Alexis Rockman

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Born in 1962 in New York, where he lives and works, Alexis Rockman has depicted a darkly surreal vision of the collision between civilization and nature – often apocalyptic scenarios on a monumental scale – for over three decades. Notable solo museum exhibitions include “Alexis Rockman: Manifest Destiny” at the Brooklyn Museum (2004), which traveled to several institutions including the Wexner Center for the Arts (2004) and the Rhode Island School of Design (2005). In 2010, the Smithsonian American Art Museum organized “Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow,” a major touring survey of his paintings and works on paper. Concurrent with Rockman’s 2013 exhibition at Sperone Westwater, the Drawing Center mounted “Drawings from Life of Pi,” featuring the artist’s collaboration with Ang Lee on the award-winning film “Life of Pi.” His series of 76 New Mexico Field Drawings was included in “Future Shock” at SITE Santa Fe (2017-18). “Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle,” a major touring exhibition of large-scale paintings and watercolors, as well as field drawings, of the Great Lakes was on view at the Grand Rapids Art Museum from January through April 2018 and is currently on view at the Chicago Cultural Center. It will travel to other institutions in the Great Lakes region, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Weisman Art Museum and the Flint Institute of Arts. Rockman’s work is represented in many museum collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum; Grand Rapids Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New Orleans Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Whitney Museum of American Art.

 

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Alexis Rockman
Hoarfrost, 2014
oil and alkyd on wood
44 x 56 x 2 inches (111,7 x 139,7 x 5 cm)
SW 14038

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Alexis Rockman
Bronx Zoo, 2012-2013
oil on wood; triptych
84 x 168 inches (213,4 x 427 cm) overall
84 x 56 x 2 inches( 213,4 x 142,2 x 5,1 cm) each panel
SW 13162

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Alexis Rockman
Untitled (Cherry Blossoms), 2013
watercolor, ink and gouache on paper
72 ½ x 52 inches (184,2 x 132,1 cm)
75 7/8 x 55 1/8 x 2 ¼ inches (193 x 140 x 6 cm) frame
SW 13288

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Alexis Rockman
Flotsam, 2013
oil and alkyd on wood
30 inches (76,2 cm) diameter
SW 13328

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Alexis Rockman
Untitled (Jellyfish), 2013
watercolor, ink and gouache on paper
72 ½ x 52 inches (184,2 x 132,1 cm)
75 7/8 x 55 3/8 x 2 ¼ inches (193 x 141 x 6 cm) frame
SW 13287

Private Collection

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Alexis Rockman
Untitled (Monarchs), 2013
watercolor and gouache on paper
72 ½ x 52 inches (184,2 x 132,1 cm)
75 7/8 x 55 1/8 x 2 ¼ inches (193 x 140 x 6 cm) frame
SW 13321

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Alexis Rockman
Gowanus, 2013
oil on wood
72 x 90 inches (183 x 229 cm)
SW 13286

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Alexis Rockman
Wreck, 2012
watercolor and ink on paper
18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61cm)
SW 12362

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Alexis Rockman
Fountain, 2012
watercolor and ink on paper
24 x 18 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)
SW 12365

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Alexis Rockman
Effluent, 2012
watercolor and ink on paper
18 x 24 inches (45,7 x 61cm)
20 1/8 x 25 7/8 inches (51 x 65,7 cm) frame
SW 12366

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Alexis Rockman
Untitled, 2013
watercolor on paper
24 x 18 inches (61x 46 cm)
25 7/8 x 20 x 1 9/16 (65,7 x 51 x 4 cm) frame
SW 13212

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Alexis Rockman
Self-portrait :Disassociation, 2011
oil on panel
24 x 18 inches (61 x 45,7 cm)
SW 11425
Private Collection

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Alexis Rockman
Chimera, 2012
oil on wood
30 inches in diameter (76,2 cm)
SW 12374

Artist exhibitions

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Alexis Rockman
New Mexico Field Drawings
21 June – 3 August 2018
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Alexis Rockman
Rubicon
17 September - 2 November 2013
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Untitled (Giotto's O)
30 November 2012 - 15 February 2013
Sperone Westwater, Lugano
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Portraits / Self-Portraits from the 16th to the 21st Century
12 January - 25 February 2012
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Recent Acquisitions
Biggs, Bogin, Kortick, Nahas, Reeves, Rockman, Sachs
December 1998
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Alexis Rockman
1 October – 28 November 1992
Sperone Westwater, New York

Artist publications

Artist press

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Great Lakes portrayed vividly in Alexis Rockman’s MOCA Cleveland show
by Steven Litt
28 October 2018
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Alexis Rockman's large-scale works bring an essential show to the Cultural Center
by Lori Waxman
24 July 2018
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Alexis Rockman Paints the Past and Possible Futures of the Great Lakes
by Claire Voon
12 March 2018
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Beauty and Despair Collide in These Murals of the Great Lakes
by Clara Chaisson
5 December 2017
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The Great Lakes in Glory and Decline
by Alina Tugend
29 October 2017
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History's hidden layers
by Julie Belcove
30 April/1 May 2016
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There's a Science to His Art
by Claudia Dreifus
19 April 2016
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Alexis Rockman Captures Long Island’s Flora and Fauna in Dirty Field Drawings
by Claire Voon
29 December 2015
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Alexis Rockman
By Lilly Wei
December 2013
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Alexis Rockman: Rubicon - The Point of No Return
By Kisa Lala
9 October 2013
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In Conversation: Alexis Rockman
Interview by Jonathan T.D. Neil
October 2013
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Studio Check
By Scott Indrisek
September 2013
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Zoo Station
By Maya Lau
25 November 2012
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Alexis Rockman
Interview by Dan Tranberg
1 December 2010
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Press Kit