John Torreano

John Torreano received critical attention in the 1980s for his Wall Gems, painted wood, gem-shaped sculptures often imbedded with glass jewels. Installed in various group configurations the sculptures seem to float on the wall. In his latest work, wooden balls have replaced the imbedded gems on flat, planar surfaces while the gem shapes of the wall sculptures have morphed into spheres which he titles Odd Ball Wall Balls and Lucky Balls. Torreano’s sculptures are equal parts abstraction and direct citations of the physical world. The random scattering of gems suggest a celestial sky while the stylized gems and balls reference a combination of both decorative and abstract art. Torreano lives in New York City.

 

Gems

Wall Pieces

 

Wall Balls & Lucky Balls

 

BORN
1941 Flint, Michigan
RESIDES
New York City
EDUCATION
1967 MFA Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1963 BFA Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
1961 AA Flint Junior College, Flint, MI
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
2002 The Nancy Graves Foundation Grant
1997 School of Education Research Challenge Fund, “Painting in the Round,” New York University, New York, NY
1994 Artist in Residence, Andersen Ranch, CO
1991 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
1991 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship Foundation
1989 National Endowment for the Arts
1982 National Endowment for the Arts
1979 Creative Arts Service Program
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 Wall Constructions and Gems, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010 Remembering: Neighborhoods and Factories, Flint, Michigan, Gallery Space at NYU Wagner School of Social Service
2008 Looking Close, Looking Far: A Survey of Artworks by John Torreano, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University
2007 Scapes, Feature Inc., New York, NY
2005 Every Gem is a Handheld Star, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, CA
2004 “John Torreano Paintings,” Feature Inc., New York, NY
2003 Center Galleries, Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
2002 “John Torreano, Panel Paintings and Wall Balls,” Feature, Inc., New York, NY
2001 “Columns,” Kimbal Hall, New York University, New York, NY
“Installation,” Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, NY
2000 Feature Inc., New York, NY
Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, NY
Willoughby Sharpe Gallery, New York, NY
Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, NY
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Suzanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, MO
1999 “John Torreano Retrospective”, Johnson Community College, Overland Park, KS
Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, FL
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Portland College of Art, Portland, OR
Washington Square East Galleries, New York, NY
1997 Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
“Gargoyles and Gals”, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York University, New York, NY
1996 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Johnson County Community College, Gallery of Art, Overland Park, KS
1995 “Torreano and Chihuly,” The Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, TX
1994 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992 “John Torreano, Metaphors and Oxymorons”, Hypo Bank, New York, NY
Helander Gallery, New York, NY
1990 Dart Gallery, Chicago, IL
Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1989 Shea and Baker Gallery, New York, NY
“John Torreano, Natural Models and Material Illusions”, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
1988 “Diamonds, Vases and Flowers”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
“John Torreano, Gems, Stars and Perpetual Trackings”, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
“Paintings, Sculptures, Flowers”, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinatti, OH
“100 Diamonds”, Jamie Wolff Gallery, New York, NY
1987 Tyler Gallery, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1986 Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1985 Baskerville and Watson Gallery, New York, NY
Dart Gallery, Chicago, IL
1984 Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1983 Hamilton Gallery, New York, NY
1981 Young – Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 Objets Extraordinaire, Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL
2011 Groupings, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010 I am the Cosmos, New Jersery State MuseumJewel Thief, Tang Museum, Saratoga, NY
2009 Cool! Cool! Cool! Cool!, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004-05 “Painting the Town Red,” Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Pilchuck 20 Exhibition,” Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID
2004 “From Folk to Funk: Selections from the Robert A. Lewis Collection,” Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
“A Very Liquid Heaven, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
“All that Glitters,” Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY
2003 “January White Sale”, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
“25th Anniversary Celebration, Arthur Roger Gallery, New York, NY
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
“Fresh! A Summer Exhibition of Glass,” Heller Gallery, New York, NY
2002 “New Acquisitions from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection,” The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, FL
Galerie Susanne Hojriis, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
The Work Space, New York, NY
Gerald Peters Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
The Art Museum of Florida International University, Miami, FL
“9/11: Abstract Art,” Studio 18 Gallery, New York, NY
“9/11,” The Rochester Museum of Art, Rochester, MN
“In Context: Pattern in Contemporary Printmaking,” Zimmer Art Museum, The State University of Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ
SOFA Chicago 2002, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2001 Reflections: 15th Anniversary Show, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
SOFA Chicago 2001, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Artists of SOFA, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
“From the Ashes,” The Fireplace room, New York, NY
“All That Glitters,” Paul Zoubok, New York, NY
“Enn Goed in de Weg Staande Tafel a table standing perfectly in the way,”Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
“Shoes or No Shoes?” Het Museum Voor Schoene Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium
“Donut Shop Four,” Whatcomb Museum, Bellingham, WA
“Space Oddity?” Joseph Nease Gallery, Kansas City, MO
“Another, once again, many times more,” Feature, Inc., New York, NY
“Salad Days,” Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY
2000 SOFA Chicago 2000, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
1999 Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
1998 Feature Gallery, New York, NY
1997 “Edge of Chaos,” curated by Torreano, Fotuhi Cramer Gallery, New York, New York
1996 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Getting Physical”, Johnson County Community College of Art, Overland, KS
1995-6 “Painting Outside Painting”, 44th Corcoran Biennial of Contemporary American Painting,
1995 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.,
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Dale Chihuly and John Torreano”, Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, TX,
1994 Arthur Rogers Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1993 “Fall Into the Abstract”, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991 “Cruciformed: Images of the Cross since 1980”, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
“Glass: Material in the Service of Meaning”, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
“Pleasure”, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
1990 “With the Grain: Contemporary Panel Painting”, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
1989 “American Pop Culture Today III”, Laforet Museum, Harajuki, Japan
1988 “Artschwager – His Peers and Persuasion”, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
“Computers and Art”, IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York, NY
1987 “Faux – Arts: Surface Illusions and Simulated Materials in Recent Art”, LaJolla Museum of Contemporary Art, LaJolla, CA
“Computers and Art: Image Processing”, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY
1986 “Sculpture/Aspen”, The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1985 “American Abstract Painting”, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1984 “Five Painters in New York”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1983 “The New Sculpture”, Hamilton Gallery, New York, NY
“John Torreano, Daisy Youngblood”, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St.Louis, MO
1982 “The Americans: Collage”, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
“Energie – New York”, Espace Lyonnais d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France
1981 “The New Spiritualism”, Oscarrson Hood Gallery, New York, NY