Donna Rosenthal

New York-based artist Donna Rosenthal explores “the effects of traditional and societal influences on the lives of women.” Rosenthal adds, “I use text, repetition, and the cultural symbolism of clothing to expose the struggles between the internal and external self.” The artist employs traditional craft materials: vintage papers, books, magazines, linens, buttons, and dress patterns. These materials are deconstructed, then transformed and embellished with embroidery, beading, and gluing. As the final addition, text ties together content and materials, resulting in sculptures that are humorous yet provocative.

HE SAID, SHE SAID

DRESS QUILTS

 

 

MEMORY COATS

SCULPTURES

 

BORN
New Haven, CT, 1950
EDUCATION
1996 MFA, Mixed Media Sculpture, Long Island University, CW Post
1987 Adelphi University
1973 New York University
1972 BA, Ed., Boston University, Boston, MA
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2016

2013

Cut, Fold and Form, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Wild, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012 Objets Extraordinaire, Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL
2011 Groupings, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Paper Show, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010 Friendly Persuasions: Meaning Beneath the Surface, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Sofa Chicago, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
New Fibers 2010, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Messages and Written Narratives, Strohl Art Center, Chautaugua Institution, Chautaugua, NY
She’s Crafty and She’s Just My Type, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
Art Chicago, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009 Art Miami, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
SOFA Chicago, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
Cool! Cool! Cool! Cool!, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago IL
Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
2008 SOFA CHICAGO 2008, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Baseball Show, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL (group show)
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Small Wonders, Garson Baker Fine Art, NY, NY
3 Women, 3 Views, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY
2007 Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
Flow Miami, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
Red Dot, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
Byron C. Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2006 SOFA Chicago, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Undressed, Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
Art (212), Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO
A Timely Response, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
Bridges Art Show Miami, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
The Even at Fort Mason, Steele Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Gender, Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
Scope NY, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
Twist and Shout, Florida Craftsmen, St. Petersburg, FL
Palm Beach 3, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
2005 Holiday Group Show, Graystone, San Francisco, CA
Works with Paper, Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
Sweet Basel, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
Director’s Pick, Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
ART-ROBE: Women artists at the nexus of fashion and art, Unesco, Paris, France
True Romance, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
His, Hers & Theirs, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
2004 Lovers and Warriors, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
It’s for the Birds, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
2003 The Miniature Show, Graystone Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FL
Way Cool, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX
Introduction, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA
A Wealth of Women; Contemporary Perspectives on the Human Form, Florida Craftsmen, St. Petersburg, FL
Lets’ Play House, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL
The Figure as Object, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Asheville, NC
2002 Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FL
The Miniature Show, Graystone Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Women on the Verge, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Look at me. What do you see? What do you see?, Gracie Mansion Chelsea, New York, NY
2001 Common Threads, Sacred Heart University, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Fairfield, CT
Three Sculptors: Helene Brandt, Donna Rosenthal, & Priscilla Sage, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami,FL
1999 Out of the Closet: Clothing as Imagery in Contemporary Art, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT
New Work: Changing the Pattern, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY
Skirting Issues: New Work by David Baerwalde, Donna Rosenthal, Justine Rubin, and Daniel Troppy, Swan Coach
House Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Solo show, Suffolk Community College, Long Island, NY
Updating Ceremonial Objects: A Cup for Miriam, Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
1998 Selections from Soho: Steinbaum Krauss Gallery Artists, Fort Lewis College Art Gallery, Durango, CO
Summer Group Exhibition, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Patchworks: Contemporary Interpretations of the Quilt Form, Islip Museum of Art, East Islip, NY
Summer Group Exhibition, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY
Dressed and Addressed, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY
Text and Identity, Twelve Women/Twelve Artists, University Art Gallery, Staller Center for the Arts, State
University at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY (catalogue)
1996 Members Gallery Exhibition, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Text and Image, Rathbone Gallery, Sage Junior College, NY
Skirting The Issue: The Dress as Sculpture, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1995 Soho Biennial, New York, NY
Juried Show, Smithtown Township Arts Council, NY
Pulp, Anthony Girodano Gallery, Islip Art Museum, NY
Artist’s Choice, B.J. Spoke Gallery, NY
Winners, Smithtown Township Arts Council, NY
Chairs, Spazi Contemporary Art, Housatonic, MA
A Woman’s Place, Women’s Caucus on Art, New York, NY
Juried Show, Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY
Shelter, Sid Jacobson North Shore Y, Roslyn, NY
1994 Small Works, Spazi Contemporary Art, Housatonic , MA
Juried Show, Smithtown Township Arts Council, NY
Basil Leaf Cafe Gallery, Locust Valley, NY
1993 Twenty Artists-Twenty Views, Art 54, New York, NY
Women’s Work, Spazi Contemporary Art, Housatonic , MA
Endangered, Sid Jacobson North Shore Y, Roslyn, NY
1992 Juried Show, Smithtown Township Arts Council, NY
Personal Stories, Basil Leaf Cafe Gallery, Locust Valley, NY
Alzheimer’s Benefit Show, New York
Fashion, Trenkmann Gallery, New York, NY
1991 Winter Show, Gayle Wilson Gallery, NY
Juried Show, Nassau County Parks & Recreation, NY
Alzheimer’s Benefit Show, New York, NY
1990 Juried Show, Chelsea House, NY
Arts Council Show, Sid Jacobson North Shore Y, NY
1989 Benefit Show, Sid Jacobson North Shore Y, NY
The Gallery at Bryant Library, Roslyn, NY
Multi Media Show, Long Island Focus on Art, NY Art Expo, New York, NY
1988 Juried Show, Nassau County Parks & Recreation, NY
Allied Artists of America, NY
One Woman show, Chosen Objects Gallery, NY
1988 Juried Show, Suburban Art League, NY
Nassau County Museum of Long Island, NY
Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead, NY
Juried Show, Mamaroneck Arts Council, NY
Lever House, New York, NY
Multi Media Show, Long Island Focus on Art, NY
Nassau County Museum of Long Island, NY
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