Project Description

Will Berry

The engaging paintings and prints of Will Berry explore relationships of color, space and form with assured and fluid deliberateness. Much of the impetus for Berry’s art stems from a desire to communicate both personally and universally–to investigate and encapsulate distilled aspects of the Self while simultaneously maintaining a dialogue with the history of art. A former realist painter, Berry’s work has lately embraced a kind of stylized abstraction which on the surface acknowledges and fuses several Modernist traditions–the Pagan exuberance of Matisse and Gauguin: the poetic, privatized tranquility of Bonnard; the radiant, saturated chromatic play of Color Field painting; the spare, lyrical, linear dynamic of late de Kooning. But the heart of Berry’s work extends back further, to the European Baroque and Rococo, with its emphasis on light, color and motion, and to more ancient cultures and periods encompassing the development and flowering of decorative arts design.

EDUCATION
1993 MFA Painting; Boston University
1990 Washington Studio School; Washington, DC
1986 Watkins College of Art, Nashville, TN
1985 Art Student’s League; New York, NY
1981 BA Architecture; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
1976 BA English; Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA

GRANTS AND AWARDS
2011 “Music of the Stones”, William Berry, documentary, “The Pacific Ring of Fire – Mexico and Guatemala”, Prospect TV Production, French-German Public Television Arte
2007-2011 “Music of the Stones”, North American Art Project and Research Corporation, Franklin, TN
2009 “Feuente de la Luz”, Chiconcauc, Mexico
2008 “Las Salinas”, Punta Mita, Jalisco, Mexico

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 The Limit of Place, Freijo Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2014 I Saw the Sun, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
2013 The Night of the Iguana, Curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Zeitgeist Gallery
2011 New Works, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
2010 Music of the Stones, William Berry, Museo Universitario El Chopo, UNAM, Mexico City
2008 LA LUZ DE LOS COLORES, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN
2007 The Pull of the Air, Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ
2006 Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico, DF
2006 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
2005 Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ
2004 Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
2004 Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ
2003 Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2002 Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
2000 Monotypes, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
1997 Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
1996 Zeigeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
Dru Astark Gallery, New York, NY
1995 Dru Astark Gallery, New York, NY
Main Street Gallery; Nantucket, MA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013 Gold Rush, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2011 NOW: Works from Colleciton Jumex: curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Instituto Cultural Cabanas, Guadalajara
2011 “La Muerte Blanca”, Galeria de Arte de la Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico,  Mexico City, MX
2011 “Terrible Beauty/Belleza Atroz: Will Berry, Patrick Hamilton, and ‘Moris’ Israel Meza  Moreno”, curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Caja Blanca Gallery, Mexico City, MX
2010 Colectiva de Galeria Ethra en Bancomer, Mexico City, Mexico
2010 Efecto Dracula, curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Museo Universitario El Chopo,  UNAM, Mexico City
2009 COLD PRESS, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
2009 Como Agua Fria, Caja Blanca, Mexico City; curated by Victor Zamudio Taylor
2009 LA RAIZ DE LO ACTUAL, Glaeria Ethra; Mexico City
2009 Summer Show, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2009 Art in open Air Spaces, Terrazzo, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
2008 INAUGURACION, Galeria Ethra; Mexico City
2008 Avalancha Gráfica, Galeria Ethra; Mexico City
2008 Dialogues: Works on Paper, Zeitgeist Gallery Nashville, TN
2008 “TALLER DE GRABADO FERNANDO SANDOVAL”, el IAGO,  Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
2008 Dialogues: Painting, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
2008 INKED, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
2008 Zeitgeist Print Portfolio 2008, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
2005 Ripe for the Picking Jim Kemper Fine Art, New York, NY
2005 Summer Show, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2004 Ritual, Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN
2005 Bentley Gallery; Scottsdale, AZ
2005 Detail, Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN
2003 Ahead of Ourselves, Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN
2001 Abstract II, curated by Graham Nickson; New York, NY
1998 Finding the Familiar, Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN
1997 Baldwin Galler, Aspen, CO
1996 Salon de Tree, curated by Austin Ackles and Mary Jones, Central Park, NYC
1995 ME Dru Astark Gallery, New York, NY
1994 Frank Holiday and Will Berry, Dru Astark Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Art in Embassies Program, curated by Rene Harrison, Copenhagen, Denmark
1992 Art in Embassies Program, curated by Rene Harrison, Copenhagen, Denmark
1991 Art in Embassies Program, curated by Rene Harrison, Copenhagen, Denmark

SELECTED CATALOGS
Now: Works from Collection Jumex, curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, 2011
Aperturas, Museo Universitario del Chopo, 2011, catalog:
Effecto Dracula, curated by Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Mexico City, 2010
Arte Contemporáneo 2011, Grupo de los Dieciséis, Salon La Troje,  Hacienda de los Morales, Mexico City
Music of the Stones, 2011, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Mexico City

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
La Colección Jumex, Ecatepec, MX
Andreas Dracopoulos, New York
Museo de Arte de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, Mexico City
Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City
Tennessee State Museum, Bridgestone-Firestone Trust, Nashville,TN
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsvillle, AL
EMI, New York
Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN
University of the South, Sewanee, TN
Four Seasons Hotel, Punta Mita, JAL
Barbara Garza Laguera de Braniff, Mexico City, MX
Miguel Ortiz Monasterio, Mexico City, MX
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2011 Sandra Reyes, “Now: obras de La Colección Jumex”, Código, November 2011
2011 Mariana Aguirre, “Una obra petulante e impreciso”, Replicante, November 2011
2011 “ Presentan la exposición, Now: obras de La Colección Jumex”, Arteven /
Arte Contemporáneo, November 2011
2011 “Now: obras de La Colección Jumex”, Arte Informado, October 2011
2011 “Una muestra de jugoso arte”, El Informador, Jalisco, October 2011
2011 “Guadalajara en cuatro tomas”, Vivelohoy, October 2011
2011 “Las impresiones de Now en las Cabañas”, El Informador, October 2011
2011 “Hospicio Cabañas expondrá obra de 140 artistas”, El Reportero, October 2011
2011 “Las ideas del ahora de 80 artistas conviven en el Instituto Cabañas”, La Jornada, Jalisco, October 2011
2011 “Hospicio Cabañas expondrá obra de 140 artistas”, El Universal, October 2011
2011 Donatella Lockhart, “Jumex !Now! Fusion inmediata en el Instituto Cultural Cabañas enGuadalajara”, Casa & Gente, October 2011
2011 “Llega ‘Ahora’, de la Colección Jumex, al Cabañas”, YouTube, Informador, October 2011
2011 “Preview “Now: La Colección Jumex”, Instituto Cultural Cabañas” YouTube,
Abarrotera mexicana, October 2011
2011 “NOW: Obras de la Colección Jumex” @ Instituto Cultural Cabañas,
Abarrotera mexicana, October 2011
2011 “Televisa reconoce visión de Eugenio López Alonso”, Milenio, October 2011
2011 “El Cabañas se pone muy jugoso”, Milenio, October 2011
2011 “‘Now’, La Colección Jumex llega al Hospicio Cabañas”, JAL, Gobierno de Jalisco,
October 2011
2011 “La exposición ‘Now: obras de La Colección Jumex’ se presenta en Guadalajara”,
Arteenared.com, October 2011
2011 “Esto Now es una exposición”, El Informador, October 2011
2011 Sandra Reyes, “Now: Obras de la Colección Jumex”, Código, October 2011
2011 “Fundación Colección Jumex , El Instituto Cultural Cabañas y Televisa Guadalajara”, ARTEVEN / Art Contemporáneo, October 2011
2011 “Expondrá Instituto Cabañas 140 obras de Colección Jumex”, Provincia, October 2011.
2011 “Now: obras de La Colección Jumex , Curaduría: Víctor Zamudio Taylor”, a la Fuga, September, 2011
2011 “Arte contemporáneo a placer”, La Colección Jumex de arte contemporáneo, El Informador, September 2011
2011 “Arte contemporáneo a placer”, Poncitlán, August 2011
2011 “NOW, Jumex Collection”, Artnexus, August 2011
2011 Cindi E. Islas Miranda, “Diálogos de la “Belleza atroz”, El Sol de Mexico, August 2011
2011 “Chile, Estados Unidos y México reunen sus tradiciones”, Telediario, July 2011
2011 “Reúne muestra tradición estética de Chile, Estados Unidos y México”, Zocallo Saltillo, July 2011
2011 Pako Arellano, “CAJA BLANCA presenta la exposicion Terrible Beauty / Belleza atroz”, Inkult, July 2011
2011 “Belleza Atroz”, Camin Arte, July 2011
2011 Sonia Ávila, “Dialogan lo bello y lo brutal”, Excélsior, July 2011
2010 Cristina Faleroni, “Music of the Stones”, Vista de Arte, Espacio de Arte & Cultura,
September 2010
2010 “Music of the Stones”, La Jornada, 22 September 2010
2010 Dr Enrique González Martínez,“ Music of the Stones, William Berry”, Inkult Magazine Blog, September 2010
2010 “’Music of the Stones”, El Universal, 3 September 2010
2010 Martha Herrera, “Imágenes traducidas a sonidos en la muestra Music of the Stones”, Gaceta UNAM, 2 September 2010
2010 Elsa Treviño, “Efecto Drácula / Comunidades en transformación”, MX-DF , August 2010
2010 “Efecto Drácula / Comunidades en transformación”, WokiToki, September 2010
2010 Francisco Medina, “El Museo del Chopo presenta Efecto drácula/Comunidades en transformación”, El Punto Critico, August 2010
2010 “Efecto drácula / Comunidades en transformación”, Blogs Van Mexico,, July 2010
2010 “Dracula Effect, Museo Universitario Del Chopo,” Critics Picks, ArtForum, June 2010
2010 “Museo del Chopo: Tres miradas contraculturales”, El Economista, June 2010
2010 “Efecto Drácula / Comunidades en transformación”, Distrito Global, 2010
2010 Aileen Selene Mazón, “El Museo del Chopo regrsa con Efecto Drácula”, Milmesetas, June 2010
2010 “ ‘Efecto Drácula’, una exposición que aborda el tema de la juventud en la vida cotidiana y en el arte contemporáneo”, Conaculta, May 2010
2010 “Effecto Drácula”, Cultura UNAM, May 2010
2010 “Museo universitario del Chopo: Exposiciones”, Prodigy, May 2010
2010 “Efecto drácula / Comunidades en transformación”, Chilango, May 2010
2010 “El Chopo renovado: las exposiciones”, Cultura UNAM, May 2010
2010 Karen Cordero Reiman, “Afecto diverso. Géneros en flujo”, Piel de Mexico, May 2010
2010 “Abre el Museo del Chopo la exposición Efecto drácula”, Periodicodigital, May 2010
2010 “El Chopo Revive! Tres Nuevas Expos”, Indio blog, May 2010
2009 Maria Gallucci, “Conceptual Painters Converge” Living, The News, October 2009
2009 “Exposición Como agua frí muestra lo mejor de la pintura plástica”, Informador, 2009
2009 Vanessa Pérez, “La pintura, en una caja blanca”, El Universal, 2009
2007 Alejandro Ortiz González, “El sueño de las piedras”, Diario Milenio, January 2007
2006 Merry Macmasters , “Cambio de tiempo, William Berry”, La Jornada, October 2006
2006 “William Berry/ Grafica”, Processo, September 2006
2006 “Cambio de tiempo, William Berry”, El Universal, September 2006
2006 Gabriela Jimenez Bernal, “Cambio de tiempo, propuesta de Berry”, La Razón, September 2006
2006 Isabel Ienero, “William Berry Gráfica”, September 2006
2006 “Llegan al MUNAE, la exposición, Cambio de tiempo de William Berry”, Noticiario, September 2006
2006 Laura Hernández-Meléndez, “Cambio de tiempo, monotipos de William Berry”, El Economista, September 2006
2006 Cesar Valle, “El Paisaje como punto de partida”, Notimexico, September 2006
John Villani, Art News, June 2004

Artsy Editorial: Art Worth its Weight in Gold
The contemporary use of gold has stretched far beyond its historical foundations in societal status, wealth and spirituality. As a substance with legendary qualities, subject, form or style no longer limits gold. In Bentley Gallery’s exhibition Gold Rush, 15 artists come together to challenge perceptions (and uses) of the world’s most alluring metal. 

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