Malcolm Morley

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Born in London in 1931, Malcolm Morley has lived in and around New York City since 1958.  He is acknowledged as one of the earliest innovators of “super-realism,” which developed as a counterpoint to Pop Art in the 1960s. Over the course of his distinguished career, Morley has defied stylistic characterization, moving by turns through so-called abstract, realist, neo-romantic, and neo-expressionist painterly modes, while being attentive to his own biographical experiences. Morley studied at the Camberwell College of Arts and the Royal College of Art. Since his first New York show in 1964, he has had numerous exhibitions in Europe and North America and has participated in many international surveys including Documenta 5 (1972) and Documenta 6 (1977). His first retrospective, organized in 1983 by the Whitechapel Art Gallery, travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Brooklyn Museum. In 1984, he was awarded the inaugural Turner Prize.

Subsequent noteworthy presentations of Morley’s work include an exhibition of watercolors at Tate Liverpool, which travelled to the Kunsthalle Basel, Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, and the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY (1991-92); a retrospective at the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris  (1993); an exhibition organized by Fundación La Caixa, Madrid, which travelled to the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (1995-96); a retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, London (2001); and the survey “The Art of Painting” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2006). Other notable exhibitions include “Malcolm Morley in a Nutshell: The Fine Art of Painting 1954-2012” at the Yale School of Art (2012), an exhibition exploring the role of paper in Morley’s art-making process at the Parrish Art Museum (2012-13), and an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, organized in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation (2013-14). Currently, a solo presentation of his work is on view at the Hall Art Foundation’s Schloss Derneburg. In addition to the Turner Prize, Morley was awarded the Painting Award from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1992 and the Francis J. Greenburger Award in 2015. He has been inducted into both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Morley became a citizen of the United States in 1991. His work can be found in museum collections worldwide. Since his debut at Sperone Westwater in 1999, he has presented solo exhibitions at the gallery in 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2015.

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Malcolm Morley
Depth Mine with Sharks, 2011
oil on linen with paper, string, metal and linen attachments
68 1/4 x 53 1/2 x 5 inches (173,4 x 136 x 12,7 cm)
SW 11243
Private Collection

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Malcolm Morley
Ace of Aces, 2011
oil on linen
45 ½ x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm)
47 7/8 x 60 inches (121,6 x 152,4 cm) frame
SW 11057
Private Collection

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Malcolm Morley
American Fighter Pilot, (Ace), 2011
oil on linen
45 1/2 x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm)
47 5/8 x 60 inches (121 x 152,4 cm) frame
SW 11070

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Malcolm Morley
Corsair and Santa Maria, 2011
oil paint on linen
62 x 78 inches (157,5 x 198 cm)
SW 11399

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Malcolm Morley
Beautiful Explosion, 2010
oil on linen
45 1/2 x 58 inches (115,6 x 147,3 cm)
47 3/8 x 60 1/8 inches (120,3 x 152,7 cm) frame
SW 11001
Hall Collection

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Malcolm Morley
The English Fighter Pilot and the Rules of Engagement, 2011
oil on linen
25 x 16 1/4 inches (63,5 x 41,3 cm)
SW 11104

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Malcolm Morley
The Viking, 2011
oil on linen mounted on wood panel with oil and gold leaf on paper, sheet metal, wood, copper wire, string, brushes and plastic attachments
44 x 48 x 12 3/4 inches (111,8 x 122 x 32,4 cm)
49 1/2 x 53 1/2 inches (125,7 x 136 cm) frame
SW 11197
Private Collection

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Malcolm Morley
Ring of Fire, 2009
mixed media
113 x 77 ½ x 87 inches (287 x 197 x 221 cm)
SW 09060

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Malcolm Morley
Blue Boyz, 2008
oil on linen with oil on paper and wood attachments
42 x 54 1/2 x 19 inches (106,8 x 138,4 x 48,3 cm)
SW 08192
Private Collection

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Malcolm Morley
Thor, 2008
oil on linen with cloth and rubber glove attachment
84 x 63 inches (213,4 x 160 cm)
86 1/2 x 65 1/2 inches (219,7 x 166,4 cm) frame
SW 08293

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Malcolm Morley
Tankerton Bay, 2009, Edition of 18
Serigraph
29 5/8 x 38 ½ inches (75,2 x 97,8 cm)
SW 09263

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Malcolm Morley
Theory of Catastrophe, 2004
oil on linen
76 x 81 inches (193 x 205,7 cm)
77 1/2 x 82 1/2 inches (196,9 x 209,6 cm) frame
SW 04218
Hall Collection

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Malcolm Morley
Rat Tat Tat, 2001
oil on linen
94 x 197 inches (238,8 x 500,4 cm)
SW 01113
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Malcolm Morley
Wildlife, 2000
oil on linen with attached bird
63 1/2 x 84 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches (161,3 x 214,6 x 45 cm) overall
SW 00052
Private Collection

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Malcolm Morley
San Miguel of Allende Postcard, 1976
oil on canvas
30 3/8 x 20 7/8 inches (77 x 53 cm)
31 3/8 x 22 5/16 inches (79,7 x 56,7 cm) frame
SW 07128

Private Collection

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Malcolm Morley
State Room (with Port Hole), 1966
Liquitex on canvas
22 x 32 inches (55,9 x 81,3 cm)
25 x 35 inches (63, 5 x 89 cm) frame
SW 14068
Private Collection

Artist exhibitions

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Malcolm Morley
16 April - 6 June 2015
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Malcolm Morley
Rules of Engagement
31 March - 30 April 2011
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Sculpture Show
Works by: Bertozzi & Casoni, Wim Delvoye, Charles LeDray, Richard Long, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Evan Penny, Tom Sachs, Not Vital, and more…
25 June - 4 September 2009
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Malcolm Morley
16 April – 20 June 2009
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Summer Exhibition
7 July - 9 September 2006
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Malcolm Morley
The Art of Oil Painting
5 May - 25 June 2005
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Malcolm Morley
20 February - 20 March 1999
Sperone Westwater, New York
Drawings
Chia, Clemente, Cucchi, Mariani, Morley, Salle, Schnabel
19 September - 17 October 1981
Sperone Westwater, Sent

Artist press

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Malcolm Morley
by Phyllis Tuchman
October 2015
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Malcolm Morley's Moment
by Julie Belcove
23 April 2015
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David Ebony's Top 10 New York Gallery Shows for April
by David Ebony
22 April 2015
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Heavy Artillery: At 83, Malcolm Morley is Still Doing Battle
by John Chiaverina
21 April 2015
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Malcolm Morley and the Self
by Emily McDermott
20 April 2015
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Now in His 80s, Malcolm Morley Is Still Finding New Ways of Looking
by Julie Baumgardner
15 April 2015
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Malcolm Morley at The Ashmolean
By Nicholas Wroe
4 October 2013
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A One-Man Movement: Q+A With Malcolm Morley
By David Ebony
14 April 2011
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Malcolm Morley: The Principal of Uncertainty
Interview by Robert Enright
November 2006
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Malcolm Morley: The Art of Painting
By Roberta Smith
27 May 2005
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Critics Notebook: The Realist World
Peter Schjeldahl
23 May 2005
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More Than a Maverick
By Brooks Adams
December 2001
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A Thoroughly Modern Man
By Peter Plagens
13 August 2001
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Malcolm Morley, Sperone Westwater
By Katy Siegel
1 May 1999
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Press Kit