April Gornik

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April Gornik
Born April 20, 1953 (1953-04-20)
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American
Education NSCAD University
Known for Painting

April Gornik (born 1953, Cleveland, Ohio) is an American artist who paints American landscapes.[1] Her realist yet dreamlike paintings and drawings embody oppositions and speak to America's historically conflicted relationship with nature.[2] While she doesn't categorize herself as an environmental artist, she is a passionate supporter of environmental causes and has said, "I have no problem with people reading an ecological message into my work." [3] Her husband is painter Eric Fischl.[4] Art dealer Ed Thorp hosted her first solo exhibition in 1981, after having caught sight of her paintings while viewing Fischl's work.[5] She is influenced by the feminist consciousness-raising of the late 20th century and, in speaking about female artists who have worked in the shadows of better known male artists, including Elaine de Kooning and Lee Krasner, she has said, "It's a problem. Women artists still receive lower prices for their art and remain less shown than their male counterparts." [5]

Among the public collections in America and Canada that include Gornik's paintings, her Virga (1992) and Storm and Fires (1990) are held in the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection.[6]

Gornik has received several awards: the Neuberger Museum of Art Annual Honoree (2004),[7] the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Honoree by the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts (2003), and the Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS from the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR).[8]

In 2007, the Smithsonian Art Collectors Program commissioned Gornik to produce a print to benefit the educational and cultural programs of the Smithsonian Associates in 2007. The lithograph, entitled Blue Moonlight hangs in the ongoing exhibition Graphic Eloquence in the S. Dillon Ripley Center in the National Mall, Washington, D.C.[7]

One person exhibitions[edit]

Gornik's work has been showcased in numerous one person exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the world.[9][8]

2014

Danese/Corey, New York, NY

2013

Storm: Paintings by April Gornik, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio

2012

Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Toronto, ON, Canada

2011

Danese, New York, NY

2010

The Art Show, ADAA Danese Booth, New York, NY

2009

The Luminous Landscapes of April Gornik, The Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY

2008

Danese, New York, NY

2006

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH

2005

Danese, New York, NY
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS, Canada
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE

2004

April Gornik: Painting and Drawings, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY (exhibition traveled to Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS; Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH)

2003

Danese Gallery, New York, NY

2002

Pace Prints, New York, NY
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV

2001

Danese, New York, NY

2000

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY

1999

Glenn Horowitz Booksellers, East Hampton, NY
Harley Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO

1998

The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1997

Turner & Runyon Gallery, Dallas, TX

1996

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY

1995

Kohn-Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1994

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Offshore Gallery, East Hampton, NY

1993

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY

1992

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY

1990

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY

1988

University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA
The Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

1987

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY

1986

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY

1985

The Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Galerie Springer, Berlin, West Germany

1984

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY
Texas Gallery, Houston, TX

1983

The New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY

1982

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY
University of Colorado Art Galleries, Boulder, CO

1981

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

Gornik's work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the world.

2014

"The Big Egg Hunt", New York, NY, city-wide display sponsored by Fabergé, April 2014

2013

"Charcoal!" Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
"To be a Lady: an international celebration of women in the arts", Sundarm Tagore Gallery, Singapore
"Common Denominator", The Tremaine Gallery, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT
"Woods, Lovely, Dark, and Deep", DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
"April Gornik, Spencer Tunick, Alexis Rockman in "The Beacon," Salomon Contemporary, New York,

NY.

2012

"Do Not Destroy Trees, Art, And Jewish Thought", The Dorothy Saxe Invitational, The Contemporary

Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA

2011

"Unforgettable: Selections from the Emily Fisher Landau Collection", Fisher Landau Center for Art, LIC,

NY

"Works on Paper II", Danese, New York, NY
"Value of Water", curated by Fredericka Foster, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
"Delinear", Barbara Edwards Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada.
"Joe Fig: Inside the Painter’s Studio", Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA.
"In the Presence of Light", Danese Gallery, New York, NY

2010

"Dedication", Charles P. Sifton Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
"The Collaborative Print: Works from SOLO Impression", SOLO :Impression, New York, NY
"Works on Paper", Danese, New York, NY

2009

"The Tree", James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, China
"The Print Club of New York: Seventeen Years of :Commissioned Prints", The National Arts Club, New
York, NY
"American Landscapes: Treasures from the Parrish Art :Museum", Parrish Art Museum, Southampton,
NY
Forces of Nature, Danese, New York, NY
Mixed Greens: Artists Choose Artists on the East End, :Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Then & Now: Contemporary Artists Revisit the Past, The :Arkell Museum, Canajoharie, NY
American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, : :The American Academy of Arts and Letters,
New York, NY
Landscapes: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum, :Southampton, NY

2008

From Here to the Horizon: American Landscape Prints :from :Whistler to Celmins, Jane Voorhees
Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ
Inspired by the Light: Landscapes by East Maters: Jane :Freilicher, April Gornik and Jane Wilson", Guild Hall, East :Hampton, NY

2007

Collector’s Choice III, Audacity in Art: Selected Works :from Central Florida Collections, Orlando
Museum of Art, Orlando, FLMonoprints, Pace Prints, New :York, NY
Paper Trails: A Century of Women’s Prints, Drawings, and :Photographs, Herbert F Johnson
Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY
Picturing Long Island: Abstract, Figurative, and :Historical, The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY

2006

Five Landscape Painters, The University of Maine, Orono, :Maine
New Old Masters, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Montecito, CA
Tapestries, National Museum of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland

2005

Works on Paper, Danese, New York, NY
Landscapes and Cityscapes, Marlborough Gallery, New York, :NY
Drawn to Cleveland, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, :OH
The 237th Summer Exhibition, 2005, Royal Academy, London, England
Artists and Nature on Eastern Long Island:1940s to the :Present, Spanierman Gallery, East Hampton,
NY
Contemporary Woodblock Prints, Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery, :Osaka, Japan

2004

A Celebration of the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts, Guild :Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
North Fork / South Fork: East End Art Now, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Temporalscape, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Images of Time and Place: Contemporary Views of Landscape, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx,
NY
from the Paris Review, Guild Hall Museum, Southampton, NY

2003

Graphic Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Heckscher Museum of
Art, Huntington, NY (exhibition traveled: Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University,
University Park, PA; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN; Frances Lehman Loeb Art
Center, Poughkeepsie, NY; Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND

2002

Northern Light, Danese, New York, NY
The Belles of Amherst, Mead Art Museum, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Darkness and Brightness, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY

2001

Space: Selections from the Permanent Collection, University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of
Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Curious Terrain, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
Utopia 3, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL
Follies: Fantasy in the Landscape, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Summer Group Exhibition, Danese, New York, NY
Inaugural Exhibition, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Private Collection of Steve Martin, Bellagio Gallery, Los Vegas, NV
Peaks, Kagan Martos Gallery, New York, NYStormy Weather, Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2000

Drawings 2000, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Art of the 80s, Winston Wächter Mayer Fine Art, New York, NY
Group Landscape Exhibition, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, WA
Works on Paper 2000, Residence of the American Ambassador of The Slovak Republic, Bratislava,
The Slovak Republic
The Perpetual Well: Contemporary Art from the Collection of the Jewish Museum, Samuel P. Harn
Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL

1999

Water: A Contemporary American View, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston SC (exhibition traveled:
Mobil Museum of Art, Mobile, AL; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI)
Why Draw a Landscape? Crown Point Press Gallery, San Francisco, CA (exhibition traveled: Karen
McCready Gallery, New York, NY)
A Place in the Sun, Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore, MD
As Far as the Eye Can See, Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1998

Encyclopedia, Turner & Runyon Gallery, Dallas, TX
Gifts for a New Century, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
After Nature, Herter Art Gallery, Amherst, MA
New Releases: April Gornik, Tom Marioni, Pat Steir, Crown Point Press Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Cityscape/Landscape, Karen McCready Fine Art, New York, NY
80s Artists Then and Now, Elizabeth Mayer Fine Art, New York, NY
Selections from the Collection: Guild Hall Museum, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Cleveland Collects, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
The Joe Wilfer Show: Collaborations in Paper and Printmaking, Plattsburgh Art Museum,
Plattsburgh, NY
The Centennial Open, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Nature, Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
Prints by Painters, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The Portraits Speak: Chuck Close in Conversation with 27 of His Subjects, Dorfman Projects, New
York, NY
Movements of Grace: Spirit in the American Landscape, Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, NY
Landscapes, Meyerson & Nowinski, Seattle, WA

1997

In Plain Sight, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale, NY
A Reversal of Scale, Turner and Runyon Gallery, Dallas, TX
Woodwork, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY
Eight From Ohio: In and Out of Bounds, Hammond Gallery, Lancaster, OH

1996

Destiny Manifest: American Landscape Paintings in the Nineties, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art,
Gainesville, FL
20/20: The Visionary Legacy of Doris Chanin Freedman, Freedman Gallery, Albright College Center
for the Arts, Reading, PA
Water, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY
Master Workshop Exhibition, Fine Arts Gallery at Southampton College, Southampton, NY

1995

Re-Presenting Representation II, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
Elementum, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
Revisiting Landscape, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA
100 Personal Heroes Part 2, Galerie de la Tour, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
American Art Today: Night Paintings, Florida International University, Miami, FL

1994

Inspired by Nature, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
Changing Views, Feigen Inc., Chicago, IL
Timely and Timeless, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Landscape Not Landscape, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL
Mountains of the Mind: American Mountain Landscape Painting from 1850 to the Present, Aspen
Art Museum, Aspen, CO

1993

Living With Art: The Collection of Ellyn and Saul Dennison, The Morristown Museum, Morristown, NJ
Years, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
Landscape as Metaphor, Whitney Museum, Fitchburg, CT

1992

Four Friends, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT (exhibition traveled: Rayburn
Foundation, New York, NY; Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL; Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK)
Selective Vision, Transamerica Pyramid Lobby, San Francisco, CA

1991

Romance and Irony in Recent American Art, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Presswork: Art of Women Printmakers, The National Museum of Women, Washington, DC
Landscapes, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
Landscape Painting, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY

1990

Terra Incognita, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Contemporary American Artists, Residence of the Ambassador, Mexico City, Mexico,
The (Un)Making of Nature, Whitney Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York, NY and Fairfield
County, CT
Romance & Irony in Recent American Art, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Harmony & Discord: American Landscape Today, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Didier Nolet: Dreams of a Man Awake, Chicago Public Library Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

1989

10 + 10: Contemporary Soviet & American Painters, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX
(exhibition traveled: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Albright Knox Art
Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; The Corcoran Gallery of Art,
Washington DC; Artist's Union Hall of the Tretyakov Embankment, Moscow, USSR; Central Artists'
Hall, Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic; Central Exhibition Hall, Leningrad, USSR)

1989

Biennial Exhibition, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Painting Horizons: Jane Freilicher, Albert York, April Gornik, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton,
NY
A Decade of Drawings: 1980-1989, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
A Certain Slant of Light: The Contemporary American Landscape, The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton,
OH
The 1980s: Prints from the Collection of Joshua P. Smith, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Nocturnal Visions in Contemporary Painting, The Whitney Museum of American Art at the Equitable
Center, New York, NY
Art of the '80s from the Chemical Bank Collection, The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
American Art Today: Contemporary Landscape, The Art Museum at Florida International University,
Miami, FL

1988

Art for Your Collection, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, RI
Drawing on the East End, 1940-1988, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Changing Perspectives in Contemporary Representations, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Realism Today: American Drawings from the Rita Rich Collection, National Academy of Design, New
York, NY (exhibition traveled: : Smith College, Northampton, MA; The Arkansas Arts Center, Little
Rock, AK; The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH)

1987

Art of the Twentieth Century, Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
The New Romantic Landscape, The Whitney Museum of American Art Fairfield County, Stamford,
CT
1976-1986: Selections from the Edward R. Downe, Jr. Collection, Wellesley College Museum,
Wellesley, MA
Boundless Realism: Contemporary Landscape Painting in the West, The Rockwell Museum,
Corning, NY

1986

New Narrative Painting: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum,
Phoenix, AZ
A Contemporary View of Nature, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC
Spectrum, Natural Settings, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Still Life/Life Still, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
24th National Print Exhibition, “Public and Private: American Prints Today, Brooklyn Museum,
Brooklyn, NY
Landscape in the Age of Anxiety, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

1984

American Painting 1975-1985: Selections from the Collection of Aron and Phyllis Katz, The Aspen
Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Night Lights, The Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Currents, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Sources of Light, The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Venice Biennale, American Pavilion, Venice, Italy (exhibition traveled: Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid,
Spain; Athens, Greece; Belgrade, Yugoslavia; Budapest, Hungary)
A Celebration of American Women Artists, Part II: The Recent Generation, Sidney Janis Gallery, New
York, NY
The Innovative Landscape, Holly Solomon, New York, NY

A Tribute to James and Mari Michener, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Public collections[edit]

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada Collection of ART in Embassies, US Chancery in Beijing, China Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY Castellani Museum of Art, Niagara, NY Cincinnati Museum, Cincinnati, OH City College of New York, New York, NY Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH Douglas S. Cramer Foundation, Los Angeles, CA Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA Fisher Landau Center, Long Island City, NY Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, New Brunswick, NJ The Jewish Museum, New York, NY Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY Snite Museum, Notre Dame, IN Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA United States Embassy, Moscow, Russia University Art Museum, C.S.U., Long Beach, CA University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY William & Florence Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, IL

Bibliography[edit]

  • Kuspit, Donald. April Gornik: Paintings and Drawings. San Francisco: Neuberger Museum and Hudson Hills Press, 2006. ISBN 1-55595-229-1[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b April Gornik: Paintings and Drawings, a book review
  2. ^ Beckenstein, Joyce (Fall–Winter 2014). "April Gornik: Accidental Landscapes". Woman's Art Journal 35 (2). 
  3. ^ Beckenstein, Joyce (Fall–Winter 2014). "April Gornik: Accidental Landscapes". Woman's Art Journal 35 (2): 3. 
  4. ^ Biography at EricFischl.com, accessed 8 September 2006.
  5. ^ a b Beckenstein, Joyce (Fall–Winter 2014). "April Gornik: Accidental Landscapes". Woman's Art Journal 35 (2): 7. 
  6. ^ "Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "April Gornik". artnet. Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b April Gornik: October 17-November 15, 2008. New York: Danese. 2008. ISBN 9780979550164. 
  9. ^ "April Gornik". Danese / Corey. Danese/Corey. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 

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