Michael Ross (artist)

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Michael Ross (born 1954 in Buffalo, New York) is an American contemporary artist, known for his small-scale sculptures.[1] Although Michael Ross has exhibited conceptually based works including performance, mail art, video, and audience participation projects,[2] the last twenty years have seen the artist direct his focus toward small, precise wall mounted sculptures created from scraps, unidentifiable hardware and miscellaneous things.[3] Michael Ross's earliest small-scale sculpture consisted of a single upright thimble containing the dust from several rooms of his home.[4] A small work created by the artist in 1994 made a wry salute to large-scale minimal metal sculptures like those of Donald Judd.[5] Over the years, Ross has also created numerous unique tiny sculptures inspired by the Japanese fairy tales of the writer Lafcadio Hearn.[6] His focus on the minuscule has justly identified the artist as, "a true scholar of the tiny kingdom"[7] and “a pioneer of the subversive small gesture”.[8] Michael Ross received his BFA at The State University of New York, Buffalo and his MFA at Columbia University in New York, NY.[9]


Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2019 Michael Ross, Galeria Mascota, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2017 Michael Ross, En Passant, Ledge Gallery, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, MSU, East Lansing, Michigan
  • 2016 Michael Ross, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, Belgium
  • 2016 Michael Ross, Selected Works 1991 – 2015, Ellis King, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2006 Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York
  • 2002 Lobby project, Swiss Institute, New York, NY
  • 2001 FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France
  • 1999 Scott Thatcher Gallery, Long Island City, New York
  • 1998 Drie Boeken, Boekhandel Metro, Ghent, Belgium
  • 1998 Goldororo, In Vitro, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1994 Kunstverein Schwabisch Gmund, Germany
  • 1994 Micromacroscopics, vor ort, Langenhagen, Germany

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2020 Silent Water, Galeria Mascota, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2020 100 Sculptures, No Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2019 The OsloBIENNALEN First Edition 2019-2024, Oslo, Norway
  • 2019 100 Sculptures (Paris!), Anonymous Gallery pop-up, Paris, France
  • 2019 Gallery Galerie Galería, Jack Barrett Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2018 10 Years:100 Sculptures, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2018 From the Collection/Against the Wall, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, Belgium
  • 2017 Summer Hang, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, Belgium
  • 2017 MIDTOWN, organized by Maccarone, Salon 94 and Salon 94 Design, Lever House, New York
  • 2017 The City, My Studio / The City, My Life, Kathmandu Triennial, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2017 GAGARIN the Artists in their Own Words. 2000-2016 | The String Traveller, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst
  • 2016 Skins, Ellis King, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2015 Possible Collection, Honolulu, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2011 Fait Main, collection of FRAC Bourgogne, Lycee des matiers de la ceramique Henry Mosiand, Longchamp, France
  • 2010 The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn, Donjon, Matsue Castle, Matsue, Japan
  • 2009 Bribes d'Un Monde Ephemere, Musee d'Art et d'Histoire Romain Rolland, Clamecy, France
  • 2009 Ename Actueel, Hoofdstuk VI, Oudenaarde-Ename, Belgium
  • 2009 Un Lieu Oublie, collection of FRAC Bourgogne, C.A.U.E. de Cote-d-Or, Dijon, France
  • 2006 Sogneurs de Gravite Marcel at the Bit! (The Imitation of Marcel Duchamp), FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, France
  • 2005 Monuments For The U.S.A., White Columns, New York, NY
  • 2005 Monuments For The U.S.A., CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
  • 2003 Dust Memories, Swiss Institute, New York, NY
  • 2002 Autour du monde, Communaute de Communes du Canton de Chauffailles, Chauffailles, France
  • 2001 Sonsbeek 9, Arnhem, The Netherlands
  • 2001 Present, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, The Netherlands
  • 2000 Over The Edges, City of Ghent, Belgium
  • 2000 Dust & Dirt, Witte Zaal, Ghent, Belgium
  • 2000 Bricolage?, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, Dijon, France
  • 1999 Inaugural exhibition, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent Belgium
  • 1999 Risiko Curating Kunstverein Neuhausen, Germany
  • 1998 Poussiere (Dust Memories), FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France
  • 1997 Enough, The Tannery, London, England
  • 1997 Bring Your Own Walkman, W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1997 At the Threshold of the Visible: Minuscule and Small-Scale Art 1964-1996, Herbert F. Johnson Museum Of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (traveling)
  • 1997 Show Up, de Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1996 de Rode Poort, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Gent, Ghent, Belgium
  • 1995 Ripple Across The Water, Watari-um Museum, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1993 Free Lunch, Centre D’Art Contemporain, Martigny, Switzerland 1993 Under Thirty, Galerie Metropole, Vienna, Austria
  • 1993 In Their Own Image, P.S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, New York 1993 FluxAttitudes, The New Museum, New York, NY
  • 1991 Home For June, Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art, New York 1990 Summer Group, American Fine Arts Company, New York
  • 1987 Infotainment De Selby Gallery, Amsterdam; Gallerie Marie Bonk, Cologne
  • 1987 David Carrino, Anne Doran, Cady Noland, Michael Ross, Nature Morte Gallery, New York
  • 1982 Real Life Magazine Presents, White Columns, New York


  1. ^ "SI Past Exhibitions - Past".
  2. ^ "New Museum - Digital Archive".
  3. ^ SculptureCenter. "SculptureCenter Exhibition - Michael Ross".
  4. ^ Cotter, Holland (1997-12-14). "ART VIEW; A Show That Could Travel In Just a Carry-On Bag". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-05-26.
  5. ^ "Entertainment & the Arts | Sometimes, A Little Is A Lot -- Coca's New Show Of Minuscule And Small-Scale Art Comes With Big Impact, Lots Of Meaning | Seattle Times Newspaper". community.seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved 2016-05-26.
  6. ^ Japan), 小泉八雲来日120年記念事業実行委員会 (The Planning Committee for Events to Commemorate the 120th Anniversary of Koizumi Yakumo's Arrival) in. "Michael Ross | Hearn 2010:小泉八雲来日120年記念事業 (120th Anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn's Arrival in Japan)". hearn2010.yakumokai.org. Retrieved 2016-05-26.
  7. ^ "Michael Ross - Selected Works 1991 - 2015 - Ellis King".
  8. ^ Hoet, Jan (2002). Michael Ross, catalog. Ghent: Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain de Bourgogne ; Gent : Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst. p. 4. ISBN 2-913994-04-0.
  9. ^ http://ellisking.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/MR-CV-20153.pdf