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Alexis Rockman

colorful watercolor of cherry blossoms and insects

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 opened at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (2018) and traveled to the Chicago Cultural Center (2018) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2018-19). It is on view at Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University until May 2019 and will travel to 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

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

Alexis Rockman

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

Alexis Rockman

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

Alexis Rockman

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

Alexis Rockman

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

Alexis Rockman

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

Alexis Rockman

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

Alexis Rockman

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

Alexis Rockman

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

Alexis Rockman

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

Alexis Rockman

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

Alexis Rockman

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

Alexis Rockman

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

Alexis Rockman

Alexis Rockman
New Mexico Field Drawings, 2017
organic material and acrylic polymer on paper
76 drawings; dimensions variable
SW 17344

Artist exhibitions

Untitled (Giotto's O)
Untitled (Giotto's O)
30 November 2012 - 15 February 2013
Sperone Westwater, Lugano
Recent Acquisitions
Recent Acquisitions
Biggs, Bogin, Kortick, Nahas, Reeves, Rockman, Sachs
December 1998
Sperone Westwater, New York
Alexis Rockman
Alexis Rockman
1 October – 28 November 1992
Sperone Westwater, New York

Artist press

Cleveland dot com logo
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
The New York Times logo
The Great Lakes in Glory and Decline
by Alina Tugend
29 October 2017
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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: Rubicon - The Point of No Return
By Kisa Lala
9 October 2013
The Brooklyn Rail
In Conversation: Alexis Rockman
by Jonathan T.D. Neil
October 2013
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Alexis Rockman
Interview by Dan Tranberg
1 December 2010
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Press Kit