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Cornelia Foss


Cornelia Foss spent her formative years studying with various sculptors and painters in Rome, including John Roden, Mirko Basaldella and Stephen Green, who was resident at the American Academy in Rome. After settling in Los Angeles, she studied at the Kann Art Institute with Rico Lebrun and Howard Warsaw.

In addition to the National Academy, Ms. Foss teaches at the Art Students League where she originated a lecture series featuring painters, art historians and critics of note, including Larry Rivers, April Gornick, David Rosand and Michael Kimmelman.

She had her first solo show at the Ferrus Gallery in Los Angeles and later exhibited at the James Goodman gallery, Buffalo, and is currently represented by the DFN Gallery, NYC, where she had a recent solo exhibition in May, 2005. Featured in numerous solo and group shows both nationally and internationally, her work is also featured in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Museum for Women and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. among many other public and private collections. 

In 2009, Cornelia Foss was elected as member of the National Academy of the Arts.


Drawing and Painting from Life and Still Life

How Foss manages to extract exactitude out of arbitrariness is a secret we'll never know: suffice to say it's the hallmark of a Înatural,' as are Foss's breezy, ice-blue palette and terse yet somehow avuncular, brushstroke. In her increasing fluidity of stroke and format, Foss is finding herself a solidity of realist vision that looks to last the years. It's a challenge, in the end, to our pampered representational sensibilities: Foss's art is never easy. She wants to make the poetic concrete and the concrete a lyrical flux. In the end, maybe Foss has as much to do with abstract expressionism as painterly realism. Her struggle to both paint with formal freedom and 'to get it right' is more than a little heroic, wrote critic Gerrit Henry, in a review in Art in America

Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Houston Museum of Art, Houston, Texas; the Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Wichita Art Museum; the Museum of Oklahoma; the Burchfield Art Center of SUNY, Buffalo, New York; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. and the Huntington Museum, Long Island, New York, among other museums. 

She has had one-person exhibitions at Berry-Hill Galleries, New York City; Boston University; Clark Gallery; the Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City; the Addison Gallery, Andover, Massachusetts; Ferris Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Glenn Horowitz Gallery and the Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, New York; SaintGaudens Museum; James Goodman Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum, Marquette University, Milwaukee and DFN Gallery, New York City. Ms. Foss is represented by DFN Gallery, New York City. 

She studied art history with Leonello Venturi at the University of Rome, painting with Rico LeBrun in Los Angeles, and studio art with the Italian sculptor Mirko. While in Rome she also studied with Stephen Greene, who later taught at the Art Students League of New York. 


- Instructor Bio, Art Students League of New York





DFN  Gallery


Cornelia FossDFN Gallery

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013                Peter Marcelle Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2012                Long Island Museum, Stonybrook, NY

                       Peter Marcelle Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2011                Green and Blue Gallery, Vermont

2009

DFN Gallery, New York, NY

2007

DFN Gallery, New York, NY

2005

DFN Gallery, New York, NY

2003

DFN Gallery, New York, NY

 

Clark Gallery, Southampton, NY

 

Horizon Gallery, Buffalo, NY

 

Boston University, Boston, MA

2001

DFN Gallery, New York, NY

2000

Glenn Horowitz Booksellers, East Hampton, NY

1999

DFN Gallery, New York, NY

1998

Elizabeth Meyers Gallery, New York, NY

1997

Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY

1996

Gallery Emanuel, Great Neck, NY

 

Fotouhi/Cramer Gallery, New York, NY

1995

Renee Fotouhi Gallery, East Hampton, NY

1994

Denise Bibro Gallery, New York, NY
 St. Gaudens Museum, Cornish, NH
 Benton Gallery, Southampton, NY
1992Benton Gallery, Southampton, NY
 Union League Club, New York, NY
 Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore MD
 Gallery 454 North, Los Angeles, CA (also 1987)
1990Benton Gallery, Southampton, NY
 Image Gallery, Stockbridge, MA
 Tatiana Eitle, Cyprus, Greece
1989Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts, Wayne NJ
1988Susan Schreiber Gallery, New York, NY
1986Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI
1984McLean Gallery, London, England
 Sutton Gallery, New York, NY
1983Parsons Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1982Loonam Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
 David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1981Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, NY
1972Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
1967James Goodman Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1961Ferris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1959Ferris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009

New Work by Gallery Artists, DFN Gallery, New York, NY

2008

Light of Spring, Spanierman Gallery, East Hampton, NY

2007

Wet, DFN Gallery, New York, NY

 New York at Night, DFN Gallery, New York, NY  
200510th Anniversary Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
 The Little Continent of Long Island: Landscapes from the Permanent Collection, Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, NY
 NYC, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
2004Watercolor, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
 Artists’ Gardens, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
 Skies & Scapes, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
 Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
2003The Burbs, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
 Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY
2002DFN Gallery, “TriBeCa Works on Paper,” New York, NY
2001Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, NY
 Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
 Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY
 Art Students League, New York, NY
2000DFN Gallery, New York, NY
 Cold Spring Harbor Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
 Summer Show, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
 Hecksher Museum, Huntington, NY
1999Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY 
MB Modern, New York, NY 
Moab Festival Gallery, Overlook Gallery, Moab, Utah 
Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY 
Long Island Landscape Exhibit, The Mishkin Gallery 
Baruch College, New York, NY 
The Century Association, New York, NY 
The Art Students League, New York, NY
1998Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY               
MB Modern, New York, NY 
The Century Association, New York, NY 
The Art Students League, New York, NY 
Gremillion Gallery, Houston, TX 
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY 
The National Museum for Women, Washington, D.C.
1997Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 
Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY 
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY 
The Art Students League, New York, NY
1996Juried Exhibition, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY 
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY 
The Art Students League, New York, NY 
Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY 
Fotouhi/Cramer Gallery, East Hampton, NY 
Guild Hall, East Hampton, NYNY 
Hecksher Museum, Huntington, NY
1995Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NY 
Renee Fotouhi Gallery, East Hampton, NY 
Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY 
The Art Students League, New York, NY 
Century Club, New York, NY
1994Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY 
Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NY 
The Art Students League, New York, NY
1993Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY 
Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore, MD 
Parrish Museum, Southampton, NY
1992The Art Students League, New York, NY 
National Academy of Design, New York, NY 
Benton Gallery, Southampton, NY 
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE 
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY 
Baltimore Museum, Baltimore, MD
1991Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore, MD
1990Gallery 454 North, Los Angeles, CA 
Amnesty International Invitational, New York, NY 
Parish Museum (Juried Show), Southampton, NY 
Benton Gallery, Southampton, NY
1989Vered Gallery, East Hampton, New York 
Benton Gallery, Southampton, NY 
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
1988Grunebaum Gallery, New York, NY 
Forum Gallery, New York, NY 
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY 
Grey Gallery, New York, NY 
Susan Schreiber Gallery, New York, NY 
Contemporary Nudes, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY
1986Ann Plumb Gallery, New York, NY
1985Art Views Gallery, East Hampton, NY 
Armstrong Gallery, New York, NY
1983Art Latitude (Siegel) Gallery, New York, NY
1972Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
1963Indianapolis Museum, Indianapolis, IN
1961Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1958Archivo historico dell’arte contemporanea de la Biennale, Italy
1957Santa Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
1953Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA 
  
  

Public Collections

Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY 
Burchfield-Penney Art Center, University of New York, Buffalo, NY 
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 
Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY 
The Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, NY 
Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, NY 
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX 
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 
National Museum for Women, Washington, DC 
Oklahoma City Art Museum, Oklahoma City, OK 
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC 
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS  
  
  

Education

University of Indiana 
Rome University, Rome, Italy 
Kann Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA
  
  
Teaching Experience
1993 - 2004Art Students League, New York, NY
1997 - PresentOriginated Lecture Series at Art Students League featuring painters, art historians, critics and poets discussing their work. Speakers have included Eric Fischl, Janet Fish, Larry Rivers, Philip Pearlstein, April Gornik, William Bailey, and David Rosand
2005 - PresentNational Academy of Design School, New York, NY
  
  
Recent Bibliography
2009John Guare, Catalogue Essay, DFN Gallery
2008Jonathan Goodman, Art In America, January
Marion Wolberg Weiss, Dan's Papers, August 8
Marion Wolberg Weiss, Dan's Papers, April 18
2007John Dobkin, Catalogue Essay, DFN Gallery
Rebecca Meade, "Revisiting The Prairie," The New Yorker, July 23
Elizabeth Fasolino, East Hampton Star, May 10
John Goodrich, NY Sun, "An Enthusiasm for the Observed," May 17
Anne Close (Ed.), Kenneth Koch, “On The Edge: Collected Long Poems,”  Alfred A. Knopf, NY
2005Karen Wilkin, Catalogue Essay, DFN Gallery, April 
Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times, May 27 
Marion Wolberg Weiss, Dan’s Papers, June 3 & September 30 
Julia Douglas, The Southampton Press, August 11
2004John Esten, “Hamptons Gardens: A 350 Year Legacy,” Rizzoli Books, NY
2003Sheridan Sansegundo, The East Hampton Star 
Rose Slivka, The East Hampton Star
2000Karen Wilkin, Partisan Review, Winter 2000 
Rose Slivka, The East Hampton Star 
Gherrit Henry, Art in America 
Hugh Hardy, Arches and Angels, Essay 
Elizabeth Hardwick, Arches and Angels, Essay
1999Rose Slivka, The East Hampton Star, July 8th 
Moab Happenings, September
1998Phyllis Braff, The New York Times, June 
Rose Slivka, The East Hampton Star, June 11 
New Yorker, June 22nd and 29th 
Dan’s Papers
, June 12th, cover 
Michael M. Thomas, Hamptons Country, July
1997Marion Wolberg Weiss, Dan’s Papers, January 24th 
Dan’s Papers
, May 30th, cover 
Sheridan Sansegundo, The East Hampton Star
1996The Great Neck Record, March 14th 
Helen A. Harrison, The New York Times, June 23rd 
Rose Slivka, The East Hampton Star 
Sheridan Sansegundo, The East Hampton Star 
Barbara Novak, Brochure Essay, Fotouhi/Cramer Gallery 
Grace Glueck, The New York Times, July 12th 
Margaret Sheffield, Review, December 1st 
Grace Glueck, The New York Timeses, December 27th
1995Rose Slivka, The East Hampton Star
1994Rose Slivka, The East Hampton Star 
Phyllis Braff, The New York Times, November 20 
Gherrit Henry, Brochure Essay, Denise Bibro Gallery
1993Rose Slivka, The East Hampton Star 
Sheridan Sansegundo, The East Hampton Star 
Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton, NY
1991Sheridan Sansegundo, The East Hampton Star 
Gerrit Henry, Bochure Essay, The Union League Club and Steven Scott Gallery 
Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton, NY
1989John Zeaman, The Record 
Gerrit Henry, Art in America, June 
David Shapiro, Cover, February 
Boulevard, Vol. 4, No. 1 
John Zeaman, The New York Times
1987L.A. Times 
Phyllis Braff, The New York Times, August
1986Peter Vogt, Marquette Tribune, Weekend, April
1984Gerrit Henry, Art in America 
Claire White, Art World 
Max Wykes-Joyce, Arts and Artists, England 
Palmer Poroner, Art Speak, Vol. V, No. 16, April 16 
David Shapiro, Catalogue Essay, Marquette University Exhibition 
Eliza Reed, Arte/art, Vol. VIII, No. 6
1982Dean Jensen, Milwaukee Sentinel, April
1981

John Russell, The New York Times, October 29 
Lawrence Campbell, “Cornelia Foss at Berry-Hill,” Art in America

  
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