zwirner, New York, NY, USA

Texas Modern: The Rediscovery of Early Texas Abstraction (1935-1965)

Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA, travelling to: Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, USA (2009-10)

2006

We Make Any Size of Mirror

Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY, USA

2005

Paint It With Black

Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2004

The Privilege of Solitude: Alfred Jensen and Forrest Bess

Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

17/15: A Selection of Art Made in Houston, 1950-1965

Brazos Projects, Houston, TX, USA

2003

Half Air

Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2000

Crossing State Lines: Texas Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

The Raw and the Cooked, in the series Making Choices

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

Modern and Contemporary Art: Spotlight on the Collection

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

1999

Severed Ear: The Poetry of Abstraction

Creiger-Dane Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

1998

Personal Cosmologies

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Parallel Worlds

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

1997

LANDSCAPE U.S.A.

Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Perfect Being

Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

About Context: Eva Hesse, Roni Horn, Agnes Martin, Ree Morton, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, James Bishop, Giulio Paolini, Forrest Bess, Fred Sandback, Richard Tuttle

Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

1996

Forrest Bess und Myron Stout: Bilder der 50er Jahre

Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, Germany

Texas Modern and Post-Modern

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

1995

Link

Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX, USA

1991

Stubborn Painting: Now and Then

Max Protetch Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Texas Selections from the Menil Collection

Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX, USA

Selections from the Collection

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, Purchase, NY, USA

1990

Toward the Future: Contemporary Art in Context

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA

Tradition and Innovation: A Museum Celebration of Texas Art

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

1989

Abstract Expressionism: Other Dimensions

Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, travelling to: Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL, USA (1990); and The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ, USA (1990)

Private Eye: Selected Works from Collections of Friends of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

1988

Texas Art: Selected from the Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Trustees’ Collections of the Contemporary Art Museum Houston

The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, USA

1987

Hiram Butler Gallery

Houston, TX, USA

1986

The Texas Landscape, 1900-1986

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

1985

Black and White I

Hand in Hand Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1984

La rime et la raison: les Collections Ménil (Houston–New York)

Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, France

Ten Years of Collecting at the MCA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA

"I Knew It To Be So!" Forrest Bess, Alfred Jensen, Myron Stout: Theory and the Visionary

New York Studio School, New York, NY, USA, travelling to: Centre for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, USA

1983

The Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA

1982

In Our Time: Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum 1948-1982

Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, USA

1968

Betty Parsons' Private Collection

Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA, travelling to: Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield, MI, USA; Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, TN, USA

1966

Eighth Annual Painting Invitational, organised by the Junior Service League

Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX, USA

1963

Dealer's Choice

Contemporary Arts Association, Houston, TX, USA

1962

Wit and Whimsy in Twentieth-Century American Art

Stella Elkins Tyler School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA, travelling to: Tulane University Art Center, New Orleans, LA, USA (1962); University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA (1963); Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT, USA (1963); Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, TX, USA (1963)

American Paintings from Houston Collections

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

The Age of the Thousand Flowers: An Exhibition of Works by Artists Past and Present

Jones Hall Fine Arts Gallery, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, USA

1958

Fresh Paint 1958: A Selective Survey of Recent Western Painting

Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, Stanford, CA, USA, travelling to: M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA

1957

Recent Contemporary Acquisitions – Houston

Contemporary Arts Association, Houston, TX, USA

Pacemakers

Contemporary Arts Association, Houston, TX, USA

1953

14th Artists West of the Mississippi Exhibition

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

1952

Philbrook Art Center

Tulsa, OK, USA

1942

Paintings and Prints by Artists of Various Nations

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

1939

15th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

The Sixteenth Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Oil Paintings

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