James Del Grosso | 1941 - 2013 | Bronx, New York
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James Del Grosso’s (1941-2013) still lives begin with a thoroughly modern sensibility - an exquisite sense of form and composition. He bathes these forms in a defining light that harks back to the American luminists, and finally completes the whole with a painstaking old master's polish.

Light still is the predominant element in his work - a light that reveals the solidity of his forms and the clarity of his meticulous application of glaze upon glaze. However there is a new drama in his use of light with the monumentality of mundane objects of domestic still life. Del Grosso wants us to see - to see clearly, emphatically and specifically. Through scale and light, he forces viewers to abandon what we assume or know about specific objects and to view them anew.

Much larger-than-life stainless steel kitchen implements are revealed as intriguing and complex shapes with a surface sheen that is at times spectacular. A single onion becomes a celebration of graceful form and exquisite textures.

So much art today is surrounded by a veil of ideas or used to promulgate social or political positions, therefore it is especially refreshing when an artist like Del Grosso offers us the opportunity to indulge in the simple pleasures of seeing.

Excerpt from “CeCe Bullard”, by Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond, VA


Artist Exhibitions
Solo Exhibitions:
2010 glave kocen gallery, Richmond, VA
2007 OK Harris Works of Art New York N.Y.
2006 Plus One Gallery, London, England
2003 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
2001 David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2000 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1999 David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1999 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1998 David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1997 J.J. Brookings Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997 SOMA Gallery, La Jolla, CA
1997 Cudahy’s, Richmond, VA
1996 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1996 David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1995 David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1995 Margulies Taplin Gallery Coral Gables, FL
1994 Cudahy's, Richmond, VA
1994 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1993 O.K. Harris/David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1992-93 Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1992 Margulies Taplin Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
1992 Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO
1992 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1991 Galerie l'Ami des Lettres, Bordeaux, France
1990 O.K. Harris Works of Art, Birmingham, MI
1990 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1989 Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1989 O.K. South, Bay Harbor Islands, FL
1987 Cudahy Gallery, Richmond, VA
1987 Gallery East, East Hampton, NY
1986 Grand Central Gallery, New York, NY
1974 Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, NY
 
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2008 Katonah Museum of Art
2005 Contemporary American Realism VIII, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
2004 What Eight Artists Collect, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York University, New York, NY
2004 Contemporary American Realism VII, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
2003 Everything’s O.K. at O.K. Harris, Brevard Museum of Art and Science, Melbourne, FL
2003 Subject: Object, O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
2003 Contemporary American Realism VI, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
2002 As Real As It Gets: Super Realism and Photo-Realism from the Tucson Museum of Art and Private Collections, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2002 Contemporary Realism V, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
2002 Photorealism: The Liff Collection, Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
2001 Contemporary American Realism III, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
2000 Contemporary American Realism II, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
1999 U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program, Residency of the United States Ambassador to Thailand
1998 Still Life Painting Today, Jerald Melberg Gallery,
1996 The World of Hyper-Realism: What is Real and What is Not? Posco Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1996 Ivan Karp: The Face of Contemporary Art, A Celebration of Forty Years Fine Arts Dealership, Norton Center for the Arts, Centre College, Danville, KY
1995 Contemporary Still-Life Painting, David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1994 Collectors' Choice, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL
1994 The Still Life, Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, IL
1994 Live From New York: The O.K Harris Gallery, Marcia Rafelman Fine Arts, Toronto, Canada
1994 Contemporary American Realism, Broden Gallery, Madison, WI
1994 Young Guns: East Coast Artists, Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, NV
1993 Still-life: 1963-1993, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1993 The 57th Annual National Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1993 New Approaches To The Still Life, Tower Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY College at Brockport, NY
1992-93 Realism/Photorealism, O.K. Harris/David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1992 Collectors' Choice-1992, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL
1992 Margulies Taplin Gallery, Miami, FL
1992 The 56th Annual National Mid-YearExhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1991 A Small Bite Of The Big Apple:Contemporary Art From O.K. Harris, Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, Albion College, Albion, MI
1991 Get Real, North Miami Center of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
1991 The Heart Of America: The O.K. Harris Collection, Dada Building, Fukuoka City, Japan
1991 Expressive Visions and Exquisite Images: Two Aspects of Art of the 80’s From The Richard Brown Baker Collection, Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Oakland University, Rochester, MI
1991 Karp's Choice, Triplex Gallery, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY
1990 New Work-New York, Galerie Barbara Silverberg, Montreal, Canada
1990 An Exhibit From OK Harris Gallery New York City, Zimmerman/Saturn Gallery, Nashville, TN
1990 Objects Observed: Contemporary Still Life, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY
1976 Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
1975 Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield, CT
1975 The Lobby Gallery, Chicago, IL
1974 Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1974 Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
 
Bibliography: Books/Catalogues:
A Survey Of Contemporary American Realism, Posco Gallery, Seoul, South Korea 1996
Still-Life: 1963-1993, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Text: John Arthur, 1993
56th National Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Introduction: Louis A. Zone, 1992
The Fine Art Index, 1992 North American Edition, International Art Reference Inc., Chicago, IL, 1991
Expressive Visions And Exquisite Images: Two Aspects Of Art Of The 80s From The Richard Brown Baker Collection, Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Oakland University, Rochester, MI; Text: Kiichi Usui, 1991
 
Bibliography: Newspapers:
Florida Today, “Contemporary class”, Pam Harbaugh, December 29, 2003.
Arizona Daily Star, “Pretty As A Picture”, Kathleen Allen, June 23, 2002, p.D1,6.
Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Painter's a master with light", CeCe Bullard, July 15, 1994.
Miami Herald, "Art space, sculpture project brighten Brickell", Helen L. Kohan, June 12, 1992
Sun-Sentinel, "Yugoslavian artists share with the West", Robert Hurlburt, December 18, 1989 p.5D.
 
Awards/Honors:
1976 The Marine Award, 27th New England Exhibition
1974 Drawing America, Albrecht Art Museum, MO
1974 Best In Show, Long Island Art, Five Towns Art Guild
 
Juror/Lecturer:
1995 Birmingham-Broomfield Art Association, Birmingham, MI, lecturer
1995 Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham, MI, juror
 
Selected Collections:
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown,OH
Caravan Products, Totowa, NJ
E.F. Hutton, New York, NY
The Texas Bank
General Foods
 

Additional Information:
Born: 1941
Died: 2013

Artist Press
The Sag Harbor Express
Retrospective: James Del Grosso and Denis Ramsay at The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor
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