About the artist:
Charles Ross is an American sculptor and earthwork artist. In 2011, he was named a Guggenheim Fellow. Education 1962 M.A., Sculpture - University of California, Berkeley, CA 1960 B.A., Mathematics - University of California, Berkeley, CA Braunstein/Quay Exhibitions Selected Commissions 2005 4 over 5 +72, Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM 2004 Conversations with the Sun, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan 2004 Spectrum 8, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. 2004 Solar Spectrum, Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM 2001 Eighteen over Five, Eugene and Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO 1999 Spectrum 12, Saitama University, Saitama, Japan 1998 Solar Spectrum, US Federal Courthouse, Tampa, FL 1996 Dwan Light Sanctuary, United World College, Montezuma, NM; commissioned by Virgina Dwan 1996 Pythagorus’ Rainbow, Cook Institute, Grand Rapids, MI 1993 Year of Solar Burns, Chateau d'Oiron, Oiron, France; commissioned by the Ministry of Culture 1992 Solar Spectrum, Harvard Business School Chapel, Cambridge, MA 1990 Latitude 41°, Central Naugatuck Higher Education Center, Waterbury, CT; Connecticut Commission on the Arts Tumbling 12, Alaska International Airport, Anchorage, AK; commission: Alaska Percent for Art 1987 Light Lines, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA 1986 Light, Rock and Water, Wells Fargo Plaza, San Diego, CA 1985 Light Gates, Linclay Corporation, Kansas City, MO 1985 Lines of Light, Rays of Color, Plaza of the Americas, Dallas, TX 1983 West Light, Towson State University, Towson, MD; commission: Maryland State Arts Council with NEA support. 1983 Rock Bow, Cumberland Station, O'Hare Rapids, MI 1982 Toward Seven, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI 1980 Spectrum Building, Denver CO 1979 Dietrich Foundation, Philadelphia, PA 1979 Prestonwood Town Center, Dallas, TX 1977 Two Prisms form the Origin of Color, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1976 GSA Art and Architecture Program, Federal Courthouse, Lincoln, NE Solar Spectrum, Porat Yeshivat Joseph, Old City, Jerusalem, Israel. (Moshe Safdie, Architect; not built) Selected Solo Exhibitions 2004-05 Solar Burn, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico 1996 Relaciones, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporaneo, San Jose, Costa Rica 1995 Projects with Light, Time, and Planetary Motion, Richard Humphrey Gallery, New York, NY 1992 Star Axis, Johnson Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 1991 Particle Light, Sena Galleries, Sante Fe, NM 1985 Plaza of the Americas Gallery, Dallas, TX 1982 Prisms and the Exploded Spectrum, Heydt/Bair Gallery, Sante Fe, NM 1981 Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, OR John Weber Gallery, New York, NY 1979 The Colors of Light, The Colors in Shadow, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY 1977 The Substance of Light, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA Point Source/Star Space, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY Light Placed, M.I.T., Hayden Gallery, Cambridge, MA 1976 The Substance of Light, Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA The Substance of Light, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL The Substance of Light, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1975 Point Source/Star Space, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT 1974 The Clocktower, New York, NY 1972 Sunlight Convergence/Solar Burn, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY 1971 Sunlight Dispersion, Dwan Gallery, New York, NY 1968, 69 Dwan Gallery, New York, NY 1968 Daytons Gallery 12, Minneapolis, MN 1966 Spirals, Columns, Lenses and Prisms, Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1965 An Environment, Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, CA Selected Group Exhibitions 2007 Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy 2004 Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2000 Sharing Exoticism, Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France 2000 Land Art, Kustraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria 1997 Art + Science: Sensitive Chaos, NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan 1996 Contemporary New Mexico Artists, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM Trilogi: Modet med Skabelsen, Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark 1995 Forces, Richard Humphrey Gallery, New York, NY 1994 A World of Maps, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK 1993 Differentes Natures, La Defense, Paris, France 1991 Virginia Dwan, Art Minimal, Art Conceptuel, Earthworks, New York, Les Années 1960-70, Gallerie Montaigne, Paris 1988 Interaction: Science and Art, Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ 1987 Stalking the Light, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ Looking into 3 Dimensions, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, AK 1986 Lo Spazio, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy About Place, P.S.1, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, NY Contemporary Primitivism, Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO Perceiving Light, Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT 1985 Eddies, School of Visual Arts Museum, New York, NY New Prints from SoHo, Fuji-i Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Zeit und Sonne, Bietigheim and Engen, West Germany The Comet Show, Light Gallery, New York, NY 1985 Maximal Implication of the Minimal Line, Blum Art Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 1984 Land Marks, Blum Art Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY The Dilexi Years 1958-1970, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA Projects: World’s Fairs, Waterfronts, Parks, and Plazas,Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL 1983 Sky Art, BMW Museum, Munich, West Germany Energy in Sculpture, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT Illumination, Museum of Modern Art Lending Service, New York, NY Moments and Landscapes: The New Public Art, McIntosh / Drysdale Gallery, Houston, TX Art and Energy, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT Group Show, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY 1980-81 Selections from the John Weber Gallery NYC, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; International University, Miami, FL 1980 Cartes et Figures de la Terra, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France Beyond Object, Aspen Center for the Visual Arts, Aspen, CO Recent Work / Gallery Artists, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY Across the Nation: Fine Art for Federal Buildings, 1972-1979, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. Supershow!, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN; The Center for Fine Arts, Mesa, AZ; The New Gallery, Cleveland, OH Summer Exhibition, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY 1978 Numerals, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Dartmouth College Gallery, Hanover, NH Recent Works, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY 1977 Time, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA Probing the Earth, Contemporary Land Projects, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA Culture and Customs, Old Customs House, New York, NY Maps: Their Science and Their Art, Museum of Natural History, New York, NY Drawing for Outdoor Sculpture: 1946-1977, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY; Amherst College, Amherst, MA; UC Santa Barbara, CA; Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX; MIT, Cambridge, MA 1975 Images of Power/Sources of Energy, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, Purchase, NY Drawings 111, Stadtsches Museum, Leverkusen, Germany Art in Landscape, Organized by the Independent Curators, Inc. of Washington, D.C. 1974 Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN Fire, Air, Earth, Water, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI John Weber Gallery, New York, NY 1973 New Acquisitions, University Gallery, Berkeley, CA Group Exhibition, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY 1971 Elements of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA Projected Art: Artists at Work, Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY Final Exhibition, Dwan Gallery, New York, NY Prospect 71…Projection, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany 1970 3 Salon International, of Galeries-Pilotes, Lausanne, Switzerland Group Show of Gallery Artists, Dwan Gallery, New York, NY 1969 The Whitney Sculpture Annual, Whitney Museum, New York, NY 1969 Recent Acquisitions, The Howard Lipman Foundation, Whitney Museum, New York, NY Society for Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Language 111, Dwan Gallery, New York, NY New Alchemy, Elements, Systems and Forces, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada Plastics and New Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia PA; McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX Prospects 69, Kunstalle, Düsseldorf, Germany 1968 Magic Theatre, Nelson Adkins Museum, Kansas City, MO Directions 1: Options, Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI Cool Art, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ Sculpture Now, The Heckscher Museum, Huntington, Long Island, NY Prospect 68, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany 1967 Light: Works by Landsman, Mefferd, and Ross, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO Schemata 7, Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY 1966 Cool Art, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT Lenses & Prisms, Park Place Gallery, New York, NY Environment 11 - Lenses, Prisms, Water, Light, Architectural League, New York, NY; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY Schemata 7, Finch College, New York, NY Light as a Creative Medium, American Federation of Arts, New York, NY Nelson Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO Hendrix College, Conway, AR On the Edge, David Stewart Galleries, Los Angeles, CA New Modes in California Painting and Sculpture, La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, CA Awards and Grants 2007 Santa Fe Art Foundation, NM 2005 Washington Building Congress Award for “Spectrum 8”, National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 2000, 03 The McCune Foundation 2000-02, 87, 86 The William H. and Mattie Wattis Harris Foundation 1999 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts 1997 National Council of Art Administrators 1997 Award of Distinction for Artistic Achievement 1995-06 Eugene V. & Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust 1993 Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture: Design Award for The Harvard Business School Chapel, Cambridge, MA Boston Society of Architects. Award for Art and Architecture Collaborations for The Harvard Business School Chapel, Cambridge, MA 1990, 92 Frost Foundation, Construction of Star Axis 1984 NEA Visiting Artist Program, Washington State University, Spokane, Washington 1977 NEA Artist in Residence, MIT, Cambridge, MA 1976 American Institute of Graphic Arts Award for the book Sunlight Convergence/Solar Burn, Charles Ross, Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1976 New Mexico Arts Division Grant, NM 1976-77 NEA Individual Artist Grant 1975-77 New York Center for World Game Studies, NY 1973-74 NEA, Artist in Residence, University of Utah Museum and Public Collections Albuquerque Museum Arizona Salt River Project Berkley Art Museum Butler Institute of American Art Centre Pompidou City of Chicago City of San Diego City of San Francisco Des Moines Art Center Fonds National d'Art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris Foundation Center, N.Y.C. Frederick A. Weisman Museum, Minneapolis French Ministry of Culture G.S.A. Art and Architecture Program Grand Rapids Art Museum Harvard Business School Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University Indianapolis Museum of Art Johnson Gallery, University of New Mexico Kramarsky Collection Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark Lannan Foundation Los Angeles County Museum of Art Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo, San Jose, Costa Rica Museum of New Mexico, Museum of Fine Arts Nelson Atkins Museum State of Alaska State of Connecticut Towson State University United World College, New Mexico University of Pennsylvania Walker Art Center Whitney Museum of American Art Books Ross, Charles. Sunlight Convergence / Solar Burn. Salt Lake City, University of Utah Press, 1976. Selected Bibliography Dempsey, Amy. Destination Art. Berkeley, Los Angeles: UC Press; London: Thames and Hudson, 2006. 92-95. Rainer, Yvonne. Feelings Are Facts: A Life. Cambridge, London: MIT Press, 2006. pp 225, 244. Roman, Mathilde. A propos de Charles Ross – Entretein avec Loïc Malle. www.lacritique.org, March 25, 2006. Malle, Loïc. Conversation with Charles Ross, July, 2006. Video. “Starry Starry Night,” Architectural Record, October, 2005. pp 102-109. Carver, Jon, “Timeline 2005: Charles Ross’ Star Axis,” Art Papers, July/August 2005. pp 28-33. Khan, Yasmin, “Graced by Rainbows,” Santa Fe New Mexican, Sept. 17, 2004, pp B-1, B-4. Boettger, Suzaan. “Behind the Earth Movers,” Art in America, April, 2004. pp 54-63. Christen, Markus. “Star Axis – ein monument der Kosmischen Geometrie,” Kunst+Stein, December 6, 2002. pp 11-15. Karlin Susan, “A Sculptor Works Up an Exposé of the Stars’ Secrets,” The New York Times, Arts & Leisure, Sunday November 3, 2002; pp 21, 28. Martin, Jean-Hubert. Le Chateau d’ Oiron et son Cabinet de Curiosités. Paris: Éditions du Patrimoine, 2000, pp 170-173. Malle, Loïc. Transparence et Transcendance, in Architectures de Lumiére, eds. Anne-Marie Charbonneaux and Norbert Hillaire. Marvel, 2000. pp 180-183. Color Photos. Linton, Harold. Color in Architecture. McGraw-Hill, 1999, pp 169-173. Color Photos. Tanaka, Yukito. Introducing Artwork into the University, Kenchiku Bunka, Vol. 54 No. 633, July, 1999. Bensley, Lis. The 48, The Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo, June 27-July 3, 1997. "Light Sanctuary," Art in America, April 1997, Color photos , p31. Adlmann, Jan. Contemporary New Mexico Artists: Sketches & Schemas. Craftsman House: Australia, 1996. Color photo on Cover and color photo 167, photos 168-169. Sieglaub, Seth, ed. Charles Ross, ArtPress Spécial: 69/96, Avant-Gardes et Fin de Siecle; 75 Artists Reconent leur Parcours, Hors-Série Numéro 17 1996, Color photos, pp 114-115. Rivera, Ray. "Let there be Light", Santa Fe New Mexican, Sunday, June 2, 1996, Color photo. Vine, Richard. "Charles Ross at Humphrey," Art in America, September 1995, pp 107, 108. Oakes, Baile. Sculpting with the Environment, International Thomson Pub. Inc., London, 1995, Color photos, pp 46-55. Nanjo, Fumino. "Art in the Workplace," SD Monthly Journal of Art and Architecture, June 1994, Color photos pp 28, 29. Sayre, Henry M. A World of Art, Prentice Hall Inc: Englewood, NJ, 1994. Tiberghien, Giles. Land Art, c. Editions Carre, Paris, 1993; Princeton Architectural Press, Princeton, 1995. Werkner, Patrick. "Star Axis," Diadelos, June 1993; 40-45. Bizot, Jean Francoise. "Le Reenchantement de l'Amerique," Actuel, April 1992. Toikka, Koonnut Antero. "Aavikkotaidetta," Taide, April 1992. Werkner, Patrick. Land Art USA, c. Prestel-Verlag Munich 1992; 123-130. Conwell, Douglas. Celestial Artwork, New Mexico Magazine, March 1992. Plevin, Nancy. "Earthwork Aspires to Connect Man to Heavens," (A.P. Wire), Los Angeles Times, Nov.10, 1991. Munro, Eleanor. "Light Revealed," METROPOLIS, April 1991; 38-41, 54. Color photo. Ellis, Simone. "STAR AXIS," Pasatiempo (The New Mexican), Feb.1, 1991; cover, 20-22. "Point Source Star Space," SERRA 15, August/September, 1990. (Italy); color photo, 88-89. Squibline (cover), Fall, 1988. Saad-Cook, Janet. "Touching the Sky: Artworks using Natural Phenomena, Earth, Sky, and Connections to Astronomy," Leonardo, Vol. 21-2, Spring 1988, Photo. Gerster, George. Gestures and Creations: Productions and Positions of American Earth Art, Wochenende Neue Zurther Zeigtung, May 9-10, 1987. Photos. Wilson, MaLin. "Walking through Rainbows: A New Trip at the San Francisco Airport," San Francisco Examiner, May 1, 1987. Munro, Eleanor. Art in the Desert, The New York Times, Sunday, December 7, 1986. Photo. Harper, Hilliard. "New Wells Fargo Sculpture Connects Light and Stars," Los Angeles Times, May 2, 1986. Brenson, Michael. "The Lure of the Landscape," The New York Times, March 9, 1986. Linton, Harold. Color Model Environments, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., NY, 1985; 226-30. Ranney, Edward. "Western Spaces: Excavation The Present," Aperture, Spring 1985; 42, 46, 47. Reid, Dixie. "Stairway to the Stars," Albuquerque Journal Magazine, February 5, 1985; pp12-14. Capasso, Nicholas. "Environmental Art: Strategies for Reorientation in Nature," Arts, January 1985; pp 73-77. Lippard, Lucy. Overlay: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory, Pantheon, NY, 1983; pp 104-5. Photo. McDevitt, Lorelei Heller. "Bringing Light Into Focus," Designers West, October 1983; 110-13. Sky Art Conference '83, (catalogue), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, Sept. 1983, pp 9, 29, 90. Sakane, Itsuo. "World of Expanding Images - Sanctuary Where the Earth Meets the Sky," Asahi Shimbun, Sept. 9, 1982. Wilson, MaLin. "Santa Fe: Charles Ross at Heydt/Bair," Artlines, July 1982; pp 31-32. Photo. For Spacious Skies, (catalogue), MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1981. Chafee, Katherine Smith. "Charles Ross," Artspace, Fall 1981, pp. 24-27, 60-61. Color photos. Sakane, Itsuo. "Cosmic Art," Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo, March 27,1981. Sofaer, Anna. "Sunlight Convergence/Solar Burn," Archaeoastronomy, Winter, 1980; pp 42-44. Clurman, Irene. "Catch a Rainbow at Spectrum," Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO, Oct. 26, 1980; p17. Photos. "A Major Move for Earthwork Art," San Francisco Examiner, October 28, 1977; p24. Forgey, Benjamin. "Hirshhorn Gives Us a Glimpse of Faraway Earth Art," Washington Star, Oct. 30, 1977; F-1. Lewis, Joanne. "The Landscape of Art for the '70's," Washington Post, Oct. 30, 1977; L-1, L-3. Larson, Kay. "New Landscapes in Art," New York Times Magazine, May 13,1979; pp 20-23, 28, 30, 33-34, 36, 38. Photo. Keefe, Jeffrey. Artforum, May 1979. Photo. Thalacker, Donald. The Place of Art in the World of Architecture, Chelsea House/R.R. Bowker, 1979. Kuspit, Donald W. "Charles Ross: Light's Measure," Art In America, March/April 1978; 96-100. Horvitz, Robert and Charles Ross. Co-Evolution Quarterly, Winter, 1977-1978; pp 104-107. Probing The Earth: Contemporary Land Projects, (catalogue), Hirshhorn Museum, 1977. Shapiro, David and Lindsay Stamm. "Charles Ross," Arts Magazine, June 1977; p9. The Substance of Light: Sunlight Dispersion, The Solar Burns, Point Source/Star Space, (catalogue), La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA, 1966.
Charles Ross is an American sculptor and earthwork artist. In 2011, he was named a Guggenheim Fellow. Education 1962 M.A., Sculpture - University of California, Berkeley, CA 1960 B.A., Mathematics - University of California, Berkeley, CA