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Alfonso Ossorio (1916-1990)


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Skull and Corn (aka Death with Abundance), 1940
ink on paper
17 1/4" x 23 1/2", signed and dated

Resurrection, 1940
black ink on paper
17 7/8" x 23"  sheet size / 17" x 22 1/4" sight size
signed and dated

Untitled (W41-007), 1941
gouache, watercolor and ink on paper
17 1/2" x 24 1/2", signed and dated

T.R.Russell E/M 2nd Class, 1943
ink, gouache and watercolor on paper mounted to paperboard
29 5/8" x 24" sheet size / 22 3/8" x 18 1/4" sight size
signed and dated

Foursome (A Four-Headed Game), 1950
ink, wax and watercolor on cut and shaped Tiffany stationery paper
11 1/4" x 8 5/8", signed and dated

Advent #1, c.1951
oil and enamel on canvas
45 3/4" x 35" 

Figure (Male), 1950
ink, wax and watercolor on paper mounted to painted board
32" x 24 1/4" x 3/8"

Untitled (#8), c.1959
oil and mixed media on panel
22 3/4" x 22 3/4" x 1", signed

Breaking Circles, 1960
congregation of mixed media on panel
96" x 24" x 3 1/2"

Here and Now, 1963
congregation of mixed media on panel
76" x 38" x 6", signed

Searcher, 1963
congregation of mixed media on panel with frame
55 1/2" x 53 3/4" x 6 1/2", signed and dated

Exposed Head, 1966
congregation of mixed media on panel
16" x 15 1/4" x 6", signed and dated


Exhibitions


New & Noteworthy

Art in America, April 2008

by Saul Ostrow

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The New York Times, October 12, 2007

by Ken Johnson

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MRG PRESS RELEASE

Alfonso Ossorio: Masterworks from the Collection of the Robert U. Ossorio Foundation

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The New York Times, July 19, 2002

by Ken Johnson

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New York Arts Magazine, May 2002

by Valery Oisteanu

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Alfonso Ossorio: Horror Vacui, Filling the Void - A Fifty-Year Survey

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Prints & Publications


Artist Information

“The human being is the link between God and the material world…Even a little waste piece of plastic or a bone is just as much alive as the abstract concept of God, which is meaningless unless it is incarnated.”[1]

Born in 1916 in Manila, the Philippines, Alfonso Ossorio traveled to England at the age of eight with his mother and brothers. He attended Catholic boarding schools there before moving to the United States in 1930, where he continued his studies at Portsmouth Priory in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1933, Ossorio became a U.S. citizen. In 1934, he enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program at Harvard University. Ossorio’s dedication to art—as both artist and collector—was manifest even during his undergraduate years. In 1936, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University held an exhibition of the collection he had begun to acquire as a student, which included works by Thomas Derrick, Eric Gill, Philip Hagreen, David Jones, and Denis Tegetmeier. Ossorio also did the cover illustrations for the 1937 editions of two books of poetry by Arthur Rimbaud. In 1938, he received his BA after successful completion of his senior thesis, Spiritual Influences on the Visual Image of Christ. Harvard’s program focused on art history rather than artistic practice, and after graduating, Ossorio sought formal training at the Rhode Island School of Design for a year. In 1939, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manhattan commissioned him for a work depicting the twelve apostles of Christ. His first solo exhibition took place in 1941, at the Wakefield Gallery, a small space run by Betty Parsons in the Wakefield Bookshop on East 55th Street, New York. In 1943, he enlisted in the US Army and served as a medical illustrator. After his discharge from the army in 1946, he settled in New York, where he encountered the nascent style of abstract expressionism.

Ossorio’s work of the early 1940s was dominated by still lifes, landscapes, and portraits executed with haunting detail and an unnerving precision of line in a visual style that the artist has characterized as “a kind of super-realism”.[2] In the late 1940s, he began to explore abstraction, forming vital friendships with Jackson Pollock and Jean Dubuffet, whose work he also collected. Despite their different approaches to painting, Pollock and Dubuffet each showed Ossorio the value of reaching inward for inspiration rather than starting with an object or world external to himself. Ossorio’s detailed surrealistic imagery began to morph into more abstract and overtly expressionistic work, while he became artistically fascinated with “problems which religion covers, such as birth, sex, death”.[3] His growing interest in abstraction also coincided with his reading Nandor Fodor’s The Search for the Beloved—A Clinical Investigation of the Trauma of Birth and Pre-Natal Conditioning, which saw human gestation and birth as violent, traumatic processes.

In 1950, Ossorio traveled to Victorias, Negros for his first trip to the Philippines since the age of ten. The return to his homeland opened old wounds from Ossorio’s youth, calling up memories of racial discrimination, conflict about his sexuality, and his devoutly Catholic upbringing. While in Victorias, he produced a stunning set of paintings engaging with these memories and centered on themes of childhood, birth, sexuality, mythology, and religion. Striking for their hot, vivid, deep colors, their pierced or jagged forms, and their pulsating energy, these works were created using a wax resist technique—Ossorio would apply a light color wash to the paper, draw forms with wax, and then paint in watercolor, which would saturate all areas of the paper except those with wax-drawn shapes.[4] In addition to these works, Ossorio also created a mural for the Chapel of St. Joseph the Worker in Victorias.

Ossorio spent much of 1951 in Paris with Dubuffet, who was writing a monograph on the artist titled Peintures intiatiques d’Alfonso Ossorio. Through Dubuffet, he met Michel Tapié, who organized a solo exhibition of the Victorias drawings at Studio Paul Facchetti. He returned to the United States in August and purchased the East Hampton estate known as the Creeks, which he cultivated into “the Eighth Wonder of the Horticultural World.” He also agreed to house the entire collection of the Compagnie de l’Art Brut that Dubuffet had assembled at the Creeks, where it stayed until 1962. Although Ossorio’s art resisted easy categorization within the framework of abstract expressionism, he was nevertheless a vital force in the life of the movement, providing support in a variety of ways. In 1951, Ossorio wrote the exhibition catalogue introduction for Pollock’s “black and white” show at Betty Parsons Gallery. From 1956 to 1958, he organized a series of exhibitions for Executive House, New York, featuring work by Pollock and Dubuffet, as well as Willem deKooning, Hans Hofmann, Mark Rothko, and David Smith, among others. In 1957, along with Elizabeth Parker and John Little, he co-founded the Signa Gallery in East Hampton, which held summer exhibitions of contemporary art for four years.  

In the early 1960s, Ossorio began to create the visionary assemblages for which he has become famous. He labeled them “congregations,” explaining his reasoning to Forrest Selvig in 1968: “I have taken to calling them congregations simply because they all work together and the parts are unified to a final end, working for one final effect.”[5] The choice of a word replete with associations to religious practice is appropriate given Ossorio’s lifelong fascination with Christianity, but the significance runs deeper than its connection to worship. “Congregation” evokes a collective as well as the process of coming together. Thus, in addition to highlighting the spiritual themes that run through Ossorio’s entire body of work, “congregation” also reveals something about his aesthetic practice—how he conceives of artistic form and how he goes about putting a work of art together. Within deep wooden frames, Ossorio brought together such disparate found objects as glass eyes, shells, animal bones, shards, pearls, feathers, and driftwood—synthesizing beauty with decay, refinement with crudeness, and reanimating (or resurrecting) these dead objects as vivid art. His artistic Congregations, like human ones, are both unified and atomized at the same time. As Kent Minturn has explained, in these assemblages: “Ossorio’s mode of presentation is ‘everything all at once.’ Paradoxically, however, it is impossible for the viewer to perceive them in one fell swoop, to see a work entirely in one single glance. Each time the viewer confronts a Congregation and tries to unravel its meaning, the work tells a new story.”[6] Resisting immediate and complete apprehension, Ossorio’s work demands time and attention from its viewers. In return, the Congregations enthrall and entrance, they pulse with energy, oscillating between the material and the transcendental, and providing a unique experience with every viewing.

From the mid-1960s until Ossorio’s death in 1990, his work was included in numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including Documenta III in Kassel, Germany (1964); Contemporary American Sculpture at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1966); Dada, Surrealism, and their Heritage,  atraveling exhibition organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1968); 30 Years of American Art  at the Whitney Museum (1977); and Alfonso Ossorio 1940-1980  at the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton (1980). In 1989, the French art collector Daniel Cordier donated nine Ossorio works to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and in 1994, the Ossorio Foundation was opened in Southampton. Since 1989, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery has organized eleven Alfonso Ossorio exhibitions with the support and assistance of the artist’s immediate family and the Ossorio Foundation. Most recently, in 2016, the gallery mounted the exhibition Alfonso Ossorio Congregations, 1959-1969: A Centennial Celebration.

The artist’s work has also been exhibited posthumously in solo exhibitions that include a major 1997 installation of the Congregations curated by Klaus Kertess for the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York; ROAD: Alfonso Ossorio’s Response to Jackson Pollock’s Death at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton in 2001 and, the following year, an exhibition of his ballet and costume designs at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, MS. Since his death, Ossorio’s work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions worldwide, most notably Parallel Visions: Modern Artists and Outsider Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which traveled to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain and the Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland (1992); Shaping a Generation: The Art and Artists of Betty Parsons at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY (1999); Postmodern Transgressions: Artists Working Beyond the Frame at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT (1999); Surrealism USA at the National Academy Museum in New York, which traveled to the Phoenix Art Museum (2005); Repartir à Zéro, 1945-1949 (Starting from Scratch) at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon in France (2008); Asian/American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900-1970 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, CA (2008); and Splendor of Dynamic Structure: Celebrating 75 Years of the American Abstract Artists at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY (2011).

Most recently, Ossorio’s work has been included in the landmark exhibitions Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, and Dubuffet at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC (2013); Drawing Surrealism at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which traveled to The Morgan Library & Museum in New York (2013); America is Hard to See at the Whitney Museum (2015); and Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965 at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany, which traveled to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2016). Next year, in 2018, his work will be on view in the exhibition On the Edge: Art in Western Europe, 1948-1956 to be held at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in France.

Alfonso Ossorio is represented in numerous prestigious museum collections around the world, including the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, CT); Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL); Ateneo Art Gallery, Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City, Philippines); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, The Netherlands); Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY); Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France); Collection de l’Art Brut (Lausanne, Switzerland); Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR); Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, Spain); Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC); National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto, Japan); Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA); The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC); Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich, Germany); Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University (Waltham, MA); Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, National Galleries of Scotland (Edinburgh, United Kingdom); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Tel Aviv, Israel); Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT); Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY); William College Museum of Art (Williamstown, MA); and Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT).

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC represents the Robert U. Ossorio Foundation.


[1] Alfonso Ossorio, Oral history interview with Alfonso Ossorio, 1968 November 19, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/ossori68.htm, accessed February 2009

[2] Ibid, accessed September 2016

[3] Ibid

[4] Francis V. O’Connor, “Alfonso Ossorio’s Expressionist Paintings on Paper,” Alfonso Ossorio: The Child Returns, 1950-Philippines exh. cat. (New York: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, 1998), 5-14

[5] Ossorio, Oral history interview, accessed September 2016

[6] Kent Minturn, "On Jean Dubuffet’s Peintures intiatiques d’Alfonso Ossorio (1951)," Alfonso Ossorio: Blood Lines, 1949-1953 exh. cat.  (New York: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, 2013), 10-24

 

 

SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Akland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
The Alternative Museum, New York, NY
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Ateneo de Manila University Art Gallery, Quezon City, The Philippines
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
Boymans-Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, Holland
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
The Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY
Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY
Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, Southampton College, NY
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
International Center of Aesthetic Research, Turin, Italy
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
L’Art Brut Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Munich Modern Art Museum, Munich, Germany
Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK
Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
Smithsonian American Art Museum Washington, DC
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greenboro, NC
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
 

1941
Alfonso Ossorio, Drawings and Watercolors, Wakefield Gallery, New York, NY
Alfonso Ossorio, Paintings and Drawings, Wakefield Gallery, New York, NY

1945
Watercolors by Alfonso Ossorio, Mortimer Brandt Gallery, New York, NY

1951
Alfonso Ossorio, Michel Tapie, Studio Paul Fachetti, Paris, France
Alfonso Ossorio, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY; 1953, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961

1958
Alfonso Ossorio, Robert Keene Gallery, Southampton, New York, NY

1960
Alfonso Ossorio, Galerie Stadler, Paris, France; 1961

1961
Alfonso Ossorio, Cordier-Stadler, Frankfurt, Germany
Ossorio: A Selection 1941-1961, Cordier & Warren Gallery, New York, NY

1963
Alfonso Ossorio, Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery, New York, NY; 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972

1968
Works of Alfonso Ossorio, Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, Southampton, NY

1973
Garden Sculpture by Alfonso Ossorio, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY

1974
Alfonso Ossorio, Selection of Works, 1940-1971, Berkeley Center, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT
Alfonso Ossorio, Tower Gallery, Southampton, NY;
1980

Alfonso Ossorio, The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT

1980
Alfonso Ossorio, 1940-1980, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Selected Works: 1940-1980, Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

1982
Alfonso Ossorio, Recent Watercolors, Oscarsson Hood Gallery, New York, NY

1984
Bioscapes, Oscarsson Hood Gallery, New York, NY; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

1985
Could I Ask You Something? Etchings for the Lewis Thomas Book Golden Legend Inc., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Alfonso Ossorio, Works on Paper/Constructions 1981-1985, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

1991
Alfonso Ossorio, 1916-1990, Jennifer Pinto & Vanderwoude-Tananbaum Gallery, New York, NY
Alfonso Ossorio: The Victorias Drawings, 1950, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, Springs, NY
Alfonso Ossorio: A Legacy, Works from 1934 through 1990, Benton Gallery, Southampton, NY

1992
Alfonso Ossorio, Peintures 1950-53, Zabriskie Galerie, Paris, France
Alfonso Ossorio, Drawings 1940-48: The Anatomy of a Surrealist Sensibility, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1993
Alfonso Ossorio, Works from the 1960s, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY

1995
Alfonso Ossorio, Sculpture from the 1960s, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
The Recovery Drawings of Alfonso Ossorio, Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NY

1996
Reflection and Redemption: The Surrealist Art of Alfonso Ossorio, 1939-1949, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY; Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC

1997
Alfonso Ossorio: Congregations, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Alfonso Ossorio: The Shingle Figures, 1962-63, Michael Rosenfeld, Gallery, New York, NY

1998
Alfonso Ossorio: Master Prints, 1932-1990, Ossorio Foundation, Southampton, NY
Alfonso Ossorio: The Child Returns, 1950-Philippines, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY

1999
Alfonso Ossorio: The Dance: Ballet and Costume Designs, 1935-48, Ossorio Foundation, Southampton, NY

2000
Alfonso Ossorio: The Creeks: Before, During and After, Ossorio Foundation, Southampton, NY

2001
ROAD: Alfonso Ossorio’s Response to Jackson Pollock’s Death, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East  Hampton, NY
Synergy: Alfonso Ossorio & Jackson Pollock, 1950-1951, Ossorio Foundation, Southampton, NY; Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC

2002
Alfonso Ossorio: Horror Vacui: Filling the Void - A Fifty Year Survey, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Alfonso Ossorio: The Dance: Ballet and Costume Designs, 1935-48, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS

2007
Alfonso Ossorio: Masterworks from the Collection of the Robert U. Ossorio Foundation, Michael Rosenfeld  Gallery LLC, New York, NY

2013      
Alfonso Ossorio: Blood Lines, 1949-1953, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

2016
Alfonso Ossorio: Afflictions of Glory, León Gallery, Makati City, Philippines
Alfonso Ossorio Congregations, 1959-1969: A Centennial Celebration, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

2018
Alfonso Ossorio: A Survey, 1940-1989, Ayala Museum, Makati City, Phillippines

1940
Contemporary Religious Art, Georgette Passedolt Gallery, New York, NY
Flower Paintings by New England Artists, George R. Shaw Galleries, Boston, MA

1950
Christmas Show, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1952
Whitney Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; 1955, 1956, 1957
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

1953
Exhibition of Contemporary Religious Art, The Church of the Ascension, New York, NY
Selection from 12 East Hampton Collections, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
17 East Hampton Artists, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York, NY

1954
7th Annual Art Exhibition, Art Association of the Philippines, Manila, The Philippines
15 Artists of the Region, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York, NY
Rive Droite, Paris, France

1955
4th Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, The Stable Gallery, New York, NY
Ten Years, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1956
An Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture, Executive House Gallery, New York, NY
The 2nd in a Series of Exhibitions of Paintings & Sculpture, Executive House Gallery, New York, NY

1957
Opening Exhibition, Signa Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Artists of the Region, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Italian and American Artists, New York Art Foundation, Rome, Italy
The 6th in a Series of Exhibitions of Painting & Sculpture, Executive House Gallery, New York, NY
A Review of the Season, Signa Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Figure & Vision: The 7th in a Series of Exhibitions of Painting & Sculpture, Executive House Gallery, New York, NY

1958
Vision of A Man, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Artist’s Vision: 1948-1958, Signa Gallery, East Hampton, NY
The Human Image, Signa Gallery, East Hampton, NY
An International Selection, Signa Gallery, East Hampton, NY

1959
Recent Gifts and Purchases, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Arte Nouva, Palazzo Graneric, Torino, Italy
Art: USA:59, A Force, a Language, a Frontier, American Art Expositions, New York, NY
The Animate Space, Signa Gallery, East Hampton, NY
3rd Exhibition 1959, A Selection of Painting and Sculpture, Signa Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Ossorio: Paintings & Collages, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1960
New Forms, New Media, Junk Art, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY
Gutai, International Sky Festival, Osaka, Japan
Form Strukter Bedetuntg, Stadtische Galerie, Munich (Lenbachpalais), Germany
Second Exhibition 1960, Signa Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Third Exhibition 1960, Signa Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Baroque Ensemblistes, International Center of Aesthetic Research, Turin, Italy

1961
New New York Scene, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., Carnegie International, London, England
The Art of Assemblage, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Paintings and Sculpture, Cordier and Warren Gallery, New York, NY
Contemporary Paintings Selected from 1960-61 New York Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

1962
Painting and Sculpture Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Strutture E Stile (Structures and Style, Paints and Sculpture of 42 artists of Europe, America and Japan), Galerie Civita d’Arte Moderna, Torino, Italy
East Hampton Collectors, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY

1963
Drawings and Sculpture, Cordier & Ekstrom, New York, NY
Toys by Artists, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY

1964
Cinquante Ans de Collages, Musee d’Art ed de l’industrie, Paris, France; Documenta III, Kassel, Germany
For Eyes & Ears, Cordier & Ekstrom, New York, NY
Festival of the Arts Exhibition, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Artists Select, Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY

1965
12th Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
Art of the U.S, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1966
Hommage a Caussa, Cordier & Ekstrom, New York, NY
Soloists, Cordier & Ekstrom, New York, NY
Contemporary American Sculpture-Selection I, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
26th Annual Exhibition Society for Contemporary American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
7 Decades 1895-1965, Crosscurrents in Modern Art, Cordier & Ekstrom, New York, NY
Feast and Famine, Permanent Collection Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

1967
Art in Process: The Visual Development of a Collage, Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY
Toys Old and New, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Campo Vitale, Centro Internazionale delle Arti e del Costume, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
The Little Show, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Artists of the Region, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY

1968
The Door, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY; Cordier & Ekstrom, New York, NY
Betty Parsons’ Private Collection, Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY
Dada, Surrealism and their Heritage, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
New Art USA, Baroque – Minimal, Munich Modern Art Museum, Munich, Germany
Painting and Sculptures to Benefit Israel Emergency Fund, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, NY
Splash! Fountains by 11 Sculptors of the Region, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
1968 Annual Exhibition, Contemporary American Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1969
Human Concern, Personal Torment, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture to Benefit Israel Emergency Fund, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, NY
The New American Painting and Sculpture: First Generation, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
French, American and Mexican Modern Painting, Drawing & Sculpture, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, NY
Blocked Metaphors, Cordier & Ekstrom, New York, NY

1970
Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture and Jewelry, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, NY
Artists of Suffolk County, Part II, The Abstract Tradition, Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY
Contemporary American Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1971
Regards, Galerie Messine, Paris, France
Spirit 1, Intimate Selections of the American, Willard Gallery, New York, NY
Inner Spaces, Outer Limits, Myth and Myth Makers, Compass Gallery, New York, NY; Lerner-Misrachi Gallery, New York, NY
Open Air Sculpture by Artists of the Region, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
20th Century Painting & Sculpture from New York University, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY

1972
Summer of ’72, Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

1974
Twelve Artists, Tower Gallery, Southampton, NY
Then and Now, Artists of the Region: Early and Late Works, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Jean Paulhan à travers ses peintres, Grand Palais, Paris, France

1975
Artists of the Hamptons: Paintings and Sculpture, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY; Sotheby
Parke-Bernet, New York, NY
Martha Jackson Collection at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1976
Long Island Sculptors, Firehouse Gallery, Nassau Community College, State University of New York, Garden City, NY
30th Anniversary: Artists of the First 10 Years, Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, NY
23rd Annual Art Auction to benefit the Women’s Campaign United, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, NY
Exhibition of Liturgical Arts, 41st International Eucharistic Congress, Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA
Artists and East Hampton: A 100 Year Perspective, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Part II Inaugural Exhibition: Painting and Sculpture from the New York Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
The Object as Poet, Renwick Gallery of the National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, DC

1977
30 Years of American Art, 1945-1075, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
6th Annual Group Show, Tower Gallery, Southampton, NY
Fall 1997: Contemporary Collectors, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Contemporary Religious Art, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York, NY

1980
Selections from a Growing Permanent Collection, Housatonic Museum of Art, Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT
Fire & Water: Paper as Art, The Visionary’s Tool for Transformation, Rockland Center for the Arts,
West Nyack, NY
17 Abstract Artists of East Hampton: The Pollock Years 1945-56, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Portraits Real and Imagined, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY

1981
East Hampton/New York: New York Museum Salute Guild Hall, M. Knoedler & Co., Inc. Gallery, New York, NY
Classic Americans, XX Century Painters & Sculptors, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT

1982
Found Objects, Marisa Del Re, New York, NY
Twenty-five Artists, Phoenix II, Washington, DC
American Artists Abroad 1900-1982, Washburn Gallery, New York, NY
Poets and Artists, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Androgyny in Art, Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, NY

1983
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greenboro, NC
The Fertility Imperative, Cocalon Gallery, New York, NY
Matthew Hamilton Inaugural Exhibition, Matthew Hamilton Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
30th Annual Art Auction: Benefit United Jewish Appeal-Federation, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, NY
The Sculptor as Draftsman, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Fragment/Fragmentary/Fragmentation, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

1984
20th Century American Drawing: The Figure in Context, International Exhibits Foundation, Washington, DC
Calligraffiti, Leila Taghinia-Milani Gallery, New York, NY
Some Major Artists of The Hamptons, Then & Now, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
Exhibition, Bologna/Landi Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Out of Context, Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill, NY
Collision, University of Houston, Houston, TX

1985
Eight Modern Masters, Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, TX
Connections, Leila Taghinia-Milani Gallery, New York, NY
30 Ans de Reontres, Derecheridies, de Partis Pris, Galerie Stadler, Paris, France

1986
Other Gods: Containers of Belief, New York, NY, Washington, DC; New Orleans, LA; Los Angeles, CA
Jung and Abstract Expressionism: The Collective Image among Individual Voices, Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, NY
The 1950s, American Artists in Paris, Part III, Denise Cade Gallery, Art Prospect, Inc., New York, NY
Repulsion: Aesthetics of the Grotesque, The Alternative Museum, New York, NY
Winter Exhibit, Bologna/Landi Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Elders of the Tribe, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York, NY

1987
Hamptons in Winter, Gallery International 52, New York, NY
Assemblage, Kent Fine Art, Gallery, New York, NY
20th Century Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
20th Annual Springs Invitational Show, Ashawagh Hall, Springs, NY
The Eloquent Object, Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
Contemporary American Collage 1960-1986, Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

1988
Drawing on the East End, 1940-1988, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY

1989
Donations Daniel Cordier, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

1990
Magicite Informelle, Galerie 16, Paris, France
Watercolors from the Abstract Expressionist Era, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
13th Anniversary, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
East Hampton Avant-Garde, A Salute to the Signa Gallery, 1957-1960, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Three Generations, Benton Gallery, Southampton, NY
Long Island Collects, The Figure & Landscape, 1870s–1980s, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

1991
The Nude: Drawings of the Figure by New York School Artists, Twining Gallery, New York, NY
Aspects of Collage, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
On Paper, Of Paper, Benton Gallery, Southampton, NY
Black and White, Renee Fotouhi Fine Arts East, East Hampton, NY
Biomorphic and Surreal: 1930 - 1960. Ossorio, Stamos, Kupferman, Vail, Kamrowski, Gorky, Gottlieb, Bolotowsky, Beth Urdang Gallery, Chicago, IL
Art on Paper 1991, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC

1992
Paths to Discovery, The New York School, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, City University, New York, NY
Personages, Benton Gallery, Southampton, NY
Mssr. B’s Curio Shop, Threadwaxing Space, New York, NY
Parallel Visions: Modern Artists and Outsider Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Kunsthalle, Basil, Switzerland
Surrealism Embodied: The Figure in American Art, 1933 - 1953, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY

1993
Multiples, Benton Gallery, Southampton, NY
The Collection: Abstract Expressionism, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
On Paper: The Figure in 20th Century American Art, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Lines & Myths: Abstraction in American Art, 1941-45, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY

1994
Reclaiming Artists of the New York School: Toward a More Inclusive View of the 1950s, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, City University of New York, New York, NY
Michel Tapie: Un Art Autre, Artcurial, Paris, France
Counterpoints: American Art 1930-1945, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
On Paper/Of Paper, Arlene Bejuse Gallery, East Hampton, NY
In Memory of a Friendship: A Collaboration Between Dr. Lewis Thomas and Alfonso Ossorio, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY
American Fantastica: Surrealism in American, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
In Memory of Douglas Morse Howell, Washburn Gallery, New York, NY

1995
Accrochage, Zabriskie Gallery, Paris, France
Multiples, Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NY

1996
20 Years of Collecting Art at the Federal Reserve Board, Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC
Mother and Child: A Contemporary View, Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Milieu: Part II, Asian American Arts Center, New York, NY

1997
Dark Images, Bright Prospects: The Survival of the Figure After World War II, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Facets of the Figure, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Surrealism in American Art: 1932-1949, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
Between, Selections from the Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1998
The Surrealist Vision: Europe and the Americas, The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
The Sixties and Seventies, Ubu Gallery, New York, NY
Essence of the Orb, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Sea Change, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Surrealist Drawings, Danese Gallery, New York, NY
Gifts for a New Century, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
L’Art Brut, de la clandestine a la consecration, Museum of Ethnography, Geneva, Switzerland;
Shillermuseum, Germany; Le Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
Twentieth Century American Drawings, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK; Sunrise Museums, Charleston, WV; Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID

1999
Shaping a Generation: The Art and Artists of Betty Parsons, Hechscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
Linear Impulse, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in America, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; Knoxville Museum, Knoxville, TN
Surrealism in America During the 1930s and 1940s: Selections from the Penny and Elton Yasuna Collection, Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL; Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Cape Museum of Fine Art, Cape Denis, MA
The Surrealists in Exile and the Origin of the New York School, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
“As America As…”: 100 Works from the Collection of the Parrish Art Museum and Keith Sonnier: Tri-Parrish, Parish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Postmodern Transgressions: Artists Working Beyond the Frame, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Impossible Landscapes of the Mind, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY

2000
From the Molecular to the Galactic: The Art of Max Ernst and Alfonso Ossorio, Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery: The First Decade, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
The Hamptons After Pollock, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
American Art Today: Fantasies & Curiosities, Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, FL

2001
Flora: In Reverence of Nature, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Five Decades of East Hampton Artists, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
1950-1965: Abstraction on Paper, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Abstract Expressionism-Expanding the Canon, Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York, NY
Rupture & Revision: Collage in America, Pavel Zoubok, Inc, New York, NY
2001 Collector’s Show, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
The Stamp of Impulse: Abstract Expressionist Prints, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Mary Leigh Black Museum of Art

2002
Transitions at Mid-Century, Works on Paper 1945-1955, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The "Irascibles" and the New York School, Mestre, Centro Culturale Candiani/Musei Civini Veneziani, Venice, Italy

2003
The 1940s: Modern American Art & Design, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Some Assemblage Required: Collage Culture in Post-War America, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL

2004
Building on Strength: Recent Acquisitions of Drawings, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA

2005
Surrealism USA, National Academy Museum, New York, NY; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Artists and Nature on Eastern Long Island: 1940s to the Present, Spanierman Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Organic New York, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
The Second Time Around: The Art of Recycling Spring, The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA
Eye Contact: Painting and Drawing in American Art, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY

2006
Pre–Post, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY
Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American Drawings, The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA; Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK

2007
Suitcase Paintings: Small Scale Works by Abstract Expressionists, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA; Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, New York, NY
Body Beware: 18 American Artists, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Surrealism:  Dreams on Canvas, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

2008
Sand: Memory, Meaning and Metaphor, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Mirror Mirror:  Fine Art/Decorative Art, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY
Repartir à Zéro, 1945-1949 (Starting from Scratch), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, France
Asian/American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900-1970, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Highlights from the Prints and Drawings Collection, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME

2009
Image Matter, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Layered / Boxed, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY
Abstract Expressionism: Further Evidence, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY

2010
Unconscious Unbound: Surrealism in America, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY

2011
Splendor of Dynamic Structure: Celebrating 75 Years of the American Abstract Artists, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Evolution in Action, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Abstract Expressionism: Reloading the Canon, A Selection of Paintings and Sculpture, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Otherworldliness, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Hamptons Artists: Then and Now, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY

2012
INsite/INchelsea: The Inaugural Exhibition, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Dubuffet and the Art Brut, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York, NY
…On Paper, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

2013
Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, and Dubuffet, The Phillips Collection Washington, DC; Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY
Drawing Surrealism, Los Angeles County Museum of, Art, Los Angeles, CA; Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY

2013
Abstract Expressionism / In Context: Seymour Lipton, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

2014
Solitary Soul, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

2015
America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet, American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY
It’s Never Just Black or White, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

2016     
Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME

2017
Figuratively Speaking, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY