Project Description

Richard Roth

b. 1946, Brooklyn, NY

For Richard Roth, painting is like returning home. He painted for many years, then for a decade his practice became more conceptual – creating collections of contemporary material culture. He returned to painting in 2006 with a renewed interest, fueled by conceptualism and informed by postmodern attitudes. The new paintings claim object status enabling them to tap into the 3D polychrome universe – product and package design, nature, architecture, popular culture, custom cars, and fashion. He is now making his own ideal collection – inclusions to this set of objects are carefully controlled.

Roth’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 1991 he was the recipient of a Visual Artists Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. He received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art and a BFA from The Cooper Union.

He is the co-editor of the book, Beauty is Nowhere: Ethical Issues in Art and Design and co-author of two books – Color Basics and Design Basics 3D. His debut novel, NoLab, was published November 2019 by Owl Canyon Press. His work was included in the book, 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames and Hudson, 2014. Roth was the Director of Solvent Space in Richmond, Virginia, 2005 – 2009. He was a faculty member in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1999 – 2015; he chaired the Department from 1999 – 2008. He has also taught at The Ohio State University, Columbus; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design – University of Central England; and the University of California,
Berkeley. Roth presently lives and works in Camarillo, California.

EDUCATION
Master of Fine Arts, Painting, Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art,
New York, NY

AWARDS, GRANTS, AND HONORS
2012-13
Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Painting
2008-09
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting
1991
National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artists Fellowship, Painting
1990
Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artists Fellowship, Visual Arts
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020
Hell Gate, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
2019
Spuyten Duyvil, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
2018
Close Call, David Richard Gallery, New York, NY
2018
Solo Exhibition, 57W57arts, New York, NY
2018
Richard Roth: Early Glass Paintings, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
2017
Shocks and Struts: Richard Roth – New Work, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2016
Speed Bump, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA.
2015
New Dominion, Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY
2013
Richard Roth – Under the Influence: New Paintings and Early Work, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
2011
David Richard Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2011
Richard Roth: Vernacular Modernism, HICA, Highland Institute of Contemporary Art, Loch Ruthven, Scotland
2010
The Suburban, Oak Park, IL
2010
Perimeter Check, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
2009
SNO, Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney, Australia
2007
Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
2007
Cowboy Magic, Lamar Dodd School of Art Main Gallery, University of Georgia, GA
2003
Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
2002
Grief: A Collection, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, VA
2001
Trans Hudson Gallery, New York, NY
1998
Form(s): A Collection, Shillam + Smith, London, UK
1998
California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside, CA
1991
Feigen, Inc., Chicago, IL
1990
Toni Birckhead Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
1985
A.R.C. Raw Space, Chicago, IL
1985
Cleveland State University Art Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, C.A.G.E., Cincinnati, OH
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021
Chromatic, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2020
Up to Now, Valletta Contemporary,Valletta, Malta
2020
Truthiness and the News, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
2019
Impossible Objects, Davidson Gallery, New york, NY
2019
AFTERMINIMALISM, Valletta Contemporary, Valletta, Malta
2019
CENTURY. idee Bauhaus, Berlin, Germany
2018
Grafik, Harper’s Books, East Hampton, NY
2018
What’s the Matter, Marquee Projects, Bellport, NY
2017
Transcendent Functionalism, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, New York
2017
Hybrid Form, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
2017
Raakvlakken, Achmea Building, Leiden, the Netherlands
2016
Pop-Up, Reynolds Gallery, Georgetown, Washington, DC
2015
RE-OP: ‘The Responsive Eye Fifty Years After’, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2015
100 Painters of Tomorrow, Beers Contemporary, London, U.K.
2014
Maximal/Minimal, Kinz + Tillou Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
2014
Group Exhibition, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
2014
Color as Structure, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY
2014
Sensation, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2014
DB14, Dallas Biennial, Dallas, TX
2014
Hard-Edge Abstraction: Paintings and Works on Paper, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York
2014
ART in Embassies | US Department of State, Villa Richardson, Vatican City
2013
Color As Abstraction, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2013
Punchline, Institute Library Gallery, New Haven, CT
2012
Refracting Light, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
2012
Line and Plane, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY
2012
Dorothee Joachim and Richard Roth, Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, IL
2012
No Hazmats, Tomlinson Kong Contemporary, New York, NY
2012
DB 12, Volume 2, Dallas Biennial on-line exhibition
2011
Group Exhibition, Galerie Rob de Vries, Haarlem, The Netherlands
2010
Op, Pop and Geo Again, David Richard Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2010
Line, Curve, Form, David Richard Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2010
Exit Light, Reference Gallery, Richmond, VA
2010
Superimpose, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2009
Painting, Smoking, Eating, Triple Candie, New York, NY
2009
Color as Structure, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York, NY
2009
Book A Table, Rocket Gallery, London, U.K.
2009
Personal Space, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France
2008
Merger: New Minimal Painting in Dialogue With Contemporary Furniture Design, Rocket Gallery, London, U.K.
2008
Artware Editions, PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY
2008
Weight of the World, Reed Gallery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2007
Wide Open, McCaig Welles and Rosenthal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007
Modeling the Photographic: The End(s) of Photography, McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH
2006
Chronicle, Lab Gallery, New York, NY
2006
Bad Drawing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2003
Americana, School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
1999
Trans Hudson Gallery, New York, NY
1999
The Manchurian Candidate, 30 Paris Street, London, UK
1998
Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
1996
Obsession, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
1995
Testwall installation, TZ’Art & Co., New York, NY
1995
The Language of Place, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan
1993
Form Out of Context, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH
1992
Ohio Selections X, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
1991
Feigen, Inc., Chicago, IL
1991
Chicago International Art Exposition, Chicago, IL
1990
The New Eccentricity: Sculpture, Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, NY
1990
Painting Between the Paradigms Part IV: A Category of Objects as Yet Unnamed, Penine Hart Gallery, New York, NY
1989
The Machine Shop Gallery at the Emery Center, Cincinnati, OH
1988
Formal, Dart Gallery, Chicago, IL
1988
Biennial II Exhibition, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
1987
Directly on the Wall, Tangeman Fine Arts Gallery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
1986
Toni Birckhead Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
1986
Annual Columbus Art League Exhibition, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
1985
SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH
1985
Cleveland State University Art Gallery, Cleveland, OH
1985
Annual Columbus Art League Exhibition, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
1984
Non-Objective, Nationwide Gallery, Columbus, OH
1983
John Davis Gallery, Akron, OH
1983
Annual Columbus Art League Exhibition, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
1983
Noyes Gallery, Antioch University, Yellow Springs, OH
1982
Annual Columbus Art League Exhibition, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
1982
Houghton Gallery at The Cooper Union, New York, NY
1982
Gallery at The Ohio Foundation on the Arts, Columbus, OH
1980
Chicago State University, Chicago, IL
1979
Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
1978
Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IL
1978
Van Doren Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1977
N.A.M.E Gallery, Chicago, IL
1972
O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY
1971
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
1970
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
1970
The Director’s Choice, Flint Institute of Art, Flint, MI
1970
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, FL
1969
1969 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1969
O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY
1969
Castelli Warehouse, New York, NY

COLLECTIONS
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginiade Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum,
Lincoln, Massachusetts Try-me Collection, Richmond, Virginia
Monroe Collection, Richmond, Virginia
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Akron Art Institute, Akron, Ohio
Des Moines Register and Tribune Collection, Des Moines, Iowa
The Barron Collection, Detroit, Michigan
The Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York, New York
Marine Midland Trust Company of Western New York, Buffalo, New York
New York University Art Collection, New York, New York
First National City Bank Collection, New York, New York
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut

LECTURES, PUBLIC SPEAKING, AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2015-21
Professor Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts
2005-09
Director, Solvent Space, Richmond, VA
1999-15
Professor, Painting and Printmaking Department, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts
1999-08
Department Chair, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts

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