Jonathan Lasker

Jonathan Lasker

Jonathan Lasker was born in New Jersey in 1948. He currently lives and works in New York City.
From the late 1970s, Lasker developed a formal language made out of different processes of mark-making, repetitive patterns and fluid lines like scribbles either loose or loaded with paint creating flat edged areas. His compositions remain nevertheless controlled and structured and oscillate between intuition and analysis. Lasker explores the possibilities of painting, aiming at a system "which could legitimise itself" (Jonathan Lasker). The artist questions the mechanics of abstraction and the viewer’s inherent identification with figuration. “My goal is to bring the viewer to the threshold of narrativity without crossing over, to bring the viewer to the state of pure pictorially. Therefore I decided to use unrecognizable abstract forms as surrogate figures. This would convey the pure condition of being a thing in space.” Since the early 1980s, his work has been exhibited in many one-man shows, including the ICA Philadelphia, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Kunstverein St. Gallen. He participated in the 1992 Documenta IX in Kassel.

Solo exhibitions

2018


Jonathan Lasker, Maruani Mercier, Brussels, Belgium


 


2017


Jonathan Lasker, Bohman-Kmäpper, Stockholm, Sweden


 


2016


Jonathan Lasker, Cheim and Read, New York, NY, USA


 


2015


Jonathan Lasker: Paintings 2001-2014, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Saint-Etienne, France


 


2014


Recent Paintings, Peter Lund, Oslo, Norway


 


2012


Jonathan Lasker: The 80s, Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden


Jonathan Lasker: Recent Paintings, Thaddeaus Ropac, Paris, France


Jonathan Lasker: Early Works, Cheim & Read, New York, NY, USA


Jonathan Lasker: The 80s, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany


 


2011


Jonathan Lasker: The 80s, Timothy Taylor, London, UK 


 


2010               


Recent Paintings, L.A. Louver, Los Angeles, California


Jonathan Lasker: In the Presence of the Artists, Alain Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium


 


2009               


Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden


 


2008               


Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany


Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon


 


2007


Galerie Sabine Knust - Maximilian Verlag, Munich, Germany


Timothy Taylor Gallery, London


Cheim & Read Gallery, New York


 


2006


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Galerie Alain Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium


From Drawing to Painting to Drawing, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark


From Drawing to Painting to Drawing, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland


 


2005


Galleria Cardi, Milano, Italy


Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland


 


2004


Coloured Scribbles, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK


 


2003


Jonathan Lasker Retrospective, Museo Nacional Centrade Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Travelling to: Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany


 


2002


Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Kiezle und Gmeiner, Berlin, Germany


Drawing and Painting, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA


Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany


Jonathan Lasker, Galeri Wang, Oslo, Norway


 


2001


Jonathan Lasker, Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden


 


2000


Jonathan Lasker: Oeuvres Récentes, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Jonathan Lasker (Complete Print Survey), Jan Weiner, Kansas City, USA


 


1999


The Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO, USA


The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada


Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, MA, USA


Jonathan Lasker, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA


 


1998


Jonathan Lasker, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK


Jonathan Lasker, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain


 


1997-1998


Jonathan Lasker: Paintings 1977-1997, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Kunstverein St. Gallen, Switzerland


Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


1997


Jonathan Lasker, Velge et Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium


Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris France


Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Kienzle und Gmeiner, Berlin, Germany


Jonathan Lasker, Galleria Milleventi, Torino, Italy


Jonathan Lasker, Schmidt Contemporary Art, St Louis, USA


 


1996


Jonathan Lasker: New Paintings, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA


 


1995


Jonathan Lasker, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain


 


1993


Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


 


1992


Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pensylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA


 


 


Group exhibitions

2018


Set Adrift on Memory Bliss, Pablo’s Birthday, New York, NY, USA


Abstract/ion, Galerie Klüser, Munich, Germany


 


2017


Think Paint, Unix Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Articulate, Silas Von Morisse Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA


Abstract Painting Now, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria


Permanent Repetition, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Canadian Biennial, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada


 


2016


Strange Abstraction, Federicks & Freiser, New York, NY, USA


How to Be Unique, Kienzle Art Foundation, Berlin, Germany


Affinities, Galeria Miguel Marcos, Barcelona, Spain


The Conversation Continues… Highlights from the James Cottrell + Joseph Lovett Collection, The Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL, USA


Basquiat, Dubuffett, Soulages… Une Collection Privée, Foundation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne, Switzerland


ABC/123, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA, USA


Structural Intergrity, Eugene Binder, Marfa, TX, USA


 


2015


Jeremy DePrez, Jonathan Lasker, Zachary Leener, Retrospective Gallery, Husdon, NY, USA


Post-Analog Paintings, The Hole, New York, NY, USA


I Like America, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany


Rio, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium


Paul Klee, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY, USA


12 New Yorkers, Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery, Brussels Belgium


 


2014


Taking a Line for a Walk, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland


CalArts Benefit Exhibition, Metro Pictures/Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Group Show, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, USA


Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA


Night Images, Michael Werner Kunsthandel, Cologne, Germany


Pop Abstraction, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, NY, USA


93 Exhibition, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain


Slow Learner, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK


Bad Influence, Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA


Busan Biennale 2014, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea


 The Hidden Picture - Collecting Art at ING, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen, Netherlands


 


2013


Painting 101, Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY, USA


Wit, The Painting Center, New York, NY, USA


Thought, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany


Spring Break, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany


Reinventing Abstration, Cheim and Read, New York, NY, USA


Entrée libre mais non obligatoire, Villa Arson, Nice, France


Panorama, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


Keine Parole: Aktion-Malerei-Konzept, Werke aus der Sammlung Kienzle, Berlin, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany


Promenades d’Amateurs, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco


 


2012


Reinventing Abstraction : New York Painting in the 1980s, Cheim & Read, New York, NY, USA


American Art of the 1980’s, Nosbaum and Reding Art Contemporain, Luxembourg, Luxembourg


A. ABSTR_ACTION., Galerija Contra, Koper, Slovenia


Outside In, Timothy Taylor, London, UK


Art in Embassies Exhibition, U.S. Embassy, Luxembourg, Luxembourg


Smile, Amerikanische Kunst: Sammlung Kienbaum, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany


Conceptual Abstraction, Hunter College, Time Square Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Heute: Malerei, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany


 


2011


Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, USA


Exhibition of Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, USA


Jim Schmidt Presents: Abstraction, Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA



The Minimal Gesture, Timothy Taylor, London, UK


1991… Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany



Night Scented Stock, curated by Todd Levin, Marianne Boesky, New York
, NY, USA


The Bewildered Image: American Painters from the 1980’s, Patricia Low Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland


 


2010               


Loose Joints, Kienzle Art Foundation, Berlin, Germany


España / America The Redefined Abstraction, Galería Max Estrella, Madrid, Spain


Babel, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France


Le Tableau, Cheim and Read, New York, NY, USA


Bravin Lee Programs, New York, NY, USA


Town and Country, Tibor de Nagy, New York, NY, USA


Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at Fifty, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Alburquerque, NM, USA


Currents in Contemporary Art , Orlando Art Museum, Orlando, FL, USA


Studies in Paint: Jonathan Lasker and John Noel Smith, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland


 


2009               


Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany


 Die Gegenwart der Linie, Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay University, Clarksville, TN, USA


Jettison: New Ideas in Abstraction, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA, USA


Collecting    Evidence – Part I: False Friends, The Kienzle Art Foundation, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam, Germany


On Paper, Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art, Clevland, OH, USA


Abstractions by Gallery Artists, Cheim and Read, New York, NY, USA


Summer Eyes/Summarize, Jan Weiner, Kansas City, MO, USA


Print, Mushroom Works, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK


 


2008


What is a Print?, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, USA


Out of Storage I: Peintures choisies de la Collection, Mudam Luxembourg- Musée d’Art Modern Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg


En Construcción I, La Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Vigo, Spain


 


2007


Atomations, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Contemporary, Cool and Collected, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, USA


Conversations - Artist and Collector, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND, USA


PAINT IT BLUE - Werke aus der ACT Art Collection / Siegfried Loch, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany


 


2006


Broken Surface, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany


Patrick Heron, Jonathan Lasker, Katie Pratt, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK


hot spring in autumn, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria


Affinities, Centre Européen d’Action Artistiques, Strassbourg, France


The 181st Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum, New York, NY, USA


Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden


Modern and Contemporary Master Drawings, Connaught Brown Gallery, London, UK


Summer Eyes/Summarize, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO, USA


Gunnar A. Kaldewey: Artist Books for a Global World, Four Collaborations in Depth, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, USA


Paint it Blue- Werke aus der ACT Art Collection Siegfried Loch, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany


Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany


 


2002


Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany


 


2001


New paintings, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FL, USA


American Art from the Goetz Collection, Munich, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, The Centre of Contemporary Art, Between Language and Form, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, USA


 


2000


Arte Americana, Ultimo Decennio, Museo d Arte della Citta di Ravenna, Ravenna, Italy


 


1999-2000


Jonathan Lasker: Selective Identity, Paintings from the 1990s, St. Louis, MO, USA; Toronto, Canada; Birmingham, AL, USA


 


1999


In Site: Constructing the JCC Collection, Johnson County College, Gallery of Art, Overland Park, KS, USA


Jonathan Lasker: Selective Identity, Paintings from the 1990s, Birmingham Museum of Art, AL, USA


 


1998


Pop/Abstraction, Museum of American Art of Pennsylvania Academy of F.A. Philadelphia, PA, USA


ART C. Association Art Contemporain Ville d'Issoire, France


 


1997


Abstraction/Abstractions - Géometries Provisoires, Musée d'Art Moderne: curators DeChassey & Morineau St. Étienne, France


 


1996


Playpen & Corpus Delirium, Kunsthalle Zurich Zurich, Switzerland


 


1995


Sarah Campell Blaffer Gallery (& other locations) University of Houston, TX, USA


 


1993


The Permanent Collection Revisted, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington, DC, USA


 


1989


Horn of Plenty, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


 


1985


Vernacular Abstraction, Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo, Japan


 


1981


Patrick Verelst, Antwerp, Belgium


Public and private collections

France


Fond National d'Art Contemporain, Paris


Fond Regional d'Art Contemporain, Auvergne


 


Germany 


Museum Ludwig, Cologne


 


Luxemburg


Mudam, Luxemburg


 


Spain 


Fundacio "La Caixa", Barcelona


Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Vigo


 


Sweden


Moderna Museet, Stockholm


 


USA


Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY


Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL


David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI


High Museum, Atlanta, GA


Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.


The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, CA


The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 


L.A. Country Musem, Los Angeles, CA